• Series Preview: Twins @ Brewers, 5/27-5/30

    The Twins have fallen apart in the last few weeks. After staying near the .500 mark for the first six weeks of the season, the Twins lost ten in a row before winning one of a four game set against the Tigers.

    The bad news is that the rotation is in shambles and the offense isn't producing. The good news is that the Twins are heading to Milwaukee, a team that has struggled as mightily as the Twins, recording a 19-29 record over their first 48 games. The series opens with two games in Miller Park, followed by two more games in Target Field.

    Can the Twins right the ship against the Brewers in Milwaukee?

    Game One:
    Twins @ Brewers - 1:10pm Central - 5/27/2013
    Television: FSN North
    Radio: Twins Broadcast Network

    Kevin Correia:
    GP GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO W L P/GS WHIP BAA ERA
    2013 Regular Season 9 9 0 0 57.2 66 25 25 7 9 22 4 4 95.1 1.30 .295 3.90

    Wily Peralta:
    GP GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO W L P/GS WHIP BAA ERA
    2013 Regular Season 10 10 0 0 51.2 69 44 37 6 19 31 3 5 87.5 1.70 .315 6.45


    Game Two:
    Twins @ Brewers - 7:10pm Central - 5/27/2013
    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 8 8 0 0 45.1 57 26 25 7 10 21 3 4 94.3 1.48 .320 4.96

    Alfredo Figaro:
    GP GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO W L SV HLD BLSV WHIP ERA
    2013 Regular Season 15 0 0 0 26.0 30 13 10 5 6 21 0 0 0 0 0 1.38 3.46

    Game Three:
    Twins vs. Brewers - 7:10pm Central - 5/27/2013
    Television: FSN North
    Radio: Twins Broadcast Network

    Samuel Deduno:
    GP GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO W L P/GS WHIP BAA ERA
    2013 Regular Season 1 1 0 0 5.1 9 6 6 1 3 2 0 1 102.0 2.25 .360 10.13

    Marco Estrada:
    GP GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO W L P/GS WHIP BAA ERA
    2013 Regular Season 10 10 0 0 58.1 60 33 32 11 17 54 4 2 94.9 1.32 .263 4.94

    Game Four:
    Twins vs. Brewers - 7:10pm Central - 5/27/2013
    Television: FSN North
    Radio: Twins Broadcast Network

    PJ Walters:
    GP GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO W L P/GS WHIP BAA ERA
    2013 Regular Season 1 1 0 0 6.0 8 2 2 1 1 3 1 0 81.0 1.50 .320 3.00

    Brewers SP TBA

    Twins Offense:
    NAME GP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB BA OBP SLG OPS OWAR
    Joe Mauer 44 180 29 61 17 0 3 15 87 22 43 0 .339 .411 .483 .894 1.9
    Josh Willingham 43 147 21 31 9 0 8 23 64 29 50 1 .211 .366 .435 .801 0.9
    Oswaldo Arcia 30 98 11 25 5 1 4 14 44 8 30 0 .255 .318 .449 .767 0.4
    Trevor Plouffe 37 134 17 34 9 1 4 17 57 12 27 1 .254 .333 .425 .759 0.9
    Justin Morneau 46 184 21 55 13 0 2 32 74 11 28 0 .299 .342 .402 .744 0.4
    Pedro Florimon 36 102 14 25 5 0 2 16 36 11 24 6 .245 .322 .353 .675 0.5
    Jamey Carroll 23 78 13 22 3 0 0 6 25 6 17 0 .282 .333 .321 .654 0.2
    Eduardo Escobar 33 75 9 17 2 1 2 6 27 5 9 0 .227 .275 .360 .635 0.3
    Ryan Doumit 40 136 16 29 9 0 3 17 47 13 26 1 .213 .281 .346 .627 -0.1
    Chris Parmelee 41 129 10 27 3 0 3 11 39 13 36 1 .209 .288 .302 .590 -0.3
    Wilkin Ramirez 23 45 3 11 3 0 0 5 14 1 14 0 .244 .271 .311 .582 -0.1
    Darin Mastroianni 8 9 1 2 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 1 .222 .300 .222 .522 0.0
    Brian Dozier 36 132 15 26 3 2 1 12 36 8 33 4 .197 .239 .273 .512 -0.5
    Aaron Hicks 43 145 18 22 3 1 4 16 39 16 45 4 .152 .235 .269 .504 -0.1

