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Twins 9, Cubs 5: I hope you like offense

Twins 9, Cubs 5: I hope you like offense

Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports The Twins fell behind early, but the offense came alive later in the game to get them the win. In the first, the Twins jumped out to an early 2-0 lead. The first run scored on a strikeout and throwing error that allowed Luis Arraez to score from 3rd. Then Josh Donaldson hit a sacrifice fly RBI. The Cubs answered with three consecutive 1-run innings to take a 3-2 lead. That including a couple of solo shots against Twins starter Griffin Jax. The Twins answered the Cubs with 3 runs of their own in the 4th inning, 2 of them coming from Nick...
13 hours ago
Game 151: Twins at Cubs

Game 151: Twins at Cubs

Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports The title pretty much says it all. First pitch: 6:40 PM CDT TV: Bally Sports North Radio: TIBN, WCCO 830 Know thine enemy: Bleed Cubbie Blue Today's Lineups TWINS CUBS Luis Arraez - 2B Rafael Ortega - CF Byron Buxton - CF Frank Schwindel - 1B Jorge Polanco - SS Ian Happ - RF Josh Donaldson - 3B Willson Contreras - C Max Kepler - RF Patrick Wisdom - 3B Miguel Sano - 1B Alfonso Rivas - LF Nick Gordon - LF Matt Duffy - 2B Mitch Garver - C Nico Hoerner - SS Griffin Jax - RHP Alec Mills - RHP Griffin Jax -...
Sep 19, 2021
Blue Jays 5, Twins 3: Not great!

Blue Jays 5, Twins 3: Not great!

Jersey swap time! | John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports The Twins allow 5 in the opening frame, and that’s all Toronto needed to win. Well, it’s hard to win baseball games when you give up 5 runs in the first inning, and that is precisely what happened to the Twins on this Sunday afternoon. Twins starter Luke Farrell only lasted one inning, after giving up 5 runs on 7 hits. This included three RBI singles and a two run home run by Bo Bichette. After that, the scoring was all from Minnesota, as the Twins were able to chase old friend José Berríos in the 7th inning...
Sep 19, 2021
Game 149: Twins @ Blue Jays

Game 149: Twins @ Blue Jays

John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports The Twins look to take the series on a Sunday afternoon in Toronto. They’ll have to beat an old friend to do so. First Pitch: 12:07PMCT TV: Bally Sports North Radio: WCCO 830, Audacy, TIBN, 102.9 The Wolf Know Thine Enemy: Bluebird Banter Happy Sunday, Twinkie Town! Today, the Twins take on the Blue Jays in the final game of the series in Toronto. Luke Farrell (1-0, 1.31 ERA) will take the ball for the Twins, and José Berríos (11-8, 3.43 ERA) makes his first ever start against Minnesota. I’m sure I’m not the only one who...
Sep 19, 2021
When did you know this team would be bad?

When did you know this team would be bad?

Photo by David Berding/ It was a fateful afternoon in Oakland... In every losing Twins season, there is usually a moment I can think back on and declare “this is when I knew it was all going off the rails”. In 2016, the 0-9 start did the trick. The ‘18 campaign prolonged the suspense a bit longer, but back-to-back walk-off losses against Cleveland in early August represented my final straw. Just recently, the Twins’ postseason eligibility was mathematically revoked. This got me thinking—in the vein of Whitney Houston’s eternal query—when did I know ‘21...
Sep 18, 2021
Well, that about caps it

Well, that about caps it

Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports and not Matt Capps These are desperate times. Writing about Twins baseball at this point in this season, is like writing about things that happened to you in middle school. For the vast majority, caring about sad things long out of our control simply isn’t worth the time. We’re busy. Even if we’re not busy, we’re too busy for deep analysis of a given Twins game. I fear the comments section of each day’s game thread seems to reflect this level of apathy. We’ve been beaten down, and for the most part, we’ve surrendered. For...
Sep 18, 2021
Blue Jays 6, Twins 2: Silver linings

Blue Jays 6, Twins 2: Silver linings

Photo by Mark Blinch/ We may not be able to beat the Yankees directly, but we can get sneaky with it! The series is inherently more important for Toronto than it is for Minnesota, but after helping the Yankees gain ground last night, Twins fans can at least take solace in the fact that the Blue Jays fought back against the Bombers today. The Toronto victory this afternoon — 6-2 the final — has brought the Blue Jays up a game in the standings, coupled with Cleveland’s 11-3 drubbing of the New York this afternoon. The Jays are now the third-place team in the...
Sep 18, 2021
Game 149: Twins at Blue Jays

Game 149: Twins at Blue Jays

Photo by Cole Burston/ The bomba continues...hopefully. First Pitch: 2:07 pm CDT TV: Bally Sports North / MLB.TV Free Game of the Day (blackouts apply) Radio: WCCO 830 / The Wolf 102.9 FM / TIBN / Audacy You’ll have to wait a little longer for Minnesota’s first-ever duel against Jose Berrios, but if last night’s game was any indication, the waiting might be just as fun as the hotly-anticipated Sunday matchup. On the back of the bomba, the Twins won 7-3 in the series opener, and they’ll try to keep the same energy going to prop up Bailey Ober this afternoon....
Sep 18, 2021
Even when they win, the Twins find ways to disappoint me

