May 18, 2021

Yes, it apparently can get worse, Twins fans

Just when you thought the disappointing play of the 2021 Minnesota Twins couldn’t get any worse, it did Monday after the Twins hit rock bottom, losing 16-4 at home to the Chicago White Sox.

Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa, 10 years removed from the game, returned this season to manage the South Siders. During the offseason, he probably heard, as many of us did, that the Twins, back-to-back AL Central champs, would be the team to beat this season.

After Monday’s loss, I can only imagine that La Russa is thinking, “This is our competition?” Yes, at the moment, I find it hard to believe, too.

The Twins looked completely overmatched on Monday. The White Sox scored their 16 runs on 18 hits, including three home runs (one of which was a grand slam), five doubles and one triple. Wow.

Twins starter J.A. Happ lasted all of three-plus innings, allowing six runs, all earned, on seven hits. He’s now 2-2 with a 5.35 ERA on the season.

The Twins try again on Tuesday. Michael Pineda gets the ball.

Extra innings…

-The Twins are now 13-26.

-Based on the recent play of pitchers Happ and Matt Shoemaker, I can’t imagine that either has a longterm role with the Twins. And with Kenta Maeda dealing with a possible injury, that leaves the Twins with a rotation of Pineda, Jose Berrios and… who do they turn to now?

-Something positive: Fill-in center fielder, Rob Refsnyder, had a 4-for-4 day at the plate, Josh Donaldson mashed his fifth home run of the season and ex-Beaver, Trevor Larnach, smacked another double off the right field wall.

-Bad blood: Position player, Willians Astudillo, was finally called on to pitch the ninth for the Twins. He worked a 3-0 count to White Sox designated hitter, Yermin Mercedes, and then Mercedes broke one of baseball’s unwritten rules. On a 3-0 count, hitters typically wait to see if they’ll be walked. Instead, Mercedes hit Astudillo’s next offering into the stands. Here’s another unwritten rule: payback. Someone in the White Sox lineup is going to get hit with the ball on Tuesday.

-And then there was this…

May 17, 2021

Attention Rocco: Leave Larnach in the lineup

God knows we could use a few silver linings for the Twins this season, and I have one: Trevor Larnach, the rookie outfielder and Beaver alum who made his major league debut this month. He’s already hitting .250 after he had three hits in the Twins’ 7-6 loss to the Oakland A’s on Sunday. Perhaps... Continue Reading »

May 16, 2021

What would former Twins manager Billy Martin do?

I’m tired of waiting. I’m tried of waiting on the defensive shift and the interminable number of “out” pitches that pitchers seem to throw. I’m tired of waiting on the hitters as they wait for the right pitch to hit. In fact, I’m tired of waiting for the game to come to the Minnesota Twins... Continue Reading »

May 12, 2021

The 2021 season ended Tuesday in Chicago for the Minnesota Twins

What in the world has happened? I hate to declare the season over with 129 games still to play, but it effectively is in my book after the Twins took a 3-0 lead over the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field on Tuesday, then watched as the South Siders reeled off nine unanswered runs... Continue Reading »

May 9, 2021

For the Twins, a step forward and two steps back

The Twins won Game 1 of their three-game series against the Detroit Tigers on Friday, only to lose on Saturday. The Twins lost more than the game as well after the club announced that Byron Buxton has landed on the 10-day injured list. It also sounds as if rookie Alex Kirilloff’s wrist problem might be... Continue Reading »

May 7, 2021

Unbelievable: Twins now 0-7 in extra innings

So much for getting the season back on track. After taking two of three games from the Kansas City Royals, it appeared the Twins may have found a little momentum to get another series win over the Texas Rangers. Instead, the club dropped three of four games to the Rangers at home, including two more... Continue Reading »

May 5, 2021

Twins fall to 0-6 when playing free baseball

The Twins remained winless in extra-inning games on Tuesday after the bullpen collapsed late to give the Texas Rangers the 6-3 win. The club beat the Rangers on Monday, 6-5, but both games were very similar. Here’s why: starting pitching did not go deep into the game, which meant manager Rocco Baldelli had to go... Continue Reading »

May 3, 2021

Twins win first series in a month

The Twins took two of three games from the division-leading Kansas City Royals, and they did it in smash-mouth style, scoring nine runs in Game 1 and 13 runs on Sunday. It was the first series win for the Twins since they took two of three games from the Detroit Tigers in early April. The... Continue Reading »

May 1, 2021

It’s called a winning streak, Twins fans

The Twins made it two wins in a row on Friday after their Game 1 beat down of the AL Central-leading Kansas City Royals, 9-1. Two rookies made key contributions to the win, and where would the Twins be without Byron Buxton? Rookie Alex Kirilloff hit two home runs and drove in four of the... 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.