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  • Twins vs Indians, 08-06-2012, 6:05pm

    The Twins had quite a weekend for themselves, taking three of four in Boston and almost rallying for the second consecutive day on Sunday, scoring three runs in the ninth before ultimately falling 6-4. Overall, it's hard not to consider the weekend a success, as the Twins received solid pitching and timely hitting across the board.

    Continuing the road trip, the Twins drop by Cleveland for three games to face the wilting Indians. Cleveland, losers of their last nine games, has been struggling to do anything right and sit just three games ahead on the Twins in third place. A Twins sweep would mean a tie for third place, a place most of us thought impossible for the Twins just a few months ago. It's also worth noting that the Twins have received much better starting pitching since the break, ranking 20th in ERA and 13th in WHIP. A Small Sample Size, to be sure, but it's something worth noting as this team clamors to find starting pitching for 2013 and beyond.

    How will the Twins do in Cleveland? What do you expect from the starting pitching this week? Be sure to join the Twins Daily 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 5 2.93 16 16 1 1 107.1 111 41 35 9 4 15 2 59 .268 1.17 1.90
    MLB Totals 10 10 3.51 23 23 1 1 146.1 162 66 57 12 4 32 5 78 .282 1.33 1.60

    Zach McAllister

    W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
    SEASON 4 3 3.42 11 11 0 0 68.1 66 37 26 7 0 18 0 62 .248 1.23 0.75
    MLB Totals 4 4 3.98 15 15 0 0 86.0 92 53 38 8 0 25 1 76 .268 1.36 0.75

    Twins Offense
    RK Player Team Pos G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
    1 Revere, B MIN RF 73 303 39 98 12 3 0 22 14 26 27 5 .323 .354 .383 .737
    2 Mauer, J MIN C 99 366 61 116 21 1 7 53 60 57 5 3 .317 .413 .437 .850
    3 Span, D MIN CF 99 399 54 115 28 2 3 34 40 51 12 6 .288 .352 .391 .743
    4 Doumit, R MIN C 89 313 34 90 21 1 11 52 23 65 0 0 .288 .338 .466 .805
    5 Mastroianni, D MIN LF 45 96 13 26 3 2 2 10 11 20 12 2 .271 .346 .406 .752
    6 Morneau, J MIN 1B 85 330 41 89 22 1 13 50 28 61 1 0 .270 .332 .461 .792
    7 Willingham, J MIN LF 104 372 64 98 22 1 28 81 59 98 2 1 .263 .378 .554 .932
    8 Plouffe, T MIN RF 74 259 44 67 12 0 19 38 26 57 0 3 .259 .330 .525 .855
    9 Carroll, J MIN SS 98 336 40 83 14 1 0 32 40 49 6 3 .247 .331 .295 .625
    10 Dozier, B MIN SS 78 296 30 70 10 1 5 30 12 55 9 2 .236 .267 .328 .595
    11 Casilla, A MIN 2B 76 221 23 49 12 2 0 20 12 41 14 1 .222 .263 .294 .557
    12 Komatsu, E MIN RF 15 32 2 7 0 0 0 1 4 3 0 0 .219 .297 .219 .516
    13 Butera, D MIN C 29 78 5 17 5 0 1 4 5 18 0 0 .218 .274 .321 .594
    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