Even when they win, the Twins find ways to disappoint me

Photo by Cole Burston/ Why I’d rather they’d lose this weekend Hi there friends! Did you just read that title right? You might be thinking to yourself “Ugh, that Marea. She’s like the worst and/or craziest writer on the Twinkie Town staff and she’s lost her damn mind. Again.” Maybe so. But allow me to explain, ok? We all know 2021 is the dumpsteriest dumpster fire of a season that we could have possibly imagined. (Well, ok, the Orioles probably win that award, but for the sake of my post, it was the dumpsteriest season Twins Territory could have imagined. ...
Sep 17, 2021
Twins 7, Blue Jays 3: Live by the bomba, die by the bomba, but not tonight (the die part)

Twins 7, Blue Jays 3: Live by the bomba, die by the bomba, but not tonight (the die part)

If you’re gonna sit back and admire it that much, you need to add some kind of wicked bat flip. Just my opinion. Twins slug their way into a gift for teams you like less. Michael Pineda escapes a long inning caused by rather predictably bad fielding, and Minnesota slugs it all over Toronto. This puts the Blue Jays (whose fans are always the nicest, politest visitors to Target Field) one-half-game behind the forking Yanquis and BoSox for the WC. This is a tough one for me, as your Twins have six games left this season against Toronto. We want Twins players to do well,...
Sep 17, 2021
Game CXLVIII: Twins @ Blue Jays

Game CXLVIII: Twins @ Blue Jays

This is wrestler "Johnny Impact." Not in the furry suit. | Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/ You'll have to wait until Sunday for La Makina. Time: 6:07 Central. Vegas Line: -200 TOR / MIN +180 Weather: Clear, comfy, 20° Canadian at first pitch Opponent’s SB site: Bluebird Banter TV: BS North. Radio: Most Canadian stations have call signs starting with C, sensibly enough Eight-year MLB veteran lefty Hyun Jin Ryu has been one of the most successful KBO players to reach our shores; he was an All-Star in 2019, and started a World Series game in 2018 (both firsts for KBO...
Sep 15, 2021
Cleveland 12, Twins 3: A full squad implosion

Cleveland 12, Twins 3: A full squad implosion

The Clevelands had fun in this one. | Jordan Johnson-USA TODAY Sports This was an ugly one If you glanced at the score and saw that it was 12 to 3 and you saw an ‘L’ next to Griffin Jax’s name, you probably assumed that the poor rookie was shelled. While wasn’t exactly sharp once he reached the second time through the lineup, Jax was far from the Twins’ biggest issue on this night. He was just one of several. Jax faced only one batter above minimum through the first three innings. A pair of doubles plated the first run of the game for Cleveland in the fourth....
Sep 15, 2021
Game 147: Spider Guardians at Twins

Game 147: Spider Guardians at Twins

Photo by David Berding/ Any zoologists out there? Is there such a thing as a Spider Guardian? First Pitch: 6:40 pm CDT TV: Bally Sports North Radio: WCCO 830 / The Wolf 102.9 FM / TIBN / Audacy The 70-73 Spider Guardians are still in town, looking to finish the series strong after yesterday’s 7-inning doubleheader split. To do so, they’ll enlist righty Cal Quantrill, who in my opinion is one of the league’s more under-the-radar Star Wars names. They can’t all be Akil Baddoo, but I think I will convince a couple people this evening that Cal Quantrill belongs in...
Sep 15, 2021
Arraez and Sanó offer stark contrasts and a refresher lesson in relative value

Arraez and Sanó offer stark contrasts and a refresher lesson in relative value

Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/ They go about it in opposite ways, but create about the same level of offensive production Yesterday, Zach had an article here where he conducted a blind statistical comparison of Max Kepler and Miguel Sanó. Zach pointed out the two players have eerily similar batting lines over the past two seasons even though they are perceived quite differently by the fan base. When Zach’s post went up, I was most of the way through a similar thought exercise involving Sanó and a different comparable Twin — Luis Arraez. Where Kepler...
Sep 14, 2021
Twins 6, Cleveland 3: Back on target

Twins 6, Cleveland 3: Back on target

Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports The Twins earned a split of today’s doubleheader. After losing game 1 of today’s doubleheader the Twins tasked Charlie Barnes with the start tonight. He pitched 3 scoreless innings and one not-so-scoreless inning. That inning was the 3rd, where Cleveland notched 4 hits against Barnes, 2 of them being doubles to score the game’s first 3 runs. Amed Rosario, Jose Ramirez, and Franmil Reyes each contributed an RBI and things weren’t looking great for the Twins. Surprisingly the Twins came roaring back in the 4th inning. Jorge...