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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. stringer bell's Avatar
      stringer bell -
      I'll type this fast...Morneau is due for a long ball.

      Maybe not, but he got an infield hit.
    1. LaBombo's Avatar
      LaBombo -
      Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
      That was you?
      Honest to God, I was just trying to return Django Unchained and she just... swear to God, I had no idea she was your gra... Peace, Brother.
    1. snepp's Avatar
      snepp -
      Quote Originally Posted by stringer bell View Post
      I'll type this fast...Morneau is due for a long ball.
      Almost!
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by stringer bell View Post
      I'll type this fast...Morneau is due for a long ball.
      Typed Faster than the ball actually flew off his bat.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Quote Originally Posted by LaBombo View Post
      Honest to God, I was just trying to return Django Unchained and she just... swear to God, I had no idea she was your gra... Peace, Brother.
      Yup. That was my grandmother.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      Like Bob Uecker in Major League?
      Juuuuuuuuust a bit outside.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by LaBombo View Post
      Honest to God, I was just trying to return Django Unchained and she just... swear to God, I had no idea she was your gra... Peace, Brother.
      Favorite Tarantino movie?
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Quote Originally Posted by stringer bell View Post
      I'll type this fast...Morneau is due for a long ball.

      Maybe not, but he got an infield hit.
      Not to worry, you had plenty of time.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      Typed Faster than the ball actually flew off his bat.
      It will look like a line drive in the box score.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by stringer bell View Post
      I'll type this fast...Morneau is due for a long ball.

      Maybe not, but he got an infield hit.
      I'm gonna type it slow... In case Morneau reads this thread tonight.

      M O R N E A U . . . Y O U A R E D U E F O R A L O N G B A L L ! ! !
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by ashburyjohn View Post
      Favorite Tarantino movie?
      Pulp Ficton... And it ain't close.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      I'm gonna type it slow... In case Morneau reads this thread tonight.
      He *is* Canadian.
    1. ChiTownTwinsFan's Avatar
      ChiTownTwinsFan -
      heh ... you guys are funny tonight.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      Pulp Ficton... And it ain't close.
      Yeah, me too. Something to like in each of them, something to hate, but that one was just so out there.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Quote Originally Posted by ChiTownTwinsFan View Post
      heh ... you guys are funny tonight.
      Hey ChiTown.

      Actually, I think we're having a "meh" night myself.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by ashburyjohn View Post
      It will look like a line drive in the box score.
      My favorite Cliche... I use it all the time.

      Me: What are you doing?
      Son: Mom Told me to sweep the Kitchen.
      Me: Stop... Just take a look around... See any obvious piles of dirt?
      Son: (looking around) Maybe a little bit over there.
      Me: Ok... Go sweep that.
      Son: Will Mom be OK with that.
      Me: It'll look like a line drive in the box score.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by ChiTownTwinsFan View Post
      heh ... you guys are funny tonight.
      Heard that before - right before "ew, he's old."
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Quote Originally Posted by ChiTownTwinsFan View Post
      heh ... you guys are funny tonight.
      They are funny every night.
    1. ChiTownTwinsFan's Avatar
      ChiTownTwinsFan -
      Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
      Hey ChiTown.

      Actually, I think we're having a "meh" night myself.
      Well ... to be honest, I don't get a chance to read all the game threads through to compare properly ...

      oh blah .. there goes my signal ... crap

      EDIT: how come you can say crap here and not ****? i mean, technically, it's the same thing.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
      Hey ChiTown.

      Actually, I think we're having a "meh" night myself.
      We're rubber, you're glue.
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