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  • Series Preview: Twins vs White Sox, 5/13-5-/15

    Before coming home to face the Orioles for three games at home, Minnesota made a trip around the American League, faced three over .500 teams, and returned with a 5-5 record.

    Upon greeting the Orioles for three games, they immediately decided to pitch three consecutive games of batting practice, allowing 23 runs over the weekend set.

    Thankfully, the Orioles are gone and the Twins are set to welcome the Chicago White Sox to Target Field. The White Sox and their unbalanced attack of no-hitting, excellent pitching may be the needed ingredient for the Twins starting staff to get back on track.

    Game One:

    Twins vs White Sox - 7:10pm Central - 5/13/2013
    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 6 4 0 0 22.2 29 15 15 5 9 11 1 0 77.3 1.68 .315 5.96

    Hector Santiago:
    GP GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO W L SV HLD BLSV WHIP ERA
    2013 Regular Season 9 2 0 0 26.2 19 6 5 2 7 25 1 1 0 0 0 0.98 1.69


    Game Two:
    Twins vs White Sox - 7:10pm Central - 5/14/2013
    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 7 7 0 0 46.2 49 16 16 4 7 20 4 2 97.3 1.20 .271 3.09

    Jake Peavy:
    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 38.2 33 14 13 7 8 45 4 1 107.0 1.06 .231 3.03

    Game Three:
    Twins vs White Sox - 12:10pm Central - 5/15/2013
    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 7 7 0 0 34.1 49 25 23 2 9 15 3 3 90.6 1.69 .331 6.03

    Dylan Axelrod:
    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 41.0 39 21 19 5 12 22 0 3 99.6 1.24 .247 4.17


    Twins Offense:
    NAME GP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB BA OBP SLG OPS OWAR
    Joe Mauer 33 135 22 46 15 0 2 13 67 18 32 0 .341 .418 .496 .915 1.6
    Oswaldo Arcia 20 73 9 22 4 1 3 12 37 4 21 0 .301 .338 .507 .845 0.6
    Josh Willingham 30 100 15 21 7 0 5 15 43 24 35 1 .210 .388 .430 .818 0.7
    Eduardo Escobar 24 53 8 16 2 1 1 5 23 3 6 0 .302 .339 .434 .773 0.3
    Trevor Plouffe 30 109 15 26 6 1 4 12 46 9 23 1 .239 .315 .422 .737 0.7
    Justin Morneau 33 130 16 37 8 0 2 24 51 10 21 0 .285 .331 .392 .723 0.2
    Pedro Florimon 23 64 6 16 3 0 1 11 22 6 14 3 .250 .319 .344 .663 0.3
    Ryan Doumit 30 103 15 22 8 0 3 15 39 10 21 1 .214 .284 .379 .663 0.0
    Wilkin Ramirez 17 35 3 10 2 0 0 5 12 1 8 0 .286 .297 .343 .640 0.0
    Chris Parmelee 31 98 10 21 3 0 3 10 33 11 28 1 .214 .301 .337 .638 -0.0
    Jamey Carroll 15 43 10 11 1 0 0 3 12 4 11 0 .256 .319 .279 .598 0.0
    Brian Dozier 27 106 13 24 2 2 1 11 33 7 24 2 .226 .270 .311 .581 -0.1
    Darin Mastroianni 8 9 1 2 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 1 .222 .300 .222 .522 0.0
    Aaron Hicks 30 102 13 14 3 1 1 13 22 14 35 3 .137 .239 .216 .455 0.0

    White Sox Offense:
    NAME GP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB BA OBP SLG OPS OWAR
    Dylan Axelrod 7 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 .500 .500 .500 1.000 0.1
    Alex Rios 35 136 21 38 7 0 8 18 69 13 23 6 .279 .342 .507 .850 1.0
    Dayan Viciedo 16 56 5 16 4 0 2 7 26 4 18 0 .286 .333 .464 .798 0.2
    Conor Gillaspie 32 90 7 25 4 1 3 7 40 9 25 0 .278 .340 .444 .784 0.4
    Tyler Greene 15 35 5 10 1 1 1 3 16 2 13 0 .286 .324 .457 .781 0.1
    Jordan Danks 9 15 1 3 0 0 1 2 6 3 5 0 .200 .333 .400 .733 0.0
    Alejandro De Aza 34 139 21 34 7 0 7 16 62 8 44 5 .245 .284 .446 .730 0.4
    Gordon Beckham 7 19 1 6 0 0 0 1 6 1 5 0 .316 .333 .316 .649 0.0
    Hector Gimenez 8 19 3 3 1 0 1 4 7 3 7 0 .158 .280 .368 .648 -0.0
    Alexei Ramirez 35 126 11 33 7 0 1 7 43 6 18 6 .262 .299 .341 .640 0.3
    Paul Konerko 33 126 12 27 5 0 4 16 44 9 26 0 .214 .273 .349 .623 -0.7
    Dewayne Wise 23 47 4 12 1 0 1 3 16 1 12 1 .255 .271 .340 .611 -0.1
    Tyler Flowers 29 92 9 17 3 0 4 11 32 7 30 0 .185 .257 .348 .605 -0.2
    Adam Dunn 32 117 12 16 2 0 6 12 36 13 45 1 .137 .235 .308 .543 -0.8
    Casper Wells 4 9 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 1 4 0 .111 .200 .222 .422 -0.2
    Jeff Keppinger 29 123 7 23 2 0 0 6 25 0 13 0 .187 .184 .203 .387 -1.4

