Category: Max Kepler

April 3, 2018

Lance Lynn can’t extend streak of quality starts for Twins

The streak of quality starts for Twins pitching ended at three games after Lance Lynn, who joined the Twins as a free agent during the offseason, was lit up for five runs, including a grand slam, in the first inning of Monday’s 5-4 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Twins rallied late in the game,... Continue Reading »

April 1, 2018

What? Me worry?

Despite the walk-off home run served up by the Twins bullpen in Thursday’s Opening Day loss to the Baltimore Orioles, the overall pitching was pretty good. And on Saturday it was even better. Twins pitching no-hit the Orioles until they got a hit with two outs in the eighth inning. Reliever Gabriel Moya then surrendered... Continue Reading »

March 30, 2018

No, no, no. The Twins do not need Fernando Rodney

Twins fans who are old enough to remember reliever Ron Davis likely had a debilitating flashback on Thursday after watching closer Fernando Rodney serve up a walk-off home run to Adam Jones and the Baltimore Orioles. The Orioles prevailed 3-2 in 11 innings and the Twins lost on Opening Day for the ninth time in... Continue Reading »

March 25, 2018

Where will the Twins finish in 2018? Some predictions

It’s that time of year again when sports publications and sports pages unveil their predictions for major league baseball. And many have praised the Twins for getting better in the offseason, but it’s still not enough, they say, to challenge the Cleveland Indians for the top spot in the American League Central. In other words,... Continue Reading »

March 8, 2018

Do the Twins need more pitching? Yes, they do

After the busy offseason the Twins had, it might come as a surprise to think that the Twins would entertain more starting pitcher now that Anibal Sanchez, Jake Odorizzi and Michael Pineda are in the house. Pineda is still working his way back from Tommy John surgery, while Odorizzi has a job. Odorizzi improved to... Continue Reading »

March 5, 2018

Anibal Sanchez follows scoreless spring debut with a dud

Newly signed free agent pitcher Anibal Sanchez followed his Twins scoreless spring debut with a dud on Sunday, eventually walking off the mound with both the blown save and the loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates rallied from three runs down to beat the Twins 9-3. All went well early in the game. Pitchers... Continue Reading »

August 27, 2017

Twins look for series win over Blue Jays on Sunday

August was shaping up to be an incredible month for the Twins. After a six-game win streak, followed by a sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks, it appeared the Twins were only going to build on their success by playing a five-game series with the Chicago White Sox, a last place team that is 26 games... Continue Reading »

August 24, 2017

Missed opportunity as Twins fall to White Sox

The Cleveland Indians lost again to the Boston Red Sox Wednesday night, but it didn’t matter because the Twins couldn’t take advantage after they lost 4-3 to the Chicago White Sox in walk-off fashion. Despite the loss, the Twins remain four and a half games back of the Tribe and still maintain the second wild... Continue Reading »

August 21, 2017

We’re home — and the Twins keep winning

What a difference a series makes. After the Twins struggled against Cleveland Indians pitching, including striking out as a team 19 times in a 9-3 loss last week, the Twins powered their way to a three-game sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks. They scored only eight runs in three games versus the Tribe, but exploded for... Continue Reading »

Hi, I’m Rolf Boone, Twins fan.

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.