Let’s talk Twins: Spring Training Is Here

We got about a foot of snow like in the last 12 hours, it seems, yet spring is in the air. Spring camp has started in Florida, and the Twins have acquired some of the pitching help we’ve been asking for the last few years in relievers Fernando Rodney and Addison Reed, as well as starters Michael Pineda, Anibal Sanchez and Jake Odorizzi. I realize two of those three starters likely won’t factor in this season (if Sanchez does at all), but it’s still good to see some transactions happening…

A Look At The NFC and AFC Championships

All we gotta do is get there. Bring it home. For the first time in history, become a Super Bowl team at our home stadium. Once we get there, anything can happen. If the Titans can beat the Chiefs and the Jaguars can beat the Steelers, the Vikings can beat the Patriots at home and become the best football team on the planet to put a cap on what would be the greatest sports season in Minnesota history. It should be easy right? Getting there? The Purple and Gold are…

Petter’s Playoff Preview: Sending the Saints Marching Home

Happy 2018 y’all. It’s been months since my last post. Hopefully one or two of you remember me. I couldn’t pass up the chance to write a blog previewing the first Vikings playoff matchup this year — the year they’re facing the highest expectations since before I was born. So here goes. We all remember Week 1: Vikings throttle the Saints 29-19, and people write New Orleans off as a sub-par squad that’ll probably miss the playoffs. We’ve also all seen this week’s headlines: the Saints are not the same…

Byron Buxton: Fielding Phenomenon

What. A. Season. The Twins lost to the Pinstripes. I don’t care. I wrote the Twins off this year. I thought Mauer was over the hill. I thought the rotation would be the worst in the league. I thought the bullpen would be the worst in the league. I thought Miguel Sano and, maybe, Max Kepler would produce decently on offense. Boy was I wrong. Sure, the pitching was by no means top-of-the-line, but those boys kept the Twinkies in ball games. Ervin Santana was the ace I said time…

Time To Let Kershaw Off The Hook?

“He’s an elite pitcher, but he can’t pitch in the playoffs.” 7IP, 3H, 1ER, 1HR, 11K, 83P. Clayton Kershaw led the Dodgers to the World freakin’ Series, and he puts up numbers like that. People can no longer say he doesn’t have the clutch factor because of a couple rough starts in years past. The guy is lights out, period. Invincible. I think I saw last night was the first time a pitcher has struck out 11 with no walks in the World Series, and I’d look it up to…

Chad Bettis Makes Ultimate Comeback

In a game where playing it was more important than winning it, Chad Bettis did both and completed an awe-inspiring comeback from chemotherapy on testicular cancer to pitching seven scoreless innings to help the Rockies to a win Monday over the Braves. This is the stuff that makes me love the game of baseball. These inspirational, motivational events have a way of pulling at your heartstrings. Last year it was Reds pitcher Michael Lorenzen hitting a home run right after returning to the game after his father’s death, as well…

Best And Worst Nickname Jerseys

All 30 teams in Major League Baseball will wear newly designed threads for Players Weekend, coming August 25-27. The nickname jerseys are pretty creative with the colors, logos and, of course, the nicknames. You’ll have to figure out your own favorite nicknames from all the teams on your own, but here are my top five best and top five worst nickname jerseys as far as design is concerned. Nicknames. Custom gear. And the sickest jerseys you’ll ever see.#PlayersWeekend is coming: Aug. 25-27. https://t.co/yHdg1ehoigpic.twitter.com/i9BEbcfaX1 — MLB (@MLB) August 9, 2017 Worst…

Jaime to Minny?

By the time you read this, it might be a done deal, or it might be caput, but here’s what I have on the proposition of the Twins trading for Jaime Garcia. Let’s start with some good old fashioned stats. Career: 65-52 record, 3.65 ERA, 804 strikeouts in 1002 innings, 1.288 WHIP. 2017: Keep in mind, this is for the Braves, who have scored 4.64 runs per game (17th in MLB) The Twins are 20th in the category at 4.55. 3-7 in 17 starts, 4.33 ERA, 81 Ks in 106…

Petter’s Midseason MLB Awards Predictions

Why did I waste away doing nothing during the MLB days off last week when I could’ve been contemplating who will win the three major awards in each league once this season is over? Here are my predictions, most of which come from my heart, not necessarily my head. American League MVP: Joe Mauerse Altuve Sorry, just had to throw out there my hot take that Joe Mauer is not a valuable first baseman. He’s a cancer in the heart of the lineup. First base is supposed to be that…

Batflip MLB All Star Recap

I was working during both nights, but I’ve got a few takeaways from the all-star break from what I saw online. Home Run Derby 1. The most obvious: Aaron Judge is a robot I picked him up in fantasy in the third week of the season, and Mike Trout is the only pick I’ve ever been more impressed with myself over. I had no doubt going into this week that Judge would win the derby. A flick of the wrist, and that ball’s 500 feet away. Top two derby performances…