• Series Preview: Twins @ Royals, 4/8

    Twins at Royals series previewYour first place Minnesota Twins.

    It's not a term Twins fans have heard since October 2010 but coming into a three game set with the Kansas City Royals, that's exactly the position the surprising Twins are sitting after two series wins to open the season. Behind some solid pitching performances and timely hitting, the Twins enter their third series against division rivals Kansas City sitting atop the American League Central with a 4-2 record, tied for first place with the White Sox.

    But not all has been going right for the young Twins team. Liam Hendriks looked much like his 2012 self against Baltimore, throwing a clunker against the Orioles and exiting the game after only 4 2/3 innings. Rookie centerfielder Aaron Hicks has also struggled, compiling only two hits in the first 26 ABs of his Major League career. The Twins look to get those two youngsters back on track early. With Scott Diamond throwing rehab in the minors and Sam Deduno not far behind him (and Rich Harden not far behind him), the team's patience with Hendriks could be limited and another stint in Rochester could be just around the corner if he doesn't begin to establish himself against the Royals. Hicks should receive a longer leash, as there are no good replacements available in the minors and backup centerfielder Darin Mastroianni has been battling a foot contusion in the past week and cannot play a full nine inning game.

    Game 1:

    Twins @ Royals, Kauffman Stadium - 3:10pm Central - 4/8/2013
    Television: FSN North
    Radio: Twins Broadcast Network

    Kevin Correia - Twins:
    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 7.0 7 2 2 0 1 2 0 0 97.0 1.14 .259 2.57

    Ervin Santana - Royals:
    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 5 4 4 3 1 8 0 1 98.0 1.00 .217 6.00

    Game 2:

    Twins @ Royals, Kauffman Stadium - 7:10pm Central - 4/9/2013
    Television: FSN North
    Radio: Twins Broadcast Network

    Mike Pelfrey - Twins:
    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 5.1 5 2 0 0 2 1 1 0 96.0 1.31 .238 0.00

    Jeremy Guthrie - Royals:
    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 5 1 1 0 1 9 1 0 94.0 1.00 .227 1.50

    Game 3:
    Twins @ Royals, Kauffman Stadium - 7:10pm Central - 4/10/2013
    Television: FSN North
    Radio: Twins Broadcast Network

    Liam Hendriks - Twins:
    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 4.2 8 4 4 0 1 1 0 0 96.0 1.93 .364 7.71

    Wade Davis - Royals:
    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 4.0 9 4 4 2 0 2 0 0 76.0 2.25 .474 9.00

    Twins Offense:
    NAME GP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB BA OBP SLG OPS OWAR
    Pedro Florimon 5 10 2 4 1 0 0 2 5 3 1 0 .400 .538 .500 1.038 0.0
    Eduardo Escobar 5 7 0 3 1 0 0 3 4 0 2 0 .429 .429 .571 1.000 0.0
    Wilkin Ramirez 3 5 1 2 1 0 0 1 3 0 1 0 .400 .400 .600 1.000 0.0
    Josh Willingham 6 19 3 4 2 0 1 2 9 7 10 0 .211 .444 .474 .918 0.0
    Justin Morneau 6 22 4 8 2 0 0 3 10 4 3 0 .364 .462 .455 .916 0.0
    Trevor Plouffe 6 17 4 4 1 0 1 2 8 3 5 1 .235 .417 .471 .887 0.0
    Chris Parmelee 6 17 3 4 0 0 1 5 7 3 5 1 .235 .333 .412 .745 0.0
    Jamey Carroll 3 4 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 .250 .400 .250 .650 0.0
    Joe Mauer 6 26 3 6 1 0 0 0 7 2 7 0 .231 .286 .269 .555 0.0
    Ryan Doumit 6 25 3 5 3 0 0 2 8 1 6 0 .200 .231 .320 .551 0.0
    Brian Dozier 5 17 2 3 0 1 0 4 5 1 5 0 .176 .211 .294 .505 0.0
    Aaron Hicks 6 26 1 2 0 0 0 3 2 2 11 0 .077 .143 .077 .220 0.0

