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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 -
      Quote Originally Posted by glunn View Post
      I am still at the office, but am hopeful that I can go home soon and watch Deduno's magic.
      glunn!
    1. LaBombo's Avatar
      LaBombo -
      Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
      Did Dick just say "infield fly called on this foul ball..."?
      It's certainly possible. He just said that Deduno "shaved the outside corner" on a pitch that Mauer caught on the second bounce while laying on his side about 10 feet or so from the plate.

      Say, has anyone else noted how much of a defensive stiff Mauer has become?
    1. snepp's Avatar
      snepp -
      .


      glorm!


    1. LaBombo's Avatar
      LaBombo -
      Quote Originally Posted by ashburyjohn View Post
      They apparently had different lunchboxes in Juvie.
      Depends on whether you made the cut for the gifted program there. Also, I have it on good authority that alums prefer the term 'gladiator academy'.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by glunn View Post
      I am more ambitious than that. I am devising a plan to meet Olivia in person.
      Be careful about meeting your heroes, lest you be disappointed. I shook hands with Cecil Fielder and he was about the same height (but not weight) as Freddie Patek. I exaggerate, but not by that much.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Quote Originally Posted by ashburyjohn View Post
      Be careful about meeting your heroes, lest you be disappointed. I shook hands with Cecil Fielder and he was about the same height (but not weight) as Freddie Patek. I exaggerate, but not by that much.
      Huh. I had the same experience with Miss February, only my disappointment was on more of a, um, horizontal axis.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      I met Jimmy Page and he was terrible at spitting... It would fall out of his mouth and hang before falling on his shirt and get in his guitar strings... He must have spit like that 10 times.

      Every time I hear a Zep Guitar Riff now... I think of spit.
    1. snepp's Avatar
      snepp -
      Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
      Huh. I had the same experience with Miss February, only my disappointment was on more of a, um, horizontal axis.
      They make a pill for that.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Quote Originally Posted by snepp View Post
      They make a pill for that.
      And don't i know it.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by snepp View Post
      .


      glorm!


      Perfect... It should Glorm...
    1. snepp's Avatar
      snepp -
      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      Perfect... It should Glorm...

      Well, it was supposed to be GLORM! but the forum apparently knows better.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Doumit leads off with five foul balls. Could be a big inning.

      / oh, and a homer
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      Doumit!
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Nice AB Doumit.
    1. snepp's Avatar
      snepp -
      The 'Mit.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Doumit with the homer. Boom goes the ball... That should be all we need tonight.
    1. LaBombo's Avatar
      LaBombo -
      Quote Originally Posted by ashburyjohn View Post
      Just in time. Rust makes the milk taste bad.
      Initially the the coppery taste of my own blood caused by the ingestion of tiny glass shards concealed the hint of rust finish to the fruity Nestle' Quik bouquet, but eventually the rust won out. Which is odd, since the outside was plastic.

      And quite frankly, the whole rig was probably cheap. There were only three Star Wars characters on the lunchbox: 'Easily Duped, Crooked-shooting Stormtrooper', 'Useless Gas Pump-shaped Droid Who Wanders Around and Says "Gonk" Over and Over', and 'Scary Plus-sized Exotic Dancer in Jabba's Palace'.

      I tried without success to package it with some Fritos and a Mattel handheld football 'video' game with a dodgy 'up' key in an attempt to trade up for a friend's SW lunchbox that featured rebel pilot 'Porkins', whose X-wing blows up when he fails to note the overhang clearance limit when "attacking" the Death Star Burger King drive-through featuring a 2 for 1 bacon double cheeseburger promotion. No go.

      Oh, crap. The bears for detail are talking about the game in the game thread again, aren't they? Fine. When in Rome. So Doumit is still possessed or a zombie, huh? Plus that whole homer thing...
    1. snepp's Avatar
      snepp -
      Hmmmm, Parmalee didn't exactly go all-out there.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Unhook the plow, Parms.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Parmelee was safe. I rewind-ed-did it. He was safe!
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