• 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. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      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.
      1-8 look more like a list of opening acts down through history at Megadeath concerts.
    1. Physics Guy's Avatar
      Physics Guy -
      Haven't been able to watch most of Worley's starts. It's pretty clear why he can't make it six innings.
    1. Physics Guy's Avatar
      Physics Guy -
      Of course he finds his "out pitch" as I post that.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      I believe that was the first swinging strike (and even that was a foul tip) induced by Worley this game. Another fun fact: running total of 0-2 counts that have not resulted in a strikeout so far: 3.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by Physics Guy View Post
      Haven't been able to watch most of Worley's starts. It's pretty clear why he can't make it six innings.
      i had great seats from his last start behind home plate. The guy really needed to keep the ball down and mix it up.

      He was up up up and he got scored on... He was down and he was effective. I also think he needs to use a breaking pitch more to off balance the hitters a little.
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
      I believe that was the first swinging strike (and even that was a foul tip) induced by Worley this game. Another fun fact: running total of 0-2 counts that have not resulted in a strikeout so far: 3.
      3 out of?
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ultima Ratio View Post
      3 out of?
      Why do I want to break into a Meat Loaf song and know I'm getting the lyrics wrong.
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      Why do I want to break into a Meat Loaf song and know I'm getting the lyrics wrong.
      I'm no help.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ultima Ratio View Post
      3 out of?
      3. My bad for unclear wording. Worley 0-2 counts: 3 Resultant K's: 0
    1. Physics Guy's Avatar
      Physics Guy -
      Worley better figure it out quick because I don't see many runs off Bucholz tonight.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      Why do I want to break into a Meat Loaf song and know I'm getting the lyrics wrong.
      We could talk about that all night. But that won't get us nowhere.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by Physics Guy View Post
      Worley better figure it out quick because I don't see many runs off Bucholz tonight.
      It can all change on a dime. Unfortunately... None of the Twins are compensated poorly enough to carry around dimes.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
      3. My bad for unclear wording. Worley 0-2 counts: 3 Resultant K's: 0
      I think it's 5 0-2 counts, and they all resulted in outs.
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
      3. My bad for unclear wording. Worley 0-2 counts: 3 Resultant K's: 0
      That's what we mean when we say pitching.
    1. B Richard's Avatar
      B Richard -
      You can lead a Worley to a mound... but you can't make him throw strikes
    1. Physics Guy's Avatar
      Physics Guy -
      Talking of The Sandlot (on the broadcast). Does anybody know if it is true that Bonnes hasn't seen it? And he calls himself a "baseball guy"?
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      I'd be interested in how many meat of the plate pitches are thrown in 0-2 or 1-2 counts. I can't stand that.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ultima Ratio View Post
      That's what we mean when we say pitching.
      What it says to me is "minor league stuff." YMMV.
    1. Physics Guy's Avatar
      Physics Guy -
      Worley makes it 0-4,but gets the DP.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by sbknudson View Post
      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?
      I don't get it... When the jackpot gets up over 500 million... People go nuts and wait in line and the Powerball has record sales...

      Is this some sort of statistical statement that the majority of Americans feel that a measly jackpot of 10 million isn't worth the effort.
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