    Indians Offense
    RK Player Team Pos G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
    1 Rogers, E CLE P 3 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000
    2 Carrera, E CLE CF 3 12 3 7 0 2 1 1 0 4 1 1 .583 .583 1.167 1.750
    3 Lowe, D CLE P 2 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500 1.000
    4 Tomlin, J CLE P 2 5 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 .400 .400 .400 .800
    5 Brantley, M CLE CF 105 403 44 118 32 4 4 48 33 41 11 6 .293 .345 .422 .767
    6 Choo, S CLE RF 102 399 68 115 33 2 13 41 46 99 12 6 .288 .373 .479 .852
    7 Cabrera, A CLE SS 98 396 53 110 24 1 12 45 35 69 4 3 .278 .342 .434 .776
    7 Chisenhall, L CLE 3B 24 72 10 20 2 1 3 9 1 8 2 1 .278 .297 .458 .756
    9 Diaz, J CLE SS 5 15 4 4 0 0 0 0 1 5 0 0 .267 .353 .267 .620
    10 Kipnis, J CLE 2B 105 409 56 107 14 3 11 57 43 70 21 4 .262 .333 .391 .725
    11 Marson, L CLE C 43 121 19 31 7 2 0 9 17 29 3 0 .256 .350 .347 .697
    12 Gomez, J CLE P 2 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .250 .250 .250 .500
    13 Lopez, J CLE 2B 65 209 16 51 13 0 4 28 8 35 0 1 .244 .268 .364 .632
    14 Hafner, T CLE DH 60 201 21 48 6 2 11 32 31 44 0 0 .239 .355 .453 .808
    15 Santana, C CLE C 92 318 44 75 19 0 11 47 64 74 2 3 .236 .362 .399 .762
    16 Lillibridge, B CLE CF 7 17 3 4 0 0 0 0 0 7 1 0 .235 .235 .235 .471
    17 Hannahan, J CLE 3B 67 201 15 47 11 0 4 23 20 46 0 2 .234 .302 .348 .650
    18 Kotchman, C CLE 1B 95 318 37 71 10 0 10 39 22 38 3 0 .223 .287 .349 .636
    19 Damon, J CLE LF 64 207 25 46 6 2 4 19 17 27 4 0 .222 .281 .329 .610
    20 Duncan, S CLE LF 67 185 27 41 9 0 9 25 26 45 1 2 .222 .316 .416 .732
    21 Carlin, L CLE C 4 14 2 3 1 0 0 1 0 3 1 0 .214 .214 .286 .500
    Comments 80 Comments
    1. adjacent's Avatar
      adjacent -
      Nishi does it because he is a good soul. What would be of Cleveland if not for him?
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      Quote Originally Posted by adjacent View Post
      Nishi does it because he is a good soul. What would be of Cleveland if not for him?
      Is this his attempt to help Cleveland not lose too much face?
    1. mikeee's Avatar
      mikeee -
      Quote Originally Posted by snepp View Post
      So ummmm, they can't possibly **** this game up, can they?
      Cleveland once came back from a bigger deficiet than they currently have...

      http://www.baseball-almanac.com/box-...d=200108050CLE
    1. kydoty's Avatar
      kydoty -
      No runs? WTF man!
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Despite the lead, I am hoping for lots more hits and runs so that we can tire out the Indians' bullpen for the rest of the series. I would like to see Chief Wahoo pitch the last 3 innings.
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      This is an awesome game
    1. James's Avatar
      James -
      Quote Originally Posted by kydoty View Post
      No runs? WTF man!
      we're just going to have to settle for runs every other inning.
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      Atta babe Justin!!!!!
    1. James's Avatar
      James -
      Quote Originally Posted by James View Post
      Come on Mornie... Do it again.
      I guess I called it for the wrong at bat...
    1. kydoty's Avatar
      kydoty -
      "What the hell is wrong with him?" - My girlfriend after hearing Jim Joyce's strike call.
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      Morneau's second home was a no-douter, fifteen rows up in right center on a very high, merely spinning curve. His eyes lit up. It was great.
    1. PseudoSABR's Avatar
      PseudoSABR -
      Nishi didn't look gawdawful in that at bat. That's something.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ultima Ratio View Post
      Morneau's second home was a no-douter, fifteen rows up in right center on a very high, merely spinning curve. His eyes lit up. It was great.
      Thanks!!! Please keep these reports coming for those of us who are still at our offices.
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      Quote Originally Posted by glunn View Post
      Thanks!!! Please keep these reports coming for those of us who are still at our offices.
      You bet, do what I can
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      Diamond continues to impress. Looking like Mark Buehrle in his prime.
    1. James's Avatar
      James -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ultima Ratio View Post
      Diamond continues to impress. Looking like Mark Buehrle in his prime.
      Let's hope he keeps on looking that way for many years to come.
    1. mikeee's Avatar
      mikeee -
      Quote Originally Posted by kydoty View Post
      "What the hell is wrong with him?" - My girlfriend after hearing Jim Joyce's strike call.
      He has a unique call!
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      This seems like a good time to put Butera in to catch to give Doumit a bit of rest, and to put Matstro in left field to let Willingham rest.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      So...getting here late...did I miss anything? Uneventful game so far?
    1. mikeee's Avatar
      mikeee -
      Quote Originally Posted by glunn View Post
      This seems like a good time to put Butera in to catch to give Doumit a bit of rest, and to put Matstro in left field to let Willingham rest.
      Heck.
      But Butera in to pitch!
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