5:25 PM EDT, Sat May 25, 2019
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Game 51: White Sox at Twins

Game 51: White Sox at Twins

The roll continues. First Pitch: 1:10 pm CDT TV: FSN Radio: TIBN Winners of nine of their last ten, the Twins are averaging 10 runs per game over the previous six ballgames. They’ve lost back-to-back games just once all month and just three times all year long. Today, they’ll yet again have the privilege of facing a recently-injured starter; this time it’s lefty Manny Banuelos, who’s been out of action for two weeks after straining a shoulder in Cleveland. It’s a great day to raise his 7.26 ERA even higher. Going for the Twins is Kyle Gibson, Minnesota’s most “meh” starter...
8 hours ago
Twinkie Town Talk: You Can’t Spell Twins Without Wins

Twinkie Town Talk: You Can’t Spell Twins Without Wins

In case you missed it: The Twins absolutely socked the White Sox, which isn’t surprising. What is surprising? Our hometown heroes didn’t homer until the third inning. Speaking of homers, Sano’s round-tripper in the third inning marked the Twins’ 100th bomb of the season. For comparison sake, the Twins jacked 166 homers last season. What’s more, the Twinkies are the second team in Major League history to hit 100 four-baggers in first 50 games of the season. How many home runs will they hit this season? Speaking of Miguel Sanó, he’s hitting .364 with four home runs, six runs...
17 hours ago
Twins 11, White Sox 4: Lazy offense only hits three HRs

Twins 11, White Sox 4: Lazy offense only hits three HRs

It seemed close at first. Until it was not. I hope the Twins’ hitters aren’t afraid of needles, because there’s probably a small army of blood-testers gonna be sticking ‘em at this pace. Jose Berrios allowed Chicago to rattle him a little bit early on. A leadoff throwing error from team-leader Jorge Polanco in the second would eventually result in four White Sox runs, only one earned. 4-1, Pale Hose. Then, ring-ring. Offense coming. Miguel Sano started it with a walk (!), Jonathan Schoop got HBP, and a Byron Buxton double made it 4-3. Next inning? Jackers from Sano and Eddie...
22 hours ago
Game 50: White Sox @ Twins

Game 50: White Sox @ Twins

50 is old for humans, but they don’t live to be 162. Time: 7:10 Central. Vegas Line: -220 MIN / +185 CHW Weather: Mostly clear, start temp, 71° Opponent’s SB site: South Side Sox TV: FSN. Radio: How alarm clocks woke us up in the Paleolithic Era Tonight’s Sox starter, Reynaldo López, is a 25-year old righthander who throws pretty good gas; mid-90s or above. Unfortunately for him, he tends to walk a lot of hitters and give up a lot of dingers. Sine the Twins are on an unstoppable dong-fest right now, watch López throw a perfect game tonight. La Maquina has been a little more human...
May 24, 2019
The unlikely rise of Ryne Harper

The unlikely rise of Ryne Harper

As a wise man once said, “real men have curves” Remember on February 9th, when you read on your favorite Twins website (this one) that Ryne Harper would be invited to Spring Training in a non-roster role? Of course you don’t, and neither does anyone else. The Twins actually signed Harper before the 2018 season and he spent the entirety of that season in the minor leagues (39 innings at AA, 26 at AAA). He was a fairly solid relief pitcher the whole way through the season, posting a 3.60 ERA, 1.092 WHIP, 1.4 BB/9 and an 11.9 K/9. Perhaps he deserved a September call up opportunity but...
May 24, 2019
Luis Arráez pulls Rod Carew’s bat from Target Field concrete

Luis Arráez pulls Rod Carew’s bat from Target Field concrete

“Whoso pulleth out this lumbere...” Before joining the Double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos to start the 2019, infielder Luis Arraez stopped at Target Field, where a bat stuck out of a block of concrete in the stadium’s foundation. For over nine seasons, the bat - belonging to Hall of Famer Rod Carew - had remained firmly in place. Construction workers didn’t dare break the concrete, and scores of incoming Twins had tried to remove the bat, but it remained in place. Arráez pulled out the bat with ease. “I’ve seen little guys, sluggers, even a handful of pitchers go down into that...
May 24, 2019
In Hindsight: Should the Twins have signed Manny Machado?

In Hindsight: Should the Twins have signed Manny Machado?

