Found September 14, 2013 on
The Outside Corner:
Here we are, folks: the End of Season Post-Mortem series. If you're new here (which about 50% of our reader base is in comparison to last year), here's a brief explanation: after a team is eliminated from playoff contention, we're going to put their season under a microscope and look at just what the hell went wrong, what went right, and so on and so forth. The goal is to post these the day after a team is eliminated. Also, for the first ten teams eliminated, we're going to post a series called "Hope for the Hopeless", which is going to be an expanded version of the "What Went Right" portion of the Post-Mortem series pieces.
We didn't expect much from the Twins this spring. And to that extent...well, they delivered. At the very least, the Twins were able to determine which players are a part of their future, and which are not.
Preseason prediction: Things should improve over the last two seasons, but the Twins are still far away from g...
BEST OF MAXIM
MINNEAPOLIS -- As the Minnesota Twins march toward the end of another losing season, there haven't been too many bright spots to speak of lately.
Josmil Pinto, however, has been one of them.
The Twins' rookie catcher has already impressed with his bat during his limited time in the major leagues, but he had his biggest hit of his young career Sunday against Tampa Bay. With...
MINNEAPOLIS -- The rain delay at Target Field on Saturday night lasted exactly two hours and four minutes.
Plenty of time for the Twins' closer to express his gratitude toward a group of fans for riding it out.
At some point during a respite that drove many fans away from an already-thin contingent -- Minnesota trailed 4-0 after 3 innings when the tarps first came out -- Glen...
MINNEAPOLIS -- The strikeout totals for Minnesota's batters have been alarming. The Twins already set a club record for the most strikeouts in a season, and that number continues to grow.
In Friday's 3-0 loss to Tampa Bay, it was the strikeouts Minnesota's hitters simply sat and watched that bothered manager Ron Gardenhire.
The Twins struck out 11 times against the...
This is the ninth edition of Hope for the Hopeless, where we will take a look at the first ten fourteen teams in the league eliminated from playoff contention, and examine what their fans can be optimistic about after a disappointing 2013 season. Next up: the Minnesota Twins.
Well Twins fans, the Justin Morneau era is over. The former AL MVP, due to be a free agent after the...
After losing catcher Joe Mauer to a concussion, the Minnesota Twins are playing it safe with designated hitter Ryan Doumit and allowing him to avoid catching for the remainder of the season.
Since returning from the concussion disabled list on August 16th, Doumit has been used exclusively as a designated hitter and the risk of him taking another foul tip off the mask, was not...
Josmil Pinto is a "hungry" ballplayer manager Ron Gardenhire said Sunday someone who is "really interested" in showing the Twins he deserves a spot on the 2014 roster.
He makes a pretty convincing case.
Pinto launched a three-run home run into the Tampa Bay bullpen in the bottom of the eighth inning Sunday rallying the Twins past the playoff-contending Rays...
Adding Kevin Correia was not the kind of offseason move that caused a buzz around baseball or made Minnesota Twins fans buy a bunch of tickets.
The veteran has given the Twins good value, though. Imagine their rotation without the right-hander.
Chris Archer pitched six innings, and the Tampa Bay Rays added to their slim wild-card lead by beating Correia and the Twins 3-0 on Friday...
The Minnesota Twins have been all but mathematically eliminated from the playoffs for months. And manager Ron Gardenhire thinks his team is playing like it has given up.
Minnesota was held to four hits and shutout for the second straight game, while the Tampa Bay Rays protected their wild-card lead by beating the Twins 7-0 in a game delayed 2 hours, 4 minutes by rain.
MINNEAPOLIS -- By the end, the individual boos and catcalls from the few souls left inside Target Field could be heard plainly.
Not that the Twins needed any more audible reminders of their struggles against the Rays.
And at home.
And in 2013.
Tampa Bay continued to cruise against Minnesota, shutting out the Twins for the second night in a row with a 7-0, rain-delayed shellacking...
After four straight losses that included consecutive shutouts, Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire just wanted to see his team put up a fight in Sunday's series finale against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Minnesota's come-from-behind victory was a bonus.
Ryan Doumit and Josmil Pinto homered off reliever Joel Peralta in a four-run eighth inning, and the Twins ended a 25-inning...
Clinging to the AL's second wild-card spot, the Tampa Bay Rays would appear to have a good chance to help their cause this weekend.
The visiting Rays go for a 10th consecutive victory over the lowly Minnesota Twins in the opener of a three-game set Friday night.
Tampa Bay (79-66) had dropped five of six and 13 of 17 before beating Boston 4-3 on Thursday. Desmond Jennings homered...
Joel Peralta gave up a solo homer to Ryan Doumit in the eighth inning and a three-run drive to Josmil Pinto, and the Tampa Bay Rays stumbled again in the AL wild-card race with a 6-4 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Sunday.
Tampa Bay, which had won its previous three games, wasted a 3-0 lead and dropped to 7-14 from Aug. 25 on. The Rays began the day tied with Texas for the two AL...
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Chris Archer pitched six scoreless innings and the Tampa Bay Rays added to their slim wild-card lead by beating the Minnesota Twins 3-0 on Friday night.
The Rays hold the second wild-card spot with four teams still in striking range. They nudged their edge to 1 games over Cleveland, due to a loss by New York that pushed the Yankees to two games back. Baltimore...
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Joel Peralta gave up a solo homer to Josmil Pinto in the eighth inning and a three-run drive to Ryan Doumit, and the Tampa Bay Rays stumbled again in the AL wild-card race with a 6-4 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Sunday.
Tampa Bay, which had won its previous three games, wasted a 3-0 lead and dropped to 7-14 from Aug. 25 on. The Rays began the day tied with...
It’s Friday the 13th! Spoooooky.
This trbute to Andrew Luck is pretty corny.
No, it’s cool. Concussions are cool.
SEC Football is so messed up.
Oakland 8, Minnesota 2 – The Twins appear ready for the offseason.
Cleveland 14, Chicago 3 – Chicago too.
Cleveland 3, Chicago 1 (Today) – At least they didn’t give up a touchdown, right?