• Series Preview: Twins vs Tigers, 6/14-6/16

    The Detroit Tigers, de facto leader of the AL Central in 2013, come to town again to face the Twins in a three game set. Minnesota has not fared particularly well against their division rival this season, going 4-6 against them over their first ten matchups.

    The good news is that the Twins will not face Detroit's MVP and Cy Young winning pitcher Justin Verlander. The bad news is that they will face Anibal Sanchez, who has been a better pitcher than Justin Verlander this season. Sanchez has been abusing opposing lineups all season, particularly the Twins. In three games this season, Sanchez has held the Twins to an OPS of only .358.

    It will be a tough series against a division rival at home. What do you expect to see from the Twins over the weekend?

    Game One:
    Twins vs. Tigers - 7:10pm Central - 6/14/2013
    Television: FSN North
    Radio: Twins Broadcast Network

    Scott Diamond:
    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 60.2 79 37 35 7 13 29 4 5 92.7 1.52 .328 5.19

    Rick Porcello:
    GP GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO W L P/GS WHIP BAA ERA
    2013 Regular Season 12 11 0 0 63.0 64 35 34 8 13 54 3 3 94.0 1.22 .261 4.86

    Game Two:
    Twins vs. Tigers - 6:15pm Central - 6/14/2013
    Television: ESPN
    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 4 4 0 0 23.1 23 10 9 1 10 13 2 1 100.3 1.41 .256 3.47

    Anibal Sanchez:
    GP GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO W L P/GS WHIP BAA ERA
    2013 Regular Season 12 12 1 1 78.0 66 26 23 3 19 98 6 5 105.0 1.09 .228 2.65

    Game Three:
    Twins vs. Tigers - 1:10pm Central - 6/14/2013
    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 4 4 0 0 25.1 31 11 7 1 6 14 2 1 95.8 1.46 .298 2.49

    Doug Fister:
    GP GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO W L P/GS WHIP BAA ERA
    2013 Regular Season 13 13 1 0 85.0 88 36 31 2 12 69 5 4 104.8 1.18 .270 3.28

    Twins Offense:
    NAME GP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB BA OBP SLG OPS OWAR
    Chris Herrmann 7 13 3 6 1
    1 4 10 2 1
    .462 .533 .769 1.303 0.4
    Joe Mauer 59 238 38 79 20
    6 19 117 35 54
    .332 .418 .492 .909 2.7
    Oswaldo Arcia 33 109 14 29 7 1 4 15 50 8 33
    .266 .322 .459 .781 0.6
    Josh Willingham 58 206 27 44 12
    10 31 86 34 65 1 .214 .353 .417 .771 1.0
    Trevor Plouffe 37 134 17 34 9 1 4 17 57 12 27 1 .254 .333 .425 .759 1.0
    Justin Morneau 59 228 26 67 16
    2 38 89 19 40
    .294 .349 .390 .739 0.6
    Ryan Doumit 56 199 24 45 12 1 8 33 83 18 36 1 .226 .290 .417 .707 0.5
    Chris Parmelee 57 171 13 38 6
    5 14 59 19 42 1 .222 .304 .345 .649 -0.1
    Pedro Florimon 51 155 18 36 8
    3 21 53 16 35 7 .232 .305 .342 .647 0.5
    Eduardo Escobar 43 106 15 25 2 2 2 8 37 9 16
    .236 .293 .349 .642 0.5
    Clete Thomas 7 20 1 5 2

    2 7
    5
    .250 .250 .350 .600 0.0
    Brian Dozier 52 183 22 41 4 2 3 17 58 13 41 6 .224 .276 .317 .593 -0.1
    Wilkin Ramirez 23 45 3 11 3

