• 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. notoriousgod71's Avatar
      notoriousgod71 -
      I think Victorino just grabbed Marney's ass.
    1. Reginald Maudling's Shin's Avatar
      Reginald Maudling's Shin -
      Quote Originally Posted by Physics Guy View Post
      Which is why Ramirez should have gone in for Doumitt and not for Hicks.
      An overlooked decision was batting Wilkin Ramirez for Hicks. I was sure Ramirez was going to hit into a DP. Instead he looked at two hanging curveballs for called strikes and hit that weak liner to Pedroia that almost was a DP. In that case if you let Hicks bat it's not likely with his speed he'll get doubled up. Plus obviously you have a crap outfield.
    1. Reginald Maudling's Shin's Avatar
      Reginald Maudling's Shin -
      Quote Originally Posted by howeda7 View Post
      I don't question the pinch-hitting, but couldn't they have put Caroll in and shifted Escobar to CF and Ramirez to left? Doumit in the OF should be the last resort.
      I'm sure the reasoning for that is you took out the backup catcher. But I agree Doumit should throw his glove away. It sucks to have one dimensional players on the roster.
    1. howeda7's Avatar
      howeda7 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Reginald Maudling's Shin View Post
      I'm sure the reasoning for that is you took out the backup catcher. But I agree Doumit should throw his glove away. It sucks to have one dimensional players on the roster.
      Escobar's still in the game. If god forbid, something happens to Mauer (or anyone else for that matter) you're stuck putting a pitcher in the OF either way.
    1. TheLeviathan's Avatar
      TheLeviathan -
      Quote Originally Posted by Reginald Maudling's Shin View Post
      I'm sure the reasoning for that is you took out the backup catcher. But I agree Doumit should throw his glove away. It sucks to have one dimensional players on the roster.
      What dimension would that be exactly?
    1. Reginald Maudling's Shin's Avatar
      Reginald Maudling's Shin -
      Quote Originally Posted by TheLeviathan View Post
      What dimension would that be exactly?
      Not Drew Butera, I guess.
    1. TheLeviathan's Avatar
      TheLeviathan -
      Quote Originally Posted by Reginald Maudling's Shin View Post
      Not Drew Butera, I guess.
      Touche.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by glunn View Post
      It keeps disappearing then coming back.
      Tell Brock that when you post a comment, you need to F5 refresh to see the Like button on any other comments that arrived in the meantime. Or at least that's what happens to me in Firefox.
    1. nicksaviking's Avatar
      nicksaviking -
      Quote Originally Posted by Reginald Maudling's Shin View Post
      An overlooked decision was batting Wilkin Ramirez for Hicks. I was sure Ramirez was going to hit into a DP. Instead he looked at two hanging curveballs for called strikes and hit that weak liner to Pedroia that almost was a DP. In that case if you let Hicks bat it's not likely with his speed he'll get doubled up. Plus obviously you have a crap outfield.
      At the time I disaggreed with pinch hitting for Hicks because Mortenson had just walked the previous two batters and if there's one thing Hicks has been good at thus far, it's taking a walk.
    1. Reginald Maudling's Shin's Avatar
      Reginald Maudling's Shin -
      Quote Originally Posted by nicksaviking View Post
      At the time I disaggreed with pinch hitting for Hicks because Mortenson had just walked the previous two batters and if there's one thing Hicks has been good at thus far, it's taking a walk.
      Absolutely.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by nicksaviking View Post
      At the time I disaggreed with pinch hitting for Hicks because Mortenson had just walked the previous two batters and if there's one thing Hicks has been good at thus far, it's taking a walk.
      Hicks established a willingness to take a walk in the minors. Still, I'm leery of getting too excited about it in his short time in the majors, largely because there was a period of about a week that stands out from the rest:

      Apr 1-13: .047/.109/.047 (46 PA)
      Apr 15-23: .167/.476/.167 (21 PA)
      Apr 25-now: .206/.250/.412 (36 PA)

      Phase 1, the first two weeks, pitchers went by the book for any rookie and tried to see if he would chase and get himself out. He did. He sure looks like he made an adjustment the next week, and the result from not swinging at crazy pitches was to walk at an extraordinary rate. Word got around after that, and he started seeing more pitches to hit; his results on the third line are below par but kind of in line with the learning curve we were told to expect, and in particular the power is starting to arrive while the walks have diminished greatly.

      This is somewhat cherry picking the stats. But I did this same thing before, during that second line of results, and guessed that he'd stop walking so much and would start to do something with the ball when in the strike zone. So I don't think it's really second-guessing and the suppositions behind the breakout seem plausible to me.

      So I wouldn't mark him as a super choice when "a walk's as good as a hit". He's getting there, that's all for now.
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