• Series Preview: Twins @ Red Sox, 5/6

    The Twins continue their difficult road trip this week by heading to Boston to face one of baseball's hottest teams and co-owners of the best record in MLB. The Red Sox, 20-11 through their first 31 games, have surprised much of baseball by jumping to the front of the tough AL East division and staying there for the month of April.

    Boston has stayed atop the division with a balanced approach: at .784, they are second in the AL in OPS while their pitching staff has a 3.62 ERA, good for fifth in the league.

    The Twins, already just 2-4 on this road trip, now have to enter Fenway Park in a four game set in an attempt to salvage the road trip and get back to Minnesota with a .500 record. It won't be an easy task.

    Game One:
    Twins @ Red Sox, Fenway Park - 6:10pm Central - 5/6/2013
    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 6 6 0 0 28.2 46 26 23 4 9 17 0 4 88.0 1.92 .362 7.22

    Clay Buchholz:
    GP GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO W L P/GS WHIP BAA ERA
    2013 Regular Season 6 6 0 0 44.2 27 5 5 1 16 47 6 0 105.0 0.96 .178 1.01

    Game Two:
    Twins @ Red Sox, Fenway Park - 6:10pm Central - 5/7/2013
    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 4 4 0 0 22.2 28 11 10 2 3 13 2 2 90.0 1.37 .322 3.97

    Ryan Dempster:
    GP GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO W L P/GS WHIP BAA ERA
    2013 Regular Season 6 6 0 0 36.0 24 14 12 5 17 47 2 2 101.0 1.14 .189 3.00

    Game One:
    Twins @ Red Sox, Fenway Park - 6:00pm Central - 5/8/2013
    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 5 3 0 0 20.2 22 9 9 3 8 9 1 0 86.0 1.45 .275 3.92

    Felix Doubront:
    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 27.0 32 17 17 1 14 31 3 1 101.4 1.70 .302 5.67

    Game One:
    Twins @ Red Sox, Fenway Park - 6:10pm Central - 5/9/2013
    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 6 6 0 0 41.1 40 13 13 4 7 19 3 2 97.0 1.14 .256 2.83

    John Lackey:
    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 15.1 16 6 6 2 6 16 1 2 83.0 1.43 .258 3.52

    Twins Offense:
    NAME GP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB BA OBP SLG OPS OWAR
    Josh Willingham 24 78 12 18 6 0 5 13 39 19 27 1 .231 .400 .500 .900 0.8
    Wilkin Ramirez 11 22 3 8 2 0 0 4 10 1 6 0 .364 .375 .455 .830 0.2
    Eduardo Escobar 19 42 6 14 1 1 1 5 20 1 3 0 .333 .349 .476 .825 0.3
    Trevor Plouffe 23 80 12 19 4 1 4 7 37 7 15 1 .238 .326 .463 .789 0.7
    Joe Mauer 26 105 12 30 6 0 2 9 42 13 23 0 .286 .364 .400 .764 0.7
    Jamey Carroll 12 28 6 9 1 0 0 3 10 3 6 0 .321 .387 .357 .744 0.1
    Oswaldo Arcia 15 51 4 13 2 0 2 8 21 3 14 0 .255 .296 .412 .708 0.1
    Justin Morneau 26 103 11 26 6 0 2 15 38 8 13 0 .252 .304 .369 .673 -0.0
    Chris Parmelee 25 82 9 18 2 0 3 10 29 9 25 1 .220 .305 .354 .659 0.0
    Pedro Florimon 20 53 5 13 2 0 0 8 15 6 10 2 .245 .328 .283 .611 0.2
    Brian Dozier 22 83 10 20 1 2 0 8 25 7 16 2 .241 .293 .301 .595 0.0
    Ryan Doumit 23 79 8 16 7 0 0 8 23 7 20 1 .203 .276 .291 .567 -0.3
    Darin Mastroianni 8 9 1 2 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 1 .222 .300 .222 .522 0.0
    Aaron Hicks 25 85 12 10 1 1 1 9 16 13 31 3 .118 .232 .188 .421 -0.0

