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  • Series Preview: Twins vs. Angels, 4/15

    It has been a rough week for the Twins. After opening the season 4-2 with series wins over Detroit and Baltimore, the Twins have reeled off five losses in a row against the Royals and Mets.

    Thankfully, the Angels have been just as bad this season. With only four wins in their first 12 games, Los Angeles' AL team has disappointed in this young season.

    To liven up the woeful offense, the Twins have called up young outfielder Oswaldo Arcia from AAA Rochester. OPSing at a meager 1.293 over his first 34 ABs in AAA, Arcia hasn't had trouble hitting anywhere in quite some time and I'm sure he hopes to continue that trend in Minneapolis this week. On the pitching front, Liam Hendriks has been returned to Rochester and replaced by Saturday's starter, Scott Diamond, who gave up 4 ER in 4.1 IP against the Mets.

    Game One:
    Twins vs Angels, Target Field - 7:10pm Central - 4/15/2013
    Television: FSN North
    Radio: Twins Broadcast Network

    Mike Pelfrey:

    GP GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO W L P/GS WHIP BAA ERA
    2013 Regular Season 2 2 0 0 7.1 13 8 6 0 2 2 1 1 79.0 2.05 .371 7.36

    Joe Blanton:

    GP GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO W L P/GS WHIP BAA ERA
    2013 Regular Season 2 2 0 0 10.0 17 11 10 4 3 4 0 2 89.5 2.00 .370 9.00

    Game Two:
    Twins vs Angels, Target Field - 7:10pm Central - 4/16/2013
    Television: FSN North
    Radio: Twins Broadcast Network

    Pedro Hernandez:

    GP GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO W L P/GS WHIP BAA ERA
    2013 Regular Season 2 1 0 0 9.1 8 4 4 2 3 4 0 0 83.0 1.18 .229 3.86

    Jason Vargas:

    GP GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO W L P/GS WHIP BAA ERA
    2013 Regular Season 2 2 0 0 11.1 18 6 6 1 5 8 0 1 97.5 2.03 .367 4.76

    Game Three:
    Twins vs Angels, Target Field - 7:10pm Central - 4/17/2013
    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 3 3 0 0 12.0 25 17 14 0 4 6 0 2 82.0 2.42 .410 10.50

    Tommy Hanson:

    GP GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO W L P/GS WHIP BAA ERA
    2013 Regular Season 2 2 0 0 11.0 14 8 8 3 2 6 1 1 99.0 1.45 .304 6.55


    Twins Offense:
    NAME GP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB BA OBP SLG OPS OWAR
    Eduardo Escobar 8 15 1 6 1 0 1 5 10 0 3 0 .400 .400 .667 1.067 0.2
    Josh Willingham 11 36 4 8 3 0 2 5 17 10 13 0 .222 .417 .472 .889 0.4
    Pedro Florimon 8 18 2 5 1 0 0 2 6 5 3 0 .278 .458 .333 .792 0.3
    Joe Mauer 11 47 8 14 4 0 1 1 21 3 10 0 .298 .340 .447 .787 0.3
    Justin Morneau 11 42 6 12 3 0 1 5 18 4 6 0 .286 .348 .429 .776 0.2
    Trevor Plouffe 11 35 5 8 2 1 1 3 15 3 6 1 .229 .333 .429 .762 0.3
    Chris Parmelee 11 30 3 8 0 0 1 5 11 5 8 1 .267 .361 .367 .728 0.1
    Darin Mastroianni 7 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 .250 .400 .250 .650 0.1
    Ryan Doumit 11 41 3 7 3 0 0 5 10 4 8 0 .171 .261 .244 .505 -0.3
    Wilkin Ramirez 5 10 1 2 1 0 0 1 3 0 4 0 .200 .200 .300 .500 -0.1
    Brian Dozier 9 31 2 5 0 1 0 4 7 2 9 0 .161 .206 .226 .432 -0.3
    Jamey Carroll 5 8 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 .125 .222 .125 .347 -0.1
    Aaron Hicks 10 43 3 2 0 0 0 3 2 3 20 0 .047 .109 .047 .155 -0.5