    Royals Offense:
    NAME GP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB BA OBP SLG OPS OWAR
    Miguel Tejada 3 4 1 2 1 0 0 2 3 1 0 0 .500 .600 .750 1.350 0.0
    Alex Gordon 6 25 6 10 3 1 0 5 15 2 4 0 .400 .444 .600 1.044 0.0
    Eric Hosmer 6 15 3 5 1 0 0 3 6 4 3 1 .333 .500 .400 .900 0.0
    Chris Getz 6 19 5 6 2 1 0 4 10 0 3 0 .316 .316 .526 .842 0.0
    Alcides Escobar 6 24 3 6 2 0 1 3 11 3 3 3 .250 .333 .458 .792 0.0
    Jeff Francoeur 6 24 4 7 2 0 0 0 9 1 3 1 .292 .320 .375 .695 0.0
    Billy Butler 6 19 2 4 0 0 1 8 7 3 3 0 .211 .318 .368 .687 0.0
    Elliot Johnson 3 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 .333 .333 .333 .667 0.0
    James Shields 2 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 .333 .333 .333 .667 0.0
    Mike Moustakas 5 21 1 5 2 0 0 0 7 1 4 0 .238 .273 .333 .606 0.0
    Jarrod Dyson 5 5 1 1 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 1 .200 .200 .400 .600 0.0
    Lorenzo Cain 5 17 2 3 0 0 0 2 3 2 6 0 .176 .286 .176 .462 0.0
    Salvador Perez 6 26 1 4 1 0 0 0 5 1 5 0 .154 .185 .192 .377 0.0
    Comments 197 Comments
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by ashburyjohn View Post
      It's Chekov's Law, I think - not the Star Trek guy but the smart one. "A loaded gun on stage in the first act of a play should be fired in a later act; otherwise, the gun should not be shown in the first place." You've got these players in the dugout and the bullpen; if you lose without putting them all into the game then you should have made them pay for a ticket to watch the game.
      lol... That's an interesting explanation but I'm not buying it.

      I think it's you and your overwhelming natural inclination for substitution, match ups or change.

      You probably have a couple different brands of toilet paper... Just for substitution based on what you ate yesterday.

      Seriously... I think Gardy was thinking Dozier provides a better chance of game tying dinger than Carroll and Rameriz was the Florimon sub.

      The Dozier Double play ruined all the fine manager ideas.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by LaBombo View Post
      Without question. Also, he has that disturbingly large iris-to-white eye area ratio that Hollywood uses to let the audience instinctively know that someone has either become possessed or a zombie.
      lol My sons call him Triple D (Devil-Doll-Doumit)
    1. LaBombo's Avatar
      LaBombo -
      Quote Originally Posted by ashburyjohn View Post
      I won't imply they aren't smart enough to get the joke, but they surely are not smart enough to be reading this august Forum.
      Hope you're right. And saints preserve you if you're wrong and a southpaw. Even at 76, Koenig is still devastating vs. LHP (left-handed pundits). Fangraphs had nothing on the kid from the movie, so you're on your own there. Live long and prosper.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post
      lol My sons call him Triple D (Devil-Doll-Doumit)
      I'm serious about this... If I was sitting at a bar... Raising a mug to drink. If Doumit at that moment walked up and said "PUT THAT DOWN".

      I would drop it immediately... The mug would hit the floor and I'd be apologizing for the beer that landed on his shoes.
    1. Mr. Brooks's Avatar
      Mr. Brooks -
      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      lol... That's an interesting explanation but I'm not buying it.

      I think it's you and your overwhelming natural inclination for substitution, match ups or change.

      You probably have a couple different brands of toilet paper... Just for substitution based on what you ate yesterday.

      Seriously... I think Gardy was thinking Dozier provides a better chance of game tying dinger than Carroll and Rameriz was the Florimon sub.

      The Dozier Double play ruined all the fine manager ideas.
      Considering that Dozier has nearly twice as many GIDP's in his career than he does HR's, I am not exaggerating when I say that Gardy should literally be fired on the spot if that was his logic. (I highly doubt that could have been his logic, ergo i'm not calling for him to be fired.)
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      Seriously... I think Gardy was thinking Dozier provides a better chance of game tying dinger than Carroll and Rameriz was the Florimon sub.

