• Series Preview: Twins vs Orioles, 5/10-5/12

    Last season, many called the Orioles "lucky". This year, it's hard to call them anything but "good". After beating their Pythagorean Record by a healthy margin in 2012 (+7 runs, 93 wins), the 2013 squad has mashed their way to the top of the AL East, outscoring opponents by a combined 25 runs on the way to a 21-14 record.

    The key to the Orioles' success this season has been their first baseman, Chris Davis. Owner of a 1.049 OPS, 10 homeruns, and 31 RBI in just 34 games played, the Baltimore first baseman has been making opposing pitchers look foolish as he continues his torrid hitting streak and sets himself up as an early MVP candidate.

    On the other hand, the Twins haven't been doing so badly for themselves, either. They're coming home after a tough road trip where they faced three winning American League teams in the Tigers, Indians, and Red Sox and managed to win five of ten games against three good teams. Oswaldo Arcia has been one of the heroes of late, with the rookie posting an absurd 1.205 OPS in the month of May. He'll look to continue heating up with the move back to Target Field.

    Game One:

    Twins vs Orioles - 7:10pm Central - 5/10/2013
    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 6 6 0 0 28.1 40 22 20 2 8 14 3 3 88.3 1.69 .328 6.35

    Jason Hamel:
    GP GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO W L P/GS WHIP BAA ERA
    2013 Regular Season 7 7 0 0 41.2 41 22 19 6 16 26 5 1 97.7 1.37 .261 4.10

    Game Two:
    Twins vs Orioles - 6:10pm Central - 5/11/2013
    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 7 7 0 0 33.2 55 29 26 5 9 20 0 4 88.1 1.90 .372 6.95

    Steve Johnson:
    GP GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO W L SV HLD BLSV WHIP ERA
    Career 12 4 0 0 38.1 23 9 9 4 18 46 4 0 0 0 0 1.07 2.11

    Game Three:
    Twins vs Orioles - 1:10pm Central - 5/12/2013
    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 5 5 0 0 29.2 31 11 10 2 3 15 3 2 91.2 1.15 .282 3.03

    Wei-Yin Chen:
    GP GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO W L P/GS WHIP BAA ERA
    2013 Regular Season 7 7 0 0 42.1 40 16 16 3 12 24 2 3 93.4 1.23 .258 3.40

    Twins Offense:
    NAME GP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB BA OBP SLG OPS OWAR
    Oswaldo Arcia 18 64 8 20 4 1 3 11 35 4 18 0 .313 .353 .547 .900 0.6
    Josh Willingham 28 93 14 20 7 0 5 14 42 23 33 1 .215 .392 .452 .843 0.8
    Joe Mauer 30 123 19 38 11 0 2 10 55 16 29 0 .309 .388 .447 .836 1.1
    Eduardo Escobar 21 44 6 15 1 1 1 5 21 1 3 0 .341 .356 .477 .833 0.4
    Wilkin Ramirez 14 26 3 9 2 0 0 5 11 1 6 0 .346 .357 .423 .780 0.2
    Trevor Plouffe 27 96 15 23 5 1 4 11 42 9 20 1 .240 .324 .438 .762 0.7
    Justin Morneau 30 119 14 32 7 0 2 21 45 9 17 0 .269 .311 .378 .689 -0.0
    Ryan Doumit 27 93 13 21 8 0 2 12 35 8 20 1 .226 .291 .376 .668 0.1
    Pedro Florimon 23 64 6 16 3 0 1 11 22 6 14 3 .250 .319 .344 .663 0.3
    Jamey Carroll 14 38 9 10 1 0 0 3 11 4 9 0 .263 .333 .289 .623 0.1
    Chris Parmelee 28 90 9 18 2 0 3 10 29 10 28 1 .200 .288 .322 .611 -0.1
    Brian Dozier 25 97 12 22 1 2 1 9 30 7 23 2 .227 .274 .309 .583 0.0
    Darin Mastroianni 8 9 1 2 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 1 .222 .300 .222 .522 0.0
    Aaron Hicks 29 98 13 13 3 1 1 13 21 14 34 3 .133 .239 .214 .453 0.0

