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  • Twins vs White Sox, 07-25-2012, 1:10pm

    The Twins bullpen was shelled for nine runs last night as the White Sox drubbed Minnesota 11-4. Wasting a quality start from Cole De Vries (6 IP, 2 runs, 1 earned), the Twins pen disintegrated, allowing nine runs in three innings pitched with five walks. Not the type of performance you want to make against a division rival.

    In the getaway game, we'll see a rejuvenated Nick Blackburn take on a rejuvenated Jake Peavy. Pitching well in his last start, Blackburn looks to cement his spot in the rotation for the rest of the summer. We'll see how well that works, given US Cellular's bandbox nature and Nick's proclivity to give up the long ball when his sinker isn't working.

    What do you expect from Blackburn today? What member of the Twins lineup will step up and drive in some runs after Willingham's one-man show last night? Join the Twins Daily discussion below!

    Nick Blackburn

    W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
    SEASON 4 5 7.46 14 14 0 0 70.0 97 58 58 15 0 22 0 32 .327 1.70 1.22
    MLB Totals 43 51 4.76 140 132 5 0 790.0 957 467 418 109 18 198 11 378 .300 1.46 1.33

    Jake Peavy

    W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
    SEASON 7 7 3.22 19 19 4 1 134.0 113 50 48 14 6 27 0 120 .228 1.04 0.65
    MLB Totals 116 88 3.45 270 269 13 6 1715.1 1497 691 658 173 59 526 37 1674 .234 1.18 0.95

    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 89 329 52 109 21 1 6 45 52 50 4 1 .331 .422 .456 .878
    2 Revere, B MIN RF 62 257 31 80 8 3 0 15 14 21 21 5 .311 .349 .366 .715
    3 Doumit, R MIN C 79 275 32 79 19 1 10 46 21 58 0 0 .287 .340 .473 .813
    4 Span, D MIN CF 89 358 44 101 24 2 3 30 35 47 9 6 .282 .345 .385 .731
    5 Willingham, J MIN LF 93 336 57 92 22 1 25 72 51 87 2 1 .274 .385 .568 .953
    6 Mastroianni, D MIN LF 38 80 11 21 1 2 2 9 9 16 9 2 .263 .337 .400 .737
    7 Plouffe, T MIN RF 74 259 44 67 12 0 19 38 26 57 0 3 .259 .330 .525 .855
    8 Morneau, J MIN 1B 74 289 34 73 18 1 11 40 25 59 1 0 .253 .314 .436 .750
    9 Carroll, J MIN SS 90 309 38 74 12 1 0 29 37 47 6 3 .239 .324 .285 .609
    10 Dozier, B MIN SS 67 255 25 60 9 1 4 28 10 46 6 2 .235 .265 .325 .590
    11 Butera, D MIN C 28 74 5 17 5 0 1 4 5 18 0 0 .230 .288 .338 .625
    12 Casilla, A MIN 2B 67 200 16 45 10 1 0 16 9 37 11 1 .225 .259 .285 .544
    13 Komatsu, E MIN RF 15 32 2 7 0 0 0 1 4 3 0 0 .219 .297 .219 .516
    14 Parmelee, C MIN 1B 40 108 10 22 5 1 2 6 9 28 0 0 .204 .283 .324 .607
    15 Hughes, L MIN 2B 4 10 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 4 1 0 .200 .182 .200 .382
    16 Valencia, D MIN 3B 27 100 9 19 5 1 1 11 2 23 0 1 .190 .204 .290 .494

    White Sox Offense
    RK Player Team Pos G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
    1 Konerko, P CWS 1B 89 330 45 111 17 0 16 48 37 50 0 0 .336 .410 .533 .943
    2 Rios, A CWS CF 95 363 57 114 23 5 15 58 17 49 14 5 .314 .349 .529 .878
    3 Danks, J CWS CF 18 27 3 8 1 0 0 2 0 8 1 1 .296 .286 .333 .619
    4 Pierzynski, A CWS C 83 293 40 84 11 3 16 50 19 44 0 0 .287 .339 .509 .847
    5 De Aza, A CWS CF 95 380 64 106 20 5 6 37 34 78 17 8 .279 .347 .405 .752
    6 Youkilis, K CWS 3B 24 92 18 25 4 0 5 19 14 21 0 0 .272 .370 .478 .849
    7 Ramirez, A CWS SS 95 366 36 97 14 3 3 46 10 52 13 3 .265 .286 .344 .630
    8 Viciedo, D CWS RF 89 309 37 79 9 1 15 46 15 72 0 0 .256 .294 .437 .730
    9 Beckham, G CWS 2B 93 340 42 78 16 0 9 38 23 59 3 2 .229 .285 .356 .640
    10 Dunn, A CWS 1B 96 338 59 71 12 0 30 71 75 146 1 1 .210 .353 .512 .865
    11 Escobar, E CWS SS 34 80 14 16 2 1 0 2 9 22 2 0 .200 .281 .250 .531
    11 Humber, P CWS P 2 5 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 .200 .200 .200 .400
    13 Hudson, O CWS 3B 33 101 7 18 3 2 1 11 9 16 1 1 .178 .245 .277 .523
    14 Flowers, T CWS C 29 73 9 13 3 0 2 2 6 31 2 0 .178 .259 .301 .561
    15 Morel, B CWS 3B 35 113 14 20 2 0 0 5 7 39 4 1 .177 .225 .195 .420
    16 Lillibridge, B CWS RF 49 63 10 11 1 0 0 2 4 26 7 2 .175 .232 .190 .422
    17 Fukudome, K CWS RF 24 41 2 7 1 0 0 4 8 9 0 1 .171 .294 .195 .489
    Comments 164 Comments
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Nick Blackburn is bad at baseball.
    1. GCTF's Avatar
      GCTF -
      A lot of arc on Blackburnsie's ground balls today.
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      Put a tent up, the circus is back.
    1. DPJ's Avatar
      DPJ -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ultima Ratio View Post
      I've heard a little, though not much, of this thinking and completely disagree. Yes, losing and better draft picks are proportional, but winning and losing is infective. It's not like you can try to lose a couple years and then turn it off in the following years and try to win again. Look at the Royals and Pirates, it takes decades to even get a winning record, even all the while stock piling high draft picks... it's an all-too-easy and none-too-clever approach.

