• Series Preview: Twins vs. Rangers, 4/25

    One might say this is the first real test of the Twins pitching staff. The Texas Rangers, co-owners of the American League's best record at 14-7, are coming to town and the weather is finally going to warm up in the Twin Cities. Until this point, the Twins have played nearly every game of the season in horrible weather, with game-time temperatures sitting in the 30s but over the weekend, we can expect several 60 degree game starts.

    How will the Twins' pitching staff hold up against the potent Rangers offense? This series could be a test of whether the Twins, sitting at 9-8 and just half a game out of first place in the American League Central, are marginal contenders in a weak division or pretenders who have received more than their fair share of luck early in the season, going 5-0 in one run games thus far in 2013.

    One glimmer of hope for the Twins is that they're sending some of their best pitchers to the mound in the series: Kevin Correia, de facto 2013 ace, Vance Worley, coming off a solid start against the White Sox, and Scott Diamond, de facto 2012 ace. No matter how you look at it, this should be a tough series for the Twins.

    Game One:

    Twins vs Rangers, Target Field - 7:10pm Central - 4/25/2013
    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 4 4 0 0 19.0 30 18 15 1 6 13 0 2 87.5 1.89 .349 7.11

    Nick Tepesch:
    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 14.2 15 5 5 1 3 13 1 1 75.7 1.23 .259 3.07

    Game Two:
    Twins vs Rangers, Target Field - 7:10pm Central - 4/26/2013
    Television: FSN North
    Radio: Twins Broadcast Network

    Scott Diamond:
    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 10.1 12 6 5 1 2 6 1 1 87.5 1.35 .308 4.35

    Justin Grimm:
    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 11 4 3 1 4 11 1 0 94.0 1.50 .268 2.70

    Game Three:
    Twins vs Rangers, Target Field - 3:10pm Central - 4/27/2013
    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 3 1 0 0 10.1 9 4 4 2 3 4 0 0 83.0 1.16 .231 3.48

    Derek Holland:
    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 27.2 19 10 10 1 8 22 1 1 104.0 0.98 .196 3.25

    Game Four:
    Twins vs Rangers, Target Field - 1:10pm Central - 4/28/2013
    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 4 4 0 0 28.1 28 9 9 2 4 13 2 1 94.5 1.13 .264 2.86

    Alexi Ogando:
    GP GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO W L P/GS WHIP BAA ERA
    2013 Regular Season 5 5 0 0 26.0 24 11 9 3 10 24 2 1 90.0 1.31 .245 3.12

    Twins Offense:
    NAME GP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB BA OBP SLG OPS OWAR
    Eduardo Escobar 12 25 5 12 1 1 1 5 18 1 3 0 .480 .500 .720 1.220 0.0
    Joe Mauer 17 71 11 26 5 0 2 8 37 9 14 0 .366 .438 .521 .959 0.0
    Josh Willingham 14 47 4 11 4 0 2 9 21 11 16 0 .234 .410 .447 .857 0.0
    Pedro Florimon 12 29 3 8 2 0 0 5 10 6 4 0 .276 .405 .345 .750 0.0
    Trevor Plouffe 16 54 8 11 3 1 2 4 22 5 10 1 .204 .302 .407 .709 0.0
    Wilkin Ramirez 7 13 2 4 1 0 0 2 5 0 4 0 .308 .286 .385 .670 0.0
    Justin Morneau 17 68 6 16 4 0 1 9 23 6 9 0 .235 .297 .338 .636 0.0
    Chris Parmelee 16 49 4 11 1 0 1 5 15 7 15 1 .224 .328 .306 .634 0.0
    Brian Dozier 14 51 8 12 0 2 0 6 16 6 10 1 .235 .310 .314 .624 0.0
    Ryan Doumit 16 59 7 12 6 0 0 6 18 6 14 0 .203 .288 .305 .593 0.0
    Oswaldo Arcia 5 18 1 3 0 0 1 3 6 1 5 0 .167 .211 .333 .544 0.0
    Darin Mastroianni 8 9 1 2 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 1 .222 .300 .222 .522 0.0
    Jamey Carroll 7 17 4 4 0 0 0 1 4 1 4 0 .235 .278 .235 .513 0.0
    Aaron Hicks 16 55 8 4 0 0 0 5 4 11 22 2 .073 .224 .073 .297 0.0

    Rangers Offense:
    NAME GP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB BA OBP SLG OPS OWAR
    Jeff Baker 9 15 2 5 1 0 1 4 9 3 4 0 .333 .444 .600 1.044 0.0
    Lance Berkman 17 58 12 20 5 0 2 14 31 14 11 0 .345 .472 .534 1.007 0.0
    Derek Holland 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 1.000 .000 1.000 0.0
    Nelson Cruz 21 80 10 24 4 0 5 17 43 5 17 0 .300 .349 .538 .886 0.0
    Ian Kinsler 20 78 15 22 1 0 5 13 38 10 7 2 .282 .385 .487 .872 0.0
    A.J. Pierzynski 18 67 7 20 0 1 4 11 34 2 9 0 .299 .324 .507 .831 0.0
    Craig Gentry 13 33 9 8 3 2 0 2 15 5 11 4 .242 .359 .455 .814 0.0
    Adrian Beltre 21 79 10 19 4 0 3 8 32 8 6 0 .241 .310 .405 .715 0.0
    Leury Garcia 8 10 2 2 0 1 0 0 4 1 3 0 .200 .273 .400 .673 0.0
    Leonys Martin 15 39 7 9 0 1 1 2 14 3 9 0 .231 .302 .359 .661 0.0
    Mitch Moreland 21 68 5 14 3 0 3 7 26 5 12 0 .206 .257 .382 .639 0.0
    Elvis Andrus 21 85 11 20 1 2 0 7 25 6 12 4 .235 .286 .294 .580 0.0
    David Murphy 20 77 7 15 3 1 2 7 26 4 11 0 .195 .235 .338 .572 0.0
    Geovany Soto 4 13 2 2 1 0 0 0 3 1 6 0 .154 .214 .231 .445 0.0
    Comments 185 Comments
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      I see what you're doing... It just might work.
      Thanks for jinxing it.
    1. snepp's Avatar
      snepp -
      Quote Originally Posted by TheLeviathan View Post
      Even for Bremer that orgasm for a routine fly ball was embarrassing.
      The technical term is, 'Bremergasm'.
    1. Alex's Avatar
      Alex -
      Quote Originally Posted by ashburyjohn View Post
      Second time this season I recall Plouffe being pinch-run for by Grandpa. Must be galling.
      Grandpa is compact, in great shape, and runs like Sonic the Hedgehog.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Alex View Post
      Grandpa is compact, in great shape, and runs like Sonic the Hedgehog.
      I would hope that, in the unlikely event Carroll read my post, he would understand the word Grandpa to be a term of endearment, probably like he hears every day from his teammates.

      But from Plouffe's perspective it has to seem a bit surreal to be pinch-run for by a guy >10 years older than himself.

      And from my perspective as a fan, it's part of what makes the game great, the mix of skills that come together to make a team.
    1. Alex's Avatar
      Alex -
      Quote Originally Posted by ashburyjohn View Post
      I would hope that, in the unlikely event Carroll read my post, he would understand the word Grandpa to be a term of endearment, probably like he hears every day from his teammates.

      But from Plouffe's perspective it has to seem a bit surreal to be pinch-run for by a guy >10 years older than himself.

      And from my perspective as a fan, it's part of what makes the game great, the mix of skills that come together to make a team.
      Wasn't ripping you, just adding on. Absolutely it must be odd for Plouffe.
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