    Orioles Offense:
    NAME GP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB BA OBP SLG OPS OWAR
    Chris Davis 34 114 21 35 9 0 10 31 74 20 36 0 .307 .410 .649 1.059 0.0
    Brian Roberts 3 12 1 5 1 0 0 1 6 0 0 1 .417 .417 .500 .917 0.0
    Manny Machado 35 147 25 45 12 1 5 22 74 10 25 4 .306 .350 .503 .854 0.0
    Nate McLouth 30 107 26 32 8 0 3 10 49 17 11 11 .299 .395 .458 .853 0.0
    Adam Jones 35 144 27 46 13 0 4 23 71 6 31 4 .319 .351 .493 .844 0.0
    Steve Pearce 11 34 1 8 2 0 1 5 13 4 8 0 .235 .350 .382 .732 0.0
    Chris Dickerson 9 16 3 5 1 0 0 2 6 1 6 1 .313 .353 .375 .728 0.0
    Matt Wieters 33 115 13 28 7 0 4 18 47 11 24 0 .243 .305 .409 .713 0.0
    Nick Markakis 35 143 18 39 5 0 3 15 53 13 12 0 .273 .329 .371 .700 0.0
    J.J. Hardy 35 134 12 29 4 0 6 21 51 7 17 0 .216 .254 .381 .634 0.0
    Nolan Reimold 30 97 14 18 2 0 4 9 32 10 30 0 .186 .257 .330 .587 0.0
    Alexi Casilla 15 35 3 7 2 0 0 0 9 1 8 2 .200 .222 .257 .479 0.0
    Ryan Flaherty 26 82 6 10 3 0 1 5 16 8 23 1 .122 .209 .195 .404 0.0
    Comments 217 Comments
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Lineups:

      Twins:
      Jamey Carroll 2B
      Joe Mauer DH
      Josh Willingham LF
      Justin Morneau 1B
      Trevor Plouffe 3B
      Ryan Doumit C
      Oswaldo Arcia RF
      Aaron Hicks CF
      Eduardo Escobar SS
      (Mike Pelfrey P)

      Orioles:
      Nate McLouth LF
      Manny Machado 3B
      Nick Markakis DH
      Adam Jones CF
      Chris Davis 1B
      Matt Wieters C
      J.J. Hardy SS
      Chris Dickerson RF
      Alexi Casilla 2B
      (Jason Hammel P)
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      "They're coming home after a tough road trip where they faced three winning American League teams in the Tigers, Indians, and Red Sox and managed to win five of ten games against three good teams."

      I recall some people saying that this past road trip would show what the Twins were really made of.

      It's still early, but maybe the early success was not an anomaly - this team might be a .500 club for real.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by sbknudson View Post
      It's still early, but maybe the early success was not an anomaly - this team might be a .500 club for real.
      If the Twins continue to hang around .500 I may not stop saying "it's early" until mid-September.
    1. big dog's Avatar
      big dog -
      At this point, if I had a time machine I'd bet the house on the Vegas over/under line for Twins wins. I'd probably do other things too, like take my money out of the stock market in early 2007 and reinvest it in 2008, but I'd definitely bet on the Twins.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by big dog View Post
      At this point, if I had a time machine I'd bet the house on the Vegas over/under line for Twins wins. I'd probably do other things too, like take my money out of the stock market in early 2007 and reinvest it in 2008, but I'd definitely bet on the Twins.
      So your saying... If you had a Time Machine... Your usage of it would be based upon financial gain.

      I think we know how you roll now
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      I got a Graduation dinner to attend tonight and I'm not sure how long that will last. I'll probably miss the beginning of the game.

      For the Game Threaders I just want to say... The Romantics once wrote...

