• 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. Danchat's Avatar
      Danchat -
      1st inning turns out exactly as I imagined. 2-0 Tigers. We are gonna be bad. Really bad. Worley is our BEST pitcher.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by PseudoSABR View Post
      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).
      Unfortunately, the system does not appreciate the changing of article names in the forum. The system will simply duplicate the article thread again when it can't find the original.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Idea for a contest: pick the game and inning when Worley gets his first swing and miss. I'll go with inning 2 of the first game he pitches in an NL stadium.
    1. notoriousgod71's Avatar
      notoriousgod71 -
      Hopefully the Twins can get a hit in the first so I can turn my attention elsewhere.
    1. snepp's Avatar
      snepp -
      So, ummm, how did the Tigers ever manage to score without having the 2-hole hitter bunting Jackson to 2nd?


      [/mind blown]
    1. nmoline's Avatar
      nmoline -
      Quote Originally Posted by glunn View Post
      Wow, you did not take long to sour on this season. Let's hope for a double play here.
      A lot of dp opportunities moving guys with balls in the dirt. It's alright, Morneau is going to win the AL MVP so 2 runs will be nothing to overcome.
    1. notoriousgod71's Avatar
      notoriousgod71 -
      Ha, I was scrolling through scores and just assumed LAA at Cincinnati was still an exhibition. What a travesty to have interleague every day.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Quote Originally Posted by snepp View Post
      So, ummm, how did the Tigers ever manage to score without having the 2-hole hitter bunting Jackson to 2nd?


      [/mind blown]
      Hicks takes care of that problem for the Twins.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Plouffe makes that play.
    1. Badsmerf's Avatar
      Badsmerf -
      Quote Originally Posted by notoriousgod71 View Post
      Ha, I was scrolling through scores and just assumed LAA at Cincinnati was still an exhibition. What a travesty to have interleague every day.
      Its just different. Everyone will get used to it I think. I always felt Interleague play was a little hokey to begin with.
    1. Badsmerf's Avatar
      Badsmerf -
      Quote Originally Posted by Brock Beauchamp View Post
      Plouffe makes that play.
      Better question, does Sano make that play?
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by Badsmerf View Post
      Its just different. Everyone will get used to it I think. I always felt Interleague play was a little hokey to begin with.
      I prefer seeing league parity with 15 teams apiece over a batch of interleague play.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by Badsmerf View Post
      Better question, does Sano make that play?
      He would have intimidated the ball to first base.
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      Quote Originally Posted by notoriousgod71 View Post
      Ha, I was scrolling through scores and just assumed LAA at Cincinnati was still an exhibition. What a travesty to have interleague every day.
      could not disagree more, I want more interleague play. I wanted to see Bonds live, in person. Why not let people see the best players live?
    1. snepp's Avatar
      snepp -
      Quote Originally Posted by Badsmerf View Post
      Better question, does Sano make that play?
      If he hits anything like Cabrera, I don't care.
    1. GCTF's Avatar
      GCTF -
      Quote Originally Posted by Brock Beauchamp View Post
      Plouffe makes that play.
      Batista makes that play?
    1. Musk21's Avatar
      Musk21 -
      Season Over. Pathetic.
    1. TheLeviathan's Avatar
      TheLeviathan -
      Twins really know how to dampen enthusiasm......
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by GCTF View Post
      Batista makes that play?
      While reading the Bible.
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      How about not so good a pitch with two strikes there Vance
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