• 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. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by glunn View Post
      Bark!!!

      If the Twins were going to be in a one game playoff next week, I would want them to start Deduno.
      Ahh, yes, i concur..... but actually at this point, it turns out that that was the easy choice.... amd now, who would you want to start in the game just preceding that one game playoff?... the game that clinched the chance to be in the one-game playoff?
    1. snepp's Avatar
      snepp -
      Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post
      amd now, who would you want to start in the game just preceding that one game playoff?... the game that clinched the chance to be in the one-game playoff?
      Fien?
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post
      Ahh, yes, i concur..... but actually at this point, it turns out that that was the easy choice.... amd now, who would you want to start in the game just preceding that one game playoff?... the game that clinched the chance to be in the one-game playoff?
      Jokin... I'm gonna answer that question...

      But you gotta promise that you won't ask afterwards... who I would want to start in the game before the game just preceding the one game playoff.

      If we don't acquire Bud Norris... I gotta go with Correia.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by snepp View Post
      Fien?
      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      Jokin... I'm gonna answer that question...

      But you gotta promise that you won't ask afterwards... who I would want to start in the game before the game just preceding the one game playoff.

      If we don't acquire Bud Norris... I gotta go with Correia.
      Considering that Correia has a 6.60 ERA in his first innings this season, could we all just get along and compromise and have Fien pitch the first and Correia go 2-6?
    1. snepp's Avatar
      snepp -
      Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post
      and Correia go 2-6?
      Just make sure to have Correia throw a simulated 1st in the bullpen before he comes out.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by snepp View Post
      Just make sure to have Correia throw a simulated 1st in the bullpen before he comes out.
      .....But that could get pretty messy in such a confined space.....
    1. iastfan112's Avatar
      iastfan112 -
      Remember the days when if we had to choose a starter we'd say: Santana or Radke, or even Baker? Now it's Dudeno, minor league journeyman, or Correia career 5th starter.
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