      The Dozier Double play ruined all the fine manager ideas.
      And equally seriously, my suggestion to insert Carroll is guided by "go for the tie at home, but for the win when on the road". Too soon for the power hitter, but Carroll has the much better track record at getting that second runner on board, by hook or by crook. And he can then take over Dozier's fielding position if the bottom of the ninth comes to reality. I really like the current construction of the bench, given the choices coming out of Spring Training.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Brooks View Post
      Considering that Dozier has nearly twice as many GIDP's in his career than he does HR's, I am not exaggerating when I say that Gardy should literally be fired on the spot if that was his logic. (I highly doubt that could have been his logic, ergo i'm not calling for him to be fired.)
      Honestly... I'd fire Gardy on the spot for thinking about a double play... when you need a game tying two run shot in the ninth.

      He'd be a way too negative manager for my tastes... Not too mention a bad karma voodoo type presence when you need the baseball gods.
    1. LaBombo's Avatar
      LaBombo -
      Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post
      lol My sons call him Triple D (Devil-Doll-Doumit)
      Thank God. I was starting to think it was just me. And after reading that, I can't imagine seeing him or even reading his name without thinking "D cubed". Tell them it's worthy of a copyright.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by LaBombo View Post
      Thank God. I was starting to think it was just me. And after reading that, I can't imagine seeing him or even reading his name without thinking "D cubed". Tell them it's worthy of a copyright.
      Since I know they all read this, consider it done.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by ashburyjohn View Post
      And equally seriously, my suggestion to insert Carroll is guided by "go for the tie at home, but for the win when on the road". Too soon for the power hitter, but Carroll has the much better track record at getting that second runner on board, by hook or by crook. And he can then take over Dozier's fielding position if the bottom of the ninth comes to reality. I really like the current construction of the bench, given the choices coming out of Spring Training.
      Yeah... Who knows... It was gonna take stringing a few together regardless. In the end... We had a good chance... Santana just punched out too many of our guys with that low slider.

      Tomorrow is game 8.
    1. h2oface's Avatar
      h2oface -
      Quote Originally Posted by LaBombo View Post
      Without question. Also, he has that disturbingly large iris-to-white eye area ratio that Hollywood uses to let the audience instinctively know that someone has either become possessed or a zombie.
      Can you imagine a stare down between Doumit and Hendriks' close together eyes?
    1. LaBombo's Avatar
      LaBombo -
      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      I'm serious about this... If I was sitting at a bar... Raising a mug to drink. If Doumit at that moment walked up and said "PUT THAT DOWN".

      I would drop it immediately... The mug would hit the floor and I'd be apologizing for the beer that landed on his shoes.
      Ryan Doumit's eyes have a grizzly bear rug. The bear isn't dead, he's just afraid to move.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by LaBombo View Post
      Without question. Also, he has that disturbingly large iris-to-white eye area ratio that Hollywood uses to let the audience instinctively know that someone has either become possessed or a zombie.
      Extraterrestrials. Do not forget extraterrestrials.
    1. LaBombo's Avatar
      LaBombo -
      Quote Originally Posted by ashburyjohn View Post
      Extraterrestrials. Do not forget extraterrestrials.
      Important safety tip. Thanks, Egon.
    1. Linus's Avatar
      Linus -
      This one is on Gardy....
      Disclosure: I am usually supportive of Gardy and I didn't see the game today, just listened on the radio......but: if you get 7 innings out of Correia he should be on a one batter at a time leash given his track record and that it is only his second start. Of course, Gardy ignores that they started squaring him up and only hooks him after it is way too late. Horrible decision. Gardy blew it and it probably cost them the game.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Linus View Post
      This one is on Gardy....
      Disclosure: I am usually supportive of Gardy and I didn't see the game today, just listened on the radio......but: if you get 7 innings out of Correia he should be on a one batter at a time leash given his track record and that it is only his second start. Of course, Gardy ignores that they started squaring him up and only hooks him after it is way too late. Horrible decision. Gardy blew it and it probably cost them the game.
      I missed the game entirely and wonder what the people who watched the game have to say about this.
    1. nicksaviking's Avatar
      nicksaviking -
      I agree this one is on Gardy, not because Correia pitched into the 8th but because of the situation that developed in the 8th. If there is a runner on 3rd with less than 2 outs and your team is up by 1, you can't have a guy on the mound who isn't able to strike anyone out. I don't care how well he pitched up to that point, without strikeout ability that runner is most likely going to score.

      This is 21st century baseball, the other 29 teams have realized the strikeout is the most efficient way to prevent runs. Isn't that why the team cut ties with Burnett despite him still having an option remaining?

      Every time this team seems to make an effort to get away from 1980's baseball, they seem to take another step back toward it.
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