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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. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      This lineup looks awesome. Sans 2B/SS/3B of course

      Think of how deadly they could be once Plouffe comes back.
    1. minn55441's Avatar
      minn55441 -
      Quote Originally Posted by SpiritofVodkaDave View Post
      This is an awesome game
      I actually dosed off there for awhile. Does that mean I'm old or just like a competitive game?
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      Revere with a real nice game.

      This kid is really proving himself.
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      Quote Originally Posted by minn55441 View Post
      I actually dosed off there for awhile. Does that mean I'm old or just like a competitive game?
      Been going back and forth between this cooking and the Olympics, love these type of games, can check in every 10-15 minutes and things keep getting better
    1. minn55441's Avatar
      minn55441 -
      error for Nishi? I agree with bert that is an error
    1. Jocko87's Avatar
      Jocko87 -
      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.
      Thats always been how you know Justin is locked in, you can see him get all google eyed when he sees the meatball. It might even be more like a puffer fish with the cheeks. I noticed him doing it a few weeks ago but just missing the pitch, I guess it may be a good indicator. He certainly wasn't doing it in June.
    1. minn55441's Avatar
      minn55441 -
      Nishi 0-5, with 2 errors on a night when every one gets a hit and we score 14 runs. Read into those stats whatever you want.
    1. NorthwestTwinsFan's Avatar
      NorthwestTwinsFan -
      Not a real encouraging showing from Nishioka tonight.
    1. minn55441's Avatar
      minn55441 -
      Bennie with his 4th 4 hit game of the year and will soon be 2nd in the batting race. This could be a fun final two months of the season.
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      I'm still left wondering what exactly it is (was) that the Twins' scouts see (saw) in Nishioka. Guy still looks like he's brand new to the game.
    1. minn55441's Avatar
      minn55441 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ultima Ratio View Post
      I'm still left wondering what exactly it is (was) that the Twins' scouts see (saw) in Nishioka. Guys still looks like he's brand new to the game.
      I think the quote was multiple eyes. So we can't just blame one guy.
    1. minn55441's Avatar
      minn55441 -
      Bad throw by Carol but how can Nishi not catch that ball?
    1. NorthwestTwinsFan's Avatar
      NorthwestTwinsFan -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ultima Ratio View Post
      I'm still left wondering what exactly it is (was) that the Twins' scouts see (saw) in Nishioka. Guys still looks like he's brand new to the game.
      Agreed. Tonight it looked like he had never seen a baseball before in his life.
    1. Jocko87's Avatar
      Jocko87 -
      If Revere could learn to walk he could be a really really good lead off man.
    1. J-Dog Dungan's Avatar
      J-Dog Dungan -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jocko87 View Post
      If Revere could learn to walk he could be a really really good lead off man.
      With him hitting like he is, why the heck would he want to walk more?
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      Quote Originally Posted by J-Dog Dungan View Post
      With him hitting like he is, why the heck would he want to walk more?
      While he is hitting out of his head right now, he should (and is capable) get his OBP up around .400 to take advantage of his speed on the base paths.
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jocko87 View Post
      If Revere could learn to walk he could be a really really good lead off man.
      It's hard to walk when pitchers are throwing you nothing but strikes.

      There are two big reasons why Revere doesn't get many chances to walk.

      1. Though he is improving overall, pitchers still aren't worried about giving up anything more than a single to him, his ISO this year is 0.060
      2. Mauer, Willingham, Morneau and Doumit follow him in the lineup.

      If he can somehow develop some power down the road I think he has a shot to pick up a few more walks, but at this point we should be satisfied with what we are getting out of Revere.
    1. boney's Avatar
      boney -
      Seeing Morneau's eyes get big when he sees a hanger is one of my favorite things. I predict a big September if he's still here.
    1. notoriousgod71's Avatar
      notoriousgod71 -
      Quote Originally Posted by boney View Post
      Seeing Morneau's eyes get big when he sees a hanger is one of my favorite things. I predict a big September if he's still here.

      There should be no reason to trade Morneau whatsoever.

      When he's healthy, he is our best player. And it looks like he is getting that back. Keep the top six hitters together (seven if you count Plouffe) and try to get a real SP or two and we might be able to make things interesting next year.
    1. J-Dog Dungan's Avatar
      J-Dog Dungan -
      Quote Originally Posted by notoriousgod71 View Post
      There should be no reason to trade Morneau whatsoever.

      When he's healthy, he is our best player. And it looks like he is getting that back. Keep the top six hitters together (seven if you count Plouffe) and try to get a real SP or two and we might be able to make things interesting next year.
      I agree with most of what you are saying. When he is healthy, I think he and Willingham are our best players, in the power game, anyway. Revere and Mauer beat both of them in average any day of the week. I agree that we should keep our best players together, but if we could clear the books of the money that Morneau is owed next year and know that Parmelee was ready to take over for him, on offense and defense, I would trade him in a heartbeat if I could get a decent MLB-pitcher for him. It would also give us $14 million to add onto the money already coming off the books this offseason, $14 million more we could spend on an ace pitcher for possibly competing in 2013, even.
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