      "What I like About You... You Really know how to Dance"

      I'm sure that dancing ability will cure all the evils that crop up and the basis of a long term relationship has been formed.

      It was Billy Squier who said "Lonely is the Night... When you Find yourself alone"

      I have nothing to add to that line.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      So your saying... If you had a Time Machine... Your usage of it would be based upon financial gain.

      I think we know how you roll now
      With sufficient financial gain, the other ways we each roll become a great deal easier.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      I got a Graduation dinner to attend tonight and I'm not sure how long that will last.
      I've got a date with my wife tonight. It should last approximately two weeks, so my presence here on this site will be sparse-to-none during that time.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      So your saying... If you had a Time Machine... Your usage of it would be based upon financial gain.

      I think we know how you roll now
      If I had a time machine, I for one would go back in time and right wrongs and make the world a better place.

      However, if in the process of that, I just happened to pass a vendor of lottery tickets...
    1. amjgt's Avatar
      amjgt -
      Quote Originally Posted by big dog View Post
      At this point, if I had a time machine I'd bet the house on the Vegas over/under line for Twins wins. I'd probably do other things too, like take my money out of the stock market in early 2007 and reinvest it in 2008, but I'd definitely bet on the Twins.
      Might as well sell short.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by ashburyjohn View Post
      I've got a date with my wife tonight. It should last approximately two weeks, so my presence here on this site will be sparse-to-none during that time.
      "Two Weeks"... That's funny.

      Sounds like she has chosen the venue.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      "Two Weeks"... That's funny.

      Sounds like she has chosen the venue.
      North and South Carolina. The date starts with a romantic dinner of "cleaning out the refrigerator of all the leftovers", followed by the theater spectacle of packing the suitcases, and getting to bed for an early flight time. After that, it should get better.
    1. big dog's Avatar
      big dog -
      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      "Two Weeks"... That's funny.

      Sounds like she has chosen the venue.
      Indian food?
    1. big dog's Avatar
      big dog -
      Quote Originally Posted by sbknudson View Post
      If I had a time machine, I for one would go back in time and right wrongs and make the world a better place.

      However, if in the process of that, I just happened to pass a vendor of lottery tickets...
      However, others might be harmed by you righting what you perceive to be wrongs. I'm merely taking advantage of financial transactions freely offered by others who have gain as their only motive.

      I didn't say those were the only things I would do with a time machine. I do confess those were the things I thought of first, though.
    1. ChiTownTwinsFan's Avatar
      ChiTownTwinsFan -
      Quote Originally Posted by ashburyjohn View Post
      North and South Carolina. The date starts with a romantic dinner of "cleaning out the refrigerator of all the leftovers", followed by the theater spectacle of packing the suitcases, and getting to bed for an early flight time. After that, it should get better.
      'Should' being the operative word.
    1. Top Gun's Avatar
      Top Gun -
      Glen Perkins is unavailable on Friday due to soreness in his left side.

      The 30-year-old lefty has pitched fairly well to this point in the season, posting a 3.55 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 20/5 K/BB ratio through his first 12 2/3 innings while converting all eight of his save chances. Consider him day-to-day for now. Jared Burton would likely draw any save chances while Perkins is out.
      Related: Jared Burton

      Source: Rhett Bollinger onTwitte
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Top Gun View Post
      Glen Perkins is unavailable on Friday due to soreness in his left side.
      His left side? That includes the rotator cuff, the UCL, the hamstring, the ACL, the pinkie toe... . Maybe it all went bad all at once.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Always takes a bit of luck to pitch to Adam Jones. Got away unscathed that time.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Casilla does his old buddy Carroll a solid for the first hit, then the Orioles' rookie RF lets one get by for a double. Oops.
    1. notoriousgod71's Avatar
      notoriousgod71 -
      One can only hope our buddy Stew is scoring as that ball sails over a "deer in headlights" Markakis.
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