• 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. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Bark's Lounge View Post
      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.
      I wish that he would give up the home runs when there is no one on base.
    1. GCTF's Avatar
      GCTF -
      Quote Originally Posted by TheLeviathan View Post
      The Cult of Liriano.
      lulz.
    1. Bark's Lounge's Avatar
      Bark's Lounge -
      Quote Originally Posted by glunn View Post
      I wish that he would give up the home runs when there is no one on base.
      I get you. I don't think he has a filter in his thought process to weed those kind of things out.
    1. JB_Iowa's Avatar
      JB_Iowa -
      Quote Originally Posted by Bark's Lounge View Post
      I get you. I don't think he has a filter in his thought process to weed those kind of things out.
      Maybe he got the memo confused and thought he could just give up a 2-run HR instead of 2 HR.
    1. Bark's Lounge's Avatar
      Bark's Lounge -
      Quote Originally Posted by JB_Iowa View Post
      Maybe he got the memo confused and thought he could just give up a 2-run HR instead of 2 HR.
      Good point. You might be on to something.
    1. Top Gun's Avatar
      Top Gun -
      According to Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com, the Angels are willing to offer outfielder Peter Bourjos for "the right reliever."

      Knobler hears the Angels had interest in Matt Capps (shoulder) before he hit the DL and could have interest in Jonathan Broxton. Of course, Bourjos would be quite a price to pay for either reliever, so they are likely aiming higher. With that in mind, Knobler hears that the Angels have had discussions with the Nationals. The Angels are also on the lookout for rotation help and have suggested to teams that Kendrys Morales and Garrett Richards could be available in potential deals.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Quote Originally Posted by TheLeviathan View Post
      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.
      If I were a member of the Cult, we would now be winning this game. Please pass the Kool-Ade.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      Liriano is starting to pitch behind in the count - not a good sign. Hopefully he can hold it together a couple more innings.
    1. JB_Iowa's Avatar
      JB_Iowa -
      Spammers are busy tonight out on the other threads.
    1. TheLeviathan's Avatar
      TheLeviathan -
      Effectively wild tonight, but probably still enough to build some more trade value.
    1. JB_Iowa's Avatar
      JB_Iowa -
      And RCP must be knocking them out.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      So does he go out for the seventh? 100 pitches, but if you're trying to generate trade value you need to show he can go 7-8 innings. I bet they send him out, but on a short leash.

      With the exception of that first inning, he's done well - one base runner per inning, and no real scoring threats. Too bad we haven't put up any run support. Let's see if we can get a couple now to get Frankie the win.
    1. Badsmerf's Avatar
      Badsmerf -
      I think Plouffe is now my favorite player. Can't help but pull for the guy. Seems to take things seriously and keeps getting better. I'm more impressed with how well he's played on defense and his continual growth than anything.
    1. Jocko87's Avatar
      Jocko87 -
      Agreed, he seems to be very comfortable even when he isn't hitting home runs. He gave Willingham quite a bit of credit on MLB TV last night for helping him with his approach.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      6 IP 2 ER. Clearly the anti Liriano crowd is onto something. No room for that on this staff .
    1. JB_Iowa's Avatar
      JB_Iowa -
      Per Bollinger on Twitter: Rhett Bollinger@RhettBollingerLiriano in 10 starts since returning to rotation on May 30: 2.84 ERA with 77 K, 28 BB and 3 HR in 63 1/3 IP. #
    1. snepp's Avatar
      snepp -
      Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
      6 IP 2 ER. Clearly the anti Liriano crowd is onto something. No room for that on this staff .
      Cultist.
    1. Badsmerf's Avatar
      Badsmerf -
      Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
      6 IP 2 ER. Clearly the anti Liriano crowd is onto something. No room for that on this staff .
      He is striking too many people out. He needs to get a few more ground balls and let his fielders do the work.
    1. TheLeviathan's Avatar
      TheLeviathan -
      Quote Originally Posted by JB_Iowa View Post
      Per Bollinger on Twitter: Rhett Bollinger@RhettBollingerLiriano in 10 starts since returning to rotation on May 30: 2.84 ERA with 77 K, 28 BB and 3 HR in 63 1/3 IP. #
      Great trade value if we can get some GMs to join the cult. Those numbers look a lot like the last time he "turned the corner" in 2010. Then 2011 happened.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
      6 IP 2 ER. Clearly the anti Liriano crowd is onto something. No room for that on this staff .
      The problem is that, given his track record, the next start could just as easily be the reverse - 2 IP 6 ER. I'd love to be able to believe that this time is for real, but when you get burned, it's hard not to be skittish about playing with fire.
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