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  • 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. asmus_ndsu's Avatar
      asmus_ndsu -
      Were gonna need some really good pitching from duensing tonight, DET is pretty well staggered lefty righty and hes been knocked around a little by right handers. On the plus he has been very good at keeping the ball in the park. I think if we can get verlander out of the game by the 7th that will be our best shot at getting to detroits battered bullpen and scoring a couple runs.
    1. stringer bell's Avatar
      stringer bell -
      Quote Originally Posted by asmus_ndsu View Post
      Were gonna need some really good pitching from duensing tonight, DET is pretty well staggered lefty righty and hes been knocked around a little by right handers. On the plus he has been very good at keeping the ball in the park. I think if we can get verlander out of the game by the 7th that will be our best shot at getting to detroits battered bullpen and scoring a couple runs.
      optimist.
    1. pjnelly's Avatar
      pjnelly -
      Quote Originally Posted by stringer bell View Post
      optimist.
      You say "optimist." as if it is derogatory thing. What's wrong with being an optimist?
    1. stringer bell's Avatar
      stringer bell -
      Nothing wrong with being an optimist, but the Twins are facing the defending Cy Young winner, who has put up All-Star numbers this year, as well. Duensing hasn't gotten to the fifth yet and Verlander hasn't failed to get through 6 since 2010 IIRC.
    1. stringer bell's Avatar
      stringer bell -
      Morneau and Dozier out of the lineup tonight. Casilla and Parmelee in, last chance for Parm to impress before a trip to Rochester?
    1. pjnelly's Avatar
      pjnelly -
      Quote Originally Posted by stringer bell View Post
      Nothing wrong with being an optimist, but the Twins are facing the defending Cy Young winner, who has put up All-Star numbers this year, as well. Duensing hasn't gotten to the fifth yet and Verlander hasn't failed to get through 6 since 2010 IIRC.
      And Verlander is going up against the best offense in July thus far and one of the best offenses in the majors in June, so I don't see any reason that we can't be optimists. Plus, using inductive reasoning is inherently problematic with predicting outcomes even though everyone does it with baseball anyway. See Trevor Plouffe.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by pjnelly View Post
      And Verlander is going up against the best offense in July thus far and one of the best offenses in the majors in June, so I don't see any reason that we can't be optimists. Plus, using inductive reasoning is inherently problematic with predicting outcomes even though everyone does it with baseball anyway. See Trevor Plouffe.
      The difference here is stringerbell is parsimoniously applying Occam's Razor and you are applying inductive reasoning according to Jim Carrey ("So you're telling me there's a chance?")

      But of course, that would make a Twins win all the sweeter....
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      > What do you expect from Duensing tonight as he makes his third start?

      Big game for Delmon against his former team?
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by stringer bell View Post
      Morneau and Dozier out of the lineup tonight. Casilla and Parmelee in, last chance for Parm to impress before a trip to Rochester?
      Could be one of the last chances for Casilla to impress another team. If I were Detroit, I'd trade for Casilla in a heartbeat. Santiago and Raburn are absolute butchers in the MI and Peralta is pedestrian at SS, by comparison, on the defensive side, Casilla would look like Joe Morgan. It's not a news flash to anyone how awful the Tigers are in the field. Could the Twins get a trade as least as good as Young/Oliveros-Nelson?
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Even Verlander is capable of having a bad game. Let's hope that happens tonight.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      Anybody have the lineup yet?
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Rain delay again.
    1. GCTF's Avatar
      GCTF -
      TWINS (35-45)
      1. Denard Span, CF
      2. Ben Revere, RF
      3. Joe Mauer, C
      4. Josh Willingham, LF
      5. Chris Parmelee, 1B
      6. Trevor Plouffe, 3B
      7. Ryan Doumit, DH
      8. Jamey Carroll, SS
      9. Alexi Casilla, 2B
      Starting pitcher: LH Brian Duensing (1-4, 4.10 ERA)
      TIGERS (39-42)
      1. Austin Jackson, CF
      2. Ryan Raburn, LF
      3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B
      4. Prince Fielder, 1B
      5. Delmon Young, DH
      6. Jhonny Peralta, SS
      7. Brennan Boesch, RF
      8. Alex Avila, C
      9. Ramon Santiago, 2B
      Starting pitcher: RH Justin Verlander (8-5, 2.69 ERA)
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      BTW, happy 4th of July to everyone!
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
      BTW, happy 4th of July to everyone!
      Thanks, Chief. And to you as well.
    1. asmus_ndsu's Avatar
      asmus_ndsu -
      Quote Originally Posted by glunn View Post
      Even Verlander is capable of having a bad game. Let's hope that happens tonight.
      He Gave up 3 HRs last outing to the rays... So hopefully thats not his 1 bad game
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Quote Originally Posted by asmus_ndsu View Post
      He Gave up 3 HRs last outing to the rays... So hopefully thats not his 1 bad game
      I am hoping that's the prelude to a really bad game tonight, if it ever stops raining.
    1. asmus_ndsu's Avatar
      asmus_ndsu -
      Quote Originally Posted by glunn View Post
      I am hoping that's the prelude to a really bad game tonight, if it ever stops raining.
      When they cut to the field on fsn it doesnt really look like its raining
    1. minn55441's Avatar
      minn55441 -
      Quote Originally Posted by GCTF View Post
      TWINS (35-45)
      1. Denard Span, CF
      2. Ben Revere, RF
      3. Joe Mauer, C
      4. Josh Willingham, LF
      5. Chris Parmelee, 1B
      6. Trevor Plouffe, 3B
      7. Ryan Doumit, DH
      8. Jamey Carroll, SS
      9. Alexi Casilla, 2B
      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.
    1. asmus_ndsu's Avatar
      asmus_ndsu -
      At least if they have fireworks after the game yknow it will be dark enough
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