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    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. TheLeviathan's Avatar
      TheLeviathan -
      With the way it worked out, I almost would've rather had Mauer leading off the ninth.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Quote Originally Posted by TheLeviathan View Post
      With the way it worked out, I almost would've rather had Mauer leading off the ninth.
      Welcome Leviathan! I feel the same way.
    1. Physics Guy's Avatar
      Physics Guy -
      Quote Originally Posted by TheLeviathan View Post
      Just finished saying to my wife how hard it must be to be a rookie with the spotlight on you and your teeth are chattering through everything you're supposed to say. I guess I went with pity initially.
      I think she's done a good job during post game for the Wild, so I'd blame weather and first game.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Down 2, one on, two out. 2-0 count, sitting fastball...and slice it softly to the LF corner. Sad. And a demonstration of why he isn't "one of the top 5 hitters in the game."
    1. LaBombo's Avatar
      LaBombo -
      Quote Originally Posted by The Greatest Poster Alive View Post
      So it sounded like everyone was ready to bury Worley on Twitter early in his start... but he managed to go 6 IP and only give up 3 earned... Obviously not an ideal start... but out of a 3rd starter that's not bad.
      To that I would add that he was facing what is widely considered in the non-TD baseball world to be one of the better offensive lineups in MLB. Pretty encouraging outing...
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
      Down 2, one on, two out. 2-0 count, sitting fastball...and slice it softly to the LF corner. Sad. And a demonstration of why he isn't "one of the top 5 hitters in the game."
      I can't even get mad about that. I'm still bothered by that 4th run. That one was on Joe. Maybe even more so than on Duensing or Roenicke.

      That's a big run... It was important.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
      Down 2, one on, two out. 2-0 count, sitting fastball...and slice it softly to the LF corner. Sad. And a demonstration of why he isn't "one of the top 5 hitters in the game."
      Softly? If he hits that just a bit harder or a bit softer, it's a hit.

      Sometimes (most of the time), a ball hit in the air is caught.

      Unless you really want to argue Joe's .920 career OPS with men on base.

      How much would you be bitching if he rolled it over to second? He put the ball in the air and didn't get great wood on it. Even 1941 Ted Williams failed 59.4% of the time.
    1. GCTF's Avatar
      GCTF -
      That's one loss.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Ok... And we'll see ya Wednesday night.

      Worley kept em in the game. Something to build on.
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      Agree with the chief, sometimes Mauer needs to try to pull the ball an hit a homer.... not usually but in some instances like this -- with two outs and 2-0 count. Sit dead red and go for it.

      Gonna be a long season
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      I can't even get mad about that. I'm still bothered by that 4th run. That one was on Joe. Maybe even more so than on Duensing or Roenicke.

      That's a big run... It was important.
      Agreed. That was a much worse play than the opposite field fly out.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      And are we really going to start bitching at Mauer for only getting on base 60% of the time in a game?

      Come on.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Quote Originally Posted by Brock Beauchamp View Post
      Softly? If he hits that just a bit harder or a bit softer, it's a hit.

      Sometimes (most of the time), a ball hit in the air is caught.

      Unless you really want to argue Joe's .920 career OPS with men on base.
      It was hit softly. Looping fliner. That's why the LF got to it easily. You can quote OPS all you want (although you downplayed it earlier in this very thread, when you claimed if we "properly weighted OBP" Mauer's much better), but in that situation, a good hitter doesn't settle for that. He looks for his pitch, and if he gets anything close to it, he takes a shot at the RF seats. That's what's expected. That's what dangerous hitters do. This was weak.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
      It was hit softly. Looping fliner. That's why the LF got to it easily. You can quote OPS all you want (although you downplayed it earlier in this very thread, when you claimed if we "properly weighted OBP" Mauer's much better), but in that situation, a good hitter doesn't settle for that. He looks for his pitch, and if he gets anything close to it, he takes a shot at the RF seats. That's what's expected. That's what dangerous hitters do. This was weak.
      I "downplayed" OPS (which I really didn't do) and Mauer's OPS is still .920 with men on base. If you weight it properly, he looks even better as a hitter.

      Joe went 2-4 and walked once. You need to reevaluate what you expect from the man. Jesus.

      How about we lay some blame on the other eight guys in the lineup who combined for a fearsome five hits over nine innings?
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Yeah but it ranks way down on the list of bad. Morneau's at bat when we needed a base runner was 10 times worse.

      But the play behind the plate... Is worse yet. That's fundamentals... Ball in the dirt... Get down and block...

      Standing up is something a third grade catcher does and I'm not exaggerating. 3-2 game bases loaded... Two outs.

      He should seriously be docked a million from his salary for that.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Looks like the Twins' vendors won't be selling bottled beer this year.

      / For the twelve-year-olds reading this: it's because the Twins LOST THE OPENER! Memorize this one, you can use it pretty much every year.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
      It was hit softly. Looping fliner. That's why the LF got to it easily. You can quote OPS all you want (although you downplayed it earlier in this very thread, when you claimed if we "properly weighted OBP" Mauer's much better), but in that situation, a good hitter doesn't settle for that. He looks for his pitch, and if he gets anything close to it, he takes a shot at the RF seats. That's what's expected. That's what dangerous hitters do. This was weak.
      Joe Mauer =Wade Boggs as a slightly more powerful Catcher version? Joe will join Wade in the HOF, but both are not Cabrera, Hamilton or Pujols, they are low ISO- but yes, still HOF, tablesetters, therefore, by definition, much less dangerous.

      Wade Boggs- wOBA-.381/BABIP- .344/wRC+ 132/BB%- 13.1%/Singles/Hits 74.8%/OBP .415
      Joe Mauer- wOBA- .377/ BABIP- .345/wRC+ 133/BB%- 12.2%/Singles/Hits 71.6%/OBP .405
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Boggs is a decent Mauer comp but it can't be ignored that Boggs played a ton of games in Fenway while Mauer is stuck in Target Field.
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      So, how did the team do on the little things? Not well, again. So sad.
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      Btw, criticizing one at bat for Maurer is not the same, at all, as criticizing his career. But it sure is a great straw man.
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