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  • Series Preview: Twins vs Red Sox, 5/17-5/19

    The Twins starting pitching looked to be a problem going into the season and after several weeks of surprisingly good performances by several members of the rotation, we're starting to see regression by several key pitchers as the team ERA begins to bloat.

    Thankfully, the Twins had an off day to regroup after being shelled by the White Sox and losing two of three at Target Field earlier in the week.


    On the upside, the Twins offense has been humming along quite nicely, with Justin Morneau leading the charge with a 1.159 OPS and seven RBI over his past six games. Joe Mauer has also gone completely bonkers over that span of time, posting a 1.425 OPS. M&M boys, indeed.

    Game One:

    Twins vs Red Sox - 7:10pm Central - 5/17/2013
    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 8 8 0 0 39.0 66 34 31 6 10 21 1 4 91.0 1.95 .379 7.15

    Clay Buchholz:
    GP GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO W L P/GS WHIP BAA ERA
    2013 Regular Season 8 8 0 0 58.2 40 11 11 1 21 60 6 0 105.9 1.04 .196 1.69

    Game Two:
    Twins vs Red Sox - 6:10pm Central - 5/18/2013
    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 6 6 0 0 35.1 40 17 16 5 6 15 3 3 92.7 1.30 .299 4.08

    Ryan Dempster:
    GP GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO W L P/GS WHIP BAA ERA
    2013 Regular Season 8 8 0 0 48.0 36 24 20 9 19 61 2 4 102.0 1.15 .205 3.75

    Game Three:
    Twins vs Red Sox - 1:10pm Central - 5/19/2013
    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 7 5 0 0 28.0 35 18 18 5 9 15 2 0 78.6 1.57 .313 5.79

    John Lackey:
    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 26.2 31 16 12 3 8 27 1 4 87.0 1.46 .279 4.05

    Twins Offense:
    NAME GP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB BA OBP SLG OPS OWAR
    Joe Mauer 36 146 24 51 16 0 2 13 73 21 35 0 .349 .431 .500 .931 1.7
    Eduardo Escobar 26 57 9 17 2 1 2 6 27 3 6 0 .298 .333 .474 .807 0.4
    Oswaldo Arcia 23 84 9 24 5 1 3 13 40 4 25 0 .286 .318 .476 .794 0.4
    Josh Willingham 33 112 17 23 8 0 5 18 46 25 38 1 .205 .378 .411 .788 0.7
    Justin Morneau 36 144 18 44 11 0 2 28 61 10 22 0 .306 .346 .424 .770 0.5
    Trevor Plouffe 32 116 15 28 7 1 4 15 49 9 25 1 .241 .313 .422 .735 0.7
    Jamey Carroll 16 48 12 14 2 0 0 4 16 4 12 0 .292 .346 .333 .679 0.2
    Pedro Florimon 26 73 9 18 4 0 1 11 25 7 15 4 .247 .317 .342 .660 0.3
    Ryan Doumit 32 111 15 24 8 0 3 16 41 10 23 1 .216 .280 .369 .649 -0.1
    Wilkin Ramirez 17 35 3 10 2 0 0 5 12 1 8 0 .286 .297 .343 .640 0.0
    Chris Parmelee 33 103 10 21 3 0 3 10 33 11 29 1 .204 .288 .320 .609 -0.2
    Brian Dozier 30 115 14 25 2 2 1 11 34 7 27 3 .217 .258 .296 .554 -0.2
    Darin Mastroianni 8 9 1 2 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 1 .222 .300 .222 .522 0.0
    Aaron Hicks 33 112 16 16 3 1 3 15 30 15 36 3 .143 .242 .268 .510 0.1

    Red Sox Offense:
    NAME GP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB BA OBP SLG OPS OWAR
    Mike Carp 20 38 5 13 5 2 2 8 28 3 14 0 .342 .390 .737 1.127 0.5
    Jose Iglesias 6 20 3 9 2 0 0 1 11 0 3 0 .450 .476 .550 1.026 0.3
    David Ortiz 21 83 13 27 9 0 5 21 51 5 12 0 .325 .360 .614 .974 0.5
    Daniel Nava 33 105 21 30 7 0 5 24 52 16 21 0 .286 .388 .495 .883 1.0
    Dustin Pedroia 40 156 25 53 10 0 1 17 66 24 22 8 .340 .428 .423 .851 1.6
    Mike Napoli 40 157 22 41 18 1 7 34 82 10 54 0 .261 .318 .522 .840 0.6
    David Ross 15 43 8 9 1 0 4 5 22 7 15 1 .209 .320 .512 .832 0.4
    Jarrod Saltalamacchia 30 98 14 25 10 0 4 11 47 11 38 0 .255 .330 .480 .810 0.7
    Pedro Ciriaco 15 29 1 7 1 1 1 3 13 6 8 2 .241 .361 .448 .809 0.3
    Stephen Drew 29 98 10 24 4 2 3 18 41 14 29 1 .245 .336 .418 .755 0.6
    Shane Victorino 31 116 18 33 3 0 2 10 42 10 16 3 .284 .344 .362 .706 0.4
    Jacoby Ellsbury 40 172 23 44 7 4 1 13 62 16 24 12 .256 .323 .360 .683 0.4
    Will Middlebrooks 38 144 17 30 10 0 7 14 61 5 45 0 .208 .238 .424 .662 0.1
    Jonny Gomes 29 69 8 13 3 0 2 8 22 14 21 0 .188 .329 .319 .648 -0.1
    Comments 257 Comments
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Lineups:

