• Series Preview: Twins vs Phillies, 6/11-6/13

    No matter how bad the 2013 Twins look, at least they're not the Phillies.

    Philadelphia, once a perennial contender for the National League pennant, is seeing diminishing returns as they struggle to keep their head above water this season. Mired with the third-highest payroll in the game, Phillies fans have seen Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Howard turn into league-average bats while their pitching staff fights mediocrity and injuries. The one exception being Cliff Lee, who has posted very good numbers for Philadelphia and will face the Twins in game three.

    The Twins are hoping that a little home-cooking will get them back on track toward a .500 record after losing two of three to both the Nationals and Royals on the latest road trip. Oswaldo Arcia hopes to help the major league club again, taking Aaron Hicks' spot on the roster after Hicks was placed on the disabled list.

    Game One:

    Twins vs. Phillies - 7:10pm Central - 6/11/2013
    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 3 3 0 0 18.0 25 9 6 1 5 9 2 1 95.3 1.67 .329 3.00

    Cole Hamels:
    GP GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO W L P/GS WHIP BAA ERA
    2013 Regular Season 13 13 0 0 81.0 78 44 41 11 26 77 2 9 102.6 1.28 .252 4.56

    Game Two:
    Twins vs. Phillies - 7:10pm Central - 6/12/2013
    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 12 12 0 0 57.2 79 43 41 6 20 28 3 6 89.3 1.72 .328 6.40

    Tyler Cloyd:
    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 29.1 31 13 12 2 12 16 2 2 96.6 1.47 .277 3.68

    Game Three:
    Twins vs. Phillies - 7:10pm Central - 6/13/2013
    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 12 12 0 0 76.2 89 35 35 14 12 36 5 4 95.2 1.32 .298 4.11

    Cliff Lee:
    GP GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO W L P/GS WHIP BAA ERA
    2013 Regular Season 13 13 1 1 95.1 80 30 27 5 16 83 7 2 107.6 1.01 .226 2.55

    Twins Offense:
    NAME GP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB BA OBP SLG OPS OWAR
    Chris Herrmann 6 12 3 6 1 0 1 4 10 2 0 0 .500 .571 .833 1.405 0.4
    Joe Mauer 56 229 37 76 20 0 6 19 114 32 52 0 .332 .414 .498 .912 2.5
    Josh Willingham 55 195 26 42 10 0 10 31 82 34 64 1 .215 .361 .421 .782 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
    Ryan Doumit 53 188 23 44 12 1 8 33 82 18 36 1 .234 .300 .436 .736 0.6
    Justin Morneau 56 218 25 63 14 0 2 34 83 18 39 0 .289 .344 .381 .725 0.4
    Pedro Florimon 49 148 18 36 8 0 3 20 53 16 32 7 .243 .317 .358 .675 0.7
    Chris Parmelee 54 169 13 38 6 0 5 14 59 19 42 1 .225 .307 .349 .656 -0.1
    Eduardo Escobar 41 100 15 23 2 2 2 8 35 9 14 0 .230 .291 .350 .641 0.5
    Brian Dozier 49 177 22 40 4 2 3 17 57 13 39 6 .226 .280 .322 .602 -0.1
    Wilkin Ramirez 23 45 3 11 3 0 0 5 14 1 14 0 .244 .271 .311 .582 -0.1
    Aaron Hicks 55 190 24 34 6 2 6 19 62 18 56 4 .179 .249 .326 .575 0.2
    Darin Mastroianni 8 9 1 2 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 1 .222 .300 .222 .522 0.0
    Jamey Carroll 32 114 14 23 3 0 0 6 26 10 20 0 .202 .266 .228 .494 -0.4

    Phillies Offense:
    NAME GP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB BA OBP SLG OPS OWAR
    John Lannan 3 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 .500 .500 1.000 1.500 0.2
    Raul Valdes 10 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 .333 .333 .667 1.000 0.1
    Domonic Brown 63 228 33 66 9 2 19 47 136 13 44 6 .289 .329 .596 .926 2.4
    Chase Utley 44 158 21 43 7 2 7 25 75 16 24 5 .272 .339 .475 .814 1.1
    Kevin Frandsen 35 53 7 13 4 0 2 8 23 6 8 1 .245 .365 .434 .799 0.5
    John Mayberry Jr. 54 135 21 37 10 1 4 15 61 10 34 3 .274 .324 .452 .776 0.5
    Humberto Quintero 12 32 1 8 3 0 1 3 14 2 8 0 .250 .294 .438 .732 0.1
    Ryan Howard 59 211 24 53 16 1 7 30 92 14 69 0 .251 .294 .436 .730 -0.0
    Delmon Young 34 112 12 26 5 0 6 14 49 8 29 0 .232 .290 .438 .728 -0.0
    Erik Kratz 43 140 18 32 5 0 8 22 61 12 30 0 .229 .290 .436 .726 0.3
    Michael Young 57 203 21 56 7 2 2 11 73 25 32 1 .276 .355 .360 .715 0.3
    Jimmy Rollins 64 239 24 62 16 1 4 21 92 24 41 6 .259 .327 .385 .712 1.0
    Freddy Galvis 43 124 7 28 4 2 4 10 48 10 30 1 .226 .289 .387 .676 0.2
    Cliff Lee 16 24 3 6 1 0 0 1 7 1 6 0 .250 .280 .292 .572 0.2
    Ben Revere 58 193 20 47 4 1 0 6 53 12 25 14 .244 .288 .275 .562 0.0
    Comments 123 Comments
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Lineups:

      Twins:
      Jamey Carroll 3B
      Joe Mauer C
      Ryan Doumit RF
      Josh Willingham DH
      Justin Morneau 1B
      Oswaldo Arcia LF
      Brian Dozier 2B
      Clete Thomas CF
      Pedro Florimon SS
      (P.J. Walters P)

      Phillies:
      Michael Young 3B
      Ben Revere CF
      Jimmy Rollins SS
      Ryan Howard 1B
      Domonic Brown LF
      Delmon Young DH
      John Mayberry RF
      Freddy Galvis 2B
      Humberto Quintero C
      (Cole Hamels P)
    1. Shane Wahl's Avatar
      Shane Wahl -
      Against a lefty, this is going to be interesting to see who is in the lineup. Herrmann doesn't have much of a split difference over the past two seasons, whereas Thomas really did in 2012. And the other options in RF are Arcia, Parmelee, and Doumit.

      I would prefer Willingham-Herrmann-Parmelee, with Doumit DHing (and letting Arcia rest one game). But I bet it is Willingham-Thomas-Doumit with Arcia DHing.
    1. COtwin's Avatar
      COtwin -
      Thomas needs to be on a very short leash. If he keeps hitting like he has been known to, than I want to see Hermann and Arcia get all of his at bats. I know Thomas is our "only" CF but he still needs to hit the ball or it won't matter that he is a good average CF. also he is not a prospect and does not need checked out.
    1. Shane Wahl's Avatar
      Shane Wahl -
      Quote Originally Posted by COtwin View Post
      Thomas needs to be on a very short leash. If he keeps hitting like he has been known to, than I want to see Hermann and Arcia get all of his at bats. I know Thomas is our "only" CF but he still needs to hit the ball or it won't matter that he is a good average CF. also he is not a prospect and does not need checked out.
      I agree and honestly, who cares about Clete Thomas going forward? If Chris Herrmann is an adequate and ultimately 3rd CF, that is a nice advance for Herrmann in his career as then a C and a utility outfielder.
    1. big dog's Avatar
      big dog -
      Agreed, I'd love to have Hermann prove that he's an adequate PH/backup CF/backup catcher. He's had some nice moments so far. I hope he gets to play a lot while Hicks is out.
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      This could be the worst defensive OF lineup in decades.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ultima Ratio View Post
      This could be the worst defensive OF lineup in decades.
      Cuddyer started a handful of games in center field. Trust me, those were worse.
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      In 2008 and 2013

      RF: Kubel >> Doumit

      CF: Cuddyer < Thomas

      LF: DYoung > Arcia


      Toss up.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      I gotta do some coaching tonight so I'll be Glorm like and join the game thread late... I just want to say... Worley has been a disappointment and May is struggling with his control but I still make that trade out of necessity.

      As for Revere... He hasn't hit that well this year but I still miss watching him play. I will be secretly hoping he puts on a show of some sort in the next 3 games... Hopefully all the other Phillies tank so I'm comfortable hoping good things for Ben.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ultima Ratio View Post
      In 2008 and 2013

      RF: Kubel >> Doumit

      CF: Cuddyer < Thomas

      LF: DYoung > Arcia


      Toss up.
      If you're giving >> to Kubel over Doumit, then you have to also say:

      Thomas >>>>>> Cuddyer

      Cuddy was a pretty bad right fielder whose only good attribute was his arm. He was an absolutely atrocious center fielder, the most important position in the outfield. Cuddyer's career dWAR is -13, most of it as a corner outfielder. That's horrendous.

      Also, Delmon's career dWAR is nearly -9 and he's not even close to 30. I'll take Arcia any day.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      First thing you notice about the Twins OF is the wide shot at the start of the game...they're all playing with their ass against the fence.

      I'd really like the Twins to start playing their OFers shallower in most situations. I realize that's not likely to happen, since they've been doing that throughout the Gardy era, but I can wish.

      As to who's playing the corners, unless they're absolutely terrible, it just doesn't matter that much.
    1. mikeee's Avatar
      mikeee -
      pj! pj! pj!
    1. mikeee's Avatar
      mikeee -
      WTH happened to Hamels? 2-9? 4.56 era?
    1. VATwinsFan's Avatar
      VATwinsFan -
      I was at the Sunday evening game agains the Nats -- get Herrman in the lineup as much as possible. He looked like the only one out there who was fired up and wanted to play ball.
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      Small ball. Good job Joe, get that runner in scoring position.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ultima Ratio View Post
      Small ball. Good job Joe, get that runner in scoring position.
      Yep. More exciting to let them die at 3rd.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ultima Ratio View Post
      Small ball. Good job Joe, get that runner in scoring position.
      I know that's what I look for in a 23M per year player.
    1. Joe A. Preusser's Avatar
      Joe A. Preusser -
      Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
      I know that's what I look for in a 23M per year player.
      I look for him to make whatever play his coach asks him to make based on the field situation. Although it's unlikely Gardy put the sign on there anyway.
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      Tough room
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ultima Ratio View Post
      Tough room
      Tough time to be a Twins fan.
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