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  • 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. Joe A. Preusser's Avatar
      Joe A. Preusser -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ultima Ratio View Post
      Tough room
      Nah, I just don't share Chief's disdain for small ball.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Quote Originally Posted by Joe A. Preusser View Post
      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.
      I agree...it's unlikely Gardy gave him the sign for "top one softly up the first base line."
    1. CairoCrown's Avatar
      CairoCrown -
      Ugh, what's with the crawler along the bottom of the screen? Way to drop the ball on the broadcast FSN!!!!!!!11111
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      Quote Originally Posted by IdahoPilgrim View Post
      Yep. More exciting to let them die at 3rd.
      All about the suspense. Not all about runs.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ultima Ratio View Post
      All about the suspense. Not all about runs.
      OK, I hear ya, but you gotta admit that the first doesn't matter as much if you don't have the second.
    1. Joe A. Preusser's Avatar
      Joe A. Preusser -
      Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
      I agree...it's unlikely Gardy gave him the sign for "top one softly up the first base line."
      Well, you'd be just as annoyed if Mauer had bunted him over though, right?
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      Looks like a good crowd there tonight.
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      Quote Originally Posted by Joe A. Preusser View Post
      Nah, I just don't share Chief's disdain for small ball.
      I think it was a gentle jab at our franchise player actually, but can't speak for Chief.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Quote Originally Posted by Joe A. Preusser View Post
      Well, you'd be just as annoyed if Mauer had bunted him over thought, right?
      More so.

      I'm somewhat flabbergasted by the idea that moving one runner up one base at the expense of an out, in the bottom of the first, is a good thing in any way shape or form.
    1. CairoCrown's Avatar
      CairoCrown -
      Jamie Carroll: Hit Machine.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ultima Ratio View Post
      I think it was a gentle jab at our franchise player actually, but can't speak for Chief.
      Gentle?
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      Quote Originally Posted by IdahoPilgrim View Post
      Gentle?
      Like a bulldozer
    1. CairoCrown's Avatar
      CairoCrown -
      Jamie Carroll: Base-stealing Machine.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Quote Originally Posted by CairoCrown View Post
      Jamie Carroll: Hit Machine.
      1.000 OBP out of the leadoff spot.*

      *through 2 ABs, this game.
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
      1.000 OBP out of the leadoff spot.*

      *through 2 ABs, this game.
      So you're saying there's a chance of regression?
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Joe Benson catches that...
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      Buxton woulda had that.
    1. CairoCrown's Avatar
      CairoCrown -
      During the Kernels game thread yesterday, I asked if Buxton would move Aaron Hicks to right or left field. Someone responded that Aaron's strong arm would make him a better right fielder. Is that a general baseball guideline or just a Target Field thing? Are there different criteria for right and left fielders?
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Quote Originally Posted by CairoCrown View Post
      During the Kernels game thread yesterday, I asked if Buxton would move Aaron Hicks to right or left field. Someone responded that Aaron's strong arm would make him a better right fielder. Is that a general baseball guideline or just a Target Field thing? Are there different criteria for right and left fielders?
      In general, all things being equal, you put the stronger arm in RF because of the longer throw to third base, to stop a few runners going 1st to 3rd on a hit. Because of the short throw from left, arm strength doesn't matter much in that situation.
    1. CairoCrown's Avatar
      CairoCrown -
      Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
      In general, all things being equal, you put the stronger arm in RF because of the longer throw to third base, to stop a few runners going 1st to 3rd on a hit. Because of the short throw from left, arm strength doesn't matter much in that situation.
      So Ben Revere playing RF last year is the exception that proves the rule?
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