    Red Sox Offense:
    NAME GP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB BA OBP SLG OPS OWAR
    Mike Carp 15 32 5 13 5 2 2 8 28 3 11 0 .406 .457 .875 1.332 0.6
    David Ortiz 13 50 11 22 8 0 4 17 42 4 8 0 .440 .473 .840 1.313 0.9
    Jose Iglesias 6 20 3 9 2 0 0 1 11 0 3 0 .450 .476 .550 1.026 0.3
    David Ross 12 37 7 9 1 0 4 5 22 6 12 1 .243 .349 .595 .943 0.5
    Daniel Nava 26 91 17 26 5 0 5 19 46 12 20 0 .286 .385 .505 .891 0.9
    Mike Napoli 31 123 17 33 15 1 6 31 68 8 46 0 .268 .328 .553 .881 0.6
    Dustin Pedroia 31 119 18 35 6 0 0 12 41 20 20 7 .294 .396 .345 .740 0.9
    Jonny Gomes 23 50 6 11 3 0 1 2 17 14 15 0 .220 .391 .340 .731 0.2
    Pedro Ciriaco 11 24 0 6 1 1 0 2 9 4 6 2 .250 .345 .375 .720 0.2
    Jacoby Ellsbury 31 136 19 38 6 3 1 12 53 10 19 12 .279 .329 .390 .718 0.5
    Jarrod Saltalamacchia 23 77 10 17 6 0 3 8 32 9 31 0 .221 .302 .416 .718 0.3
    Shane Victorino 22 79 12 22 2 0 0 8 24 8 12 3 .278 .348 .304 .652 0.3
    Will Middlebrooks 30 113 16 22 4 0 6 12 44 5 36 0 .195 .233 .389 .623 -0.2
    Stephen Drew 20 66 6 12 1 2 1 9 20 10 22 0 .182 .286 .303 .589 0.1
    Jackie Bradley Jr. 12 31 5 3 1 0 0 3 4 6 12 1 .097 .263 .129 .392 -0.3
    Comments 531 Comments
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      There ya go... To the dugout we go
    1. big dog's Avatar
      big dog -
      Whew. Salty swung at ball 4 in the dirt and the Twins head back to the dugout. Hitting shoes on, boys.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Quote Originally Posted by big dog View Post
      I would love to see some kind of graphic on close pitches. Buckhollz got most of them, the Twins very few.

      Just as I type that, Duensing got a called strike to Saltalamachia that was way, way more outside than the ball four pitch to the previous batter. What's going on?
      Duens got a break on that pitch to Salty, but in a 3-0 situation, it's not all that unusual. Outside that, I've thought the strike zone has been pretty decent tonight.
    1. Gibby's Avatar
      Gibby -
      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      There ya go... To the dugout we go
      For at least 6 pitches.
    1. notoriousgod71's Avatar
      notoriousgod71 -
      Anyone notice Buchholz allowed to go out there for another inning after reaching 100 pitches and set the Twins down in order?
    1. B Richard's Avatar
      B Richard -
      ball girl has a nice behind
    1. Willihammer's Avatar
      Willihammer -
      Coomer is wheezing into the mic
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by Willihammer View Post
      Just once I want to see Anderson walk out to the batters box instead of the mound and chat with the opposing batter about bunting or something. That would be a dose of icewater on his member I think.
      That's funny... If I was a manager... I'd try it... At least once... Call time out and go out and talk to The opposing pitcher.

      Me: How ya feeling son?
      Shields: Uhh.. Good.. What ya doin here.
      Me: Just noticing a little drop in velocity. Mechanics are a little off
      Shields: Uhh Ok...
      Me: I'll you what... You've pitched a whale of a game... Let's bring in someone to finish this for you. (points at left arm and holds hand out for the ball.
    1. Joe A. Preusser's Avatar
      Joe A. Preusser -
      Quote Originally Posted by B Richard View Post
      ball girl has a nice behind
      I hope she's actually a ball lady.
    1. Gibby's Avatar
      Gibby -
      Is this thing lagging for anyone other than me?
    1. Gibby's Avatar
      Gibby -
      Quote Originally Posted by B Richard View Post
      ball girl has a nice behind
      I was never a big butt guy.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Gibby View Post
      I was never a big butt guy.
      Check your mirror again, my brother.
    1. Willihammer's Avatar
      Willihammer -
      Hammer's eyes got just a little too big for his shoes there I think
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by Willihammer View Post
      Hammer's eyes got just a little too big for his shoes there I think
      And his pancreas is to big for his toenails,
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Quote Originally Posted by Gibby View Post
      Is this thing lagging for anyone other than me?
      That's what she said.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      I know we have the best bullpen in baseball and all, but I'd be ok with tacking on a few more runs here.
    1. Gibby's Avatar
      Gibby -
      Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
      I know we have the best bullpen in baseball and all, but I'd be ok with tacking on a few more runs here.
      I know the pen is good and all, but I have no confidence in Perkins.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
      I know we have the best bullpen in baseball and all, but I'd be ok with tacking on a few more runs here.

      You should re-type that in CAPITALS for emphasis.
    1. stringer bell's Avatar
      stringer bell -
      Probably the thinking in Boston is the ump is out to screw them. I just think he's an erratic young umpire. 3-0 zones are notoriously wide. Duensing took advantage.
    1. Joe A. Preusser's Avatar
      Joe A. Preusser -
      Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
      I know we have the best bullpen in baseball and all, but I'd be ok with tacking on a few more runs here.
      I agree. 2, 3.....8. Whatever.
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