• Twins vs. Orioles, 07-18-2012, 7:10pm


    The Twins rallied last night and defeated the Orioles in what seemed to be a never-ending game that finished just before 11pm Central Time. Led by a balanced hit attack up and down the lineup, the Twins came back from a 4-1 deficit and the bullpen held strong to finish the game with a 6-4 victory. Joe Mauer raised his batting average to .333, trailing only Mike Trout of the Angels in the American League.

    Tonight, Twins fans will see Francisco Liriano on the mound, going against the Orioles' Tommy Hunter. Liriano has one, maybe two, more starts before the trade deadline and after his 15 strikeout affair last week, looks to continue building his trade value heading into July 31st. Like most of the Baltimore staff, Hunter has struggled this season, posted a well below average ERA for the club.

    Can the Twins pull it off again? What kind of lineup do you expect Gardenhire to roll out onto Target Field this evening? And is Liriano quickly becoming the best pitcher available on the trade market? Join the Twins Daily discussion below and talk about it!

    Francisco Liriano

    W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
    SEASON 3 8 4.93 20 15 0 0 91.1 78 54 50 8 4 51 4 97 .233 1.41 1.17
    MLB Totals 50 50 4.28 154 128 1 1 774.2 716 391 368 72 29 320 6 776 .246 1.34 1.32

    Tommy Hunter

    W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
    SEASON 3 4 6.11 15 13 0 0 81.0 101 59 55 20 3 16 2 45 .308 1.44 1.24
    MLB Totals 29 20 4.82 80 68 2 0 416.2 463 239 223 70 13 100 5 231 .279 1.35 0.99

    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 82 306 48 102 19 1 6 44 46 49 4 1 .333 .420 .461 .881
    2 Revere, B MIN RF 56 234 27 74 8 2 0 15 10 18 19 5 .316 .347 .368 .714
    3 Doumit, R MIN C 72 252 28 73 18 1 7 41 21 54 0 0 .290 .342 .452 .794
    4 Span, D MIN CF 82 332 42 95 22 2 3 29 34 43 9 5 .286 .351 .392 .743
    5 Willingham, J MIN LF 86 309 53 84 22 1 22 65 48 84 2 1 .272 .386 .563 .950
    6 Mastroianni, D MIN LF 34 71 10 19 1 1 1 8 9 13 9 2 .268 .350 .352 .702
    7 Plouffe, T MIN RF 71 249 44 64 11 0 19 37 26 55 0 3 .257 .329 .530 .859
    8 Morneau, J MIN 1B 70 272 33 69 17 1 11 40 25 56 1 0 .254 .319 .445 .764
    9 Dozier, B MIN SS 60 229 24 56 8 1 4 26 10 41 6 2 .245 .277 .341 .617
    10 Carroll, J MIN SS 84 288 36 69 11 1 0 28 34 42 6 3 .240 .323 .285 .608
    11 Casilla, A MIN 2B 60 178 16 42 10 1 0 15 9 34 10 1 .236 .271 .303 .574
    12 Butera, D MIN C 25 66 5 15 5 0 1 4 4 16 0 0 .227 .282 .348 .630
    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 38 103 9 20 5 1 2 5 9 27 0 0 .194 .278 .320 .599
    16 Valencia, D MIN 3B 27 100 9 19 5 1 1 11 2 23 0 1 .190 .204 .290 .494

    Baltimore Offense
    RK Player Team Pos G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
    1 Reimold, N BAL LF 16 67 10 21 6 0 5 10 2 14 1 0 .313 .333 .627 .960
    2 Jones, A BAL CF 90 360 60 105 20 2 21 48 18 64 11 5 .292 .335 .533 .868
    3 Markakis, N BAL RF 55 222 30 61 17 1 8 27 24 37 1 1 .275 .348 .468 .816
    4 Davis, C BAL 1B 77 285 39 74 12 0 14 41 16 89 0 3 .260 .304 .449 .753
    5 Betemit, W BAL 3B 76 255 31 66 12 0 10 32 24 75 0 1 .259 .319 .424 .743
    6 Wieters, M BAL C 82 298 35 77 15 1 12 45 32 56 1 0 .258 .337 .436 .774
    7 Paulino, R BAL C 20 63 5 16 3 0 0 5 1 9 0 0 .254 .266 .302 .567
    8 Matusz, B BAL P 2 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .250 .250 .250 .500
    9 Pearce, S BAL LF 26 69 8 17 4 0 3 14 7 17 0 1 .246 .308 .435 .742
    10 Thome, J BAL DH 10 37 2 9 2 0 0 2 7 15 0 0 .243 .364 .297 .661
    11 Avery, X BAL CF 24 90 13 21 6 1 1 6 11 22 6 2 .233 .317 .356 .672
    12 Andino, R BAL 2B 79 274 28 63 9 1 5 21 23 73 4 3 .230 .292 .325 .617
    13 Hall, B BAL LF 7 9 2 2 0 0 1 1 5 7 0 0 .222 .500 .556 1.056
    14 Hardy, J BAL SS 88 374 42 81 15 2 13 34 20 60 0 0 .217 .257 .372 .629
    15 Reynolds, M BAL 3B 66 211 30 44 14 0 8 27 36 76 1 2 .209 .335 .389 .723
    16 Johnson, N BAL 1B 38 87 9 18 4 0 4 11 11 26 2 0 .207 .324 .391 .714
    17 Tolleson, S BAL 3B 21 59 4 12 3 0 2 6 4 14 1 0 .203 .254 .356 .610
    18 Flaherty, R BAL 3B 53 99 7 20 0 0 2 7 2 32 1 0 .202 .231 .263 .493
    Comments 54 Comments
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Twins:
      Span CF
      Revere RF
      Mauer DH
      Willingham LF
      Morneau 1B
      Plouffe 3B
      Dozier SS
      Butera C
      Carroll 2B
      (Liriano P)