Could the Twins be even hotter than they are? This off-season, there was lots of discussion about whether or not the Twins should sign Manny Machado. They didn’t, obviously, which elicited many “Cheap Pohlads!!!” comments. The Twins opted instead to sign some players with less star power and rely on Jorge Polanco at shortstop. Let’s see how that plan is panning out for them. The Twins, obviously, have been very successful as a team this year. Top of the division, hitting lots of a home runs, and generally cruising. But let’s compare Machado’s stats to the stats of the players...
May 24, 2019
Twinkie Town Talk: The try it left handed edition

Twinkie Town Talk: The try it left handed edition

In case you missed it The Twins hit a lot of homers, on their way to beating the Angels. Elsewhere in Twins Territory The Angels were not happy about having to play yesterday, as they now won’t have an away game for another three weeks. Angel fans weren’t exactly happy with Matt Harvey, either. The Twins scored 6 runs off Matt Harvey in the second inning. His ERA is 7.23."Try left-handed, Harvey," yelled one of the hundreds of fans in attendance at this makeup game. Each one can be heard clearly.— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) May 23, 2019 Souhan brings us another really lousy...
May 23, 2019
Twins 16, Angels 7: A dinger for every occasion

Twins 16, Angels 7: A dinger for every occasion

Birthday? Anniversary? The Twins have dongs of all shapes and sizes! The Twins have hit so many homeruns lately that in order to keep things fresh every time a player hits a homer I am going to just describe it with unrelated nonsense. I thank you for your understanding* Yesterday’s game finally happened, and boy oh boy did the bats come out in full gosh darned force. An alien from Alpha Centauri wearing the skin suit of the once-good pitcher Matt Harvey would take the mound for the Angels, opposite the Twins’ Martin Pérez. Welcome to the top of the 2nd! Perez had just gotten out of a...
May 23, 2019
Game 49: Angels at Twins (Again.)

Game 49: Angels at Twins (Again.)

Maybe this one will actually happen. First Pitch: 3:07 PM CentralSee it: FSNOHear it: TIBNSmell it: Hide under the benches in one of the dugouts.Feel it: Don’t do this, you’ll go to jail. Baseball was supposed to be yesterday. It wasn’t. Baseball wasn’t supposed to be today. It is. So now I have to cover this game for you all, which ruins the important plans I had of hiding in my apartment, shirking all responsibility, and accomplishing nothing. Ugh, I was so looking forward to that. I think the Twins will win because Martin Perez is way better than the weird 2019 version of Matt...
May 22, 2019
Twins at Angels: Postponed ‘til tomorrow

Twins at Angels: Postponed ‘til tomorrow

A washout in L.A. In case you weren’t aware, it does in fact rain in southern California. While there are varying reports on exactly how much rain fell in the Los Angeles — the non-game game thread suggests it was somewhere between a quarter and a half-inch of liquid — the consensus seems to be that there is not a drainage system underneath the field at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. That meant that there was no way a baseball game was taking place on Wednesday night and the game was postponed due to unplayable field conditions. (For the record, it was only the third postponed game at the...
May 22, 2019
Game 49: Twins at Angels

Game 49: Twins at Angels

Let’s go sweeping. First Pitch: 8:07 pm CentralTelly: FOX Sports North; fubo.tv (subscription)Ear telly: WCCO 830 AM, Treasure Island Baseball Network; twinsbeisbol.com (español)Know Thine Enemy: Halos Heaven Heading into the series finale in Los Angeles, the Minnesota Twins have won seven of their last eight games. Unfortunately, Thursday brings an off day, although it is well-deserved. Also of note: tonight’s game starts at 8:07 p.m. Central — one hour later than the last two nights. I know, I know, it was super generous of the schedulers to give the Twins an extra hour to travel...
May 22, 2019
Twins Late May Minor League Update

Twins Late May Minor League Update

Stephen Gonsalves is back! So is Nick Gordon... again Triple-A: Rochester Red Wings Pitching: Stephen Gonsalves has finally come off the IL, only to find himself plagued in his first start by the same issue he dealt with last year—poor control and command. He walked five through two innings and gave up a single earned run. When Gonsalves was a prospect cruising through the low minors he was always said to have better numbers than stuff, meaning he knew how to pitch well enough to get guys out even if he didn’t have any plus pitches. But now he is on the door of the big leagues and guys...
May 22, 2019
Twinkie Town Talk: The dongs, jacks, and taters edition

Twinkie Town Talk: The dongs, jacks, and taters edition

In case you missed it Our friends at Hockey Wilderness need a new site manager, if you happen to like the Wild and writing, you might take a gander. Kyle brought us the next tier of possible draft prospects Twins versus Angels happened again. These west coast games end after my bed time, so take my word for it Elsewhere in Twins territory The gaping hole in Michael Pineda’s game is his proclivity to giving up the home run. Fangraphs prescribes a change of approach as the potential cure for his dong-er-itis. C.J. Cron has been a pretty good hitter for the Twins, but his brother...
May 22, 2019
Twins 8, Angels 3: Comeback Complete

Twins 8, Angels 3: Comeback Complete

The local nine move to 5-1 on this road trip down the coast of the Pacific Ocean. The first couple of innings did not look favorable to the Minnesota Twins tonight and it seemed that the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim would stymie the Twins’ chance to secure a series win. However, the bats came alive late and in full force, but was it enough? Read on... The Angels struck early in the game tonight, with Michael Pineda’s third pitch of the game being launched beyond the wall in left field by Mike Trout. The Angels struck again in the bottom of the second as Pineda struggled a bit with two...