• Twins vs. Tigers, 07/04/2012, 6:05pm

    Nick Blackburn was bad again last night. Really bad. Thankfully, the Twins were able to overcome an early deficit and defeat the Tigers 8-6. Willingham and Plouffe homered again and the Twins' pen put in a stellar performance to close out the game.

    Tonight is not going to be any easier. The Twins face off in the most lopsided pitching matchup of the series as Justin Verlander takes the mound for the Tigers against Brian Duensing and the Twins. Duensing will have to go deeper tonight as the depleted pen could be a problem for the team. Will the Twins winning streak continue? What do you expect from Duensing tonight as he makes his third start?

    Brian Duensing

    W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
    SEASON 1 4 4.10 32 2 0 0 41.2 40 19 19 3 1 11 0 24 .253 1.22 0.61
    MLB Totals 25 23 3.98 141 52 2 2 418.0 439 200 185 42 8 129 9 270 .272 1.36 1.15

    Justin Verlander

    W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
    SEASON 8 5 2.69 17 17 4 1 123.2 92 43 37 10 2 29 1 121 .204 0.98 0.92
    MLB Totals 115 62 3.46 216 216 18 6 1439.0 1253 598 554 128 57 439 18 1336 .233 1.18 0.86

    Twins Offense
    RK Player Team Pos G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
    1 Mauer, J MIN C 72 265 42 88 18 1 5 38 40 41 4 1 .332 .420 .464 .884
    2 Revere, B MIN RF 46 186 25 61 6 2 0 11 9 14 16 4 .328 .359 .382 .740
    3 Doumit, R MIN C 63 216 23 61 13 1 7 36 21 45 0 0 .282 .344 .449 .793
    4 Willingham, J MIN LF 77 276 45 75 21 1 18 59 40 75 2 1 .272 .383 .551 .934
    5 Span, D MIN CF 74 296 39 80 20 2 3 22 31 38 9 3 .270 .339 .382 .721
    6 Plouffe, T MIN RF 61 209 37 52 10 0 19 35 24 50 0 2 .249 .328 .569 .897
    7 Casilla, A MIN 2B 56 168 16 41 10 1 0 14 9 31 10 1 .244 .282 .315 .597
    8 Carroll, J MIN SS 76 259 32 63 9 1 0 25 30 34 6 3 .243 .325 .286 .611
    9 Butera, D MIN C 22 58 4 14 5 0 1 4 4 13 0 0 .241 .302 .379 .681
    10 Morneau, J MIN 1B 61 235 26 56 14 1 10 35 22 51 1 0 .238 .307 .434 .741
    11 Dozier, B MIN SS 51 196 20 46 8 1 3 20 8 38 4 2 .235 .262 .332 .594
    12 Mastroianni, D MIN LF 29 59 8 13 1 1 1 8 8 12 5 0 .220 .313 .322 .635
    13 Komatsu, E MIN RF 15 32 2 7 0 0 0 1 4 3 0 0 .219 .297 .219 .516
    14 Hughes, L MIN 2B 4 10 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 4 1 0 .200 .182 .200 .382
    15 Parmelee, C MIN 1B 37 100 8 19 5 1 1 4 9 26 0 0 .190 .277 .290 .567
    15 Valencia, D MIN 3B 27 100 9 19 5 1 1 11 2 23 0 1 .190 .204 .290 .494
    17 Diamond, S MIN P 3 7 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 .143 .143 .143 .286
    17 Thomas, C MIN RF 12 28 2 4 1 0 1 4 0 16 0 0 .143 .172 .286 .458
    19 Burroughs, S MIN 3B 10 17 0 2 1 0 0 1 1 3 0 0 .118 .167 .176 .343

    Tigers Offense
    RK Player Team Pos G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
    1 Perez, H DET 2B 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500 1.000
    2 Dirks, A DET LF 37 134 24 44 9 2 4 16 9 18 1 0 .328 .379 .515 .894
    3 Jackson, A DET CF 59 231 48 74 16 3 9 37 31 59 7 2 .320 .402 .532 .934
    4 Cabrera, M DET 3B 81 325 47 103 24 0 16 65 31 47 3 1 .317 .378 .538 .916
    5 Holaday, B DET C 4 10 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .300 .300 .400 .700
    6 Fielder, P DET 1B 81 304 44 91 18 1 12 53 36 43 1 0 .299 .379 .484 .862
    7 Berry, Q DET CF 38 132 26 39 4 3 1 13 16 38 12 0 .295 .388 .394 .782
    8 Laird, G DET C 34 92 13 27 4 0 2 5 7 10 0 0 .293 .347 .402 .749
    9 Young, D DET LF 73 281 22 74 14 0 6 31 8 57 0 1 .263 .291 .377 .668
    10 Peralta, J DET SS 72 249 25 64 16 2 4 24 27 47 1 1 .257 .332 .386 .718
    11 Avila, A DET C 55 182 22 46 10 1 5 23 24 50 2 0 .253 .337 .401 .738
    12 Boesch, B DET LF 76 290 34 69 12 0 8 30 12 57 3 2 .238 .274 .362 .636
    13 Santiago, R DET 2B 63 158 15 36 5 1 2 17 12 24 1 0 .228 .301 .310 .611
    14 Kelly, D DET LF 46 90 11 17 1 1 1 7 13 15 1 0 .189 .291 .256 .547
    15 Eldred, B DET DH 5 16 1 3 1 1 0 1 1 6 0 0 .188 .235 .375 .610
    16 Worth, D DET 2B 30 55 4 10 1 0 0 2 7 19 0 0 .182 .270 .200 .470
    17 Raburn, R DET 2B 50 161 11 29 10 0 1 10 10 44 1 1 .180 .236 .261 .497
    18 Santos, O DET C 3 8 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 .125 .111 .125 .236
    19 Inge, B DET 2B 9 20 2 2 1 0 1 2 0 6 0 0 .100 .100 .300 .400
    19 Young, M DET LF 5 10 2 1 1 0 0 1 0 9 0 0 .100 .182 .200 .382
    Comments 47 Comments
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Quote Originally Posted by minn55441 View Post
      I like our lineup tonight. I think we are a better fielding team with Casilla and Carroll for the time being.