      Orioles:
      Markakis RF

      Hardy SS
      Jones CF
      Wieters DH
      Reynolds 1B
      Pearce LF
      Betemit 3B
      Teagarden C
      Tolleson 2B
      (Hunter P)
    1. GCTF's Avatar
      GCTF -
      Read your story, it's not a getaway game. They're doing a nooner tomorrow.

      You're welcome.
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      Butera hitting before Carroll in the 8-hole... again.... brilliant. Have we ever been given an explanation why?
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ultima Ratio View Post
      Butera hitting before Carroll in the 8-hole... again.... brilliant. Have we ever been given an explanation why?
      Where would you have him hit?
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by GCTF View Post
      Read your story, it's not a getaway game. They're doing a nooner tomorrow.

      You're welcome.
      I no read so good.
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      9th, you?
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by sbknudson View Post
      Where would you have him hit?
      Rochester.

      New Britain.

      Ft Myers.

      Mexico City.

      I'm not picky.
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      Quote Originally Posted by rocketpig View Post
      Rochester.

      New Britain.

      Ft Myers.

      Mexico City.

      I'm not picky.
      That was slow pitch easy.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ultima Ratio View Post
      9th, you?
      I'm not an expert, but my understanding is, when the DH is being used, you usually put your weakest hitters in the 7 & 8 spots. The 9th spot is used for a better hitter, usually with a good onbase percentage.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ultima Ratio View Post
      That was slow pitch easy.
      Yep, and I happily took it.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      Per Baseball-Reference - splits for Jamey Carroll

      Batting 2nd: .223/.320/.259
      Batting 7th: .250/.250/.250
      Batting 8th: .174/.296/.174
      Batting 9th: .262/.331/.322

      I think him batting 9th is just fine.
    1. diehardtwinsfan's Avatar
      diehardtwinsfan -
      Quote Originally Posted by sbknudson View Post
      Where would you have him hit?
      Rochester
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      And when there's two outs, runners on, and Butera comes up we'll be thankful for Carroll's increase average leading off the next inning.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by sbknudson View Post
      Where would you have him hit?
      The nuts.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ultima Ratio View Post
      And when there's two outs, runners on, and Butera comes up we'll be thankful for Carroll's increase average leading off the next inning.
      Uh...and that wouldn't be a problem if he was batting ninth? I'm not questioning that Butera is the weakest hitter in the lineup, but that's not going to change no matter what position he bats in.

      Anyway, you asked for a reason. I gave you a couple - it's common practice with the DH, and Carroll split's. Nobody's saying you have to accept the reasons - trash them if you like.
    1. Top Gun's Avatar
      Top Gun -
      I think Gardy likes a little speed ahead of Span and Revere, for bunt, hit & run.
    1. snepp's Avatar
      snepp -
      Quote Originally Posted by sbknudson View Post
      Anyway, you asked for a reason. I gave you a couple - it's common practice with the DH, and Carroll split's.
      The first reason is a good one, the second not so much. It's a meaningless split, especially given the size of the sample.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Liriano is not helping his trade value by giving up 2 runs in the 1st. Is he focusing too much on striking people out?
    1. TheLeviathan's Avatar
      TheLeviathan -
      Quote Originally Posted by glunn View Post
      Liriano is not helping his trade value by giving up 2 runs in the 1st. Is he focusing too much on striking people out?
      The Cult of Liriano scores games differently. It's currently 2-2. Liriano's Ks-Runs Scored Against. You're not properly valuing our stud frontliner.
    1. Bark's Lounge's Avatar
      Bark's Lounge -
      Quote Originally Posted by glunn View Post
      Liriano is not helping his trade value by giving up 2 runs in the 1st. Is he focusing too much on striking people out?
      No, I don't think he is focusing on serving up K's. If I am correct, I believe that MLB has mandated a new rule for the Twins that they have to give up no less than 2 HRs a game. My thinking is he is trying to get the Home Runs out the way - that way he can focus on his game plan.
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