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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. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      4 straight pitches in the dirt, and Justin swings at 3 of em, check swing on the other. Worst AB of the year?
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      I always kind of assumed that an average half-inning should last about 10 minutes - figure a 3-hour game length, divided by 18 half innings.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by sbknudson View Post
      I always kind of assumed that an average half-inning should last about 10 minutes - figure a 3-hour game length, divided by 18 half innings.
      you have to factor in the commercials.
    1. snepp's Avatar
      snepp -
      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      Doumit or Morneau in a fight? I gotta say Doumit

      The only acceptable answer is Luis Rivas.
    1. snepp's Avatar
      snepp -
      Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
      Contact by the Hammer...progress. Man he's in a funk lately.
      That's one way to put it.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      That was one thing I appreciated during my minor league trip last year - game pace did seem significantly faster than in the majors.
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
      4 straight pitches in the dirt, and Justin swings at 3 of em, check swing on the other. Worst AB of the year?
      Come on, the first 20 Hicks ABs were epic in that category.
    1. Physics Guy's Avatar
      Physics Guy -
      I may have been a little quick to compliment Florimon earlier.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ultima Ratio View Post
      Come on, the first 20 Hicks ABs were epic in that category.
      Chief... I gotta side with Ultima here.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ultima Ratio View Post
      Come on, the first 20 Hicks ABs were epic in that category.
      Hicks doesn't have an AB that bad yet this year.
    1. Physics Guy's Avatar
      Physics Guy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ultima Ratio View Post
      Come on, the first 20 Hicks ABs were epic in that category.
      No, that would win the Worst Grouping of AB of the Year.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      I would be OK with a walk-off here.
    1. Physics Guy's Avatar
      Physics Guy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      Chief... I gotta side with Ultima here.
      Hicks wins for worst AB's of the Year with Two Strikes. He's pretty much "stick a fork in him" at that point.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Alright... Doumit, Arcia, Plouffe, Hicks, Florimon, Dozier or a pinch hitter... Whose the hero... This game ain't going to extras.
    1. Top Gun's Avatar
      Top Gun -
      Jeremy Hellickson pitched poorly on Friday, but still earned a victory over the Orioles after allowing eight runs on 10 hits over his 7 2/3 innings.

      Hellickson struck out four and walked one in the game. After allowing three early runs, Hellickson was on cruise control after the Rays offense bombarded the Orioles with 12 runs through the first six innings. He ran into trouble in the eighth though, where the O’s tagged him for four more runs before chasing him from the game. He’s been extremely inconsistent on the season and will carry an awful 5.82 ERA into his next start where he’ll take on the Blue Jays in Toronto on Wednesday.
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      Alright... Doumit, Arcia, Plouffe, Hicks, Florimon, Dozier or a pinch hitter... Whose the hero... This game ain't going to extras.
      Well, I predict the extra frame with be nasty, brutal and short.
    1. B Richard's Avatar
      B Richard -
      Shucks, Trevor. In other news... Sano goes yard again. Also, Meyer/May have been slightly underwhelming as of late
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ultima Ratio View Post
      Well, I predict the extra frame with be nasty, brutal and short.
      Im changing my prediction... This game ain't going 33 innings.
    1. Top Gun's Avatar
      Top Gun -
      Tony Cingrani yielded three runs in five innings Friday in a no-decision against the Phillies.

      Following his recent bout of shoulder soreness, Cingrani needed 100 pitches to complete the five frames. After posting a 1.50 ERA over his first three starts in the majors, the southpaw has allowed nine runs in 15 innings over his last three starts and has served up five homers in the process. We still like Cingrani for the long-term, but he could be headed back to the minors next week when Johnny Cueto (lat) returns from the disabled list.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      We could use another DP.
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