• Series Preview: Twins vs Marlins, 4/22

    The Twins should be feeling pretty good about themselves right now. They haven't lost in a week and are returning home after sweeping the division rival White Sox in a weather-shortened two game series in Chicago.

    To make things even sweeter, they face the floundering (heh) Marlins in Target Field for a two game set. At 4-15, Miami has the worse record in baseball, bottoming out even lower than the newest member of the Junior Circuit, the Houston Astros.

    Just one game out of first place behind the Royals, Minnesota turns to two of their offseason veteran acquisitions, Kevin Correia and Mike Pelfrey. Correia has been an extremely pleasant surprise, pitching well in all his starts and anchoring the rotation in this young season. Pelfrey has had a more difficult time coming back from Tommy John surgery, sporting a 7.30 ERA and struggling to keep the Twins in games. Both will try to shut down Miami's beyond-anemic offense, which has scored just 43 runs in 19 games this season.

    Game One:
    Twins vs Marlins, Target Field - 7:10pm Central - 4/22/2013
    Television: FSN North
    Radio: Twins Broadcast Network

    Kevin Correia:
    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 21.1 23 7 7 2 3 8 1 1 97.0 1.22 .284 2.95

    Ricky Nolasco:
    GP GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO W L P/GS WHIP BAA ERA
    2013 Regular Season 4 4 0 0 23.1 23 10 10 3 6 15 0 2 99.3 1.24 .267 3.86

    Game Two:
    Twins vs Marlins, Target Field - 12:10pm Central - 4/23/2013
    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 3 3 0 0 12.1 20 12 10 0 4 4 2 1 84.7 1.95 .357 7.30

    Jose Fernandez:
    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 15.0 11 6 6 0 6 17 0 1 81.3 1.13 .200 3.60


    Twins Lineup:
    NAME GP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB BA OBP SLG OPS OWAR
    Eduardo Escobar 11 22 3 9 1 0 1 5 13 0 3 0 .409 .409 .591 1.000 0.3
    Joe Mauer 15 64 11 24 5 0 2 7 35 7 13 0 .375 .437 .547 .983 0.9
    Josh Willingham 13 44 4 11 4 0 2 9 21 11 15 0 .250 .421 .477 .898 0.5
    Pedro Florimon 11 26 3 8 2 0 0 5 10 6 4 0 .308 .441 .385 .826 0.4
    Chris Parmelee 14 41 3 10 1 0 1 5 14 7 13 1 .244 .360 .341 .701 0.1
    Trevor Plouffe 15 51 7 10 3 1 2 4 21 4 10 1 .196 .288 .412 .700 0.2
    Justin Morneau 15 59 6 15 4 0 1 8 22 6 7 0 .254 .323 .373 .696 0.1
    Wilkin Ramirez 7 13 2 4 1 0 0 2 5 0 4 0 .308 .286 .385 .670 0.0
    Ryan Doumit 15 55 6 11 5 0 0 6 16 6 13 0 .200 .290 .291 .581 -0.2
    Brian Dozier 12 43 6 9 0 1 0 6 11 5 10 0 .209 .286 .256 .542 -0.1
    Darin Mastroianni 8 9 1 2 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 1 .222 .300 .222 .522 0.0
    Jamey Carroll 6 13 4 3 0 0 0 0 3 1 2 0 .231 .286 .231 .516 -0.0
    Oswaldo Arcia 3 9 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 4 0 .111 .200 .111 .311 -0.1
    Aaron Hicks 14 51 7 3 0 0 0 4 3 9 21 2 .059 .200 .059 .259 -0.3

    Marlins Lineup:
    NAME GP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB BA OBP SLG OPS OWAR
    Justin Ruggiano 17 63 6 15 4 0 3 9 28 5 13 3 .238 .294 .444 .739 0.3
    Chris Valaika 10 25 2 7 3 0 0 4 10 2 7 0 .280 .333 .400 .733 0.1
    Nick Green 3 11 1 4 0 0 0 0 4 0 3 0 .364 .364 .364 .727 0.1
    Placido Polanco 17 65 5 19 4 0 0 6 23 4 2 0 .292 .333 .354 .687 0.2
    Miguel Olivo 10 22 2 5 1 0 1 3 9 1 7 0 .227 .261 .409 .670 0.0
    Greg Dobbs 18 56 5 13 2 0 1 6 18 4 12 0 .232 .290 .321 .612 -0.1
    Donovan Solano 19 65 4 15 2 0 0 2 17 5 10 1 .231 .296 .262 .557 -0.3
    Rob Brantly 15 50 2 10 4 0 0 3 14 5 12 0 .200 .268 .280 .548 -0.2
    Giancarlo Stanton 13 48 2 9 2 0 0 1 11 9 20 1 .188 .316 .229 .545 -0.2
    Adeiny Hechavarria 14 49 3 9 0 1 1 3 14 3 8 0 .184 .231 .286 .516 -0.3
    Jose Fernandez 3 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 3 0 .250 .250 .250 .500 0.0
    Chris Coghlan 15 36 0 6 2 0 0 1 8 3 11 0 .167 .231 .222 .453 -0.2
    Austin Kearns 12 18 3 3 0 0 0 0 3 3 7 0 .167 .286 .167 .452 -0.2
    Juan Pierre 17 68 7 13 2 0 0 1 15 1 10 3 .191 .225 .221 .446 -0.5

