June 1, 2021

Twins win 16th straight versus Orioles

The Twins finished 6-1 against the Baltimore Orioles in 2018, went 6-0 in 2019 and they are now 4-0 this season to make it 16 wins in a row over the Birds, including the Twins’ 3-2 victory on Monday in extra innings.

The Twins continue to have success against the Orioles, although I wouldn’t call them emphatic victories. The Twins scored a run on an RBI ground out, a wild pitch and finally Jorge Polanco hit a solo home run in the 10th inning.

Strong starting pitching kept the Twins in the game. Jose Berrios made a quality start, allowing just one run over eight innings, although he didn’t figure in the decision. The win went to reliever Taylor Rogers, the save to Hansel Robles, his fourth.

Big Mike gets the ball on Tuesday.

Extra innings…

-Why didn’t the Orioles play the Twins in 2020? Because of the pandemic-induced shorter season, the Twins played only within the AL Central and NL Central.

-It was nice to see Josh Donaldson have a good game. He had three hits, a walk and looked sharp defensively at third base.

-If you think the Twins have gotten off to a slow start this year, think again. I say that after hearing Twins broadcaster Dick Bremer recall May 1982 during Monday’s broadcast. That month the Twins played 29 games and won only THREE of those contests. That’s right: the Twins were 3-26. The three wins were a 3-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox on the road, a 10-6 win over the Red Sox at home and an 8-7 win over the Orioles on the road. The Twins lost 102 games that season.

-I’m not the only one who thinks the Twins can still turn this season around. (OK, sometimes I feel that way).

This is what ESPN baseball writer Bradford Doolittle had to say:

I think Cleveland and Minnesota will eventually flip spots in the AL Central. Cleveland has too many holes in its lineup, and the rotation hasn’t been that great, either. Too much of the weight there is carried by Jose Ramirez and the bullpen. Also: So far, Cleveland has played one of MLB’s easiest schedules. Meanwhile, the Twins have way too much talent and depth to have played as poorly as they have over the past few weeks. They are already snapping back into form.

-Old friend alert: Former Twins pitcher Kohl Stewart picked up the win on Monday in the Chicago Cubs’ 7-2 victory over the San Diego Padres, which is no small feat considering how well the Padres are playing. Stewart allowed an unearned run over five innings with a walk and two strikeouts.

 

May 31, 2021

Signs of life give way to reality: The Twins aren’t very good

The four-game winning streak and the sweep of the Baltimore Orioles got me fired up, thinking that the Twins were beginning to work their way out of a deep hole and were on to better times. And then they went and dropped two of three games (at home no less) to the Kansas City Royals,... Continue Reading »

May 30, 2021

Ho-hum, Twins win

I wish I was more enthusiastic about the Twins win on Saturday. The 6-5 win helped even their series with the Kansas City Royals, it’s just that I don’t care about the Twins winning two of three games anymore. The Twins swept the Baltimore Orioles and needed to sweep the Royals to get this season... Continue Reading »

May 27, 2021

So far, so good: Twins improve to 20-29 with sweep of Orioles

The 2021 Minnesota Twins have their first sweep and four-game winning streak of the season after they edged the Baltimore Orioles 3-2 on Wednesday. Once again they fell behind early in the game, but Michael Pineda gave the Twins another quality start, Miguel Sano hit a three-run home run and the bullpen did just enough... Continue Reading »

May 26, 2021

Can the Twins make it 4 wins in a row?

The Twins have won three straight games for only the second time this season after they rallied again to beat the Baltimore Orioles, 7-4, on Tuesday. A win tomorrow and the Twins can claim their first sweep of the season. Jose Berrios struck out seven over five-plus innings, allowing three runs, but only one run... Continue Reading »

May 25, 2021

I can feel it, Twins fans. Can you?

There was a lot of talk about momentum after the Twins’ 8-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Monday, and that just might mean this team — a team largely unchanged from winning seasons in 2019 and 2020 — is about to put two months of terrible baseball behind it and go on a little... Continue Reading »

May 24, 2021

Twins snap extra-innings losing streak with 8-5 win over Tribe

Finally. After falling to 0-8 in extra-innings, the Twins once again found themselves in the 10th inning, tied at 5-5 against the Cleveland Indians on Sunday. But this time they were unbowed. Luis Arraez took his place at second base, Josh Donaldson earned a free pass to first base, then Kyle Garlick worked a full... Continue Reading »

May 23, 2021

The bad luck continues: Twins now 0-8 in extra innings

I was all prepared to write that the Twins are starting to turn things around, and then they went and lost in extra innings again to the Cleveland Indians on Saturday. The Tribe gave Shane Bieber a 3-0 lead, but the Twins came back against one of baseball’s best pitchers to tie the game. But... Continue Reading »

May 19, 2021

Tyler Duffey was right to throw behind Yermin Mercedes

Social media and the talking heads of ESPN were abuzz on Tuesday, loudly pontificating on the unwritten rules of baseball after the Chicago White Sox’s Yermin Mercedes hit a ninth inning home run off Willians Astudillo to extend Chicago’s lead to 16-4 from 15-4 on Monday. The unwritten rule is that you take a 3-0... Continue Reading »

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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.