• 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. GCTF's Avatar
      GCTF -
      Hopefully things are about to take a left turn at Alburquerque.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Missed most of the game... I've only caught pieces of it. To catch me up... Tell me if I got this straight.

      Verlander out pitched Worley and Worley out pitched Smyly.

      Is that about right?
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      A speedier guy in the two-spot would have scored twice on that play.

      From the dugout, where he would have been sitting when Ryan hit that ball.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Doumit comes thru
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      Missed most of the game... I've only caught pieces of it. To catch me up... Tell me if I got this straight.

      Verlander out pitched Worley and Worley out pitched Smyly.

      Is that about right?
      Pretty much.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Parmelee comes up big... I can feel it
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Good at bat, Plouffsie.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      UGH. There goes the freebie run-scoring opportunity with one out.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Brock Beauchamp View Post
      A speedier guy in the two-spot would have scored twice on that play.

      From the dugout, where he would have been sitting when Ryan hit that ball.
      Agreed.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Come on, Chris. You can't swing at that with a 2-0 count.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by Brock Beauchamp View Post
      Come on, Chris. You can't swing at that with a 2-0 count.
      Nope... That's a young player mistake... No doubt
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Well, that AB was a mix of nice takes and absolutely awful swings.

      Did the pitcher get the ball over the plate even once?
    1. snepp's Avatar
      snepp -
      Not a good plate appearance there.
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      Some really horrible ABs this game, horrible.
    1. GCTF's Avatar
      GCTF -
      Damn.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Ouch. Never threw Parmelee a strike, got one bad call from the ump, and Parms did the rest.
    1. LaBombo's Avatar
      LaBombo -
      Quote Originally Posted by GCTF View Post
      Hopefully things are about to take a left turn at Alburquerque.
      Nope. A revoltin' development instead. But sweet bugs bunny ref.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      I'm not sure we wanted to tie it up or take the lead quite so soon anyway. Let the Tiger bats snooze a while longer. Lie in wait for the ninth...
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by ashburyjohn View Post
      I'm not sure we wanted to tie it up or take the lead quite so soon anyway. Let the Tiger bats snooze a while longer. Lie in wait for the ninth...
      Its setting up nice for that. Dozier... Escobar... Hicks in the 8th... The meat of the order in the ninth.
    1. The Greatest Poster Alive's Avatar
      The Greatest Poster Alive -
      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. It's not fair to expect Worley to be an ace just because he's the best player on a turd of a rotation.
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