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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. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by sbknudson View Post
      Do we know which side of his back is sore - left, right, bilateral?
      lol... Bilateral... That's funny...

      Seriously... The only thing I heard was it was the back part of his back.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      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.
      That'll teach ya...eliminate salads and vegetables from your diet.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      Remember April, when the Twins stopped giving up first inning runs for a while? Ah, those were the good old days.
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      Way too good a pitch with on ball, two strikes and base open. That's horrible command or strategy.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Dozier's bad throw costs a run.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by sbknudson View Post
      Brian Dozier - note to self: Do not throw ball at cameraman.
      List of things Brian Dozier should not throw the ball at:
      1. The Cameraman
      2. Oswaldo Arcia
      3. Chris Parmelee
      4. Aaron Hicks
      5. Ron Gardenhire
      6. Terry Ryan
      7. Liberace
      8. Prime Minister David Cameron
      9. Lindsay Lohan
      10. TC Bear
    1. GCTF's Avatar
      GCTF -
      Worley, on pace to be gone by the 4th inning.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
      That'll teach ya...eliminate salads and vegetables from your diet.
      I know I know... (Hangs head)... It was so out of character... I typically have the diet of the average Puma.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      List of things Brian Dozier should not throw the ball at:
      1. The Cameraman
      2. Oswaldo Arcia
      3. Chris Parmelee
      4. Aaron Hicks
      5. Ron Gardenhire
      6. Terry Ryan
      7. Liberace
      8. Prime Minister David Cameron
      9. Lindsay Lohan
      10. TC Bear
      Are we sure about #10?
    1. Physics Guy's Avatar
      Physics Guy -
      I hate (playing against) that guy (pedroia). He needs to start arguing strikes. Maybe they'll toss him in MN.
    1. J-Dog Dungan's Avatar
      J-Dog Dungan -
      Yeah, not sure if avoiding Lester is such a good thing with the way Buchholz has started the season (looking at non-sabermetrical numbers, anyway).
    1. GCTF's Avatar
      GCTF -
      Clay Buccholz is fugly.
    1. Physics Guy's Avatar
      Physics Guy -
      Quote Originally Posted by GCTF View Post
      Clay Buccholz is fugly.
      Was just thinking the same.
    1. Physics Guy's Avatar
      Physics Guy -
      Quote Originally Posted by GCTF View Post
      Clay Buccholz is fugly.
      A wet dog comes to mind.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      It's possible that Buchholz just doesn't wash his hair... OR... Here's a list of possible substances in his hair:
      1. Quaker State Motor Oil
      2. Plutonium
      3. Kryptonite
      4. Keith Richards Urine
      5. KY Jelly
      6. Vegemite
      7. Squid Ink
      8. Robin Regurgitation.
      9. Raindrops kept falling on his head.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      OK, quick question - how many people bought a Powerball ticket today? How many thing the Twins should buy one, to help solve their payroll issues?
    1. Physics Guy's Avatar
      Physics Guy -
      Worley could use an out pitch.
    1. Physics Guy's Avatar
      Physics Guy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      It's possible that Buchholz just doesn't wash his hair... OR... Here's a list of possible substances in his hair:
      1. Quaker State Motor Oil
      2. Plutonium
      3. Kryptonite
      4. Keith Richards Urine
      5. KY Jelly
      6. Vegemite
      7. Squid Ink
      8. Robin Regurgitation.
      9. Raindrops kept falling on his head.
      Looking to take over for David Letterman?
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by J-Dog Dungan View Post
      Yeah, not sure if avoiding Lester is such a good thing with the way Buchholz has started the season (looking at non-sabermetrical numbers, anyway).
      Yeah but games are not "run by computer simulation".

      I have asked for permission to use that line from Mike Wants Wins and I'm assuming permission will come. If not... I will respect his cease and desist.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by Physics Guy View Post
      Looking to take over for David Letterman?
      yep... Trying to put a gap in my teeth as we speak... I never thought it would be as painful as it is... I think I have a better understanding for the need for novocaine now.
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