• Twins-Blue Jays Series Preview

    The Twins just finished a three game series against the Angels, and on Thursday night, they will start a four game set at Target Field against the Toronto Blue Jays. To say that the Blue Jays have had the Twins numbers in recent years is a massive understatement. Letís take a look:

    Year W-L RS RA
    2011 1-5 14 44
    2010 3-6 34 59
    2009 3-5 28 44
    2008 0-6 19 35
    2007 4-6 40 59
    2006 2-5 25 32


    In 2011, the Twins were really bad and the Blue Jays were good, but the domination was uncanny. Even in recent years when the Twins have been very good and the Blue Jays were not good, the Jays had the Twins number. The one win the Twins got came in the third game and was 4-3 decision in which Nick Blackburn topped lefty Brett Cecil. Cecil was sent back to AA to start the 2012 season (no, not just because he lost to the Twins).

    In those six games in 2011, the Blue Jays collected 10 doubles, three triples and 13 home runs against the Twins. Jose Bautista led the way. He had one double and in incredible seven home runs, including three home runs in the final meeting of these teams. Catcher JP Arencibia knocked a double, a triple and three home runs against the Twins. Seemingly every Blue Jays hitter contributed.

    The Blue Jays enter this series with a 17-14 record while the Twins are at 8-22. Their record is as much about their pitching as it is about their hitting. The Twins are lucky in that they donít have to face Brandon Morrow, but Henderson Alvarez, Ricky Romero, Kyle Drabek and Drew Hutchinson will get to face Twins hitters.

    (note Ė Blue Jaysí player stats are through Tuesday, unless noted)

    What would you have said if, a little over a month into the season, I told you that the two best hitters for the Blue Jays were Edwin Encarnacion and Kelly Johnson. Encarnacion is hitting .270/.326/.574 with eight doubles, nine homers (10th homer on Wednesday) and 25 RBI. Johnson is hitting .269/.383/.472 with a double, seven homers and 18 RBI.

    Would you have believed me if I had told you that Jose Bautista would have a sub-700 OPS? Coming into the Twins series, Bautista is hitting just .187/.318/.355 (.673) with three doubles and five home runs. Yet, they have four hitters performing even worse than that!
    • JP Arencibia - .187/.318/.355 (.654) with five doubles and two homers.
    • Colby Rasmus - .206/.274/.363 (.637) with three doubles, two triples and three homers.
    • Yunel Escobar - .248/.275/.309 (.624) with five doubles, one triple and one home run.
    • Adam Lind - .186/.275/.309 (.585) with six doubles and two home runs.
    The Twins will send Jason Marquis, PJ Walters, Nick Blackburn and Scott Diamond to the mound. The Jays won on Wednesday to break a three-game losing streak. The Twins did a nice job of keeping Albert Pujols cold. Can they do the same with Jose Bautista?

    Well, thatís why they play the games!
    This article was originally published in blog: Twins-Blue Jays Series Preview started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 6 Comments
    1. Bark's Lounge's Avatar
      Bark's Lounge -
      In theory the twins will probably get swept, but because of our track record and the fact that we are fielding one of our worst teams in recent memory we will probably take 2 out of 3. Baseball makes no sense. I'll bet over on Bautista hitting an HR during this series.
    1. YourHouseIsMyHouse's Avatar
      YourHouseIsMyHouse -
      Darin Mastroianni got called up just in time to face his old team. I think that's somewhat notable considering we just acquired him this year.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by Bark's Lounge View Post
      In theory the twins will probably get swept, but because of our track record and the fact that we are fielding one of our worst teams in recent memory we will probably take 2 out of 3. Baseball makes no sense. I'll bet over on Bautista hitting an HR during this series.
      That's the beauty of the game... you just never know!!
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by YourHouseIsMyHouse View Post
      Darin Mastroianni got called up just in time to face his old team. I think that's somewhat notable considering we just acquired him this year.
      Same with PJ Walters.
    1. J-Dog Dungan's Avatar
      J-Dog Dungan -
      This is actually shaping up to be an interesting series, because we have Diamond coming off his excellent performance against the Angels, Walters starting in the bigs for at least the first time this year if not the first time in his career, and the call-up of Mastroianni and demotion of Valencia. This will be a very different line-up than what the Twins started the year with, and, unlike last year, injuries have played very little into that.
    1. JB_Iowa's Avatar
      JB_Iowa -
      "Would you have believed me if I had told you that Jose Bautista would have a sub-700 OPS? Coming into the Twins series, Bautista is hitting just .187/.318/.355 (.673) with three doubles and five home runs. "

      Why do I have the feeling that facing Twins pitching will cure what ails him?
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