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

      Red Sox:
      Jacoby Ellsbury CF
      Daniel Nava RF
      Dustin Pedroia 2B
      David Ortiz DH
      Will Middlebrooks 3B
      Stephen Drew SS
      Jonny Gomes LF
      Mike Carp 1B
      Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
      (Clay Buchholz P)
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      Those are some bad pitching matchups. Thankfully these games are "not played on paper".....I wonder how much longer people will say that, instead of something like "not run by computer simulation"?*

      *though I'm sure it will be catchier than that.....
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      We miss Lester. So that's good.

      Hope it helps as much as missing Sale did in the previous Sox series.
    1. Top Gun's Avatar
      Top Gun -
      Sox again! Looks like we are in last place.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Chris Parmelee to the Two-Hole??? My suggested experiment looks like it's in effect, at least for one day......I assume this is just an off-day for Mauer.....? The timing of the day off seems out of the ordinary???
    1. SwainZag's Avatar
      SwainZag -
      Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post
      Chris Parmelee to the Two-Hole??? My suggested experiment looks like it's in effect, at least for one day......I assume this is just an off-day for Mauer.....? The timing of the day off seems out of the ordinary???
      As per ESPN....

      Mauer was held out of Friday's lineup against the Red Sox due to back stiffness, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
      Spin:
      As a result, consider him day-to-day. Ryan Doumit is catching Friday for the Twins, while Chris Parmelee is moving up to the No. 2 spot in the Minnesota batting order.


      News to me.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by SwainZag View Post
      As per ESPN....

      Mauer was held out of Friday's lineup against the Red Sox due to back stiffness, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
      Spin:
      As a result, consider him day-to-day. Ryan Doumit is catching Friday for the Twins, while Chris Parmelee is moving up to the No. 2 spot in the Minnesota batting order.


      News to me.
      Wow...that came from out of no where. Too many games consecutively?....and too many behind the plate? Let the debate begin.....
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      On a positive note, it looks like Gardy let the "Cybermetric" guy spit out the revised batting order again.
    1. Top Gun's Avatar
      Top Gun -
      Joe Mauer is out of Friday's lineup due to back stiffness.

      It isn't a major concern, but Twins manager Ron Gardenhire didn't want take any chances. Consider him day-to-day.

      Source: Rhett Bollinger on Twitter
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by mike wants wins View Post
      Those are some bad pitching matchups. Thankfully these games are "not played on paper".....I wonder how much longer people will say that, instead of something like "not run by computer simulation"?*

      *though I'm sure it will be catchier than that.....
      I like that better... It's your line... You get full credit... So respectfully I ask your permission to use it.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by Top Gun View Post
      Sox again! Looks like we are in last place.
      Top Gun... Hang around for the game thread... You are a perfect candidate for our one sentence guy.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post
      Wow...that came from out of no where. Too many games consecutively?....and too many behind the plate? Let the debate begin.....
      On Easter Sunday... I ate some Ham and a variety of salads and vegetables. Sat on the couch... Watched a little baseball and drove an hour to home. Got out of my car with a stiff back and I've never had a back problem in my life. It lasted a week.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      News from around the league... Manny Machado is on a bit of a hot streak ain't he.

      Also a fantasy question for the baseball heads. Do I consider dropping Jeremy Hellickson to open up a streaming SP spot... which I do need.
    1. crarko's Avatar
      crarko -
      Joe was probably working on the kids' room on his off day and overdid it with the hammer or paintbrush. Different set of muscles than his day job.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      News from around the league... Manny Machado is on a bit of a hot streak ain't he.

      Also a fantasy question for the baseball heads. Do I consider dropping Jeremy Hellickson to open up a streaming SP spot... which I do need.
      As I stated on another thread, given Manny's minor league numbers, in the Twins organization he would be toiling away in New Britain right now.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by crarko View Post
      Joe was probably working on the kids' room on his off day and overdid it with the hammer or paintbrush. Different set of muscles than his day job.
      List of ways that Joe could have hurt his back:
      1. Ducking out of the way from a shoe thrown at him by an angry Iraqi during press conference.
      2. Pulling a train with his teeth.
      3. Announcing to the team... Jump on my back... I'll carry you and the team actually jumped on his back.
      4. Heavy Japenese Masseuse walking on back and forgetting to take her stilettos off.
      5. Trying out for the next season of Dancing with the Stars and trying to prove something while auditioning after being rejected during his audition for American Idol and The Voice.
      6. After being rejected during his audition for the Voice. He was offered an audition as a judge and he spun around in his chair too quickly.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      Do we know which side of his back is sore - left, right, bilateral?
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post
      As I stated on another thread, given Manny's minor league numbers, in the Twins organization he would be toiling away in New Britain right now.
      Maybe... I think Baltimore didn't want to call him up last year either... They had to because they were fighting for a playoff spot and Reynolds was struggling. He became their best 3B option.

      I think the possibility of the playoffs and a hole forced their hand.
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      Twins BaseballTM
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      Brian Dozier - note to self: Do not throw ball at cameraman.
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