    Brewers Offense:
    NAME GP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB BA OBP SLG OPS OWAR
    Alfredo Figaro 15 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 .500 .500 .500 1.000 0.1
    Ryan Braun 44 167 26 52 12 1 9 33 93 23 43 2 .311 .395 .557 .952 1.6
    Carlos Gomez 47 172 26 56 13 3 8 23 99 9 42 9 .326 .368 .576 .943 1.8
    Aramis Ramirez 21 69 7 22 6 0 3 12 37 9 14 0 .319 .397 .536 .934 0.7
    Jean Segura 47 186 27 64 6 5 7 20 101 10 28 14 .344 .382 .543 .925 2.3
    Yovani Gallardo 12 21 2 5 1 0 2 3 12 0 13 0 .238 .238 .571 .810 0.3
    Norichika Aoki 47 186 28 58 9 0 4 12 79 17 12 6 .312 .382 .425 .806 1.3
    Jeff Bianchi 14 28 3 8 1 1 0 3 11 0 5 0 .286 .286 .393 .679 0.0
    Yuniesky Betancourt 46 160 14 37 5 0 8 26 66 7 24 0 .231 .265 .413 .677 -0.3
    Jonathan Lucroy 40 138 10 31 2 2 3 19 46 10 16 2 .225 .283 .333 .616 -0.2
    Josh Prince 6 5 2 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 .200 .200 .400 .600 -0.0
    Khris Davis 14 16 2 3 2 0 0 0 5 1 8 1 .188 .278 .313 .590 -0.1
    Rickie Weeks 47 161 21 28 6 0 3 10 43 23 54 4 .174 .281 .267 .548 -0.5
    Martin Maldonado 26 82 5 15 4 1 1 11 24 6 26 0 .183 .247 .293 .540 -0.5
    Marco Estrada 10 18 0 4 1 0 0 2 5 0 8 0 .222 .222 .278 .500 0.1
    Alex Gonzalez 38 104 13 19 3 0 1 8 25 3 22 0 .183 .211 .240 .451 -0.8

    Comments 133 Comments
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Doumit should have had that ball hit by Weeks... That's a Double that should be off the books.
    1. stringer bell's Avatar
      stringer bell -
      Ryan Doumit, right fielder. Still doesn't work for me.
    1. Reginald Maudling's Shin's Avatar
      Reginald Maudling's Shin -
      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      He can say what he wants... but I agree... I have been disapointed all along with the Gomez trade... Hardy in return didn't matter... Gomez had tools coming out of his tool box. Giving up on a kid like that just didn't make sense... He was just a young ball player.
      I can come to grips with what the Twins did. They should have had him in AAA instead of a 4th outfielder. But Dick Bremer couldn't tell a ballplayer if one stepped on his foot. He's still a mouthpiece for the franchise and it makes the franchise look foolish.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      He can say what he wants... but I agree... I have been disapointed all along with the Gomez trade... Hardy in return didn't matter... Gomez had tools coming out of his tool box. Giving up on a kid like that just didn't make sense... He was just a young ball player.
      I also seemed to some people, including me, that the Twins rushed Gomez to the majors.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by crarko View Post
      I swear this Brewers pitcher is a right handed version of Liriano.
      How is Liriano doing today. He's pitching for Pittsburgh... I think?
    1. twinsnorth49's Avatar
      twinsnorth49 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      Doumit should have had that ball hit by Weeks... That's a Double that should be off the books.
      He might have caught it if his name had been Parmelee, or...if he was actually an outfielder.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Man, I go away a couple of weeks, and you guys let the team fall apart. Second worst record in the league?

