• 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. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Meanwhile, back at the game... Doumit is not helping matters.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      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.
      Uh...you mean you were just on a plane, or do you mean you were flying the plane?
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by ashburyjohn View Post
      OK. Never mind, then.

      Chevy Chase: Weekend Update recognizes its obligation to present responsible opposing viewpoints to our editorials.

      Here with an editorial reply is Miss Emily Litella.

      Emily Litella: What's all this fuss I keep hearing about violins on television?
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by sbknudson View Post
      Uh...you mean you were just on a plane, or do you mean you were flying the plane?
      And boy are my arms tired!
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by sbknudson View Post
      Uh...you mean you were just on a plane, or do you mean you were flying the plane?
      By my reading of it, aircraft may not even have been involved.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      Emily Litella: What's all this fuss I keep hearing about violins on television?
      And what's all this fuss I keep hearing about endangered feces?
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      We are still happy with Hernandez... Right?

      Runs happen every once in awhile... Right?
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by ashburyjohn View Post
      And what's all this fuss I keep hearing about endangered feces?
      What is all this fuss I hear about the Supreme Court decision on a "deaf" penalty? It's terrible! Deaf people have enough problems as it is!
    1. Gibby's Avatar
      Gibby -
      Quote Originally Posted by sbknudson View Post
      Uh...you mean you were just on a plane, or do you mean you were flying the plane?
      No worries. I'm a responsible user of opiates.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      A fat pitch to Kipnis? Oh, a FAST pitch. Never mind.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      Good trip to the mound for Anderson - settle him down, get out of the inning.
    1. Gibby's Avatar
      Gibby -
      Quote Originally Posted by sbknudson View Post
      Good trip to the mound for Anderson - settle him down, get out of the inning.
      Dick?
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Gibby View Post
      Dick?
      No thanks, already got one.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      Quote Originally Posted by Gibby View Post
      Dick?
      No, I am not Bert Blyleven, but I play him on the internet.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Hard struck ball by Plouffe... I sense a roll starting to roll.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      All right, I am off to eat food from out of multiple trucks. Pray for me...

      I will pray for Doumit.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      Hard struck ball by Plouffe... I sense a roll starting to roll.
      "Rolling...rolling...rolling on the river." -CCR
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Hopefully, Plouffe's hot streak began today. One homer and one near homer already.
    1. Chance's Avatar
      Chance -
      The ump can't seem to locate the plate.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Quote Originally Posted by ashburyjohn View Post
      All right, I am off to eat food from out of multiple trucks. Pray for me...

      I will pray for Doumit.
      Avoid the chili.
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