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  • Series Preview: Twins @ Royals, 6/4-6/6

    The Twins arrive in Kansas City red hot, winning six of seven against the hapless Brewers and Mariners. Fortunately for the Twins, the Kansas City Royals are playing bad baseball, winning just three of their last 17 games.

    Kansas City had high hopes going into the season, acquiring James Shields and Ervin Santana to bolster their pitching staff and relying on young position players to make a playoff push for the first time in a decade. The pitching staff has come through, posting the 11th-best ERA in Major League Baseball but the hitting has faltered, posting just a .679 OPS, good for 26th in MLB.

    The Twins look to climb back toward .500 after a miserable month of May. Can they inch closer to contention against the Royals?

    Game One:
    Twins @ Royals - 7:10pm Central - 6/4/2013
    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 2 2 0 0 12.1 13 7 7 1 5 4 1 1 101.0 1.46 .260 5.11

    Luis Mendoza:
    GP GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO W L P/GS WHIP BAA ERA
    2013 Regular Season 9 8 0 0 46.2 49 28 24 5 20 33 1 2 90.1 1.48 .271 4.63

    Game Two:
    Twins @ Royals - 7:10pm Central - 6/5/2013
    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 2 2 0 0 12.0 18 6 6 1 2 7 2 0 85.0 1.67 .346 4.50

    Jeremy Guthrie:
    GP GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO W L P/GS WHIP BAA ERA
    2013 Regular Season 11 11 1 1 72.2 74 33 31 15 22 40 5 3 102.8 1.32 .268 3.84

    Game Three:
    Twins @ Royals - 7:10pm Central - 6/6/2013
    Television: FSN North
    Radio: Twins Broadcast Network


    Mike Pelfrey:
    GP GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO W L P/GS WHIP BAA ERA
    2013 Regular Season 11 11 0 0 51.1 72 40 38 6 19 26 3 6 88.5 1.77 .332 6.66

    James Shields:
    GP GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO W L P/GS WHIP BAA ERA
    2013 Regular Season 12 12 2 0 86.0 69 28 27 8 21 78 2 6 107.9 1.05 .223 2.83

    Twins Offense:
    NAME GP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB BA OBP SLG OPS OWAR
    Chris Herrmann 3 7 2 3 0 0 1 2 6 0 0 0 .429 .429 .857 1.286 0.2
    Joe Mauer 51 206 35 69 17 0 5 18 101 29 49 0 .335 .417 .490 .907 2.3
    Josh Willingham 50 175 23 37 10 0 10 29 77 33 57 1 .211 .356 .440 .796 1.0
    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 50 198 24 57 13 0 2 34 76 15 33 0 .288 .339 .384 .723 0.3
    Ryan Doumit 47 166 21 38 11 1 6 28 69 15 33 1 .229 .292 .416 .708 0.4
    Pedro Florimon 43 125 16 32 7 0 2 18 45 14 28 6 .256 .331 .360 .691 0.7
    Chris Parmelee 48 150 13 35 5 0 5 14 55 15 39 1 .233 .308 .367 .674 0.0
    Eduardo Escobar 37 88 12 20 2 1 2 8 30 6 12 0 .227 .274 .341 .615 0.2
    Brian Dozier 43 161 22 37 4 2 3 16 54 10 35 6 .230 .276 .335 .611 0.1
    Wilkin Ramirez 23 45 3 11 3 0 0 5 14 1 14 0 .244 .271 .311 .582 -0.1
    Aaron Hicks 50 173 24 30 6 2 6 19 58 17 50 4 .173 .246 .335 .581 0.3
    Jamey Carroll 27 98 13 23 3 0 0 6 26 7 20 0 .235 .286 .265 .551 -0.2