      Interesting that Gardy has no problem with 3 lefties at the top of the lineup, but insists on going righty, lefty, righty with Josh, Parmelee and Plouffe. I thought this would be a great chance to move plouffe to the 5 spot. Without messing with Justin's head.
      You make a good point. Maybe there is a reluctance to do make any change that might affect Plouffe's hot streak.
    1. asmus_ndsu's Avatar
      asmus_ndsu -
      Am i off here or does plouffe remind anyone else of Bautista after he joined toronto? This Hot streak is going on a little longer than just a streak (even though i expect him to cool down just a bit eventually)
    1. minn55441's Avatar
      minn55441 -
      Quote Originally Posted by glunn View Post
      You make a good point. Maybe there is a reluctance to do make any change that might affect Plouffe's hot streak.
      I think Plouffe begins to press with men on base, as is indicated by his number of solo homeruns. I think he tends to relax with the bases empty. Just my opinion, but I don't think things would change much in the 5th vs the 6th spot.
    1. asmus_ndsu's Avatar
      asmus_ndsu -
      Looks like the rain may be past within the next hour, too late or wet to still play?
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Anyone still here?

      1-2-3 top of the first.
    1. NorthwestTwinsFan's Avatar
      NorthwestTwinsFan -
      Do the Tigers have a rule that you have to be obese to play for them?
    1. Shane Wahl's Avatar
      Shane Wahl -
      I still don't understand why Duensing was converted back into a starter. If someone says "out of necessity" they are uttering nonsense. Duensing was great in his role. Even a joker like Swarzak is better as a starter.
    1. NorthwestTwinsFan's Avatar
      NorthwestTwinsFan -
      Quote Originally Posted by shanewahl View Post
      I still don't understand why Duensing was converted back into a starter. If someone says "out of necessity" they are uttering nonsense. Duensing was great in his role. Even a joker like Swarzak is better as a starter.
      I was just thinking the same thing. He is essentially batting practice for right-handed hitters, and he has proven time and again that he is much better suited for the bullpen.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      Quote Originally Posted by shanewahl View Post
      I still don't understand why Duensing was converted back into a starter. If someone says "out of necessity" they are uttering nonsense. Duensing was great in his role. Even a joker like Swarzak is better as a starter.
      They tried Swarzak at the start of the season. He's ineffective as a starter, when teams know he's going to pitch and can prepare for him. He doesn't make the adjustments necessary to go through a lineup 3 times. He's most effective when he comes in in long relief and pitches 2-3 innings, going through the order once. If you don't want Duensing, fine, but then you need somebody else.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      WHY isn't this guy playing more? Good shot, Parmelee!
    1. NorthwestTwinsFan's Avatar
      NorthwestTwinsFan -
      Parmalee tattoos one to the next county, and the Twins are on the board. Verlander's reaction was priceless.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      Oh, that doesn't look good. Duensing down and probably out.
    1. NorthwestTwinsFan's Avatar
      NorthwestTwinsFan -
      That looked painful. Great play by Mauer though.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      Man, we just can't get a starter past the 5th inning in this series. At least he was pitching well before he went down.
    1. NorthwestTwinsFan's Avatar
      NorthwestTwinsFan -
      Hopefully Butera is ready to pitch an inning or two tonight.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      Either Waldrop is afraid of the batters or he didn't take enough time warming up. He's nowhere near the strike zone.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      The long Twins nightmare that is Alexi Casilla cannot end soon enough for my taste.
    1. NorthwestTwinsFan's Avatar
      NorthwestTwinsFan -
      I can't figure out why Cabrera doesn't get plunked more often.
    1. stringer bell's Avatar
      stringer bell -
      Quote Originally Posted by shanewahl View Post
      I still don't understand why Duensing was converted back into a starter. If someone says "out of necessity" they are uttering nonsense. Duensing was great in his role. Even a joker like Swarzak is better as a starter.
      Duensing had pretty good success as a starter until last year, when he was brutal against RH batters. He was better vs. RHers out of the 'pen this year and it really is too soon to tell if that will carry over as a starter.

      Certainly tonight, he well could have held the Tigers scoreless if either they had turned the easy DP or if Span had not misplayed Prince's Texas Leaguer.

      Let's hope he isn't out longterm with the leg injury.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Mauer finally decides to take a rip at a 2-0 pitch...and flares it to left off the handle. sigh.
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