      So far, my return to civilization has the Twins doing OK this game; other than the home run Correia looks like he's cruising along in his classic not-actually-cruising-but-getting-it-done fashion.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by ashburyjohn View Post
      Man, I go away a couple of weeks, and you guys let the team fall apart. Second worst record in the league?

      So far, my return to civilization has the Twins doing OK this game; other than the home run Correia looks like he's cruising along in his classic not-actually-cruising-but-getting-it-done fashion.
      Welcome back Ashbury... Don't ever leave again!!!
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      How is Liriano doing today. He's pitching for Pittsburgh... I think?
      He had his first bad game today, after 3 very good ones coming back from the DL.
    1. stringer bell's Avatar
      stringer bell -
      Smalley saying that pitching has improved of late. I think he's right. Most teams, except the Twins seem to have at least a couple decent starters, a good eighth inning guy and a closer. The Twins haven't kept up with the "arms race", as demonstrated by their rotation.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      Giving up on a kid like that just didn't make sense... He was just a young, slightly goofy, anti-Twins Way, ball player.
      Fixed. And losing both players associated in these transactions will forever be a butt-sized burrs in the Twins saddle.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Quote Originally Posted by ashburyjohn View Post
      Man, I go away a couple of weeks, and you guys let the team fall apart. Second worst record in the league?

      So far, my return to civilization has the Twins doing OK this game; other than the home run Correia looks like he's cruising along in his classic not-actually-cruising-but-getting-it-done fashion.
      Welcome back John. It's not as much fun when you are absent.
    1. TheLeviathan's Avatar
      TheLeviathan -
      Liriano got semi-rocked.

      And yeah, watching Doumit play in the OF is borderline enough for me to switch fan allegiance. Good god, please stop playing him out there.
    1. stringer bell's Avatar
      stringer bell -
      Quote Originally Posted by ashburyjohn View Post
      He had his first bad game today, after 3 very good ones coming back from the DL.
      IIRC, Liriano was facing some of the dregs of MLB. He got the Tigers at Comerica and wasn't dominating.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by stringer bell View Post
      Smalley saying that pitching has improved of late. I think he's right. Most teams, except the Twins seem to have at least a couple decent starters, a good eighth inning guy and a closer. The Twins haven't kept up with the "arms race", as demonstrated by their rotation.
      Nothing a little Vasoline can't cure.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by ashburyjohn View Post
      Man, I go away a couple of weeks, and you guys let the team fall apart. Second worst record in the league?

      So far, my return to civilization has the Twins doing OK this game; other than the home run Correia looks like he's cruising along in his classic not-actually-cruising-but-getting-it-done fashion.
      Now I know how Correia has survived this long in the bigs, Asbury. You may have missed it, but KC mentioned to Gardy a little arm stiffness late last week, conveniently requiring him to miss his scheduled start against the Tigers on Saturday.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by stringer bell View Post
      IIRC, Liriano was facing some of the dregs of MLB. He got the Tigers at Comerica and wasn't dominating.
      Not the first time Frankie had a bad game against the Tigers, either.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by glunn View Post
      Welcome back John. It's not as much fun when you are absent.
      I call him Ashbury... Like "Greetings from Ashbury Park".

      "Greetings from the John" just doesn't do it for me.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post
      KC mentioned to Gardy a little arm stiffness late last week, conveniently requiring him to miss his scheduled start against the Tigers on Saturday.
      This probably is what is meant by "crafty veteran who knows how to pitch".
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by TheLeviathan View Post
      Liriano got semi-rocked.

      And yeah, watching Doumit play in the OF is borderline enough for me to switch fan allegiance. Good god, please stop playing him out there.
      How about Gardy's other slap in the face at common sense by moving the 2nd Baseman back to the 2-hole in the order? Gardy will no doubt take credit that his "old skool" machinations were responsible for the Dozier awakened bat as represented by his powerful 45-foot single.
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