Last season, the Minnesota Twins had a major turnaround following the worst season in Twins history in 2016. They finished last season with a record of 85-77 and made it to the American League Wild Card game in which they were defeated by the New York Yankees.
This year’s team is somewhat different from last season with several players leaving due to free agency or retirement. Some of the key departures from last year’s team include: backup catcher Chris Gimenez, starting pitchers Hector Santiago and Bartolo Colon and reliever Matt Belisle. Also, reliever Glen Perkins retired.
In the offseason, the Twins upgraded their bullpen....!--more-->
The Minnesota Twins have had a roller coaster of a season thus far. The Twins will resume play Friday after the All-Star break with a record of 45-43, 2.5 games behind the American League Central Division leading Cleveland Indians. They are one game back in a crowded American League Wild Card race.
Yet, the Twins have over achieved given circumstances. To start with, they’re on pace to use a record number of pitchers again this year. Last season, they used 29 pitchers including one appearance from backup infielder Eduardo Escobar.
So far, they’ve had used 27 pitchers including having six relief appearances from backup catcher Chris Gimenez....!--more-->
When I look at the success of the Minnesota Twins thus far this season, there’s one pitcher that stands out -- Ervin Santana.
When Santana takes the mound tonight against the Seattle Mariners at Target Field, he would be making his 13th start of the season which leads the club. He has a record of 8-3 with a 2.20 ERA in 90 innings pitched. He’s allowed 23 runs, 22 of which are earned. He has held opponents to a .154 batting average, but unfortunately has given up 11 home runs. He also has 33 walks with 63 strikeouts.
Santana has pitched three complete game shutouts this season which leads the majors. His most recent shutout Occurred on Friday...!--more-->
Rewind time 17 months. End of March. 2015.
It'd been a rough four year stretch at 1 Twins Way entering the 2015 campaign. Since finishing 94-68 and making the playoffs in 2010, the Twins had lost 90+ games in each of the next four years, becoming all too familiar with the cellar in the AL Central Division — they finished in last three out of those four seasons.
Hall of Famer (and former Twin/Gopher great) Paul Molitor, who took over as the Twins' manager...
2010 was a sweet summer for the Minnesota Twins and their fans.
Target Field opened and the return of outdoor baseball seemed to have everyone in town excited. The Twins went 94-68 — including a 53-28 record at their new grassy, un-domed home — during the regular season. They won the American League Central and Ron Gardenhire was honored with a Manager of the Year award that was long overdue.
Of course, we were swept in three games in the opening round of the playoffs by the New York Yankees (for the second consecutive year), but there was sense that good things lie in the future beneath the blue skies at...!--more-->
Twins pitcher and major free-agent acquisition
Ervin Santana has been handed an 80-game suspension by Major League Baseball for performance-enhancing drugs.
The announcement can bring nothing but disappointment to the Twins. The right-hander was brought in on the largest free-agent contract in team history (4 yr/$55 M) to help a weak rotation and was looked at as a durable player. He had averaged 32 starts in the...!--more-->
The Minnesota Twins have signed Santana.
No, not the former Twin Johan Santana, but Ervin Santana, a right-handed starting pitcher whose first name was Johan before he changed his name to Ervin while playing in the minor leagues with the Anaheim Angels organization to avoid confusion with the former Twins left-handed starter.
The four-year $54 million deal was made official
Saturday. He will earn $13.5 million per year with a fifth-year vesting option of $14 million during the 2019 season or a...!--more-->