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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. snepp's Avatar
      snepp -
      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      Gun... Was helping me out... Hellickson and Cingrani are on my fantasy team. I appreciated it.
      I saw Hellickson mentioned early on, must have glossed over Cingrani.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Tom Kelly looks like he hates wearing a suit.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      Add in Florimon's DP chance.
      Yeah...that was a tough play, IMO. Could have been made, sure, but not in the "should have been made" category IMO. Tough for me to find a lot of fault for not making a play that would make the nightly highlight real if he did make it.
    1. snepp's Avatar
      snepp -
      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      i bet Snepp could find a GIF for this sentiment,
      I couldn't find what I was looking for, so Chief provided me with a home video instead.



    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
      Yeah...that was a tough play, IMO. Could have been made, sure, but not in the "should have been made" category IMO. Tough for me to find a lot of fault for not making a play that would make the nightly highlight real if he did make it.
      Yet... The defensive... Light hitting SS's are supposed to make the tough play.

      When they do... I typically say... I don't care if you hit .220

      When they don't... I typically say... ok... Well you better go yard then...

      Wait a minute...

      Nevermind.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by snepp View Post
      I couldn't find what I was looking for, so Chief provided me with a home video instead.



      lol... I'm telling you... Gun has game thread superstar potential... His one liners could lead to endless possibilities.

      BTW.. Is that a home Video of Chief on his porch in Tucson?
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
      [IMG]file:///C:/Users/Terry/Downloads/gif_clint_yes350.gif[/IMG]
      And I thought my punctuation was bad.
    1. snepp's Avatar
      snepp -
      Here's the link you're looking for....

      http://blogfiles.wfmu.org/KF/2010/11...int_yes350.gif
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Quote Originally Posted by snepp View Post
      Here's the link you're looking for....

      http://blogfiles.wfmu.org/KF/2010/11...int_yes350.gif
      OK, that's just scary.

      Now if only I knew how to get that into a thread.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by snepp View Post
      Here's the link you're looking for....

      http://blogfiles.wfmu.org/KF/2010/11...int_yes350.gif
      Damn Chief... That Tucson Sun has been rough on you... Soon you'll be having a talk with the chair on your porch.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
      OK, that's just scary.

      Now if only I knew how to get that into a thread.
      Snepp has skills.
    1. Top Gun's Avatar
      Top Gun -
      Josh Willingham was hitless in four at-bats Friday and is hitting .198 for the year.

      Willingham is hitting just .125 (6-for-48) this month and hasn't homered since April 29. It's fair to assume that his recent wrist soreness is a factor. We're not expecting 35 home runs again, but this might not be a bad time to buy low.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by Top Gun View Post
      Josh Willingham was hitless in four at-bats Friday and is hitting .198 for the year.

      Willingham is hitting just .125 (6-for-48) this month and hasn't homered since April 29. It's fair to assume that his recent wrist soreness is a factor. We're not expecting 35 home runs again, but this might not be a bad time to buy low.
      Gun... If you change that to "I see no Ham in Willingham lately"... You will be setting up the pins on the game thread.
    1. howeda7's Avatar
      howeda7 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Top Gun View Post
      Josh Willingham was hitless in four at-bats Friday and is hitting .198 for the year.

      Willingham is hitting just .125 (6-for-48) this month and hasn't homered since April 29. It's fair to assume that his recent wrist soreness is a factor. We're not expecting 35 home runs again, but this might not be a bad time to buy low.
      They need to get Willingham out of the #3 spot yesterday. Let Mauer and Morneau hit back-to-back. Get Willingham at least down to 5th.
    1. snepp's Avatar
      snepp -
      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      Snepp has skills.
      Correction, 'teh google' has skills.
    1. snepp's Avatar
      snepp -
      Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
      Now if only I knew how to get that into a thread.
      Grandkids aren't old enough to teach you the ways o' the web yet?



      Right-click on the link or the picture itself
      Click "Copy link location" (or equivalent command for Chrome/IE)
      Click little "Insert Image" button in the reply window
      Click "From URL" tab
      Right-click then "paste" in the URL field
      De-select the "retrieve remote file" checkbox
      ???
      Profit.


      Or were you being rhetorical? Damned if I can tell sometimes. Too late, I already typed them up.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by snepp View Post
      Grandkids aren't old enough to teach you the ways o' the web yet?



      Right-click on the link or the picture itself
      Click "Copy link location" (or equivalent command for Chrome/IE)
      Click little "Insert Image" button in the reply window
      Click "From URL" tab
      Right-click then "paste" in the URL field
      De-select the "retrieve remote file" checkbox
      ???
      Profit.


      Or were you being rhetorical? Damned if I can tell sometimes. Too late, I already typed them up.
      I don't know if he was or not... But... I appreciate the education... I copied it and had to find a place to keep it so I wouldn't lose it... My signature will work perfectly for that purpose.

      Thanks
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