• 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. stringer bell's Avatar
      stringer bell -
      Five consecutive good at-bats yields....two runs. Too bad. I doubt the lead lasts until Papi is done swinging.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      I think Hicks started back on that
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by ashburyjohn View Post
      Well, if you want to take the bat out of a rookie's hands at 2-0, not a bad choice BTW, you aren't going to give him the green light on 3-0 are you? Maybe not even on 3-1, with the bases loaded?
      Nope... Red Light 3-0... Green Light 3-1.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by stringer bell View Post
      Five consecutive good at-bats yields....two runs. Too bad. I doubt the lead lasts until Papi is done swinging.
      Boo Hiss
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      OK... Let's start hitting again.
    1. Reginald Maudling's Shin's Avatar
      Reginald Maudling's Shin -
      Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
      That Arcia AB is how games are won and lost.
      Yep, you need to be looking Fastball inner half, not go chasing when the pitcher's on the ropes. Now watch Buchholz settle down and not give up another run.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      Nope... Red Light 3-0... Green Light 3-1.
      If you trust him on 3-1, then you might trust him on 2-0. I doubt he was given the Swing At Anything signal - they trusted him and he went fishing. Could just as well have happened on 3-1 then.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      When it comes to post counts... Now that I think about it... Forget Chief and Ashbury... I'd be happy if I can keep my post count higher than Andrew Bailey days on the disabled list.
    1. Joe A. Preusser's Avatar
      Joe A. Preusser -
      Bring on the Bucholtz conspiracy theorists. I hope we hit him hard all night and Morris calls a press conference and says "See??? Look!!!"
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      I think Hicks started back on that
      Yeah, the word for the past year was his glove was MLB-ready, it was the bat that was questionable. Turns out there's questions on both for now.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Reginald Maudling's Shin View Post
      Now watch Buchholz settle down and not give up another run.
      This is the concern, isn't it.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by ashburyjohn View Post
      If you trust him on 3-1, then you might trust him on 2-0. I doubt he was given the Swing At Anything signal - they trusted him and he went fishing. Could just as well have happened on 3-1 then.
      I'd give him the Green Light 2-0... I just don't want him swinging at a slider in the dirt 2-0. He took the same pitch two pitchers earlier.

      Besides 2-0.. That is when you can be picky. Look for your pitch... Not a low hard slider. Nobody likes low hard sliders.
    1. Nick Nelson's Avatar
      Nick Nelson -
      Arcia and Hicks both introduced to baseball's most legendary stadium with the bases loaded against the reigning AL pitcher of the month. Hard to hold the strikeouts against them; nothing can prepare you for that.

      The good news is that they're getting all these experiences out of the way now.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Quote Originally Posted by ashburyjohn View Post
      Yeah, the word for the past year was his glove was MLB-ready, it was the bat that was questionable. Turns out there's questions on both for now.
      I was gonna ask if I was the only one who's been somewhat disappointed with his defense so far this year. I guess not.
    1. big dog's Avatar
      big dog -
      That called third strike on Dozier was a joke. The ball looked a couple inches outside.

      I'm not sure if Hicks broke back, but whatever happened he definitely did not get a good break on that ball.
    1. Joe A. Preusser's Avatar
      Joe A. Preusser -
      Quote Originally Posted by Nick Nelson View Post
      Arcia and Hicks both introduced to baseball's most legendary stadium with the bases loaded against the reigning AL pitcher of the month. Hard to hold the strikeouts against them; nothing can prepare you for that.

      The good news is that they're getting all these experiences out of the way now.
      Yep, next year we put up a 5 spot in that inning. Arcia still should have had a better at bat though
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by Nick Nelson View Post
      Arcia and Hicks both introduced to baseball's most legendary stadium with the bases loaded against the reigning AL pitcher of the month. Hard to hold the strikeouts against them; nothing can prepare you for that.

      The good news is that they're getting all these experiences out of the way now.
      Warm tingle down by spine after reading that. It's true... each game, at-bat or play in the field is a chance to put something in the piggy bank.

      I still say Buchholz was trying to walk Arcia there. Arcia had him by the -----... Rookie mistake letting Buchholz off the mat.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      I'd give him the Green Light 2-0... I just don't want him swinging at a slider in the dirt 2-0.
      Even with a talented rookie, you're going to get some of that. (Or talented veterans, for that matter.) I misunderstood your comment to not swing at 2-0.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
      I was gonna ask if I was the only one who's been somewhat disappointed with his defense so far this year. I guess not.
      Well, I'm only going on people's recounting of the plays; looking forward to whenever the Twins come to Oakland so I can watch in person.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by ashburyjohn View Post
      Even with a talented rookie, you're going to get some of that. (Or talented veterans, for that matter.) I misunderstood your comment to not swing at 2-0.
      I'm misunderstood a lot. Cue the Rossington Collins Band.
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