• Series Preview: Twins vs Royals, 6/27-6/30

    The fourth place Minnesota Twins look to get back on track against the third place Kansas City Royals in a four game set at Target Field. It will be a daunting task, as the Royals will be sending both Ervin Santana and James Shields to the mound in the series.

    But what Twins fans are most interested in seeing is the MLB introduction of Kyle Gibson, a right-hander that fans have been clamoring to see in Minnesota since Opening Day. The 25 year-old started 15 games for the Red Wings, posting a 3.01 ERA with a 7.7 K/9 ratio and 2.7 walks per nine innings. Gibson is the first of what Twins fans hope is the emergence of a young, above average pitching corps and hope to see fellow prospects Trevor May and Alex Meyer join Gibson on the roster in September.

    Game One:

    Twins vs Royals - 7:10pm Central - 6/27/2013
    Television: FSN North
    Radio: Twins Broadcast Network

    Sam Deduno:
    GP GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO W L P/GS WHIP BAA ERA
    2013 Regular Season 6 6 0 0 36.1 36 16 15 1 13 21 3 2 99.5 1.35 .261 3.72

    Jeremy Guthrie:
    GP GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO W L P/GS WHIP BAA ERA
    2013 Regular Season 15 15 1 1 94.1 99 47 44 19 34 45 7 5 99.9 1.41 .273 4.20

    Game Two:
    Twins vs Royals - 7:10pm Central - 6/28/2013
    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 6 6 0 0 31.1 41 21 17 3 14 18 2 3 88.3 1.76 .315 4.88

    James Shields:
    GP GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO W L P/GS WHIP BAA ERA
    2013 Regular Season 16 16 2 0 111.0 96 37 36 10 33 99 2 6 107.8 1.16 .238 2.92

    Game Three:
    Twins vs Royals - 3:10pm Central - 6/29/2013
    Television: FSN North
    Radio: Twins Broadcast Network

    Kyle Gibson:
    n/a

    Wade Davis:
    GP GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO W L P/GS WHIP BAA ERA
    2013 Regular Season 15 15 0 0 81.2 108 52 45 10 32 71 4 5 98.5 1.71 .321 4.96

    Game Four:
    Twins vs Royals - 1:10pm Central - 6/30/2013
    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 15 15 0 0 94.1 107 40 40 15 15 50 6 5 95.9 1.29 .288 3.82

    Ervin Santana:
    GP GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO W L P/GS WHIP BAA ERA
    2013 Regular Season 15 15 0 0 105.0 88 35 32 14 18 84 5 5 102.5 1.01 .226 2.74

    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 70 285 48 96 24 0 8 26 144 39 60 0 .337 .417 .505 .922 3.4
    Oswaldo Arcia 44 147 18 42 10 1 6 22 72 13 41 0 .286 .352 .490 .842 1.0
    Trevor Plouffe 47 173 20 47 11 1 5 26 75 14 35 1 .272 .340 .434 .774 1.2
    Josh Willingham 67 239 30 52 12 0 10 36 94 37 76 1 .218 .349 .393 .743 0.9
    Clete Thomas 18 61 11 16 4 0 1 4 23 7 15 0 .262 .338 .377 .715 0.3
    Ryan Doumit 66 236 26 56 15 1 8 35 97 23 42 1 .237 .304 .411 .715 0.7
    Justin Morneau 69 267 30 75 18 0 3 42 102 19 47 0 .281 .330 .382 .712 0.4
    Chris Parmelee 67 193 16 45 8 0 7 16 74 20 48 1 .233 .309 .383 .692 0.2
    Brian Dozier 63 217 30 49 6 2 7 25 80 23 45 6 .226 .303 .369 .672 0.6
    Eduardo Escobar 47 115 16 26 2 2 3 9 41 9 18 0 .226 .280 .357 .637 0.5
    Pedro Florimon 60 181 18 41 9 0 3 22 59 18 43 7 .227 .297 .326 .623 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 0.2
    Darin Mastroianni 8 9 1 2 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 1 .222 .300 .222 .522 0.0
    Jamey Carroll 39 130 15 27 4 0 0 6 31 11 21 1 .208 .270 .238 .508 -0.4

