• 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. Gibby's Avatar
      Gibby -
      Quote Originally Posted by glunn View Post
      Let's hope so. Plouffe was amazing when he got hot last year.
      Yes he was. I'm not quite ready to write him off yet.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by Halsey Hall View Post
      Wish I could erase one name on that roster........rub, rub, rub, and plouffe! he gone!
      And look what that rubbing would have done!!!
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Gibby View Post
      Or maybe he'll start now.
      Yes, now please tell us about the lack of clutchness of some other Twins players, my brother. Do your powers extend to explaining how pitchers are getting by on smoke and mirrors and can't last another inning?
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      I more interested about the reverse effects of Halsey's rubbing. When he rubs... It doesn't remove... It makes it stronger...

      His Cat is now a Lion.
    1. Badsmerf's Avatar
      Badsmerf -
      Plouffe has the talent. Hopefully some time off the last week has let him refocus and make some adjustments. He could be a very valuable player for this team going forward... even if Sano can stick at 3b.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      It doesn't remove... It makes it stronger...
      Not goin' there my brother. Not goin' there.

      In other news, I have just been informed by my wife that we have a date tonight. Will be leaving in a few minutes...
    1. Badsmerf's Avatar
      Badsmerf -
      Quote Originally Posted by ashburyjohn View Post
      Not goin' there my brother. Not goin' there.

      In other news, I have just been informed by my wife that we have a date tonight. Will be leaving in a few minutes...
      Like, just the two of you... or involving a third wheel... if ya know what i mean...
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Badsmerf View Post
      Plouffe has the talent. Hopefully some time off the last week has let him refocus and make some adjustments. He could be a very valuable player for this team going forward... even if Sano can stick at 3b.
      Yeah, at this point Ryan has some very intriguing pieces for the coming several years; but it's not going to be child's play to put all these pieces together. No pushbutton managing.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      Way to go, Joe!
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Badsmerf View Post
      Like, just the two of you... or involving a third wheel... if ya know what i mean...
      Oh, it's romantic. Food Truck Friday in Reno Nevada - link - we're going to head down the hill and partake. (It was her night to cook... don't tell her I made that connection.)
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by ashburyjohn View Post
      Not goin' there my brother. Not goin' there.

      In other news, I have just been informed by my wife that we have a date tonight. Will be leaving in a few minutes...

      My wife informed that I was raking. I'd trade but its too late...

      I Missed the first inning but I got the front yard done in 3 minutes. The neighbors were laughing at my speed raking. It must have been a sight.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by sbknudson View Post
      Way to go, Joe!
      Very satisfying to have a catcher with teh l33t skillz.
    1. Gibby's Avatar
      Gibby -
      Quote Originally Posted by ashburyjohn View Post
      Not goin' there my brother. Not goin' there.

      In other news, I have just been informed by my wife that we have a date tonight. Will be leaving in a few minutes...
      You going somewhere televising the game? My wife wants me to go out with her at 8.
    1. Gibby's Avatar
      Gibby -
      Quote Originally Posted by Gibby View Post
      You going somewhere televising the game? My wife wants me to go out with her at 8.
      Nevermind.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by Gibby View Post
      Nevermind.
      "Smells Like Teen Spirit" (Cobain, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic) – 5:01
      "In Bloom" – 4:14
      "Come as You Are" – 3:39
      "Breed" – 3:03
      "Lithium" – 4:17
      "Polly" – 2:57
      "Territorial Pissings" (Cobain, Chet Powers) – 2:22
      "Drain You" – 3:43
      "Lounge Act" – 2:36
      "Stay Away" – 3:32
      "On a Plain" – 3:16
      "Something in the Way" – 3:55
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Gibby View Post
      Nevermind.
      That's what the Delete function (within the Edit function) is for.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      "Smells Like Teen Spirit" (Cobain, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic) – 5:01
      ...
      I kept yelling Freebird at their concerts but they never would play it.
    1. Gibby's Avatar
      Gibby -
      Quote Originally Posted by ashburyjohn View Post
      That's what the Delete function (within the Edit function) is for.
      Cut me some slack. I've been flying all day, and have vicodin coursing through my veins. Your right though.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by ashburyjohn View Post
      I kept yelling Freebird at their concerts but they never would play it.
      I was yelling "play something you know" and they did.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Gibby View Post
      Cut me some slack. I've been flying all day, and have vicodin coursing through my veins. Your right though.
      OK. Never mind, then.
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