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Front Page: Twins Game Recap (8/24): Sano 3-Run Bomba, Bu...

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 07:39 AM
The Twins trailed the Tigers 4-1 heading into the bottom of the fifth inning tonight at Target Field, but Miguel Sano smashed a go-ahead...
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Andrew Luck retiring, Mauer and others. A perspective.

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 07:41 AM
In a stunning announcement, Andrew Luck, 29 years old, announced today be was retiring from the NFL. Maybe I should state he is 29 years...
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Front Page: Twins Minor League Report (8/24): Gray, Webb...

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 07:26 AM
In the Twins' minor leagues on Saturday night, the E-Twins were on the road but got a huge late-inning home run to take a lead. In Cedar...
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Front Page: Twins Game Recap (8/23): Berríos, Bullpen Can...

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 07:14 AM
Kicking off the Players Weekend, the Twins hosted the first of a three-game series against the team with the worst record and offense in...
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7 things nobody saw coming this season

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 06:40 AM
Read this article and was not surprised to see this disclaimer (it is, after all, the Twins, right???) : "Now, obviously, there are envir...
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Twins Game Recap (8/24): Sano 3-Run Bomba, Bullpen Boost Twins to Victory

The Twins trailed the Tigers 4-1 heading into the bottom of the fifth inning tonight at Target Field, but Miguel Sano smashed a go-ahead three-run homer to turn the game and the bullpen held on as Minnesota prevailed 8-5. Taylor Rogers was perfect over the final 1 2/3 innings to slam the door shut.


Twins Game Recap (8/23): Berríos, Bullpen Can’t Hold Baseball’s Worst Offense

Kicking off the Players Weekend, the Twins hosted the first of a three-game series against the team with the worst record and offense in baseball, while sending their ace, to the mound. But La Makina's August struggles persisted, allowing the Tigers to win the opener, 9-6.


6 Players Who Have Contributed Most to the Twins Winning Ways in 2019

In the year of the bombas, the Minnesota Twins have greatly outperformed the expectations of fans, evaluators, and probably the team itself. The Twins have been able to enjoy the magnitude of success that they have due to some remarkable individual efforts. Players such as Max Kepler, Mitch Garver, and Jorge Polanco have taken the next step forward, while Miguel Sano and Byron Buxton have come closer to becoming the superstars we all anticipated. Meanwhile, Nelson Cruz looks like the ghost of Babe Ruth and the pitching staff is also much improved.


Ranking Minnesota Twins’ Players Weekend Nicknames

For the third consecutive year, MLB and the Players’ Association are holding a weekend to honor the players, including unique jerseys with nicknames on the back. This year’s jerseys have been getting mixed reviews since they are pretty basic black and white. One of the reasons for the choice is it will allow player’s accessories like batting gloves, compression sleeves, and spikes to standout more.


Series Preview: Let's Get Down To Business

As we continue through the “cupcake” part of the schedule, it’s good to re-evaluate the status of the team after each series as it feels like their play recently has had the same peaks and valleys of a heartbeat monitor. They gave the Rangers the business before losing another home series, this time to a weak White Sox team. But I maintain that their play in both series was awfully similar and lady luck in game 1 of the White Sox series is the only thing standing between a series win and the series loss they suffered. Nonetheless, they move on to facing the Tigers at home and I have my choice of a number of Motown artists, Jack White, and Eminem, a solid list you have there, Detroit.


Getting Defensive

Remember when Doug Mientkiewicz was really good at first base for the Twins one year, but Rafael Palmiero won the Gold Glove despite barely playing the position that year? Defensive analysis and Gold Glove voting have come a long way since then. Whether we agree with each of them, there are now at least several statistical data to measure defense.

SABR Defensive Index is one of those data points and it is used to help select the Rawlings Gold Glove Award ®. According to their site, “The SABR Defensive Index accounts for approximately 25 percent of the Rawlings Gold Glove Award selection process that was added to the votes from the managers and coaches.”

A perfect system? No. But a better system? Probably.


7 Weird Stats About Jose Berrios’ Season

Coming into the 2019 Major League Baseball season Jose Berrios found himself entrenched in the Minnesota Twins rotation as the staff ace. Betting sites had tabbed him with something like a 25/1 chance to win the American League Cy Young Award, and the overall strength of Rocco Baldelli’s staff was expected to rely on the anchor that is a six-foot, always smiling Puerto Rican.


3 Unexpected Players the Twins Have Been Able to Rely Upon

The Twins have needed a lot to go right for them in order to hold the lead in the AL Central. For every playoff team, that includes getting production from unexpected players. The Twins have had many notable players help them win this season, but I will be highlighting three players who have dramatically out-performed expectations coming in to 2019 to help put the Twins in the spot they are in today.


6 Potential Non-Roster September Call-ups Who Could Impact Games

For the last time under the current rules, teams will be able to add as many as 15 players to their active bench once the calendar turns to September.

Teams won't add that many, but we can certainly expect the bullpen shuttle to finally stop when rosters expand. Players like Devin Smeltzer, Lewis Thorpe, Kohl Stewart, Cody Stashak and Randy Dobnak will know where they'll spend the entirety of September relatively early in the month.


Twins Game Recap (8/21): Giolito Throws Complete Game as Sox Take Series

After a huge night from the Minnesota Twins’ offense that was led by Nelson Cruz, and a perfect night from the bullpen, the Twins were set up to win the series today as Jake Odorizzi faced off against Lucas Giolito. Odorizzi ran into trouble early and Giolito sailed through the Twins’ lineup as the White Sox take a series in Minnesota. For the Mets, Marcus Stroman gets his second chance against the Indians in less than a month to help the Twins and keep their lead at three games.


Twins Game Recap (8/20): Cruz Leads Twins Offensive Explosion

Monday night was a bit of a come down to earth for the Minnesota Twins, who cruised their way to a four-game sweep against the Texas Rangers over the weekend. However, the Twins jumped right back on the gas pedal last night again, putting up 14 runs on 10 extra-base hits against the Chicago White Sox. In New York, the Mets took care of business, beating the Cleveland Indians by a score of 9 to 2, which helped the Twins extend their lead in the division back up to three games.


Twins Game Recap (8/19): Twins Unable to Mount Comeback, Drop Series Opener 6-4

After completing a four-game sweep in Texas, the Twins returned home to start a three-game series against the Chicago White Sox. With the Cleveland Indians off for a day before starting a three-game series in New York against the Mets, the Twins had an opportunity to expand their division lead another half game to three. Nelson Cruz was back in the lineup and Luis Arraez hit leadoff for the first time in his career but the Twins fell to Chicago by a final score of 6-4.