      It doesn't have anything to do with "leaning how to win" Teams with talent win and teams without talent lose. The Pirates and Royals have been bad for so long cause they didn't hit on picks, lost what little talent they had to free agencey or bad trades.

      Hell the farthest team to advances in the postseason in the Gardy era was the 2002 team that had no "winners" among them.
    1. Hijinks's Avatar
      Hijinks -
      Beginning to understand why people drink during the day.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Just F'ing release Blackburn and get it over with. I can't take any mor 0-2 "sliders" in the middle of the plate that get pasted into the gap.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      Maybe it's just me (I'm only partially following the game as I work on something else), but the last few hits seem to have come off some not-too-bad pitches. Looks like Chicago did a good job scouting where Blackburn likes to throw the ball.
    1. Hijinks's Avatar
      Hijinks -
      Flowers hit a double, time to pull blacky
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by GCTF View Post
      A lot of arc on Blackburnsie's ground balls today.
      Turn your television upside down and Blackburn looks fine.
    1. DPJ's Avatar
      DPJ -
      Where's Dave to tell us that there's still hope for Blackie?
    1. Highabove's Avatar
      Highabove -
      I only have 16 more games left in our Season Ticket package.

      I love Target Field (i will keep telling myself)
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Quote Originally Posted by DPJ View Post
      It doesn't have anything to do with "leaning how to win" Teams with talent win and teams without talent lose. The Pirates and Royals have been bad for so long cause they didn't hit on picks, lost what little talent they had to free agencey or bad trades.

      Hell the farthest team to advances in the postseason in the Gardy era was the 2002 team that had no "winners" among them.
      Could not disagree more. Talent is important, but that's not all that matters. This organization has the stench of losing becoming a part of its DNA. That's a shame.
    1. DPJ's Avatar
      DPJ -
      The Twins front office would really rather watch Blackburn do this then let Liam take his lumps?
    1. Steve Penz's Avatar
      Steve Penz -
      Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
      Just F'ing release Blackburn and get it over with. I can't take any mor 0-2 "sliders" in the middle of the plate that get pasted into the gap.
      I am paying attention on my smartphone while I work. It shows the chart of where pitches are delivered. Viciedo's homer pitch was 2 inches above his knee and grooved down the middle.
    1. DPJ's Avatar
      DPJ -
      Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
      Could not disagree more. Talent is important, but that's not all that matters. This organization has the stench of losing becoming a part of its DNA. That's a shame.
      What in the hell is "stench in it's DNA"

      How is someone suppose to respond to that. Talent is all that matters in this game, if you have talented players then you're going to win games. If you have nontalented players then you're going to lose games. Lets not get into the mythical world of clutch, knowing how to win and whatever bs media driven cliches.
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      Quote Originally Posted by DPJ View Post
      It doesn't have anything to do with "leaning how to win" Teams with talent win and teams without talent lose. The Pirates and Royals have been bad for so long cause they didn't hit on picks, lost what little talent they had to free agencey or bad trades.

      Hell the farthest team to advances in the postseason in the Gardy era was the 2002 team that had no "winners" among them.
      Expect to lose and you'll probably lose. Expect to win and you've got a chance. Why do you think sports psychiatrists exist? Why is teaming building and cohesiveness important to businesses and sports teams? Why do people attend religious services? Are beliefs efficacious? Does success not beget success? You don't have to answer all of these or any if you don't care to, but I think there something to the whole mind over matter, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts philosophical adages.
    1. snepp's Avatar
      snepp -
      Quote Originally Posted by rocketpig View Post
      You like him because you're a sadist.
      Masochist, pig, masochist.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by snepp View Post
      Masochist, pig, masochist.
      No, sadist.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Quote Originally Posted by DPJ View Post
      What in the hell is "stench in it's DNA"

      How is someone suppose to respond to that. Talent is all that matters in this game, if you have talented players then you're going to win games. If you have nontalented players then you're going to lose games. Lets not get into the mythical world of clutch, knowing how to win and whatever bs media driven cliches.
      Yeah, its all just some big spreadsheet exercise.

      I happen to believe that not everything that can be counted counts. And not everything that counts can be counted.

      Losing is partly a learned behavior, as is winning.
    1. DPJ's Avatar
      DPJ -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ultima Ratio View Post
      Expect to lose and you'll probably lose. Expect to win and you've got a chance. Why do you think sports psychiatrists exist? Why is teaming building and cohesiveness important to businesses and sports teams? Why do people attend religious services? Are beliefs efficacious? Does success not beget success? You don't have to answer all of these or any if you don't care to, but I think there something to the whole mind over matter, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts philosophical adages.
      I can't respond to that cause there's no valid response that can be given. Neither you or I have any proof that any of that crap you just mentioned effects on the field proformance. I don't live in a world of made up clubhouse mojjo or whatever you believe in. If you look at the bad teams in baseball it's cause they lack talent to win games. If you look at the winning teams it's cause they have a talented roster.

      Were not reinventing the wheel here, good teams win games while bad teams lose games.
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