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  • Series Preview: Twins @ Indians, 5/3

    Through the first month of the season, the Twins have been able to hang around the .500 mark, flirting with dominant play mixed with some pretty bad play by the pitching staff, offense, and defense. Coming into the season, many thought this was a best case scenario for the team and thus far the team has exceeded the expectations of both fans and Vegas odds-makers.

    Continuing the road trip, the Minnesota Twins now head to Cleveland to face the red-hot Indians. Winners of four straight, the Indians' bats have dominated their opponents to the tune of a 39-5 run differential. The Twins pitching staff will attempt to quiet those bats in Progressive Field starting tonight, with the surprisingly effective lefty Pedro Hernandez taking the mound for the Twins. He will square off against veteran Justin Masterson.

    Game One:
    Twins @ Indians, Progressive Field - 6:05pm Central - 5/3/2013
    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 4 2 0 0 15.1 14 4 4 2 4 7 1 0 81.5 1.17 .246 2.35

    Justin Masterson:
    GP GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO W L P/GS WHIP BAA ERA
    2013 Regular Season 6 6 1 1 40.1 34 14 14 2 17 39 4 2 103.3 1.26 .231 3.12

    Game Two:
    Twins @ Indians, Progressive Field - 12:05pm Central - 5/4/2013
    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 5 5 0 0 36.1 34 9 9 2 5 15 3 1 96.0 1.07 .252 2.23

    Scott Kazmir:
    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 8.1 13 8 8 3 5 8 0 1 94.0 2.16 .351 8.64


    Game Three:
    Twins @ Indians, Progressive Field - 12:05pm Central - 5/5/2013
    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 5 5 0 0 22.1 36 21 19 2 7 7 2 3 87.6 1.93 .356 7.66

    Corey Kluber:
    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 12.0 12 3 3 0 0 11 2 0 97.0 1.00 .255 2.25

    Twins Offense:
    NAME GP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB BA OBP SLG OPS OWAR
    Eduardo Escobar 16 37 6 14 1 1 1 5 20 1 3 0 .378 .395 .541 .935 0.4
    Josh Willingham 21 71 12 17 5 0 5 13 37 16 26 1 .239 .400 .521 .921 0.8
    Wilkin Ramirez 10 21 3 8 2 0 0 4 10 1 6 0 .381 .391 .476 .867 0.2
    Joe Mauer 23 94 11 27 5 0 2 8 38 10 18 0 .287 .356 .404 .760 0.6
    Justin Morneau 23 92 10 24 6 0 2 13 36 7 12 0 .261 .313 .391 .704 0.1
    Trevor Plouffe 20 69 9 15 3 1 2 4 26 6 14 1 .217 .304 .377 .681 0.3
    Jamey Carroll 10 24 4 7 1 0 0 3 8 2 5 0 .292 .346 .333 .679 0.0
    Oswaldo Arcia 12 41 4 9 1 0 2 7 16 3 10 0 .220 .273 .390 .663 0.1
    Chris Parmelee 22 72 6 17 2 0 2 8 25 7 18 1 .236 .305 .347 .652 -0.1
    Pedro Florimon 18 47 5 12 2 0 0 7 14 6 8 2 .255 .345 .298 .643 0.3
    Ryan Doumit 21 70 7 14 7 0 0 6 21 7 17 1 .200 .282 .300 .582 -0.3
    Brian Dozier 20 75 9 17 1 2 0 8 22 6 16 1 .227 .277 .293 .570 -0.1
    Darin Mastroianni 8 9 1 2 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 1 .222 .300 .222 .522 0.0
    Aaron Hicks 22 75 11 9 1 1 0 8 12 11 27 3 .120 .230 .160 .390 -0.1

    Indians Offense:
    NAME GP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB BA OBP SLG OPS OWAR
    Carlos Santana 21 76 16 30 9 0 5 13 54 13 16 1 .395 .483 .711 1.194 1.9
    Ryan Raburn 16 55 10 20 4 0 4 10 36 4 16 0 .364 .407 .655 1.061 0.8
    Mark Reynolds 24 88 18 26 5 0 8 22 55 10 23 1 .295 .360 .625 .985 1.0
    Michael Bourn 10 45 7 15 4 1 2 2 27 2 9 1 .333 .375 .600 .975 0.6
    Nick Swisher 23 83 13 22 6 0 2 9 34 15 17 0 .265 .386 .410 .796 0.5
    Jason Giambi 7 28 7 6 2 0 2 6 14 3 6 0 .214 .290 .500 .790 0.0
    Michael Brantley 24 96 14 29 5 1 1 9 39 8 14 0 .302 .374 .406 .780 0.6
    Yan Gomes 10 29 3 6 0 2 2 3 16 0 6 0 .207 .207 .552 .759 0.1
    Drew Stubbs 24 83 8 21 3 0 2 8 30 8 27 4 .253 .315 .361 .677 0.4
    Asdrubal Cabrera 23 88 11 20 5 1 2 12 33 7 22 1 .227 .292 .375 .667 0.1
    Mike Aviles 16 45 7 11 1 0 2 12 18 2 6 0 .244 .260 .400 .660 0.1
    Lonnie Chisenhall 19 72 5 16 4 0 3 11 29 2 18 0 .222 .253 .403 .656 0.1
    Jason Kipnis 18 74 7 14 3 0 1 4 20 8 23 5 .189 .265 .270 .535 -0.2
    Comments 173 Comments
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Lineups:

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

      Indians:
      Michael Brantley LF
      Jason Kipnis 2B
      Asdrubal Cabrera SS
      Mark Reynolds DH
      Carlos Santana 1B
      Ryan Raburn RF
      Mike Aviles 3B
      Yan Gomes C
      Drew Stubbs CF
      (Justin Masterson P)
    1. Halsey Hall's Avatar
      Halsey Hall -
      Wish I could erase one name on that roster........rub, rub, rub, and plouffe! he gone!
    1. troyhobbs's Avatar
      troyhobbs -
      Quote Originally Posted by Halsey Hall View Post
      Wish I could erase one name on that roster........rub, rub, rub, and plouffe! he gone!
      Wouldn't mind seeing more Carroll and Escobar at 3B myself. Also put me in the Sano 2014 lobby.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      I don't understand the Plouffe hate. There is literally nobody else who factors into the Twins' mid-term plans at third base. Outside of maybe 1-2 more wins (which is very much up for debate), who else should be playing at third in 2013?

      Carroll is 128 years old. Love the guy but he doesn't factor into the Twins' plans in 2014 and beyond.

      Escobar is probably the best shortstop on the roster and is built for a utility role. Odds are heavily stacked against him hitting enough to start at short, much less third base.
    1. Willihammer's Avatar
      Willihammer -
      The Tribe had Thursday off too. Maybe Ryan Rayburn has cooled off.
    1. mnfanforlife's Avatar
      mnfanforlife -
      Sano thinks he can play for Minnesota this year.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Game avatar for Pedro Hernandez is now up.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by mnfanforlife View Post
      Sano thinks he can play for Minnesota this year.
      His bat might be ready but his glove certainly isn't.
    1. Halsey Hall's Avatar
      Halsey Hall -
      Quote Originally Posted by Brock Beauchamp View Post
      I don't understand the Plouffe hate. There is literally nobody else who factors into the Twins' mid-term plans at third base. Outside of maybe 1-2 more wins (which is very much up for debate), who else should be playing at third in 2013?

      Carroll is 128 years old. Love the guy but he doesn't factor into the Twins' plans in 2014 and beyond.

      Escobar is probably the best shortstop on the roster and is built for a utility role. Odds are heavily stacked against him hitting enough to start at short, much less third base.
      No hate involved, I just don't think he's a MLB player. I don't care who we put there, just get rid of him. He certainly doesn't have a future in this organization.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Brock Beauchamp View Post
      Carroll is 128 years old. Love the guy but he doesn't factor into the Twins' plans in 2014 and beyond.
      On Februrary 18, 1885:
      • Mark Twain's "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," published
      • Jamey Carroll, baseball infielder, was born
      • Preparations continued to dedicate the Washington Monument
    1. Gibby's Avatar
      Gibby -
      So nice to be back in sunny Minnesota.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Underway! Good start with a base hit, Dozierzie! (On 0-2, ha. Paging Chief, paging Chief.)
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      Quote Originally Posted by Halsey Hall View Post
      No hate involved, I just don't think he's a MLB player. I don't care who we put there, just get rid of him. He certainly doesn't have a future in this organization.
      Your assessment of his ability may be correct, but that doesn't change that he's better than anybody else we have for there right now. I suppose I could give Gardy a call and see if he wants me to play 3B, but I doubt that would actually improve the club.

      Bottom line - he's the least bad option we have for the time being.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Pushed across the first-inning run. Nice.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      OK, so what are our hopes/expectations for Hernandez today. I'd be happy with 5 innings, and ecstatic if he gets through 6 and we're ahead or tied.
    1. Gibby's Avatar
      Gibby -
      Quote Originally Posted by sbknudson View Post
      Your assessment of his ability may be correct, but that doesn't change that he's better than anybody else we have for there right now. I suppose I could give Gardy a call and see if he wants me to play 3B, but I doubt that would actually improve the club.

      Bottom line - he's the least bad option we have for the time being.
      I'm sure he'll start bombing homers by the time we are 20 games out.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by sbknudson View Post
      OK, so what are our hopes/expectations for Hernandez today. I'd be happy with 5 innings, and ecstatic if he gets through 6 and we're ahead or tied.
      I expect a nice first inning, with at most a harmless 2-out baserunner.

      / unwilling to predict any farther into the future than that
    1. Gibby's Avatar
      Gibby -
      Quote Originally Posted by Gibby View Post
      I'm sure he'll start bombing homers by the time we are 20 games out.
      Or maybe he'll start now.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      We should start every game thread being critical of Plouffe - it seems to do some good.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Gibby View Post
      I'm sure he'll start bombing homers by the time we are 20 games out.
      Let's hope so. Plouffe was amazing when he got hot last year.
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