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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. snepp's Avatar
      snepp -
      Keppinger article on Fangraphs.


      How Close Jeff Keppinger Has Come | FanGraphs Baseball
    1. Joe A. Preusser's Avatar
      Joe A. Preusser -
      Quote Originally Posted by buckninetyone View Post
      hahah did you see how awkwardly hicks fell he must be so embarrassed lol
      No way he's embarrassed, he's jacked up! I hate to say I told you all so...ok, so I love to say it, but that is why you let these guys work things out instead of panicking and running them back down to AAA.
    1. crarko's Avatar
      crarko -
      Hicks might be out of the doghouse now.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      Quote Originally Posted by Joe A. Preusser View Post
      No way he's embarrassed, he's jacked up! I hate to say I told you all so...ok, so I love to say it, but that is why you let these guys work things out instead of panicking and running them back down to AAA.
      With respect, I don't think the discussion of sending him down indicated any panic from anyone. He started abysmally, and it was a legitimate possibility to raise up. That being said, I'm glad he's starting to respond, and let's give credit to the Twins who did keep him up.
    1. buckninetyone's Avatar
      buckninetyone -
      Quote Originally Posted by Joe A. Preusser View Post
      No way he's embarrassed, he's jacked up! I hate to say I told you all so...ok, so I love to say it, but that is why you let these guys work things out instead of panicking and running them back down to AAA.

      oh yes, he's embarrassed. just like the griffey jr. and michael madsen films of old, these guys CRASHED into the walls. one of them even died. this isn't funny.
    1. LaBombo's Avatar
      LaBombo -
      Quote Originally Posted by Joe A. Preusser View Post
      I hate to say I told you all so...ok, so I love to say it, but that is why you let these guys work things out instead of panicking and running them back down to AAA.
      Told us what? That he'd still be in way over his head in mid-May?

      We're all happy for Hicksie's big night, and I'm sure I'll take plenty of heat for my timing for this. But anyone who's paying attention to how he's doing knows that he's still utterly helpless against right-handed pitchers (.128/.227/.179). That's horrific. And it's still little better than a coin flip whether he'll start in or out on balls hit in front of him.

      Again, happy for Hicks that he had the huge game, and I hope and believe he can get it together, preferably at AAA. But the notion that tonight represents even a sliver of validation that the Twins made anything less than a big mistake by having Hicks start the season in the majors and stay despite still being overmatched after 6 weeks... easily a Preposterous Statement of the Year nomination.
    1. buckninetyone's Avatar
      buckninetyone -
      have to call my cell from my land line to find it i must be 80
    1. buckninetyone's Avatar
      buckninetyone -
      oh there it is "airwolf" theme song
    1. jay's Avatar
      jay -
      Quote Originally Posted by adjacent View Post
      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.
      Prognosticator of the Day Award Winner.
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