    Angels Offense:
    NAME GP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB BA OBP SLG OPS OWAR
    Albert Pujols 12 41 6 12 4 0 2 7 22 11 3 0 .293 .444 .537 .981 0.6
    Luis Jimenez 3 9 1 3 2 0 0 0 5 1 2 0 .333 .400 .556 .956 0.0
    Howie Kendrick 12 45 2 14 1 1 1 6 20 4 7 2 .311 .360 .444 .804 0.4
    Hank Conger 6 12 0 4 1 0 0 1 5 0 2 0 .333 .385 .417 .801 0.1
    Mike Trout 12 52 8 14 4 1 1 2 23 4 12 1 .269 .321 .442 .764 0.3
    Mark Trumbo 12 50 6 14 5 0 1 7 22 3 9 0 .280 .321 .440 .761 0.2
    Alberto Callaspo 9 33 3 9 1 0 1 3 13 4 7 0 .273 .351 .394 .745 0.1
    Josh Hamilton 12 47 6 11 2 1 2 8 21 4 15 0 .234 .296 .447 .743 0.2
    Chris Iannetta 9 33 4 8 0 0 2 6 14 4 9 0 .242 .308 .424 .732 0.2
    Erick Aybar 7 28 4 9 2 0 0 1 11 0 3 0 .321 .333 .393 .726 0.2
    J.B. Shuck 5 8 0 2 1 0 0 0 3 1 3 0 .250 .333 .375 .708 0.0
    Peter Bourjos 9 32 2 8 0 1 1 1 13 1 8 0 .250 .294 .406 .700 0.1
    Brendan Harris 7 12 2 3 0 0 0 1 3 1 2 0 .250 .286 .250 .536 0.1
    Andrew Romine 6 10 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 .100 .100 .100 .200 -0.2
    Comments 155 Comments
    1. Willihammer's Avatar
      Willihammer -
      We're really going to trot out Hernandez and his 86 mph lefthanded meatball against all those righthanded boppers? Really? Instead of Hendriks? I preditct 2 of Trout, Pujols, and Trumbo homer off him.
    1. SweetOne69's Avatar
      SweetOne69 -
      Brock, you should update the Twins rotation for the series as I believe that it is Correia, Pelfrey and Worley.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Lineups:

      Twins:
      Darin Mastroianni CF
      Joe Mauer C
      Justin Morneau 1B
      Ryan Doumit DH
      Chris Parmelee RF
      Trevor Plouffe 3B
      Oswaldo Arcia LF
      Brian Dozier 2B
      Pedro Florimon SS
      (Kevin Correia P)

      Angels:
      Peter Bourjos CF
      Mike Trout LF
      Albert Pujols 1B
      Josh Hamilton RF
      Mark Trumbo DH
      Howard Kendrick 2B
      Chris Iannetta C
      Brendan Harris SS
      Luis Jimenez 3B
      (Joe Blanton P)
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by SweetOne69 View Post
      Brock, you should update the Twins rotation for the series as I believe that it is Correia, Pelfrey and Worley.
      FWIW I've got my KC Sunshine avatar up, expressly for Correia.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      At least the Twins won't face Weaver in this series. That no hitter last year was not fun.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      The Twins bats really need to get well, and if they can't against Joe Blanton who is off to a rough start this year then I dunno... Plus, since I was less than lukewarm on the Twins making Blanton an offer in the off-season, I definitely am rooting for an offensive breakout for the Twins today.
    1. Boom Boom's Avatar
      Boom Boom -
      Wow, Brendan Harris starting at shortstop for the LAAoA. They must be in bad shape in their middle infield.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Sounds like the Hammer has a little flu.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Quote Originally Posted by Boom Boom View Post
      Wow, Brendan Harris starting at shortstop for the LAAoA. They must be in bad shape in their middle infield.
      That's what I was thinking. How does a team with the Angel's payroll have Brendan Harris starting a game at SS?
    1. snepp's Avatar
      snepp -
      Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
      That's what I was thinking. How does a team with the Angel's payroll have Brendan Harris starting a game at SS?
      What I wouldn't give to see the infamous Harrischer duo one last time.
    1. stringer bell's Avatar
      stringer bell -
      Three hits for Harris tonight--book it!
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Quote Originally Posted by snepp View Post
      What I wouldn't give to see the infamous Harrischer duo one last time.
      That might even warrant a game thread appearance by Nick!
    1. TheLeviathan's Avatar
      TheLeviathan -
      So we have ourselves a challenge tonight - can the Twins "big" FA pickup muster enough to make Brendan Harris sit down looking? Forget hypotheticals with Hicks, we've got a real life showdown of ineptitude to witness tonight!
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
      That's what I was thinking. How does a team with the Angel's payroll have Brendan Harris starting a game at SS?
      After Pujols and Hamilton... They only have money left for cheaper backup options.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Looks like Arcia was assigned Jersey #42.







      Yeah I know... It's a dry sense a humor!!!
    1. Willihammer's Avatar
      Willihammer -
      "Arcia making his debut in left - Willingham feeling a little under the weather"

      ?
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Willingham would have had that ball!!!
    1. SydneyTwinsFan's Avatar
      SydneyTwinsFan -
      That started well
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Plenty o' good seats available at TF.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by SydneyTwinsFan View Post
      That started well
      A man went skydiving for the first time, and after five seconds in the air he pulled the ripcord. Nothing happened. He tried again. Still nothing. He started to panic, but remembered his backup chute and pulled that cord. Nothing happened. Suddenly, he looked down and saw a man going up! Just as the other guy passed by, the skydiver yelled, “Hey, do you know anything about skydiving?” The other guy yelled back, “Heck no! Do you know anything about catching fly balls hit off of Kevin Correia?”
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