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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. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      The Florimonster!

      So, who mops up in the ninth? Fien? Pressly?
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by sbknudson View Post
      With the exception of that play in left in the 7th.
      I was at dinner. Doesn't count.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      Top Down California Style?
      Moonroof only -- the convertible needs an engine rebuild that I never have time to accomplish.
    1. Willihammer's Avatar
      Willihammer -
      Its amazing how many runs the Twins can score when their 7-8-9 hitters join the party.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Nice catches by Mastro and Dozier. Now only one last Angel to retire.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      I just figured out the proper use for my favorite avatar: Victory celebration!
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      That was a very nice win. Let's hope that the Twins can keep playing like this.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Quote Originally Posted by ashburyjohn View Post
      I just figured out the proper use for my favorite avatar. Victory celebration!
      She indeed makes great icing on the cake. She was also pretty effective in making me feel less bad when the Twins were playing the Mets.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      Quote Originally Posted by glunn View Post
      She indeed makes great icing on the cake. She was also pretty effective in making me feel less bad when the Twins were playing the Mets.
      I expect she can solve many problems.
    1. Top Gun's Avatar
      Top Gun -
      Twins win and everyones happy again.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Top Gun View Post
      Twins win and everyones happy again.
      Except the Angels. I am feasting on their postgame show.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by glunn View Post
      Moonroof only -- the convertible needs an engine rebuild that I never have time to accomplish.
      You'd figure they would be called Sunroof in California. Moonroof is for... I don't know... Carolina or Italy.

      Those are the only geographic locations that I can think of that are known for their special moons.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Nice win. All hail Kevin Correia. Just like we all thought.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by glunn View Post
      Except the Angels. I am feasting on their postgame show.
      "Angel fan! Give me your tears! If you will not give them to me, I will take them from you!" -- Borat
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by ashburyjohn View Post
      But Arcia's in a slump. Better send him down.
      Wow, I'd better be more careful what advice I give. Ryan seems to be listening.
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