    Royals Offense:
    NAME GP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB BA OBP SLG OPS OWAR
    Alex Gordon 54 224 35 73 13 2 6 31 108 16 49 1 .326 .369 .482 .851 1.8
    Jarrod Dyson 18 41 8 11 5 2 1 8 23 1 6 6 .268 .286 .561 .847 0.3
    Miguel Tejada 18 42 5 12 1 0 2 7 19 2 8 0 .286 .333 .452 .786 0.1
    David Lough 12 38 4 11 2 2 0 4 17 1 6 0 .289 .325 .447 .772 0.4
    Adam Moore 5 10 1 3 1 0 0 0 4 1 2 1 .300 .364 .400 .764 0.1
    Billy Butler 54 181 20 46 9 0 5 31 70 32 33 0 .254 .370 .387 .757 0.3
    Salvador Perez 41 151 12 47 10 1 1 15 62 3 25 0 .311 .327 .411 .738 0.7
    Lorenzo Cain 50 178 26 51 11 2 1 23 69 15 39 8 .287 .348 .388 .736 0.7
    James Shields 12 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 .333 .333 .333 .667 0.0
    Eric Hosmer 52 189 19 50 8 1 1 17 63 15 33 4 .265 .320 .333 .654 -0.1
    Alcides Escobar 54 225 20 56 8 0 3 19 73 8 24 10 .249 .277 .324 .601 -0.1
    George Kottaras 21 43 5 6 3 0 1 8 12 10 22 1 .140 .302 .279 .581 0.1
    Elliot Johnson 34 81 8 20 1 0 1 4 24 3 25 8 .247 .274 .296 .570 0.1
    Jeff Francoeur 48 160 16 34 7 2 2 11 51 5 41 2 .213 .246 .319 .564 -0.9
    Chris Getz 37 115 17 24 5 1 1 10 34 9 16 3 .209 .266 .296 .562 -0.2
    Mike Moustakas 47 161 13 30 7 0 4 12 49 13 25 1 .186 .257 .304 .561 -0.4
    Comments 299 Comments
    1. LaBombo's Avatar
      LaBombo -
      Quote Originally Posted by ashburyjohn View Post
      Except when you shake it there's this sound of breaking glass inside.
      I had a Star Wars lunchbox thermos that became like that. Stopped using it a few weeks later.
    1. big dog's Avatar
      big dog -
      Well, the glass cracked a little in that inning, but I think the present is still intact.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by LaBombo View Post
      Dick noted that everyone in KC is wondering where Eric Hosmer's power went. My guess: same place as Justin Morneau's...
      I spotted the photo before I read the words, and assumed this would be in further comment about Deduno.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      And then Billy Joel breaks into "You May be Right".
      "But it just may be Deduno that you're lookin' for...."
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by LaBombo View Post
      I had a Star Wars lunchbox thermos that became like that. Stopped using it a few weeks later.
      Just in time. Rust makes the milk taste bad.
    1. LaBombo's Avatar
      LaBombo -
      Quote Originally Posted by ashburyjohn View Post
      "But it just may be Deduno that you're lookin' for...."
      i... just dotted. Or not. Depends.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by LaBombo View Post
      I had a Star Wars lunchbox thermos that became like that. Stopped using it a few weeks later.
      I had a Chico and the Man Lunch Box.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Doumit walks to lead off the inning. This should be big.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Where's Chief... I need to ask him if Dozier should bunt here.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      I had a Chico and the Man Lunch Box.
      Jetsons.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by ashburyjohn View Post
      Jetsons.
      Jack Albertson kicks Elroy's Butt.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      Where's Chief... I need to ask him if Dozier should bunt here.
      No.

      Next?
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Dozier is in my Dog House now.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      Jack Albertson kicks Elroy's Butt.
      Jane Jetson >> Della Reese
    1. big dog's Avatar
      big dog -
      Quote Originally Posted by ashburyjohn View Post
      Jetsons.
      Charlie Brown.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Did Dick just say "infield fly called on this foul ball..."?
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Two walks followed by Two Pop Ups... I feel the need to write a strongly worded letter to the Twins.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      Dozier is in my Dog House now.
      Aaron is sniffing Dozier's butt and looking for a place to lie down there too.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Quote Originally Posted by big dog View Post
      Charlie Brown.
      Miss February.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
      Did Dick just say "infield fly called on this foul ball..."?
      Let's phone Stew and get the official word on this call.
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