• Series Preview: Twins @ Indians, 6/21-6/23

    The Minnesota Twins have surprised quite a few people this year and should feel pretty good about themselves. After sweeping the White Sox at home, the Twins are firmly in fourth place in a lackluster AL Central as they look to take on the second place Indians in a three game set at Progressive Field in Cleveland.

    The offense and pitching performances have been coming from unlikely spots on the Twins roster, with Brian Dozier leading the way. Dozier has posted an impressive .912 OPS over the past 28 days and has hit four of his five home runs during that time.

    While the Twins get to miss the Indians' Justin Masterson, two of their pitching surprises take the mound against the Indians. PJ Walters has posted a 3.55 ERA over his past two starts while Samuel Deduno has allowed just four runs in his past 12 innings of work.

    Game One:

    Twins @ Indians - 6:05pm Central - 6/21/2013
    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 5 5 0 0 30.1 30 12 11 1 11 15 3 1 98.8 1.35 .259 3.26

    Scott Kazmir:
    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 55.0 68 36 36 12 23 55 3 4 94.0 1.65 .302 5.89

    Game Two:
    Twins @ Indians - 6:15pm Central - 6/22/2013
    Television: FOX
    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 5 5 0 0 30.2 40 15 11 3 9 18 2 2 96.8 1.60 .315 3.23

    Corey Kluber:
    GP GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO W L P/GS WHIP BAA ERA
    2013 Regular Season 12 10 0 0 65.1 65 28 26 7 12 65 5 4 93.7 1.18 .262 3.58

    Game Three:
    Twins @ Indians - 12:05pm Central - 6/23/2013
    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 14 14 0 0 70.2 94 50 48 7 21 38 3 6 90.7 1.63 .322 6.11

    Carlos Carrasco:
    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 15.0 21 14 14 2 6 7 0 2 81.3 1.80 .328 8.40

    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 0 1 4 10 2 1 0 .462 .533 .769 1.303 0.4
    Joe Mauer 65 264 42 87 22 0 7 23 130 37 57 0 .330 .412 .492 .904 2.8
    Oswaldo Arcia 39 128 17 35 9 1 5 17 61 11 37 0 .273 .340 .477 .817 0.6
    Trevor Plouffe 42 153 20 40 10 1 5 23 67 13 30 1 .261 .335 .438 .773 1.1
    Josh Willingham 62 221 30 48 12 0 10 32 90 37 71 1 .217 .358 .407 .765 1.1
    Ryan Doumit 62 222 25 54 15 1 8 35 95 22 41 1 .243 .310 .428 .738 0.7
    Clete Thomas 13 42 6 12 2 0 1 4 17 3 10 0 .286 .333 .405 .738 0.1
    Justin Morneau 65 253 29 73 17 0 3 42 99 19 45 0 .289 .339 .391 .731 0.6
    Brian Dozier 58 201 28 47 6 2 6 24 75 17 42 6 .234 .297 .373 .670 0.4
    Eduardo Escobar 45 110 16 26 2 2 3 9 41 9 17 0 .236 .292 .373 .664 0.5
    Chris Parmelee 62 179 14 40 7 0 5 14 62 19 46 1 .223 .302 .346 .648 -0.1
    Pedro Florimon 56 171 18 39 8 0 3 22 56 17 39 7 .228 .298 .327 .626 0.5
    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 0.3

    Indians Offense:
    NAME GP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB BA OBP SLG OPS OWAR
    Ezequiel Carrera 2 4 1 2 0 0 0 1 2 0 1 0 .500 .500 .500 1.000 0.1
    Ryan Raburn 42 123 18 33 9 0 8 21 66 15 36 0 .268 .357 .537 .894 1.1
    Carlos Santana 66 231 35 65 18 0 10 32 113 40 53 1 .281 .388 .489 .877 2.9
    Yan Gomes 30 99 17 27 4 2 6 17 53 3 19 1 .273 .288 .535 .824 0.9
    Jason Kipnis 62 240 34 64 15 2 9 35 110 29 66 16 .267 .344 .458 .803 2.1
    Asdrubal Cabrera 53 205 28 52 18 2 5 25 89 14 54 5 .254 .311 .434 .745 1.1
    Nick Swisher 61 224 33 53 14 1 7 24 90 32 58 0 .237 .337 .402 .739 1.1
    Mark Reynolds 69 243 32 56 7 0 14 43 105 26 84 3 .230 .307 .432 .739 0.9
    Michael Bourn 47 190 27 55 11 1 2 11 74 14 49 11 .289 .341 .389 .731 1.2
    Jason Giambi 29 89 13 16 4 0 6 20 38 12 28 0 .180 .286 .427 .713 -0.1
    Mike Aviles 53 158 25 44 8 0 4 23 64 7 21 5 .278 .300 .405 .705 0.8
    Michael Brantley 68 249 30 69 9 1 4 33 92 19 31 5 .277 .331 .369 .700 0.8
    Drew Stubbs 66 217 28 51 13 1 5 21 81 16 73 7 .235 .286 .373 .660 0.8
    Lonnie Chisenhall 28 101 7 20 4 0 3 11 33 3 23 0 .198 .236 .327 .563 -0.1
    Comments 84 Comments
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Lineups:

      Twins:
      Brian Dozier 2B
      Joe Mauer C
      Ryan Doumit DH
      Josh Willingham LF
      Justin Morneau 1B
      Trevor Plouffe 3B
      Oswaldo Arcia RF
      Clete Thomas CF
      Jamey Carroll SS
      (Samuel Deduno P)

      Indians:
      Michael Bourn CF
      Mike Aviles SS
      Jason Kipnis 2B
      Carlos Santana DH
      Michael Brantley LF
      Mark Reynolds 1B
      Lonnie Chisenhall 3B
      Yan Gomes C
      Drew Stubbs RF
      (Scott Kazmir P)
    1. Don't Feed the Greed Guy's Avatar
      Don't Feed the Greed Guy -
      Kazmir: 12 home runs in 55 innings pitched. Yum! That's two-a-game, compared to Correia's 1.5 HR/9IP.
    1. stringer bell's Avatar
      stringer bell -
      Wow, the back end of Cleveland's rotation isn't much is it? Masterson (sp) and Ubaldo are erratic but great when they're on. These three--well let's just say that it will be disappointing if any of them pitch in the sixth inning this weekend. OTOH, the Tribe is putting up pretty big offensive numbers. If the Twins hold them to four runs a game, they should win two and maybe all three games.
    1. Joe A. Preusser's Avatar
      Joe A. Preusser -
      Not often you can look at the pitching match-ups alone and feel good about a Twins sweep. Throw our hot bats into the mix and I like our chances of moving up in the standings.
    1. edavis0308's Avatar
      edavis0308 -
      I would think that Plouffe would be able to really get on a slugging tear against one of these left handers.
    1. fairweather's Avatar
      fairweather -
      As good as Walters has been, a .315 BAA and a 1.6 WHIP aren't going to keep him in the rotation long.
    1. Joe A. Preusser's Avatar
      Joe A. Preusser -
      Quote Originally Posted by edavis0308 View Post
      I would think that Plouffe would be able to really get on a slugging tear against one of these left handers.
      At the risk of Jinxing him terribly, I'll go ahead and predict he bats .400 this series and sluggs a nice round .600. Oh, and 5 RBI.
    1. twinsnorth49's Avatar
      twinsnorth49 -
      Vinny Pestano...closer........
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by fairweather View Post
      As good as Walters has been, a .315 BAA and a 1.6 WHIP aren't going to keep him in the rotation long.
      Riverbrian, for one, desperately hopes you're wrong. Gibbie needs more seasoning.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by stringer bell View Post
      Wow, the back end of Cleveland's rotation isn't much is it? Masterson (sp) and Ubaldo are erratic but great when they're on. These three--well let's just say that it will be disappointing if any of them pitch in the sixth inning this weekend. OTOH, the Tribe is putting up pretty big offensive numbers. If the Twins hold them to four runs a game, they should win two and maybe all three games.
      Part of the Twins good fortunes thus far this year, has been their continued ability to miss the opposing team's aces.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post
      Riverbrian, for one, desperately hopes you're wrong. Gibbie needs more seasoning.
      It's not a question of quantity, but of type - a little sage, a little thyme, and Gibson will be done just right.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by IdahoPilgrim View Post
      It's not a question of quantity, but of type - a little sage, a little thyme, and Gibson will be done just right.
      Frankly, I'm out of "thyme" waiting for Gibbie's call-up... and I tire of the "sage" advice about admonitions for waiting for more "consistency" from you guys in the Goldilocks crowd who trust that TR is slowplaying the promotion in order to make Gibson "just right."
    1. big dog's Avatar
      big dog -
      Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post
      Frankly, I'm out of "thyme" waiting for Gibbie's call-up... and I tire of the "sage" advice about admonitions for waiting for more "consistency" from you guys in the Goldilocks crowd who trust that TR is slowplaying the promotion in order to make Gibson "just right."
      while others, who may agree with the overall view, get really sick of being bludgeoned with it in every freaking thread. Enjoy the game tonight.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post
      Frankly, I'm out of "thyme" waiting for Gibbie's call-up... and I tire of the "sage" advice about admonitions for waiting for more "consistency" from you guys in the Goldilocks crowd who trust that TR is slowplaying the promotion in order to make Gibson "just right."
      Who said anything about consistency and Goldilocks? I've got a pot roast named Gibson planned for Sunday that I'm getting ready.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Gibson for Pelfrey... I'm good... While I don't like the Walters Whip... I like the Walters result thus far.

      For tonight... Deduno Baby... Deduno.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      I'm ready... I'm alone in a Hotel in Bismarck... I'm naked... Buffalo Wings Take out and the Twins are on... Life is good!!!
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by big dog View Post
      while others, who may agree with the overall view, get really sick of being bludgeoned with it in every freaking thread. Enjoy the game tonight.
      You're certainly entitled to skipping over the topic of discussion. America is a great country that way.
    1. big dog's Avatar
      big dog -
      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      I'm ready... I'm alone in a Hotel in Bismarck... I'm naked... Buffalo Wings Take out and the Twins are on... Life is good!!!
      Naked before or after taking out? ... Wait, don't really tell us. Please.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by twinsnorth49 View Post
      Vinny Pestano...closer........
      Bulletin Board Material Alert...

      The Indians are hanging this post in the clubhouse right now!
    1. big dog's Avatar
      big dog -
      Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post
      You're certainly entitled to skipping over the topic of discussion. America is a great country that way.
      Yeah but tolerance can work both ways. Enjoy the game.
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