    5 14 1 14
    .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



    2 1 1 1 .222 .300 .222 .522 0.0
    Jamey Carroll 35 124 15 26 3

    6 29 11 20 1 .210 .274 .234 .508 -0.4

    Tigers Offense:
    NAME GP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB BA OBP SLG OPS OWAR
    Doug Fister 13 3 0 2 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 .667 .667 .667 1.333 0.1
    Miguel Cabrera 64 254 51 91 15 1 18 69 162 40 44 2 .358 .450 .638 1.087 4.2
    Matt Tuiasosopo 34 63 11 22 6 0 2 14 34 15 16 0 .349 .488 .540 1.027 1.0
    Prince Fielder 64 245 33 70 15 0 12 52 121 37 53 0 .286 .388 .494 .882 1.9
    Jhonny Peralta 59 228 31 75 16 0 6 26 109 20 54 2 .329 .380 .478 .858 2.3
    Avisail Garcia 24 66 10 19 3 1 2 10 30 4 13 0 .288 .324 .455 .778 0.3
    Omar Infante 57 221 32 67 10 2 4 21 93 13 23 2 .303 .338 .421 .758 1.1
    Torii Hunter 57 243 34 72 17 1 2 24 97 14 45 1 .296 .346 .399 .745 0.8
    Brayan Pena 23 87 9 26 4 0 2 12 36 4 10 0 .299 .326 .414 .740 0.3
    Austin Jackson 34 151 33 41 7 1 2 11 56 14 33 5 .272 .333 .371 .704 0.9
    Don Kelly 46 84 15 18 2 1 3 11 31 14 12 2 .214 .333 .369 .702 0.3
    Andy Dirks 55 200 26 50 4 1 5 20 71 15 36 5 .250 .304 .355 .659 -0.0
    Victor Martinez 63 238 21 56 10 0 5 31 81 18 32 0 .235 .282 .340 .623 -1.2
    Alex Avila 45 154 15 26 3 0 5 13 44 22 54 0 .169 .270 .286 .555 -0.3
    Ramon Santiago 19 49 3 8 3 1 0 1 13 4 8 0 .163 .226 .265 .492 -0.2
    Comments 64 Comments
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Lineups:

      Twins:

      Tigers:
    1. Oldgoat_MN's Avatar
      Oldgoat_MN -
      In three games this season, Sanchez has held the Twins to an OPS of only .358.

      Lends a new clarity to the term, 'dominate'.

    1. Top Gun's Avatar
      Top Gun -
      The Twins need to sweep. They need to win this series. They can if they want too.
    1. JW24's Avatar
      JW24 -
      "Minnesota has not fared particularly well against their division rival this season, going 4-6 against them over their first ten matchups."

      I would say a 4-6 record against Detroit is faring exceptionally well, especially because the Twins have gone 12-24 against the Tigers the past two seasons. The Tigers improved their team from last year (a team that made the World Series, no less), while the Twins have made moves preparing themselves for the future while putting their immediate chances for success in jeopardy.

      While I certainly don't expect the Twins to go .500 against Detroit this season, winning 2/3 at home this weekend would be encouraging. The Twins rotation for this series is just what we would like it to be in order to take the series.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      I guess you guys held the fort for me while I was gone, as the team went 3-3 in the past week.
    1. stringer bell's Avatar
      stringer bell -
      I am sick of seeing Jamie Carroll batting first for the Twins. It's pretty obvious that at this stage of his career, Jamie shouldn't be playing every day and that is exacerbated by him batting in the #1 spot. Much like Gardy playing Nick Punto all the time, it is tough to find an alternative for the leadoff spot, but it's also tough to watch at-bats wasted on a 39-year old utility infielder.
    1. stringer bell's Avatar
      stringer bell -
      Quote Originally Posted by ashburyjohn View Post
      I guess you guys held the fort for me while I was gone, as the team went 3-3 in the past week.
      Welcome back Ashbury (no Haight).
    1. stringer bell's Avatar
      stringer bell -
      It's true that Torii is a popular athlete and that he'll probably get a half dozen hits this weekend including Homer #300, but how in the world is he leading for an All-Star outfielder spot? His OPS is .745 and he is tied with Morneau at two homers.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by stringer bell View Post
      I am sick of seeing Jamie Carroll batting first for the Twins. It's pretty obvious that at this stage of his career, Jamie shouldn't be playing every day and that is exacerbated by him batting in the #1 spot. Much like Gardy playing Nick Punto all the time, it is tough to find an alternative for the leadoff spot, but it's also tough to watch at-bats wasted on a 39-year old utility infielder.
      None of the blame should be laid at the feet of Carroll, or Gardy. Ryan rolled the dice on one, and only one, leadoff option and he came up snake eyes. At this point, Mauer is the only legitimate alternative- all of the other alleged alternatives are fighting just to keep their averages above the Mendoza demarcation point.
    1. buckninetyone's Avatar
      buckninetyone -
      had to say "wife beater"
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post
      None of the blame should be laid at the feet of Carroll, or Gardy. Ryan rolled the dice on one, and only one, leadoff option and he came up snake eyes.
      Assuming you mean Hicks, I think the plan was that the backup CFer was also capable of handling the role of leadoff hitter, but he's on the DL.

