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  • Twins vs White Sox, 08-01-2012, 12:10pm

    The Twins lost a game on a late homer last night. After receiving what was easily Nick Blackburn's best start of the year, Gardenhire opted to put Jeff Gray in for the ninth, leaving Glen Perkins on the bench. AJ Pierzynski homered and that was all for the Twins.

    This afternoon, the Twins send out their best pitcher in Scott Diamond to take on the rejuvenated Jake Peavy for the Sox in the rubber match of the series. After moving no one on trade deadline day, the Twins look to close out the season on a strong note, having gone 34-33 since May 16th of this year. If the roster stays intact through the waiver deadline, how many wins can the Twins achieve this season? Join the Twins Daily game discussion and let us know what you think!

    Scott Diamond

    W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
    SEASON 9 4 2.88 15 15 1 1 100.0 103 38 32 9 4 15 2 56 .266 1.18 1.90
    MLB Totals 10 9 3.50 22 22 1 1 139.0 154 63 54 12 4 32 5 75 .281 1.34 1.59

    Jake Peavy

    W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
    SEASON 8 7 3.15 20 20 4 1 140.0 119 52 49 14 6 29 0 126 .229 1.06 0.66
    MLB Totals 117 88 3.45 271 270 13 6 1721.1 1503 693 659 173 59 528 37 1680 .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 95 353 59 114 21 1 6 49 55 55 5 1 .323 .414 .439 .853
    2 Revere, B MIN RF 68 281 36 89 11 3 0 20 14 23 24 5 .317 .351 .377 .728
    3 Span, D MIN CF 95 381 51 113 27 2 3 33 39 49 12 6 .297 .361 .402 .763
    4 Doumit, R MIN C 85 298 33 85 19 1 10 49 22 62 0 0 .285 .336 .456 .793
    5 Willingham, J MIN LF 99 357 62 97 22 1 27 79 56 94 2 1 .272 .385 .566 .951
    6 Mastroianni, D MIN LF 40 84 12 22 1 2 2 9 11 17 11 2 .262 .347 .393 .740
    7 Morneau, J MIN 1B 80 311 38 81 19 1 13 47 27 60 1 0 .260 .324 .453 .777
    8 Plouffe, T MIN RF 74 259 44 67 12 0 19 38 26 57 0 3 .259 .330 .525 .855
    9 Dozier, B MIN SS 73 275 28 65 9 1 4 28 12 49 8 2 .236 .269 .320 .589
    10 Carroll, J MIN SS 94 322 38 76 12 1 0 30 38 47 6 3 .236 .321 .280 .600
    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 72 212 21 48 11 2 0 20 10 40 12 1 .226 .262 .297 .559
    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
    15 Valencia, D MIN 3B 31 115 11 23 6 1 1 15 2 26 0 1 .200 .210 .296 .506

    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 95 352 47 115 17 0 17 52 38 55 0 0 .327 .401 .520 .920
    2 Danks, J CWS CF 22 35 4 11 1 0 0 2 0 10 1 1 .314 .306 .343 .648
    3 Rios, A CWS CF 101 387 63 121 26 5 16 63 18 50 15 5 .313 .346 .530 .876
    4 Pierzynski, A CWS C 85 301 43 87 11 3 18 55 19 46 0 0 .289 .341 .525 .866
    5 De Aza, A CWS CF 99 397 66 112 20 5 6 41 34 79 19 8 .282 .347 .403 .750
    6 Ramirez, A CWS SS 100 386 41 103 15 3 4 49 10 53 14 3 .267 .289 .352 .641
    7 Viciedo, D CWS RF 95 329 38 84 10 1 16 51 17 74 0 0 .255 .296 .438 .734
    8 Youkilis, K CWS 3B 30 110 21 27 4 0 6 22 19 23 0 0 .245 .364 .445 .809
    9 Beckham, G CWS 2B 99 364 45 84 18 0 9 38 23 62 3 2 .231 .282 .354 .637
    10 Dunn, A CWS 1B 102 362 64 77 13 0 31 73 77 152 2 1 .213 .351 .506 .856
    11 Escobar, E CWS SS 36 87 14 18 4 1 0 3 9 23 2 0 .207 .281 .276 .557
    12 Humber, P CWS P 2 5 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 .200 .200 .200 .400
    13 Flowers, T CWS C 33 88 10 16 4 0 2 2 6 39 2 0 .182 .250 .295 .545
    14 Hudson, O CWS 3B 33 101 7 18 3 2 1 11 9 16 1 1 .178 .245 .277 .523
    15 Morel, B CWS 3B 35 113 14 20 2 0 0 5 7 39 4 1 .177 .225 .195 .420
    Comments 23 Comments
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Diamond pitched decently today, but made some really bad pitches, especially on 0-2 counts. All three Chicago runs can be traced to poor pitches when well ahead in counts to hitters. Frustrating and unnecessary. Those are the kinds of things that win or lose close games. Mauer's defense behind the plate has really deteriorated, too.
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      Diamond now has thrown a quality start in 11 of his 16 games. In 4 of the non QS games he only gave up 4 ER.

      Dude is consistently putting the Twins in a chance to win the game if the offense shows up, did he have his faults today? Yes. But the Twins still should have won, the lack of hitting with RISP this year seems to be killing them in games like this.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Bark's Lounge View Post
      Yeah, who would have thought that this would happen? He has pitched like an All-Star since being recalled from Rochester. Hopefully he can continue to pitch this way for a long, long time. I would hate to see him become the 2nd coming of Allan Anderson. Even though we are in the midst of a very bad season, there are still some good reasons to watch the games

      In no particular order;

      a. Willingham's quest for 40HR's

      b. Plouffe coming back from the DL and maybe challenging the 30HR mark

      c. Mauer pushing for another Batting Title (if Trout falters down the stretch)

      d. Diamond's Starts

      The losses do take their toll though... especially to the White Sox.
      This is a great post my friend.

      I would suggest a possible addition:

      e. Hoping that another starter or two can rise to the top. Deduno may have the highest ceiling due to his natural curveball, but there are other candidates as well -- Hendriks, DeVries and Walters.
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