• Series Preview: Twins vs Tigers, August 13th to 15th

    The Twins suffered another home sweep over the weekend, falling to the Tampa Bay Rays three in three consecutive games.

    Hoping to play the role of spoiler against a division rival, the Twins settle in for a three game set against the Detroit Tigers. Going for the Tigers in the first game is newly-acquired righty Anibal Sanchez, who has struggled with the Tigers in three starts since being traded before the non-waiver deadline last month. Against Sanchez goes enigmatic Sam Deduno, hoping to get his pitches under control in a bid to stick with the Twins (or anywhere, really) in 2013.

    What do you expect in this series? The Twins continue to struggle at home and it's hard to predict what we'll see with Deduno on the mound. On the upside, at least Justin Morneau continues to mash the ball...

    Game 1:
    Sam Deduno

    W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
    SEASON 3 0 3.27 6 6 0 0 33.0 27 13 12 4 1 25 0 22 .231 1.58 1.92
    MLB Totals 3 0 3.26 12 6 0 0 38.2 35 15 14 5 1 29 1 29 .246 1.66 1.96

    Anibal Sanchez

    W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
    SEASON 6 9 4.37 22 22 0 0 136.0 142 73 66 16 4 40 2 120 .270 1.34 1.16
    MLB Totals 45 47 3.83 136 135 6 4 809.1 792 377 344 75 29 312 24 686 .256 1.36 1.06


    Game 2:
    Brian Duensing

    W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
    SEASON 2 7 4.46 40 7 0 0 72.2 84 42 36 7 2 17 2 39 .291 1.39 0.98
    MLB Totals 26 26 4.05 149 57 2 2 449.0 483 223 202 46 9 135 11 285 .276 1.38 1.19

    Doug Fister

    W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
    SEASON 6 7 3.48 17 17 1 0 106.0 106 45 41 9 2 21 1 89 .258 1.20 1.55
    MLB Totals 26 38 3.49 88 86 4 0 554.1 549 235 215 44 22 105 5 364 .257 1.18 1.20

    Game 3:
    Cole De Vries

    W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
    SEASON 2 3 4.77 12 11 0 0 60.1 61 39 32 14 4 12 0 42 .253 1.21 0.55
    MLB Totals 2 3 4.77 12 11 0 0 60.1 61 39 32 14 4 12 0 42 .253 1.21 0.55

    Max Scherzer

    W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
    SEASON 11 6 4.65 23 23 0 0 133.2 142 73 69 21 5 48 2 168 .273 1.42 0.72
    MLB Totals 47 41 4.05 133 124 0 0 750.2 737 376 338 95 34 258 6 766 .258 1.33 0.92

    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 105 389 64 123 24 1 7 58 64 61 6 3 .316 .412 .437 .849
    2 Revere, B MIN RF 79 331 43 104 12 3 0 25 15 28 28 5 .314 .345 .369 .713
    3 Doumit, R MIN C 95 336 38 98 24 1 13 56 23 66 0 0 .292 .339 .485 .824
    4 Span, D MIN CF 104 421 58 121 31 3 3 34 42 53 12 6 .287 .351 .397 .748
    5 Mastroianni, D MIN LF 50 103 15 29 3 2 2 11 11 21 13 2 .282 .351 .408 .759
    6 Morneau, J MIN 1B 91 354 47 98 22 1 16 57 31 65 1 0 .277 .339 .480 .820
    7 Willingham, J MIN LF 110 395 68 103 23 1 29 84 61 107 2 1 .261 .374 .544 .919
    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 103 352 43 86 14 1 0 32 45 50 6 3 .244 .333 .290 .623
    10 Dozier, B MIN SS 84 316 33 74 11 1 6 33 16 58 9 2 .234 .271 .332 .603
    11 Casilla, A MIN 2B 80 236 24 52 12 2 1 23 12 44 14 1 .220 .259 .301 .560
    12 Butera, D MIN C 32 82 5 18 5 0 1 4 5 18 0 0 .220 .273 .317 .590
    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 34 126 13 25 6 1 2 17 3 32 0 1 .198 .212 .310 .522
    17 Diamond, S MIN P 3 7 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 .143 .143 .143 .286
    17 Thomas, C MIN RF 12 28 2 4 1 0 1 4 0 16 0 0 .143 .172 .286 .458
    19 Burroughs, S MIN 3B 10 17 0 2 1 0 0 1 1 3 0 0 .118 .167 .176 .343
    20 Blackburn, N MIN P 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
    20 Duensing, B MIN P 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
    20 Hendriks, L MIN P 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
    20 Liriano, F MIN P 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
    20 Nishioka, T MIN 2B 3 12 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 .000 .071 .000 .071