    Comments 129 Comments
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Lineups:

      Twins:
      Brian Dozier 2B
      Joe Mauer C
      Josh Willingham LF
      Justin Morneau 1B
      Ryan Doumit DH
      Trevor Plouffe 3B
      Oswaldo Arcia RF
      Aaron Hicks CF
      Pedro Florimon SS
      (Pedro Hernandez P)

      White Sox:
      Alejandro de Aza CF
      Alexei Ramirez SS
      Alex Rios RF
      Dayan Viciedo DH
      Adam Dunn 1B
      Jeff Keppinger 3B
      Casper Wells LF
      Tyler Flowers C
      Tyler Greene 2B
      (Hector Santiago P)
    1. jay's Avatar
      jay -
      Fun:
      - Aaron Hicks and Adam Dunn are tied for last in BA among qualified MLB batters (.137).

      - Jeff Keppinger (who some advocated for as an MI option this off-season) is the only qualified MLB batter without a single walk. He is also last in OPS by 68 points, trailing one rookie-CFer named Aaron Hicks.

      - The White Sox, at a lowly 9th in the AL, have generated 46% more strikeouts than the Twins (last in AL). The Pale Hose team ERA is 2nd in the AL at 3.40.

      - The White Sox are last in the AL in team OPS at .650. Only Alex Rios is above the AL average of .733.
    1. snepp's Avatar
      snepp -
      Keppinger is having a fascinating season. He's walked to the plate 125 times now, and hasn't drawn a single walk. That's amazing.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      We miss Sale. So that's good.
    1. Oldgoat_MN's Avatar
      Oldgoat_MN -
      Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
      We miss Sale. So that's good.
      I noticed that, too.
      I'm OK with that.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Quote Originally Posted by snepp View Post
      Keppinger is having a fascinating season. He's walked to the plate 125 times now, and hasn't drawn a single walk. That's amazing.
      One of those rarest of rarities: his OBP is lower than his BA.

      At least he has 2 XBHs, so his SLG is .016 higher than his BA. Take away those two doubles and he'd be pulling off quite a feat: OBP < BA while SLG = BA. My search skills are primitive at best, so I don't claim this as fact, but I can't find anyone in MLB history who has pulled that double play off for 100+ PAs.
    1. snepp's Avatar
      snepp -
      If I still had my B-ref subscription I'd run one of their super-awesome season-finder queries to see what the highest amount of PA's were to achieve that, but I'm a cheap bastard and quit renewing it.
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      Caught between a sponge and a soft space......WS hitting and Twins starting pitching.....which will break first? I say the Twins win 2, maybe 3.
    1. JW24's Avatar
      JW24 -
      The Twins had a legitimate chance to go 6-1 this past week. Extra inning losses to the Red Sox and Orioles could have very easily been wins, which I look at as an encouraging sign. If they can take 4 of 6 from Chicago and Boston this week, that would be a really solid few weeks of ball.
    1. adjacent's Avatar
      adjacent -
      Quote Originally Posted by jay View Post
      Fun:
      - Aaron Hicks and Adam Dunn are tied for last in BA among qualified MLB batters (.137).
      .
      Hey, Hicks's got the average, he's got the strike outs, he's got the walks, all you add is the home runs and you've got an Adam Dunn with speed.
    1. Xavier Garcia's Avatar
      Xavier Garcia -
      Hey there guys I am from chicago and was planning on seeing the twins play the sox tomorrow. Unfortunately I am in the hospital so I can no longer attend. I posted the tickets on stubhub if anyone is interested. They are diamond box 121 2nd row seats 21,22 aisle.

      https://www.stubhub.com/twins-vs-whi...t_id=497998426
    1. Top Gun's Avatar
      Top Gun -
      Liam Hendriks has been placed on the disasbled list at Triple-A Rochester due to a sore right elbow.

      It could explain his struggles this season, as Hendriks holds a 5.53 ERA and 1.63 WHIP over five Triple-A starts. It's not clear at this point how long he'll be sidelined.

      Source: LaVelle E. Neal on Twitt
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by Xavier Garcia View Post
      Hey there guys I am from chicago and was planning on seeing the twins play the sox tomorrow. Unfortunately I am in the hospital so I can no longer attend. I posted the tickets on stubhub if anyone is interested. They are diamond box 121 2nd row seats 21,22 aisle.

      https://www.stubhub.com/twins-vs-whi...t_id=497998426
      I'm sorry to hear that... Hope all is well.
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      Early troubles turn into often troubles.
    1. stringer bell's Avatar
      stringer bell -
      A fine start for Hernandez!
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ultima Ratio View Post
      Early troubles turn into often troubles.
      I feel bad for Pedro... It's looking like he needs to consider Restaurants choices in Rochester, Scranton, Syracuse, Buffalo and others.
    1. GCTF's Avatar
      GCTF -
      Quote Originally Posted by stringer bell View Post
      A fine start for Hernandez!
      Welle he did strike out Adam Dunn, then again, everyone does.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by GCTF View Post
      Welle he did strike out Adam Dunn, then again, everyone does.
      Sometimes I wonder if Dunn would have the same K percentage if he hit Blindfolded.
    1. COtwin's Avatar
      COtwin -
      Gibson or "Batting Tee" Hernandez. Um tough choice
    1. stringer bell's Avatar
      stringer bell -
      Quote Originally Posted by GCTF View Post
      Welle he did strike out Adam Dunn, then again, everyone does.
      And he got Keppinger out, then again, everyone does.
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