      I look at this roster and there is not a suitable leadoff guy, period. The best OBP guys are all plodders once on the basepaths, and everyone else is having trouble getting on base more than a .300 clip. The problem isn't a lack of leadoff guy, per se, it's a lack of production period.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by ashburyjohn View Post
      Assuming you mean Hicks, I think the plan was that the backup CFer was also capable of handling the role of leadoff hitter, but he's on the DL.

      I look at this roster and there is not a suitable leadoff guy, period. The best OBP guys are all plodders once on the basepaths, and everyone else is having trouble getting on base more than a .300 clip. The problem isn't a lack of leadoff guy, per se, it's a lack of production period.
      Seriously, that was "the plan?"

      Mastroianni career slash line batting leadoff: .167/.231/.292
      Mastroianni career slash line batting 2-hole: .210/.296/.258

      You trade away all your "non-plodders", except relying on a career 4th OFer as your back-up plan to pick up your AA prospect when he falters, this is what you're left with.

      Can we say in unison: "Not Ready for Prime Time."
    1. Gibby's Avatar
      Gibby -
      Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post
      Seriously, that was "the plan?"

      Mastroianni career slash line batting leadoff: .167/.231/.292
      Mastroianni career slash line batting 2-hole: .210/.296/.258

      You trade away all your "non-plodders", except relying on a career 4th OFer as your back-up plan to pick up your AA prospect when he falters, this is what you're left with.
      Of course. This is how the new stadium will make us more competitive.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Quote Originally Posted by ashburyjohn View Post
      I guess you guys held the fort for me while I was gone, as the team went 3-3 in the past week.
      Welcome back!!! How did it go?
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post
      Seriously, that was "the plan?"

      Mastroianni career slash line batting leadoff: .167/.231/.292
      Mastroianni career slash line batting 2-hole: .210/.296/.258
      Mastrioanni has 100 combined career PAs in the 1/2 lineup spots.

      The real question is whether Darin Mastroianni can play baseball at the Major League level, not whether his slash stats look good from the whopping 24 PAs he has received in the leadoff spot. That's five games, for crying out loud.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Twins are only 2 wild pitches away from a run.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by Brock Beauchamp View Post
      Mastrioanni has 100 combined career PAs in the 1/2 lineup spots.

      The real question is whether Darin Mastroianni can play baseball at the Major League level, not whether his slash stats look good from the whopping 24 PAs he has received in the leadoff spot. That's five games, for crying out loud.
      Yes, all of 25 games played at the top of the order, yet more proof that there was no legitimate "plan" for having proven OBP producers at the top of the lineup. Everyone knew that Mastro is what he is, a margina, but very fast, 4th OF, ideal for pinch running and late inning defensive replacement- who has never shown he could be a starter, let alone, a top of the order on base machine, for any sustained period.

      Again, Ryan rolled the dice on a guy jumping two levels who has struggled at each successive move up one level, with no legitimate proven starting-major-league-level backup option in CF.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by glunn View Post
      Welcome back!!! How did it go?
      Her knee surgery went OK - unable to repair the meniscus, but they took away the scraps that were causing her knee to lock up and she was walking pretty comfortably by the time I left.

      I got to walk around a lot in SF, so as not to be underfoot too much, and the avatar today is a reminder of one of the neighborhoods I reached.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Meanwhile, there is a game going on, is there not? Four innings, hardly any hitting for either side - 5 Ks for Porcello, 1 K for Diamond - no surprise about Diamond, but that's kind of a lot for Porcello. Top of the order must be trying to tee off.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Arcia gets a double - nice to see some power on his return to the majors - even nicer if someone now drives him in.
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