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  • Series Preview: Twins @ Tigers, 4/29

    The Twins should feel pretty good about themselves right now. Expected to finish last in the division by pretty much everyone, the team is poised to enter May with a winning record for the first time since 2010. After narrowly losing a pair of one-run games to the Rangers late last week, the Twins rallied and took the final two games of the series by a combined score of 12-2.

    On the other hand, the Tigers have scuffled a bit early in 2013. Expected to dominate the AL Central, the Tigers have posted just a 12-10 record in the first month of the season and lost the opening week series to the Twins in Target Field.

    While the rest of the Twins rotation seems to be turning the corner, tonight's game with Pelfrey on the mound could be telling. Pelfrey has continued to struggle after his return from Tommy John surgery and if he doesn't start showing results, the Twins could be forced to make a move if one or more of Gibson, Deduno, De Vries, or Hendriks looks to move back to the Major Leagues.

    Game One:

    Twins @ Tigers, Comerica Park - 6:08pm Central - 4/29/2013
    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 4 4 0 0 17.0 29 17 15 0 5 6 2 2 87.0 2.00 .367 7.94

    Max Scherzer:
    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 24.0 23 12 11 1 7 36 2 0 96.5 1.25 .256 4.13

    Game One:
    Twins @ Tigers, Comerica Park - 6:08pm Central - 4/29/2013
    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 5 5 0 0 24.0 36 20 17 1 8 16 0 3 90.4 1.83 .343 6.38

    Justin Verlander:
    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 32.1 31 8 7 1 9 33 2 2 107.0 1.24 .252 1.95

    Game One:
    Twins @ Tigers, Comerica Park - 6:08pm Central - 4/29/2013
    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 3 3 0 0 16.2 24 9 8 2 2 10 1 2 90.7 1.56 .364 4.32

    Anibal Sanchez:
    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 33.2 26 6 5 0 9 41 3 1 107.0 1.04 .213 1.34

    Twins Offense:
    NAME GP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB BA OBP SLG OPS OWAR
    Eduardo Escobar 15 32 6 14 1 1 1 5 20 1 3 0 .438 .455 .625 1.080 0.6
    Josh Willingham 18 61 10 15 5 0 4 12 32 13 19 1 .246 .403 .525 .927 0.7
    Joe Mauer 21 86 11 26 5 0 2 8 37 10 16 0 .302 .375 .430 .805 0.8
    Justin Morneau 20 80 8 21 5 0 2 11 32 6 10 0 .263 .314 .400 .714 0.1
    Trevor Plouffe 18 62 8 14 3 1 2 4 25 5 12 1 .226 .310 .403 .713 0.3
    Wilkin Ramirez 9 18 3 6 1 0 0 3 7 0 5 0 .333 .316 .389 .705 0.0
    Pedro Florimon 15 37 3 9 2 0 0 6 11 6 5 0 .243 .356 .297 .653 0.2
    Brian Dozier 18 66 9 17 1 2 0 8 22 6 12 1 .258 .311 .333 .644 0.2
    Jamey Carroll 9 20 4 6 0 0 0 2 6 1 4 0 .300 .333 .300 .633 -0.0
    Oswaldo Arcia 9 31 4 6 0 0 2 6 12 2 8 0 .194 .242 .387 .630 0.0
    Chris Parmelee 19 60 4 13 1 0 1 6 17 7 16 1 .217 .300 .283 .583 -0.2
    Ryan Doumit 19 66 7 13 7 0 0 6 20 6 15 0 .197 .274 .303 .577 -0.3
    Darin Mastroianni 8 9 1 2 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 1 .222 .300 .222 .522 0.0
    Aaron Hicks 20 68 10 8 1 0 0 7 9 11 24 3 .118 .238 .132 .370 -0.1

    Tigers Offense:
    NAME GP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB BA OBP SLG OPS OWAR
    Miguel Cabrera 23 96 18 36 6 1 3 26 53 11 14 1 .375 .440 .552 .992 1.4
    Torii Hunter 22 96 17 36 7 1 1 11 48 5 15 0 .375 .417 .500 .917 0.9
    Matt Tuiasosopo 16 28 3 9 1 0 1 6 13 4 8 0 .321 .406 .464 .871 0.4
    Omar Infante 20 79 12 25 2 1 2 9 35 3 5 1 .316 .337 .443 .780 0.4
    Jhonny Peralta 22 88 9 26 4 0 2 12 36 7 21 1 .295 .344 .409 .753 0.5
    Prince Fielder 23 85 13 25 6 0 5 22 46 19 24 0 .294 .421 .541 .962 0.9
    Austin Jackson 23 104 25 30 4 1 2 10 42 12 19 5 .288 .362 .404 .766 1.0
    Brayan Pena 6 27 2 6 1 0 0 2 7 1 3 0 .222 .250 .259 .509 -0.1
    Victor Martinez 22 87 5 18 4 0 0 9 22 10 11 0 .207 .283 .253 .536 -0.7
    Don Kelly 14 23 2 4 1 0 0 0 5 2 4 0 .174 .269 .217 .487 -0.2
    Alex Avila 17 65 6 11 0 0 2 2 17 5 20 0 .169 .229 .262 .490 -0.3
    Andy Dirks 17 48 3 8 1 0 0 4 9 8 12 2 .167 .281 .188 .468 -0.4
    Ramon Santiago 7 19 0 2 0 1 0 0 4 0 4 0 .105 .105 .211 .316 -0.3
    Comments 97 Comments
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Lineups:

