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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 -
      Quote Originally Posted by jay View Post
      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]
      Mauer is definitely better than Torii but as you listed there, it gets pretty ugly after that point...

      Still, I'm slightly bullish on the Twins lineup this season. I think they'll be somewhere around middle-of-the-road with the ability to narrowly make the top five if things go right, narrowly miss the top ten if things go horribly wrong (again).
    1. diehardtwinsfan's Avatar
      diehardtwinsfan -
      yay baseball!!!!

      Worley vs. Verlander.... why is it I have a feeling it's going to be a long season in the pitching department.
    1. Highabove's Avatar
      Highabove -
      Will this be the Game thread?
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by Highabove View Post
      Will this be the Game thread?
      Yep. The first game of every series will have its game thread in the "series preview". I don't see the point in creating a second thread for what is essentially conversation about the first game of the series.
    1. notoriousgod71's Avatar
      notoriousgod71 -
      Jamie Hersch? It's too cold to tell if I like her or not
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      During the team intros, the Tigers got "Jessica" by the Allman Brothers. Awesome. The Twins got something unlistenable. C'mon! (had to find something to whine about.)
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Looking at the fans in the stands, I'm quite happy that I didn't try to pick up tickets for today's game.
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      2013 Predictions:

      Exceeding expectations: Dozier

      Expectation flopper: Burton

      74-88 4th in central

      Twins win today 5-4. Go Twins!
    1. PseudoSABR's Avatar
      PseudoSABR -
      Quote Originally Posted by Brock Beauchamp View Post
      Yep. The first game of every series will have its game thread in the "series preview". I don't see the point in creating a second thread for what is essentially conversation about the first game of the series.
      That sounds logical, but I was pretty confused.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Appealing to Joe Mauer for the strike call. I like that.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by PseudoSABR View Post
      That sounds logical, but I was pretty confused.
      Any suggestions to clarify the process is certainly welcome.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Lead off single. Season over.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Ugh. Dozier running the wrong direction and missed an easy play.

      Understandable why it happened but ugh.
    1. nmoline's Avatar
      nmoline -
      Worley not looking good and defense not looking good. Twins win 10 games all year.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Brock Beauchamp View Post
      Sorry, I forgot to grab the top row of cells.
      Not possible to edit an article? Not good form to change content in reaction to comments of course, but to fix a glitch seems worth it.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Quote Originally Posted by nmoline View Post
      Worley not looking good and defense not looking good. Twins win 10 games all year.
      Wow, you did not take long to sour on this season. Let's hope for a double play here.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Lookin' sharp out there, boys. Sharp like a bowling ball.
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      That's some back luck Vance.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Badsmerf View Post
      The top 7 should be comparable to any team in the league.
      Dozier in the 8th slot makes for a potentially decent comp as well, unless you are forecasting really bad things.
    1. PseudoSABR's Avatar
      PseudoSABR -
      Quote Originally Posted by Brock Beauchamp View Post
      Any suggestions to clarify the process is certainly welcome.
      Maybe when the lineups are announced (or an hour before game time, whatever) change the title of the thread to game day thread? (I know the lineups were announced extra early today).
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