• Series Preview: Twins @ Braves, 5/20-5/22

    Well, the expected has arrived: the Minnesota Twins starting rotation has begun to implode and the bats have gone silent in response.

    Losers of five straight while being outscored 33-14 in those matchups, the Twins head back out on the road and face the Atlanta Braves, owners of a 12-5 record at Turner Field and the 6th-best staff ERA in baseball.

    Don't expect things to get easier any time soon, Twins fans.

    Game One:

    Twins @ Braves - 6:10pm Central - 5/20/2013
    Television: FSN North
    Radio: Twins Broadcast Network

    Kevin Correia:
    GP GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO W L P/GS WHIP BAA ERA
    2013 Regular Season 8 8 0 0 53.2 58 20 20 6 8 22 4 3 97.6 1.23 .280 3.35

    Julio Teheran:
    GP GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO W L P/GS WHIP BAA ERA
    2013 Regular Season 7 7 0 0 41.1 53 21 21 6 8 26 2 1 92.3 1.48 .315 4.57

    Game Two:

    Twins @ Braves - 6:10pm Central - 5/21/2013
    Television: FSN North
    Radio: Twins Broadcast Network

    Mike Pelfrey:
    GP GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO W L P/GS WHIP BAA ERA
    2013 Regular Season 8 8 0 0 38.1 57 30 28 4 11 18 3 4 90.6 1.77 .339 6.57

    Time Hudson:
    GP GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO W L P/GS WHIP BAA ERA
    2013 Regular Season 9 9 0 0 51.0 52 29 29 6 15 39 4 3 92.2 1.31 .261 5.12

    Game Three:
    Twins @ Braves - 11:10pm Central - 5/22/2013
    Television: FSN North
    Radio: Twins Broadcast Network

    Vance Worley:
    GP GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO W L P/GS WHIP BAA ERA
    2013 Regular Season 9 9 0 0 45.0 72 35 31 6 13 22 1 4 91.9 1.89 .369 6.20

    Paul Maholm:
    GP GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO W L P/GS WHIP BAA ERA
    2013 Regular Season 9 9 0 0 54.0 48 25 23 4 19 44 5 4 96.8 1.24 .236 3.83

    Twins Offense:
    NAME GP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB BA OBP SLG OPS OWAR
    Joe Mauer 38 155 25 53 17 0 2 13 76 21 39 0 .342 .420 .490 .911 1.7
    Eduardo Escobar 26 57 9 17 2 1 2 6 27 3 6 0 .298 .333 .474 .807 0.4
    Oswaldo Arcia 26 92 10 24 5 1 3 13 40 8 28 0 .261 .327 .435 .762 0.4
    Trevor Plouffe 35 127 17 32 9 1 4 16 55 11 27 1 .252 .326 .433 .759 0.9
    Josh Willingham 36 122 17 24 9 0 5 18 48 25 42 1 .197 .359 .393 .753 0.5
    Justin Morneau 39 157 18 47 11 0 2 29 64 10 24 0 .299 .337 .408 .745 0.4
    Jamey Carroll 18 56 12 17 2 0 0 5 19 5 13 0 .304 .361 .339 .700 0.3
    Pedro Florimon 29 84 11 21 4 0 2 15 31 8 17 5 .250 .319 .369 .688 0.4
    Ryan Doumit 34 118 16 26 9 0 3 16 44 12 25 1 .220 .291 .373 .664 0.0
    Wilkin Ramirez 19 40 3 11 3 0 0 5 14 1 12 0 .275 .286 .350 .636 -0.0
    Chris Parmelee 35 111 10 22 3 0 3 10 34 11 32 1 .198 .278 .306 .584 -0.3
    Brian Dozier 31 118 14 25 2 2 1 11 34 8 28 3 .212 .258 .288 .546 -0.3
    Darin Mastroianni 8 9 1 2 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 1 .222 .300 .222 .522 0.0
    Aaron Hicks 36 122 17 17 3 1 3 15 31 16 37 4 .139 .237 .254 .492 0.0

