Category: Max Kepler

June 17, 2019

If you wanna be the best in baseball, you beat the weakest teams in baseball

The Boston Red Sox on Sunday swept the Baltimore Orioles, the worst team in baseball. That’s a fitting and appropriate result. The Red Sox are the defending World Series champions, and even though Boston has gotten off to a slow start this year, they’ve now won five straight games. The Twins should have done the... Continue Reading »

June 16, 2019

Should the Twins take a flier on reliever Cody Allen?

Cody Allen, a former lights out reliever for the Cleveland Indians, has been designated for assignment by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, according to various reports. Allen struggled last season with the Angels, and this season wasn’t any better, which finally led the Halos to effectively cut ties with the closer. Despite two down... Continue Reading »

June 12, 2019

The 9-game home stand is off to a good start

The Twins are back home for a nine-game home stand, and they didn’t disappoint Tuesday after they rallied for three runs late to beat the Seattle Mariners, 6-5. The M’s took an early lead, the Twins responded with back-to-back home runs from Jonathan Schoop and Jason Castro to tie the game, then fell behind again.... Continue Reading »

June 7, 2019

Thank you, Max Kepler and Jose Berrios

Max Kepler broke out of a mini-slump in a big way, Jose Berrios pitched a quality start and the Twins bullpen did just enough to preserve the 5-4 win over Cleveland Thursday night and snap a two-game losing streak. Up next, the Twins stay on the road to play the Detroit Tigers on Friday. Who... Continue Reading »

June 5, 2019

As expected, the Cleveland Indians will not go quietly

The Twins dropped Game 1 of their three-game series against the Cleveland Indians, the defending AL Central champs. And the loss largely falls on the shoulders of Devin Smeltzer, who made his second start for the Twins after pitching well in his major league debut. Smeltzer also pitched well early in Tueday’s game, but ultimately... Continue Reading »

May 27, 2019

Twins show no mercy against weaker teams. Now, can they beat the good teams?

These are the best of times to be a Twins fan. After their shutout win over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday, the Twins are now 20 games over .500, 11-1 in their last 12 games and they have a 10-game lead on the second-place Cleveland Indians. They also just completed a second consecutive sweep.... Continue Reading »

May 24, 2019

Did I say trade Miguel Sano? On second thought…

A fan’s frustrations will sometimes get the best of him. That was me, earlier in the year, after I learned that slugger Miguel Sano was injured and would miss the first part of the season. That led me to suggest that the Twins trade Sano because he’s likely to get hurt again and be slow... Continue Reading »

May 23, 2019

Different day, different players produce for the Twins

The other night, the heart of the Twins’ batting order powered the club to a win. On Tuesday, the top of the order delivered the goods, collecting eight of the team’s 10 hits. Max Kepler, Jorge Polanco, Marwin Gonzalez and Eddie Rosario each had two hits apiece. The night belonged to Gonzalez, however, who doubled... Continue Reading »

May 18, 2019

Miguel Sano is back. Now, what does that mean for the Twins?

Miguel Sano, the hard-hitting but oft-injured third baseman/DH for the Twins, finally rejoined the team Thursday in Seattle after an extended offseason to recover from, what else? An injury. And he wasted no time in getting into the swing of things by going 2-for-5, with two doubles. He contributed to a 16-hit attack and the... Continue Reading »

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Hi, I’m Rolf Boone and I love the Twins.

I became a fan of the Minnesota Twins after a friendly wager in the early 1980s. I survived Ron Davis, the meltdown in Cleveland, Phil Bradley at the Kingdome and then marveled at a rising generation of stars and two World Series wins in 1987 and 1991. Brad Radke made the 1990s bearable, while Kirby Puckett’s eye injury, exit from the game and eventual death made it almost too much to bear. The new century ushered in more talent — Joe Mauer, Johan Santana, Joe Nathan, Torii Hunter, Justin Morneau — and consecutive seasons of playoff baseball, followed by consecutive seasons of losing baseball. A winning season returned in 2015. So here we are. Go Twins.