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

      Tigers:
      Austin Jackson CF
      Andy Dirks LF
      Miguel Cabrera 3B
      Prince Fielder 1B
      Victor Martinez DH
      Jhonny Peralta SS
      Alex Avila C
      Omar Infante 2B
      Don Kelly RF
      (Max Scherzer P)
    1. Chance's Avatar
      Chance -
      The scary thing with Pelfrey is he's even keeping the ball in the park. No home runs allowed. A WHIP of 2.00 is worse than just terrible luck. He may have some things to work on yet post surgery. He is a decent pitcher but is missing something at the moment. I hope he finds it.

      Vance is rebounding but he will have his work cut out for him against verlander again. I hope he evens the score.

      Diamond should give us a solid start again and keep us in it.

      We should be happy to walk away from this series 1-2 but it isn't impossible to win another against them 2-1.

      last thought: twins could be looking at 30+ strike outs against these 3 unless we get one to exit early.
    1. jimbo92107's Avatar
      jimbo92107 -
      I agree with Chance. Pelfrey has to be missing something post surgery. My first guess would be that he's being a little mechanical in his delivery, trying not to re-injure his elbow, and that is taking away a little of his movement. If that's true, then more reps and warmer weather may help Pelfrey get back into a relaxed rhythm, and then his pitches will move more. That's what I'm hoping, anyway.
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      Best chance to take one will be Diamond vs. Sanchez IMO.
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      It certainly will be interesting since all the three games are being played tonight, at the same time -- if the preview is correct. Never thought I'd see the day of an instantaneous triple-header.
    1. Oldgoat_MN's Avatar
      Oldgoat_MN -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ultima Ratio View Post
      It certainly will be interesting since all the three games are being played tonight, at the same time -- if the preview is correct. Never thought I'd see the day of an instantaneous triple-header.
      Hmm. Thanks for pointing that out. i was going to watch tonight but that sounds too difficult for my old eyes.

      Guess I'll just read the recaps tomorrow.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by jimbo92107 View Post
      I agree with Chance. Pelfrey has to be missing something post surgery. My first guess would be that he's being a little mechanical in his delivery, trying not to re-injure his elbow, and that is taking away a little of his movement. If that's true, then more reps and warmer weather may help Pelfrey get back into a relaxed rhythm, and then his pitches will move more. That's what I'm hoping, anyway.
      With Pelfrey... I think getting better will start with keeping the ball down.

      His two-seamer is his bread and butter. Those things get tattooed up in the zone. Up in the zone it's nothing more than a flat fastball. Down in the zone... You get better downward movement and grounders.

      I'll simply be watching for how he works the bottom of the zone. If he doesn't find it... The Tigers will have some fun today.

      I think he can do it... I'm hoping anyway.
    1. Chance's Avatar
      Chance -
      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      With Pelfrey... I think getting better will start with keeping the ball down.

      His two-seamer is his bread and butter. Those things get tattooed up in the zone. Up in the zone it's nothing more than a flat fastball. Down in the zone... You get better downward movement and grounders.

      I'll simply be watching for how he works the bottom of the zone. If he doesn't find it... The Tigers will have some fun today.

      I think he can do it... I'm hoping anyway.
      can you keep us who are unable to watch informed on how his pitches look? I've only been able to see his pitch track on MLB.com so I'm unable to have a fair evaluation of him. If anyone is watching today let us know about how his pitches look. I feel that is more important than results at this stage of his comeback.
    1. Chance's Avatar
      Chance -
      I would also like to see Escobar get a couple of consecutive starts pretty soon.
    1. crarko's Avatar
      crarko -
      Hammertime makes us happy.
    1. GCTF's Avatar
      GCTF -
      Willingham homers. BTW the game has started.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Trying a different avatar for Pelf tonight.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Quote Originally Posted by ashburyjohn View Post
      Trying a different avatar for Pelf tonight.
      Looks better than the one you debuted over the weekend, I'll say that.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Is it just me, or does every half inning from Pelfrey seem like a root canal sans anesthesia?
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
      Looks better than the one you debuted over the weekend, I'll say that.
      We save her in case we need a late inning rally. Arcia liked her.
    1. mikeee's Avatar
      mikeee -
      Quote Originally Posted by ashburyjohn View Post
      Trying a different avatar for Pelf tonight.
      Bring some duct tape too.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
      Is it just me, or does every half inning from Pelfrey seem like a root canal sans anesthesia?
      If that's what it's going to be like, I'm cancelling my dentist appointment.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      A single and a walk in one inning of work puts his game WHIP at 2.0, which brings his seasonal WHIP to... uh, 2.00.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Quote Originally Posted by ashburyjohn View Post
      A single and a walk in one inning of work puts his game WHIP at 2.0, which brings his seasonal WHIP to... uh, 2.00.
      I am simple cave man baseball fan, I frightened by your magical voodoo math and fancy talk.
    1. big dog's Avatar
      big dog -
      That looked like a pretty low pitch to Parmalee, caught looking. Nice single by Plouffe. Let's knock this guy around.
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