    Braves Offense:
    NAME GP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB BA OBP SLG OPS OWAR
    Blake DeWitt 4 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 .333 .333 .667 1.000 0.0
    Justin Upton 43 153 32 42 7 1 14 28 93 29 48 3 .275 .389 .608 .997 2.1
    Tim Hudson 9 19 2 6 1 0 1 3 10 2 7 0 .316 .381 .526 .907 0.5
    Chris Johnson 33 117 15 40 8 0 3 13 57 5 29 0 .342 .374 .487 .861 0.8
    Jordan Schafer 30 65 11 20 1 2 1 5 28 13 19 6 .308 .423 .431 .854 0.7
    Evan Gattis 35 117 15 29 10 0 8 22 63 8 31 0 .248 .297 .538 .835 0.9
    Brian McCann 11 35 4 8 0 0 3 10 17 7 6 0 .229 .349 .486 .835 0.4
    Ramiro Pena 30 56 8 16 3 1 1 7 24 7 11 0 .286 .359 .429 .788 0.5
    Reed Johnson 28 46 1 14 5 0 0 4 19 2 12 0 .304 .360 .413 .773 0.1
    Freddie Freeman 30 114 16 33 7 0 2 23 46 13 22 0 .289 .367 .404 .771 0.6
    Juan Francisco 29 91 9 23 1 0 5 16 39 5 39 0 .253 .292 .429 .720 0.2
    Gerald Laird 13 38 3 11 2 0 0 6 13 4 3 1 .289 .372 .342 .714 0.3
    Julio Teheran 7 14 0 4 1 0 0 0 5 1 6 0 .286 .333 .357 .690 0.2
    Dan Uggla 39 137 24 25 2 2 7 13 52 22 54 0 .182 .294 .380 .673 0.3
    Andrelton Simmons 41 157 23 38 6 0 5 17 59 10 19 1 .242 .284 .376 .660 0.5
    Jason Heyward 20 68 10 9 3 0 2 6 18 11 14 1 .132 .289 .265 .554 -0.2
    B.J. Upton 39 138 11 20 4 0 3 6 33 15 53 3 .145 .237 .239 .476 -1.2
    Comments 91 Comments
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Lineups:

      Twins:
      Brian Dozier 2B
      Joe Mauer C
      Justin Morneau 1B
      Josh Willingham LF
      Trevor Plouffe 3B
      Chris Parmelee RF
      Pedro Florimon SS
      Aaron Hicks CF
      (Kevin Correia P)

      Braves:
      Andrelton Simmons SS
      Jason Heyward RF
      Justin Upton LF
      Freddie Freeman 1B
      Gerald Laird C
      Dan Uggla 2B
      Juan Francisco 3B
      B.J. Upton CF
      (Julio Teheran P)
    1. Top Gun's Avatar
      Top Gun -
      Wow, another tough one!
    1. JB_Iowa's Avatar
      JB_Iowa -
      Maybe the bats need to try leading the pitchers out of the depths instead of "responding" to the pitchers' troubles by going silent.

      It has always been my assumption that leadership on this team would have to come from the line-up not from the pitching staff. It's time to see that in action.
    1. Top Gun's Avatar
      Top Gun -
      True but pitchers win games.
    1. Twins Twerp's Avatar
      Twins Twerp -
      Quote Originally Posted by JB_Iowa View Post
      Maybe the bats need to try leading the pitchers out of the depths instead of "responding" to the pitchers' troubles by going silent.

      It has always been my assumption that leadership on this team would have to come from the line-up not from the pitching staff. It's time to see that in action.
      You are right. Hitting has everything to do with leadership, how the pitcher is doing, and trying hard. They have it in them to hit, they just aren't being leaders right now. Cliché much?
    1. biggentleben's Avatar
      biggentleben -
      Quote Originally Posted by Brock Beauchamp View Post
      Lineups:

      Twins:

      Braves:
      The Braves have been playing with their lineup some, based on whether or not they're giving BJ Upton a day off. As he had a day off Sunday, he may not get one this series, but this is the typical RHP lineup:

      1. Simmons, SS
      2. Heyward, RF
      3. Upton, LF
      4. Freeman, 1B
      5. McCann, C
      6. Upton, CF
      7. Uggla, 2B
      8. Francisco, 3B
      9. Pitcher

      The Braves have used 34 different batting lineups this season so far, so it's hard to nail down what the lineup will look like for sure, especially with BJ Upton and Uggla getting more days off and Chris Johnson hitting well enough that he may play a game or two, despite being on the wrong side of the platoon for this series.
    1. Rosterman's Avatar
      Rosterman -
      Anyone crying for a minor shakeup?

      Hernandez should go, for sure. Pelfry should have a short leash. Who do we bring up, Walters, Deduno, Gibson.