    Royals Offense:
    NAME GP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB BA OBP SLG OPS OWAR
    Jarrod Dyson 21 48 10 14 5 2 2 9 29 2 9 9 .292 .320 .604 .924 0.6
    Alex Gordon 74 297 43 87 14 2 7 40 126 25 64 3 .293 .350 .424 .774 1.7
    Billy Butler 75 254 23 69 16 0 5 41 100 43 51 0 .272 .379 .394 .772 0.6
    Adam Moore 5 10 1 3 1 0 0 0 4 1 2 1 .300 .364 .400 .764 0.1
    David Lough 32 111 10 34 6 2 1 11 47 2 14 1 .306 .325 .423 .748 0.6
    Salvador Perez 62 230 22 69 13 2 3 29 95 6 30 0 .300 .322 .413 .735 1.3
    Eric Hosmer 73 273 35 74 14 2 4 29 104 22 45 7 .271 .326 .381 .706 0.8
    Miguel Tejada 27 69 9 19 2 0 2 9 27 3 12 0 .275 .315 .391 .706 0.1
    Lorenzo Cain 67 241 31 62 15 2 3 30 90 20 58 9 .257 .320 .373 .693 0.7
    James Shields 16 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 .333 .333 .333 .667 0.0
    Alcides Escobar 74 295 29 74 12 2 3 22 99 11 34 11 .251 .279 .336 .615 0.3
    George Kottaras 24 49 6 7 3 0 2 9 16 10 24 1 .143 .288 .327 .615 0.1
    Mike Moustakas 64 220 17 47 10 0 4 13 69 16 33 1 .214 .274 .314 .587 -0.4
    Elliot Johnson 51 121 17 28 2 1 2 9 38 5 36 11 .231 .262 .314 .576 0.2
    Jeff Francoeur 57 182 19 38 8 2 3 13 59 8 48 2 .209 .250 .324 .574 -0.8
    Chris Getz 47 140 19 30 5 1 1 12 40 12 18 4 .214 .276 .286 .562 -0.3
    Comments 107 Comments
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Hammer hustle just isn't enough.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      7th innings... Jeez... All year long.
    1. jorgenswest's Avatar
      jorgenswest -
      Much of Willingham's perceived value comes from OBP and walks. Evidence that not all walks are the same. Slow guys with a lot of walks are not nearly as valuable as average runners with walks. The OPS calculates the same either way.

      There is no reason to give Willingham anything to hit with two outs. The only way he is going to score is with a Morneau home run. How often does that happen?
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by jorgenswest View Post
      Much of Willingham's perceived value comes from OBP and walks. Evidence that not all walks are the same. Slow guys with a lot of walks are not nearly as valuable as average runners with walks. The OPS calculates the same either way.

      There is no reason to give Willingham anything to hit with two outs. The only way he is going to score is with a Morneau home run. How often does that happen?

      Thrice
    1. GCTF's Avatar
      GCTF -
      Twins starter finishes 7. Now what?
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by GCTF View Post
      Twins starter finishes 7. Now what?
      I don't know... Nothing to compare it to.
    1. drunksam's Avatar
      drunksam -
      Quote Originally Posted by GCTF View Post
      Twins starter finishes 7. Now what?
      Bullpen picks up knitting to make caps for next seasons home opener.
    1. GCTF's Avatar
      GCTF -
      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      Thrice
      Not once, not twice, but thrice. If I tug on the bill of my cap it means the signal is a fake but I can cancel that by dusting my hands thusly.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by GCTF View Post
      Not once, not twice, but thrice. If I tug on the bill of my cap it means the signal is a fake but I can cancel that by dusting my hands thusly.
      My Butt is the indicator.
    1. GCTF's Avatar
      GCTF -
      Quote Originally Posted by drunksam View Post
      Bullpen picks up knitting to make caps for next seasons home opener.
      As long as it keeps them out of trouble.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      I don't know what it is but its my new nickname for Chief.
      I spell it with two a's.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      My Butt is the indicator.
      Hanging curve alert.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by usafchief View Post
      hanging curve alert.
      sha - baazz!!!
    1. GCTF's Avatar
      GCTF -
      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      sha - baazz!!!
      Sha-baazzsie, once Gardy gets a hold of him.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      That was a Moose Oops.
    1. GCTF's Avatar
      GCTF -
      If Florimon bats I quit.
    1. GCTF's Avatar
      GCTF -
      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      a Moose Oops.
      What do you call someone who tries to tag a baserunner with an empty glove?

      /carnac
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      That was a Moose Oops.
      Bullwinkle: Hey Rocky... Watch me pull a rabbit out my hat... Nothing up my sleeve... Presto... (Lion head comes out of the hat and roars).

      Bullwinkle: Oops... No doubt about it... I gotta get a new hat!!!
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      That was a Moose Oops.
      Leading to a lot of KC fans shouting "Moose! Poops!" at their TV.

      //I might self ban for this one//
    1. GCTF's Avatar
      GCTF -
      Good grief. TC Bear isn't available?
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