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  • Series Preview: Tigers @ Twins, 4/1

    Twins vs Tigers Opening SeriesIt's Opening Day!

    In a rare Opening Day homestand, Target Field looks to be blustery and cold for the home opener as baseball begins anew in 2013.

    Several questions linger from Spring Training... How will the Twins pitching staff hold up amidst several injuries? How will the new pick-ups Vance Worley, Kevin Correia, and Mike Pelfrey perform in this opening set against the reigning division champs?

    Game one will pit trade acquisition Vance Worley against former Cy Young winner Justin Verlander.

    Game two will see free agent acquisition Kevin Correia line up against Anibal Sanchez.

    Game three has Tommy John recipient Mike Pelfrey square off against Rick Porcello.

    2012 Team Statistics:

    Twins:
    Joe Mauer 147 545 81 174 31 4 10 85 243 90 88 8 .319 .416 .446 .861 4.9
    Ben Revere 124 511 70 150 13 6 0 32 175 29 54 40 .294 .333 .342 .675 1.7
    Denard Span 128 516 71 146 38 4 4 41 204 47 62 17 .283 .342 .395 .738 2.8
    Ryan Doumit 134 484 56 133 34 1 18 75 223 29 98 0 .275 .320 .461 .781 2.1
    Jamey Carroll 138 470 65 126 18 1 1 40 149 52 65 9 .268 .343 .317 .660 1.8
    Justin Morneau 134 505 63 135 26 2 19 77 222 49 102 1 .267 .333 .440 .773 1.1
    Josh Willingham 145 519 85 135 30 1 35 110 272 76 141 3 .260 .366 .524 .890 4.4
    Darin Mastroianni 77 163 22 41 3 2 3 17 57 18 45 21 .252 .328 .350 .678 0.4
    Alexi Casilla 106 299 33 72 17 2 1 30 96 16 52 21 .241 .282 .321 .603 0.4
    Trevor Plouffe 119 422 56 99 19 1 24 55 192 37 92 1 .235 .301 .455 .756 1.8
    Brian Dozier 84 316 33 74 11 1 6 33 105 16 58 9 .234 .271 .332 .603 0.5
    Chris Parmelee 64 192 18 44 10 2 5 20 73 13 52 0 .229 .290 .380 .671 -0.2
    Matt Carson 26 66 3 15 1 0 0 4 16 2 21 0 .227 .246 .242 .489 -0.3
    Eduardo Escobar 14 44 4 10 0 0 0 6 10 2 8 1 .227 .271 .227 .498 -0.1
    Pedro Florimon 43 137 16 30 5 2 1 10 42 10 30 3 .219 .272 .307 .579 0.1
    Tigers:
    Hernan Perez 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500 1.000 0.0
    Miguel Cabrera 161 622 109 205 40 0 44 139 377 66 98 4 .330 .393 .606 .999 7.5
    Andy Dirks 88 314 56 101 18 5 8 35 153 23 53 1 .322 .370 .487 .857 1.9
    Avisail Garcia 23 47 7 15 0 0 0 3 15 3 10 0 .319 .373 .319 .692 -0.1
    Prince Fielder 162 581 83 182 33 1 30 108 307 85 84 1 .313 .412 .528 .940 5.0
    Austin Jackson 137 543 103 163 29 10 16 66 260 67 134 12 .300 .377 .479 .856 4.9
    Gerald Laird 63 174 24 49 8 1 2 11 65 14 21 0 .282 .337 .374 .710 0.6
    Delmon Young 151 574 54 153 27 1 18 74 236 20 112 0 .267 .296 .411 .707 -0.7
    Quintin Berry 94 291 44 75 10 6 2 29 103 25 80 21 .258 .330 .354 .684 0.9
    Omar Infante 64 226 27 58 7 5 4 20 87 9 23 7 .257 .283 .385 .668 0.4
    Bryan Holaday 6 12 3 3 1 0 0 0 4 0 2 0 .250 .250 .333 .583 0.0
    Alex Avila 116 367 42 89 21 2 9 48 141 61 104 2 .243 .352 .384 .736 1.7
    Brennan Boesch 132 470 52 113 22 2 12 54 175 26 104 6 .240 .286 .372 .659 -0.4
    Jhonny Peralta 150 531 58 127 32 3 13 63 204 49 105 1 .239 .305 .384 .689 1.1
    Danny Worth 43 74 9 16 3 0 0 3 19 13 23 0 .216 .330 .257 .586 0.1
    Ramon Santiago 93 228 19 47 7 1 2 17 62 20 39 1 .206 .283 .272 .555 -0.6
    Jeff Baker 15 35 1 7 2 0 0 4 9 2 10 0 .200 .243 .257 .500 -0.1
    Brad Eldred 5 16 1 3 1 1 0 1 6 1 6 0 .188 .235 .375 .610 -0.1
    Don Kelly 75 113 14 21 2 1 1 7 28 14 22 2 .186 .276 .248 .523 -0.6
    Ryan Raburn 66 205 14 35 14 0 1 12 52 13 53 1 .171 .226 .254 .480 -1.6
    Comments 293 Comments
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Opening Lineups:

      Twins:
      Aaron Hicks CF

      Joe Mauer C
      Josh Willingham LF
      Justin Morneau 1B
      Ryan Doumit DH
      Trevor Plouffe 3B
      Chris Parmelee RF
      Brian Dozier 2B
      Pedro Florimon SS
      (Vance Worley P)

      Tigers:
      Austin Jackson CF
      Torii Hunter RF
      Miguel Cabrera 3B
      Prince Fielder 1B
      Victor Martinez DH
      Andy Dirks LF
      Jhonny Peralta SS
      Alex Avila C
      Omar Infante 2B
      (Justin Verlander P)
    1. Badsmerf's Avatar
      Badsmerf -
      Good job on the line-up to Gardy. The top 7 should be comparable to any team in the league. Hopefully this team will at least score some runs and play decent defense.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Yeah, not a lot of complaints about that lineup. I don't like Florimon starting but ah, whatever. Gardy wasn't exactly given a plethora of options to run out at short...
    1. edavis0308's Avatar
      edavis0308 -
      It'll be a problem that takes care of itself when Florimon proves to be the best defensive shortstop of all time.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by edavis0308 View Post
      It'll be a problem that takes care of itself when Florimon proves to be the best defensive shortstop of all time.
      I heard he's going to take the field performing double back-flips just to how Ozzie how it's done.
    1. Shane Wahl's Avatar
      Shane Wahl -
      Hell yes about the lineup. This is *exactly* how I would construct it. That is the first time I have ever said that on opening day at least in the Mauer era.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by Shane Wahl View Post
      Hell yes about the lineup. This is *exactly* how I would construct it. That is the first time I have ever said that on opening day at least in the Mauer era.
      Usually, I'm happy when I merely dislike Gardy's lineups. To be neutral on a lineup is a huge win for me.

      To see a lineup that's just about ideal, well... That doesn't happen very often.
    1. chuchadoro's Avatar
      chuchadoro -
      I'm glad Dozier isn't batting 2nd. He was apparently pressing last year and doesn't need added the pressure of filling a spot in the batting order that is above his capability. Batting Mauer at #2 makes a lot more sense than Dozier at #2 and Parmelee at #8.
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      Nice lineup. The pitching matchups otoh, not so thrilling.....good luck to the team, and have fun everyone that gets to go.
    1. sorney's Avatar
      sorney -
      Delmon Young!! Hehehehe, just seeing that name gives me hope the Tigers might choke (I know he isn't with them anymore, but any team willing to take him on isn't the brightest)
    1. tmerrickkeller's Avatar
      tmerrickkeller -
      Sorry - can't figure it out, so help me. I see the stat line on everyone, above, and I get that it is GP, AB, R, H, 2B, 3B, HR, RBI, (mystery stat), BB, SO, SB, AVG, OBP, SLG, OPS, WAR. So what's the mystery number?
    1. jay's Avatar
      jay -
      Stay warm out there today, kids. High of 37 with a windchill pushing it lower. Eek.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Sorry, I forgot to grab the top row of cells.

    1. jay's Avatar
      jay -
      Total bases.
    1. jay's Avatar
      jay -
      Brock, I'm assuming these series previews will be a recurring theme. Since I prefer not to ever leave TD, could you add game times and broadcast info with the pitching matchups?
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by jay View Post
      Brock, I'm assuming these series previews will be a recurring theme. Since I prefer not to ever leave TD, could you add game times and broadcast info with the pitching matchups?
      Will do. I had to piece this one together in a rush, as I forgot to do it over the weekend. I'll be sure to add those elements to future updates.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by Badsmerf View Post
      Good job on the line-up to Gardy. The top 7 should be comparable to any team in the league. Hopefully this team will at least score some runs and play decent defense.
      Did you glance at who the Twins are playing today?

      OK, Detroit is only better from 1-6, not 7.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by sorney View Post
      Delmon Young!! Hehehehe, just seeing that name gives me hope the Tigers might choke (I know he isn't with them anymore, but any team willing to take him on isn't the brightest)
      When you're at least willing to spend money to win championships, a dumb move or two won't kill you. And even in Delmon's case, the dumb move of acquiring him paid off in the playoffs, Young improbably has the record for the most Tiger post-season HRs.
    1. jay's Avatar
      jay -
      Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post
      Did you glance at who the Twins are playing today?

      OK, Detroit is only better from 1-6, not 7.
      Come on, I'd certainly take Mauer over Torii and I'd call Dirks/Plouffe a coin flip (neither is established, but have flashed skills).

      That'd still be...
      1 - Tigers
      2 - Twins
      3 - Tigers
      4 - Tigers
      5 - Tigers
      6 - Flip it
      7 - Twins

      [sad face]
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      It seems like this offseason lasted forever and I am glad that we are now getting back to actual baseball. Go Twins!
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