• 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 snepp View Post
      My dog knows this image well.
    1. YourHouseIsMyHouse's Avatar
      YourHouseIsMyHouse -
      Gardy blew another one. Fien isn't good past one inning and we didn't need to save the bullpen.
    1. Gibby's Avatar
      Gibby -
      Welp, I'm walking up to the Nook to watch the Wild and drink Fultons. Gnight.
    1. YourHouseIsMyHouse's Avatar
      YourHouseIsMyHouse -
      He got careless with substitutions too. That could have cost us big if the game got longer. I didn't think Willingham stood much of a chance vs. Perez in a RHP vs. RH matchup and his career numbers were 1-7 against him at the time.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by sbknudson View Post
      TMI, man. TMI.
      I was watching the news with my wife... Gruesome story and I told my wife that I was rarely shocked anymore. So she bought me one to take care of that.

      Innocent story really.
    1. Top Gun's Avatar
      Top Gun -
      Poor, u guys got that comin.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      I was watching the news with my wife... Gruesome story and I told my wife that I was rarely shocked anymore. So she bought me one to take care of that.

      Innocent story really.
      Hey, what two consenting adults do in the privacy of their own doghouse is none of my business.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      The Bullpen was gonna be tagged eventually... We can't assume that Gardy can safely avoid Bullpen landlines every night.

      Hernandez pitched Ok until the wheels came off and Cleveland has been stroking it pretty good lately.

      And we put up 6 runs with a couple of dingers.

      It was an OK night... I can live with it.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      Quote Originally Posted by YourHouseIsMyHouse View Post
      He got careless with substitutions too. That could have cost us big if the game got longer. I didn't think Willingham stood much of a chance vs. Perez in a RHP vs. RH matchup and his career numbers were 1-7 against him at the time.
      I think he was trying to win it in the 10th, so it wouldn't go much longer, and I can't fault him for that. I'd rather have him be aggressive and try to win than be passive and try not to lose.

      And Fien had only thrown 13 pitches - no reason not to send him back out, although again once the runner got in scoring position it would have been reasonable to bring in a fresher arm.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by sbknudson View Post
      I think he was trying to win it in the 10th, so it wouldn't go much longer, and I can't fault him for that. I'd rather have him be aggressive and try to win than be passive and try not to lose.

      And Fien had only thrown 13 pitches - no reason not to send him back out, although again once the runner got in scoring position it would have been reasonable to bring in a fresher arm.
      And once you start going extras... Everyone has to stretch out and go extra innings because you never know how long it will go. No LOOGYS in extras.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by snepp View Post
      i am a certified google imaging professional.
      cgip?
    1. YourHouseIsMyHouse's Avatar
      YourHouseIsMyHouse -
      Quote Originally Posted by sbknudson View Post
      I think he was trying to win it in the 10th, so it wouldn't go much longer, and I can't fault him for that. I'd rather have him be aggressive and try to win than be passive and try not to lose.

      And Fien had only thrown 13 pitches - no reason not to send him back out, although again once the runner got in scoring position it would have been reasonable to bring in a fresher arm.
      There was no reason to think Willingham would have gotten a hit off of Perez. Willingham is hitting .214 off of RHP. Ramirez, I understood, but not Willingham. That would have allowed Hicks to remain in defensively and have Ramirez sub for Parmelee.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by YourHouseIsMyHouse View Post
      There was no reason to think Willingham would have gotten a hit off of Perez. Willingham is hitting .214 off of RHP. Ramirez, I understood, but not Willingham.
      .214... That means that he's done it before.
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