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Happiest surprise for you this season?

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 01:18 PM
Since there isn't a lot going on in the minor leagues right this second, I figured I'd ask what your favorite surprise was this season fo...
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Game Thread: Twins @ Tigers 9-24 11:10 AM CT

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 01:11 PM
ANNND Welcome back! To Minnesota Twins Whine Line: Cocktail Lounge Edition! I am your waiter for the afternoon, Van Benoit. The Twins are...
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Article: Escobar Steps Up

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 01:11 PM
The Twins won on Friday night in Detroit. Later in the night, Angels and the Rangers lost, so the Twins have a 3 1/2 game lead on the 2nd...
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It's Never Too Early for Magic Number

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 12:48 PM
Just a little Spreadsheet fun for those interested in knowing how many wins/losses the Twins need to clinch a playoff spot  ...
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Scoreboard Watching

Other Baseball Today, 12:26 PM
We haven't done much September scoreboard watching around here the past few years, but we are in that mode now.Last night was a great nig...
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MIN 10, DET 4: Twins Blow Out Tigers Bullpen

One moment it looked like the Twins were going to blow a quality start from Ervin Santana, the next moment they were blowing out the Tigers. An eight-run eighth inning turned the tables in this one as the Twins destroyed the Detroit bullpen.


Escobar Steps Up

The Twins won on Friday night in Detroit. Later in the night, Angels and the Rangers lost, so the Twins have a 3 1/2 game lead on the 2nd AL Wild Card with eight games to play. Another way to look at that? The Twins magic number for a playoff spot is down to six.

Not convinced yet? Here are the playoff odds for the Twins according to some reliable national websites.

FanGraphs - 88.1%
Baseball Prospectus - 90.0%
FiveThirtyEight - 90%

In other words, it is officially OK to be excited about the Twins playoff chances.


MIN 7, DET 3: Gibson, Offense Keep Rolling

How about that Kyle Gibson? He delivered another quality start as the Twins beat the Tigers, and has people starting to wonder if he’s turned the corner. Of course, having some premium run support hasn’t hurt his cause, either. The bats delivered another nice cushion for Gibby tonight, scoring six runs while he was in the game.


MIN 12, DET 1: Once Again, The Twins Bounce Back

That’s more like it! After a demoralizing sweep, the Twins opened up a stretch in which they’ll face the Tigers in seven of their final 10 games by delivering a strong message. I'm sure Detroit would love to play the role of spoilers, but it appears the Twins aren’t gonna have any of that.


Twins Exhibit As A Flawed But Fearsome Foe

Leaving New York, the Minnesota Twins likely couldn’t get on the plane out of town soon enough. Being outscored by 12 runs over three games, it was relatively apparent that the hometown nine was overmatched. What was also clear to see however, is that this current group is capable of putting the pressure on, and that remains a dangerous combination going forward.


Where Are We Now? (152 Down, 10 To Go)

On Wednesday, the Twins lost in New York to the Yankees (Rinse. Repeat.) Fortunately, the Twins got help from the American League Central Division champions from Cleveland. Late on Wednesday night, the Angels lost a second-straight one-run game at the hands of Cleveland. That combination of events means that the Twins, despite their struggles in New York, they still have a 1.5 game lead in the American League Central. With all these losses, could another team work its way into the picture?

Nine days ago, we took a look at the teams competing with the Twins for the second American League Wild Card spot. Seven teams were within four games of each other with between 18 and 20 games to play.


Game Thread: Twins @ Tigers, 9/21@6:10pm CT

New York was absolutely no fun at all, but it’s ok… we got time to have some fun yet. We have a 4-game series in Detroit that begins tonight.

Yesterday was my birthday, and to be honest, at the age of 52 my brain is pretty much mush. It’s been mush for a while but it gets mushier with each passing year. In consideration of that mushiness, I’ve decided to re-cycle my birthday game thread opener from last year.

Yes I was born on September 20th and my family will probably take me out to Buffalo Wild Wings or Red Lobster for supper. They said I could pick where my surprise party will be at. A birthday is just one day out of 365 and in most cases… it’s a pretty routine day. However… in my case… some very unique things have happened to me on my birthday in the past.

Here are some things to think about:


Those Damn Yankees

The cast of characters may have changed, but the story never does. The Twins went into Yankee Stadium this week and endured a beatdown.

They are now 33-89 against the Bombers since Ron Gardenhire first took over in 2002, including 2-12 in the playoffs, and Wednesday's loss was their eighth in nine tries at Yankee Stadium under Paul Molitor.


NYY 11, MIN 3: Twins Crumble At Yankee Stadium (Again)

The Yankees completed their sweep with a bang, blowing out the Twins 11-3. That’s the bad news, and it definitely stings. The good news? The rest of the AL Wild Card contenders are steeped in mediocrity. No matter what happens with the Angels tonight the Twins will maintain their lead in the Wild Card race.


Searching For Relief

I know better. I know my ire surrounding Twins manager’s Paul Molitor’s bullpen usage is not really directed at Paul Molitor. It is directed at the baseball gods, for the baseball gods have given us these arms, arms that seem promising in spurts, but which have turned the sixth and seventh innings into a natural gas leak.

The Twins are at least one arm short in the bullpen and the result has been a couple of close losses and a couple of comeback wins. But opposing teams know the Twins Achilles heel, and somehow, amazingly, it isn’t the starting pitching. It’s the middle innings, after the starters get to that third trip through the order but before Molitor douses the remaining embers with Trevor Hildenberger and Matt Belisle.


NYY 5, MIN 2: Tough Night For Berrios, Twins

The Twins led early but surrendered four unanswered runs and Jose Berrios lasted just 3.1 innings. Outside of Joe Mauer, this is an entirely different team than the one that endured so much heartbreak against the Yankees, yet the Twins continue to be snake bit. What gives?


2017 Twins Minor League All Star Team

The Minnesota Twins minor league season came to about ten days ago, but it was a successful season all around.
  • The Rochester Red Wings won 80 games and lost a tie-breaker for the wild card spot in the International League playoffs.
  • The Chattanooga Lookouts were the best team in the Southern League and shared the league’s championship due to Hurricane Irma.
  • The Ft. Myers Miracle had a terrific second half to earn a playoff berth where they lost in the first round.
  • The Cedar Rapids Kernels earned their playoff spot in the first half. They won their first playoff series before losing in Game 3 of the West Division championship. The team that beat them, Quad Cities, went on to win the Midwest League championship.
  • The Elizabethton Twins won another Appalachian League title, and it appears they will remain a Twins affiliate for another five years (or more).
  • The Gulf Coast League team won its division and lost in the GCL semifinals.
  • The Dominican Summer League Twins also made the playoffs in 2017.
Last week, we announced our minor league awards: