• Series Preview: Twins @ Orioles, 4/5

    The Twins surprised many over their opening homestand by taking two of three from the Detroit Tigers behind solid pitching efforts and inconsistent offense. They look to continue that pitching production as they head to Baltimore for their first road trip of the season, a three game set against the Orioles.

    Justin Morneau has been an offensive bright spot for the team, going 4-for-10 with 3 BB in the opening series. In yesterday's 8-2 win over the Tigers, even Parmelee and Hicks contributed, with the latter picking up his first Major League hit in the 5 run eighth inning.

    Just three games into the season, the Twins are already patching together a starting rotation, with Opening Day starter Vance Worley jumping ahead of the fifth starter, Cole De Vries, and pitching Saturday against Orioles starter Chris Tillman. With De Vries feeling tightness in his forearm during a bullpen session, his start has been pushed back a day. The Twins also look to the return of lefty Scott Diamond, who is returning from a December surgery to remove bone chips from his pitching arm and expects to return to the rotation sometime mid-month.

    Game 1:
    Twins @ Orioles, Camden Yards - 2:05pm Central
    Television: FSN North
    Radio: Twins Broadcast Network

    Liam Hendriks:
    GP GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO W L P/GS WHIP BAA ERA
    Career 20 20 1 0 108.2 135 77 69 20 32 66 1 10 92.0 1.54 .307 5.71

    Jake Arrieta:
    GP GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO W L P/GS WHIP BAA ERA
    Career 64 58 0 0 334.1 343 209 198 46 142 254 19 23 95.9 1.45 .265 5.33

    Game 2:
    Twins @ Orioles, Camden Yards - 6:05pm Central
    Television: FSN North
    Radio: Twins Broadcast Network

    Vance Worley:
    GP GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO W L P/GS WHIP BAA ERA
    2013 Regular Season 1 1 0 0 6.0 8 3 3 0 1 3 0 1 101.0 1.50 .308 4.50

    Chris Tillman:
    GP GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO W L P/GS WHIP BAA ERA
    Career 51 51 0 0 266.2 271 156 140 41 104 182 16 18 92.5 1.41 .262 4.73

    Game 3:
    Twins @ Orioles, Camden Yards - 12:35pm Central
    Television: FSN North
    Radio: Twins Broadcast Network

    Cole De Vries:
    GP GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO W L P/GS WHIP BAA ERA
    Career 17 16 0 0 87.2 88 48 40 16 18 58 5 5 90.2 1.21 .252 4.11

    Jason Hammel:
    GP GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO W L P/GS WHIP BAA ERA
    2013 Regular Season 1 1 0 0 6.0 3 3 3 1 1 2 1 0 75.0 0.67 .158 4.50

    Twins Offense:
    NAME GP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB BA OBP SLG OPS OWAR
    Eduardo Escobar 2 2 0 1 1 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 .500 .500 1.000 1.500 0.0
    Wilkin Ramirez 2 2 0 1 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 .500 .500 1.000 1.500 0.0
    Trevor Plouffe 3 9 3 2 1 0 1 1 6 3 2 1 .222 .417 .667 1.083 0.0
    Justin Morneau 3 10 1 4 1 0 0 0 5 3 1 0 .400 .538 .500 1.038 0.0
    Josh Willingham 3 10 1 2 0 0 1 2 5 3 4 0 .200 .385 .500 .885 0.0
    Pedro Florimon 3 8 1 3 1 0 0 2 4 0 1 0 .375 .375 .500 .875 0.0
    Jamey Carroll 2 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 .333 .500 .333 .833 0.0
    Joe Mauer 3 13 2 4 1 0 0 0 5 1 2 0 .308 .357 .385 .742 0.0
    Brian Dozier 2 7 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 3 0 .143 .250 .143 .393 0.0
    Ryan Doumit 3 13 1 2 1 0 0 1 3 0 4 0 .154 .154 .231 .385 0.0
    Chris Parmelee 3 10 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 2 5 1 .100 .250 .100 .350 0.0
    Aaron Hicks 3 12 0 1 0 0 0 2 1 2 7 0 .083 .214 .083 .298 0.0

    Orioles Offense:
    NAME GP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB BA OBP SLG OPS OWAR
    Chris Davis 3 11 4 7 3 0 3 11 19 1 1 0 .636 .692 1.727 2.420 0.0
    Matt Wieters 3 10 3 4 1 0 1 3 8 3 1 0 .400 .538 .800 1.338 0.0
    Adam Jones 3 14 5 7 2 0 0 2 9 0 0 1 .500 .500 .643 1.143 0.0
    Brian Roberts 3 12 1 5 1 0 0 1 6 0 0 1 .417 .417 .500 .917 0.0
    Nolan Reimold 3 7 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 2 3 0 .286 .444 .286 .730 0.0
    Nate McLouth 2 8 0 2 1 0 0 1 3 1 1 1 .250 .333 .375 .708 0.0
    J.J. Hardy 3 13 1 2 1 0 1 2 6 0 3 0 .154 .154 .462 .615 0.0
    Manny Machado 3 14 1 2 1 0 0 0 3 1 4 0 .143 .200 .214 .414 0.0
    Nick Markakis 3 14 3 2 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 .143 .200 .143 .343 0.0
    Comments 210 Comments
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ultima Ratio View Post
      Possible overreaction: So, anyone want to make Capps and offer now?
      No. I would rather try out more young guys than bring Capps back.
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      Quote Originally Posted by glunn View Post
      No. I would rather try out more young guys than bring Capps back.
      Are you calling Capps old or a gal?
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ultima Ratio View Post
      Are you calling Capps old or a gal?
      Old and washed up.
    1. JeffReboulet's Avatar
      JeffReboulet -
      Bert is definitely not a Liam Hendriks fan.
    1. DedunoTheMuffinMan?'s Avatar
      DedunoTheMuffinMan? -
      Why didn't Perkins come in to face Davis? With the bases loaded and the best hitter in baseball (currently) up, I think you bring in your best left arm.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Quote Originally Posted by DedunoTheMuffinMan? View Post
      Why didn't Perkins come in to face Davis? With the bases loaded and the best hitter in baseball (currently) up, I think you bring in your best left arm.
      That makes sense to me.
    1. stringer bell's Avatar
      stringer bell -
      A waste of a nice day by Dozier and a good game from Plouffe. Not so sure about Escobar although he got two hits. Liam spent all his live rounds getting out of the fourth I guess. Obviously, he'll get another chance, but having a 4-1 lead and basically giving it back isn't good. I think there is some truth to the CW that starters going deep into games helps the bullpen. They need a good outing from Vanimal tomorrow.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by DedunoTheMuffinMan? View Post
      Why didn't Perkins come in to face Davis? With the bases loaded and the best hitter in baseball (currently) up, I think you bring in your best left arm.
      I'm not entirely against that logic, but the manager also has to play the long game. He can't treat every situation like it's the World Series; he needs also to learn who he can rely on in a long season and who he can't, and with luck also develop a young player by throwing him into the fire and (hopefully) have some success to build on. Gardy probably confirmed a suspicion, at a pretty high cost, and without anything to build on, in this instance. But to have a successful season the entire 25-man roster has to contribute, and especially in the early season you have to manage on that assumption, and let the outcome dictate what happens next. In other words, weighing the potential upside versus the very obvious downside, it doesn't seem like a boneheaded move to me.
    1. snepp's Avatar
      snepp -
      A team destined to lose upwards of 90 games has very little to lose by playing for the wins that are there for the taking now.

      But Perkins should be fresh in September when they're making that push to stay out of the cellar, so we've got that to look forward to.
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      Best pitcher comes in there. Closers are a stupid idea whose time will come.
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