    Tigers Offense
    RK Player Team Pos G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
    1 Perez, H DET 2B 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500 1.000
    2 Dirks, A DET LF 46 164 29 55 12 2 4 22 12 24 1 0 .335 .385 .506 .892
    3 Cabrera, M DET 3B 115 454 75 147 30 0 29 98 47 64 4 1 .324 .387 .581 .969
    4 Jackson, A DET CF 93 366 73 115 19 8 13 52 49 96 10 5 .314 .397 .516 .914
    5 Fielder, P DET 1B 115 420 63 130 23 1 20 84 57 55 1 0 .310 .400 .512 .912
    6 Infante, O DET 2B 18 65 9 20 2 2 2 9 2 8 1 1 .308 .319 .492 .811
    7 Holaday, B DET C 4 10 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .300 .300 .400 .700
    8 Laird, G DET C 44 117 17 34 6 0 2 6 10 14 0 0 .291 .349 .393 .742
    9 Baker, J DET 1B 3 7 1 2 1 0 0 2 0 4 0 0 .286 .286 .429 .714
    10 Berry, Q DET CF 65 226 36 62 7 5 2 24 22 64 15 0 .274 .354 .376 .730
    11 Avila, A DET C 83 268 35 71 17 1 7 35 45 72 2 0 .265 .368 .414 .782
    12 Young, D DET LF 104 399 39 105 17 0 12 45 16 73 0 2 .263 .295 .396 .691
    13 Peralta, J DET SS 104 365 44 95 25 3 8 41 34 69 1 1 .260 .325 .411 .736
    14 Boesch, B DET LF 108 400 47 100 20 1 11 48 17 80 4 3 .250 .286 .388 .674
    15 Santiago, R DET 2B 83 211 19 45 7 1 2 17 20 37 1 0 .213 .295 .284 .580
    16 Worth, D DET 2B 36 68 8 14 3 0 0 3 12 22 0 0 .206 .321 .250 .571
    17 Eldred, B DET DH 5 16 1 3 1 1 0 1 1 6 0 0 .188 .235 .375 .610
    18 Kelly, D DET LF 64 103 11 18 2 1 1 7 13 20 1 0 .175 .267 .243 .510
    19 Raburn, R DET 2B 63 198 14 34 14 0 1 12 12 52 1 1 .172 .225 .258 .483
    20 Santos, O DET C 3 8 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 .125 .111 .125 .236
    Comments 75 Comments
    1. twinsnorth49's Avatar
      twinsnorth49 -
      Mastro again, loving it! Needs to play more...................and the Twins need sliding practice
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by twinsnorth49 View Post
      Mastro again, loving it! Needs to play more...................and the Twins need sliding practice
      The grounds crew has to put something down to slow the surface... Something like those flower pots they put in front of large venues to prevent things from driving into the buildings.
    1. twinsnorth49's Avatar
      twinsnorth49 -
      That is a Liriano-esque slider!!!
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Doumit has put the Two down quite a bit for Deduno.
    1. twinsnorth49's Avatar
      twinsnorth49 -
      Put him out for 8? He's more of a threat to himself than the Tigers this far.
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      I'm not familiar with Mastro's defense. He's better in the OF right? How good is his defense in the OF and how good a second base does the guy play. I agree, I'd like to find a place for him to play daily and see if he can continue to perform.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by twinsnorth49 View Post
      Put him out for 8? He's more of a threat to himself than the Tigers this far.
      Tough call... The Tigers wouldn't be my consideration. Do you let Deduno pitch the 8th cuz he's feeling good or do you pull him to make sure he leaves the game feeling good.
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      Quote Originally Posted by twinsnorth49 View Post
      Put him out for 8? He's more of a threat to himself than the Tigers this far.
      With 94 pitches, I don't see how they bring him back out at this point. Though, I'm sure this is a situation where Gardy brings Gray into the game and it's tied going into the 9th.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ultima Ratio View Post
      I'm not familiar with Mastro's defense. He's better in the OF right? How good is his defense in the OF and how good a second base does the guy play. I agree, I'd like to find a place for him to play daily and see if he can continue to perform.
      From my eyes... He's a nice OF defender. No idea about 2B but I know he has been taking grounders nearly everyday.

      Gardy most likely won't experiment against the Tigers. With the Tigers in a pennant chase but I think he should do it on Friday against Seattle. Nothing hurt in that game... Let's see. Mastro at 2B.

      Im completely serious. Anyone have Gardy's cell number... I'm calling him.
    1. diehardtwinsfan's Avatar
      diehardtwinsfan -
      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      Quote Originally Posted by twinsnorth49 View Post
      Mastro again, loving it! Needs to play more...................and the Twins need sliding practice
      The grounds crew has to put something down to slow the surface... Something like those flower pots they put in front of large venues to prevent things from driving into the buildings.

      they are called bollards...

      www.bigbollards.com
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by diehardtwinsfan View Post
      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      Quote Originally Posted by twinsnorth49 View Post
      Mastro again, loving it! Needs to play more...................and the Twins need sliding practice
      The grounds crew has to put something down to slow the surface... Something like those flower pots they put in front of large venues to prevent things from driving into the buildings.

      they are called bollards...

      www.bigbollards.com
      Lol... So flower pot thingys... Is incorrect?
    1. twinsnorth49's Avatar
      twinsnorth49 -
      Dooooooooommmmmm!!!!!!
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      With a .314/.240 L/R batting split, maybe Doumit should just hit from the left side.... while writing this Doumit makes it a foolish point with that homer. Atta boy!
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      So I started Lucroy over Doumit in my fantasy matchup. Oops... And it was my only possible lineup decision to make with a light schedule.
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      See, Gray is warming up...
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      But with the current lead, it's a good time to eat some innings, I guess.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      It's a tough call... Hope he wiggle out.
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      Keep the Mastro in right!!!!
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      He better be in the lineup tomorrow. He's earned it.
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      This OF would be scary good at defense if Revere were in LF, Span in CF and Matro in RF
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