    Comments 162 Comments
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Lineups:

      Twins:
      Brian Dozier 2B
      Joe Mauer C
      Josh Willingham LF
      Justin Morneau 1B
      Chris Parmelee RF
      Trevor Plouffe 3B
      Oswaldo Arcia DH
      Aaron Hicks CF
      Pedro Florimon SS
      (Kevin Correia P)

      Marlins:
      Juan Pierre LF
      Placido Polanco 3B
      Giancarlo Stanton RF
      Greg Dobbs DH
      Justin Ruggiano CF
      Joe Mahoney 1B
      Miguel Olivo C
      Nick Green SS
      Donovan Solano 2B
      (Jose Fernandez P)
    1. wxman91's Avatar
      wxman91 -
      This game obviously isn't going to happen tonight. Any chance they play two with temps in the 30s tomorrow? Or even one?
    1. twinsfan214's Avatar
      twinsfan214 -
      Aaaah! I have tickets for tomorrow's game. Please play!
    1. striker_86's Avatar
      striker_86 -
      Assuming tonights game is cancelled and they only play 1 tomorrow. Who pitches on Thursday/Friday? Correia will pitch tomorrow. Then do you just go right back to Worley and Diamond to keep them on track since they are pitching well?
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      I wonder what the long term problems of full time interleague play will be under the new schedule.

      If the Twins miss a White Sox game, no big deal. They play 19 times. Even making a game up against the Angels isn't a huge deal, as the teams often play multiple series against each other (though not always at each home park).

      But making up games against the Mets and Marlins is much harder and the more interleague teams play each other in April, the more likely it is they'll have scheduling problems.
    1. Gernzy's Avatar
      Gernzy -
      No big suprise, game postponded until tomorrow. Game that was scheduled for 12:10 will now start at 1:10 and the make-up game will be at 7:10.
    1. Top Gun's Avatar
      Top Gun -
      Monday night's game between the Twins and Marlins has been postponed due to a Minnesota snowstorm.

      Kevin Correia was scheduled to start for the Twins and Ricky Nolasco was supposed to be on the bump for the Marlins. The two teams are going to try to fit in a day-night doubleheader on Tuesday at Target Field, but the forecast currently calls for more wintry weather.
      Related: Ricky Nolasco
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      This sucks, again... and again.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Uncle!!!
    1. crarko's Avatar
      crarko -
      I had tickets for today, so we'll see you tomorrow night.

      The forecast shows mid-upper 60's by the weekend, so maybe this is about over. Maybe.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Am I the only one that finds it odd that they moved BACK the start of tomorrow's game?

      You'd think they would want to get in both games as quickly as possible during the day.

      PS. This weather is awful. Just awful.
    1. snepp's Avatar
      snepp -
      It snowed in Sioux Falls again today.
    1. benchwarmerjim's Avatar
      benchwarmerjim -
      Quote Originally Posted by Brock Beauchamp View Post
      Am I the only one that finds it odd that they moved BACK the start of tomorrow's game?
      they probably need time to clear off some seating sections. Is MLB scaling back Interleague play? This is only a 2 game series.
      Also, I wonder what game FSN is going to carry? the tv schedule says they were to carry the one tonight and no tv for the Tuesday noon game.
    1. ChiTownTwinsFan's Avatar
      ChiTownTwinsFan -
      Quote Originally Posted by snepp View Post
      It snowed in Sioux Falls again today.
      Well, don't send it my way! I had the top down on my Mini today in Chicago.
    1. snepp's Avatar
      snepp -
      Quote Originally Posted by ChiTownTwinsFan View Post
      Well, don't send it my way! I had the top down on my Mini today in Chicago.
      Does it come with floatation devices?
    1. stringer bell's Avatar
      stringer bell -
      The forecast I have read says cold but no precipitation tomorrow. High in the lower forties. It won't be great, but the Twins should get the games in. They may have moved the start back because it won't be a "getaway game" for the Marlins, just a guess.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Quote Originally Posted by snepp View Post
      It snowed in Sioux Falls again today.
      Whether sucks here too. Already into the 90's in Tucson. Uffda.
    1. snepp's Avatar
      snepp -
      Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
      Whether sucks here too. Already into the 90's in Tucson. Uffda.
      There are times where I truly enjoy your presence.





      This is not one of them.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
      Whether sucks here too. Already into the 90's in Tucson. Uffda.
      90 degree ain't that good either. Of course it's a dry heat so you can't feel your skin melt.

      Glunn has that constant 70 degrees that is hard to beat if you overlook the earthquakes and wild fires.
    1. SydneyTwinsFan's Avatar
      SydneyTwinsFan -
      It's a very pleasant 80 degrees today in Sydney by the way, but I'll be in the US next week so if you could lose the snow it would be much appreciated.
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