      Hicks needs to go to AAA and play everyday and just...play, where he can';t hurt us. Yes, Clete Thomas is not the best best but let him try. Send out Parmelee to play everyday at first, and bring up Benson. Give those two guys a chance.

      Maybe it is time to replace Dozier. Bring up additional bench bat Collabero, perhaps?

      How do we make roster spots? 60-day Mastro and Wood. Send Butera packing (Herrrman and, looks like Pinto, are suitable backups...even Lehmann could go into the fold as well mas Drew.

      It doesn't mean that Parmelee and Dozier and Hicks can't come back (or Hendriks, for that matter). But what is here is not working. We have to play Carroll as long as he can stand-up and hit. Morneau needs to play his way to a long-term contract somewhere. The Twins can afford to have Doumit and Willingham sucking up space, but not Dozier and Hicks besides.

      Heavne only knows how the rotation will fare, but must look ahead to 2014 AFTER mid-July. Before then, see if any of the AAA tryouts we gave last year are worthy of hanging onto come next season, when we can rotate in the May and Meyer and Hermsen around Correia, Worley, Diamond and Gibson.
    1. Halsey Hall's Avatar
      Halsey Hall -
      Two things need to happen, decent starting pitching, and scoring some runs. Without both, we could hit double digits in this lossing string. This road trip is going to tell alot about the future for some of these guys.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      I have no objection to making some changes, but let's make them on actual performance this year - which means Benson stays in Rochester. If you need an outfielder to give Hicks a chance to work on his game in AAA, then you call up Thomas or Richardson. I just can't justify calling up an outfielder who is hitting below .200 and is currently in a slump at AAA, even if he used to be a highly rated prospect.

      I think Colabello should get a shot, but unless he can play the outfield (which I think they are assessing) there is no room for him at the moment. Unless he can play middle infield (which he has never done) you can't sub him for Dozier.
    1. troyhobbs's Avatar
      troyhobbs -
      They're inching closer to being sellers at the deadline for sure but hopefully that prompts some interesting shake ups. Wouldn't mind seeing Cabello, Thomas, and Gibson up and Butera let go. Hopefully Willingham ups his trade value soon, Morneau too though I'd love to see him re-signed. Benson can't have much appeal anymore with Hicks, Arcia, Parmelee, Buxton, and perhaps others showing much more promise in the OF.
    1. biggentleben's Avatar
      biggentleben -
      Braves announced lineup:
      Simmons
      Heyward
      JUpton
      Freeman
      Laird
      Uggla
      Francisco
      BUpton
      Teheran

      Interesting that they dropped BJ to 8th, and Laird is Teheran's personal catcher, so that is to be expected.
    1. biggentleben's Avatar
      biggentleben -
      The three Twins starters vs. the Braves career:
      Correia – 11 GP, 7 GS, 41 IP, 3.51 ERA, 1.56 WHIP, 5.9 k/9, 1.35 k/bb
      Pelfrey – 16 GP, 15 GS, 86 IP, 5.65 ERA, 1.74 WHIP, 4.6 k/9, 1.16 k/bb
      Worley – 6 GP, 4 GS, 22.2 IP, 3.57 ERA, 1.63 WHIP, 7.5 k/9, 1.36 k/bb

      Each has some previous experience against the Braves, though each is a small sample size, of course.
    1. Top Gun's Avatar
      Top Gun -
      Ryan Doumit is out of the Twins' lineup for the second straight day Monday.

      Doumit is still dealing with some soreness following a collision at home plate on Saturday. Consider him day-to-day.

      Source: Mike Berardino on Twitter
    1. notoriousgod71's Avatar
      notoriousgod71 -
      It will be interesting to see how many K our pitch to contact staff gets against the free swinging Braves.
    1. crarko's Avatar
      crarko -
      Quote Originally Posted by Top Gun View Post
      Ryan Doumit is out of the Twins' lineup for the second straight day Monday.

      Doumit is still dealing with some soreness following a collision at home plate on Saturday. Consider him day-to-day.

      Source: Mike Berardino on Twitter
      I wouldn't expect to see him as anything other than a pinch hitter before Wednesday anyway.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Lots of breaking pitches by Teherhan.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Correia got his grounder... Wrong spot... But he got what he wanted.
    1. GCTF's Avatar
      GCTF -
      Well, we've got Pelfey to look forward to tomorrow night.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Deficit Twins
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      We could be seeing Thielbar today.
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