• Series Preview: Twins @ Royals, 6/4-6/6

    The Twins arrive in Kansas City red hot, winning six of seven against the hapless Brewers and Mariners. Fortunately for the Twins, the Kansas City Royals are playing bad baseball, winning just three of their last 17 games.

    Kansas City had high hopes going into the season, acquiring James Shields and Ervin Santana to bolster their pitching staff and relying on young position players to make a playoff push for the first time in a decade. The pitching staff has come through, posting the 11th-best ERA in Major League Baseball but the hitting has faltered, posting just a .679 OPS, good for 26th in MLB.

    The Twins look to climb back toward .500 after a miserable month of May. Can they inch closer to contention against the Royals?

    Game One:
    Twins @ Royals - 7:10pm Central - 6/4/2013
    Television: FSN North
    Radio: Twins Broadcast Network

    Samuel Deduno:
    GP GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO W L P/GS WHIP BAA ERA
    2013 Regular Season 2 2 0 0 12.1 13 7 7 1 5 4 1 1 101.0 1.46 .260 5.11

    Luis Mendoza:
    GP GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO W L P/GS WHIP BAA ERA
    2013 Regular Season 9 8 0 0 46.2 49 28 24 5 20 33 1 2 90.1 1.48 .271 4.63

    Game Two:
    Twins @ Royals - 7:10pm Central - 6/5/2013
    Television: FSN North
    Radio: Twins Broadcast Network

    PJ Walters:
    GP GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO W L P/GS WHIP BAA ERA
    2013 Regular Season 2 2 0 0 12.0 18 6 6 1 2 7 2 0 85.0 1.67 .346 4.50

    Jeremy Guthrie:
    GP GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO W L P/GS WHIP BAA ERA
    2013 Regular Season 11 11 1 1 72.2 74 33 31 15 22 40 5 3 102.8 1.32 .268 3.84

    Game Three:
    Twins @ Royals - 7:10pm Central - 6/6/2013
    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 11 11 0 0 51.1 72 40 38 6 19 26 3 6 88.5 1.77 .332 6.66

    James Shields:
    GP GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO W L P/GS WHIP BAA ERA
    2013 Regular Season 12 12 2 0 86.0 69 28 27 8 21 78 2 6 107.9 1.05 .223 2.83

    Twins Offense:
    NAME GP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB BA OBP SLG OPS OWAR
    Chris Herrmann 3 7 2 3 0 0 1 2 6 0 0 0 .429 .429 .857 1.286 0.2
    Joe Mauer 51 206 35 69 17 0 5 18 101 29 49 0 .335 .417 .490 .907 2.3
    Josh Willingham 50 175 23 37 10 0 10 29 77 33 57 1 .211 .356 .440 .796 1.0
    Oswaldo Arcia 30 98 11 25 5 1 4 14 44 8 30 0 .255 .318 .449 .767 0.4
    Trevor Plouffe 37 134 17 34 9 1 4 17 57 12 27 1 .254 .333 .425 .759 0.9
    Justin Morneau 50 198 24 57 13 0 2 34 76 15 33 0 .288 .339 .384 .723 0.3
    Ryan Doumit 47 166 21 38 11 1 6 28 69 15 33 1 .229 .292 .416 .708 0.4
    Pedro Florimon 43 125 16 32 7 0 2 18 45 14 28 6 .256 .331 .360 .691 0.7
    Chris Parmelee 48 150 13 35 5 0 5 14 55 15 39 1 .233 .308 .367 .674 0.0
    Eduardo Escobar 37 88 12 20 2 1 2 8 30 6 12 0 .227 .274 .341 .615 0.2
    Brian Dozier 43 161 22 37 4 2 3 16 54 10 35 6 .230 .276 .335 .611 0.1
    Wilkin Ramirez 23 45 3 11 3 0 0 5 14 1 14 0 .244 .271 .311 .582 -0.1
    Aaron Hicks 50 173 24 30 6 2 6 19 58 17 50 4 .173 .246 .335 .581 0.3
    Jamey Carroll 27 98 13 23 3 0 0 6 26 7 20 0 .235 .286 .265 .551 -0.2

    Royals Offense:
    NAME GP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB BA OBP SLG OPS OWAR
    Alex Gordon 54 224 35 73 13 2 6 31 108 16 49 1 .326 .369 .482 .851 1.8
    Jarrod Dyson 18 41 8 11 5 2 1 8 23 1 6 6 .268 .286 .561 .847 0.3
    Miguel Tejada 18 42 5 12 1 0 2 7 19 2 8 0 .286 .333 .452 .786 0.1
    David Lough 12 38 4 11 2 2 0 4 17 1 6 0 .289 .325 .447 .772 0.4
    Adam Moore 5 10 1 3 1 0 0 0 4 1 2 1 .300 .364 .400 .764 0.1
    Billy Butler 54 181 20 46 9 0 5 31 70 32 33 0 .254 .370 .387 .757 0.3
    Salvador Perez 41 151 12 47 10 1 1 15 62 3 25 0 .311 .327 .411 .738 0.7
    Lorenzo Cain 50 178 26 51 11 2 1 23 69 15 39 8 .287 .348 .388 .736 0.7
    James Shields 12 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 .333 .333 .333 .667 0.0
    Eric Hosmer 52 189 19 50 8 1 1 17 63 15 33 4 .265 .320 .333 .654 -0.1
    Alcides Escobar 54 225 20 56 8 0 3 19 73 8 24 10 .249 .277 .324 .601 -0.1
    George Kottaras 21 43 5 6 3 0 1 8 12 10 22 1 .140 .302 .279 .581 0.1
    Elliot Johnson 34 81 8 20 1 0 1 4 24 3 25 8 .247 .274 .296 .570 0.1
    Jeff Francoeur 48 160 16 34 7 2 2 11 51 5 41 2 .213 .246 .319 .564 -0.9
    Chris Getz 37 115 17 24 5 1 1 10 34 9 16 3 .209 .266 .296 .562 -0.2
    Mike Moustakas 47 161 13 30 7 0 4 12 49 13 25 1 .186 .257 .304 .561 -0.4
    Comments 299 Comments
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Meanwhile, Gardy doin' some managin', and the pen responds.

      I guess the league respects Hicks' arm, at least.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
      You just earned your game threader badge.
      Glunn... Snepp... Brock... John... Seth... Nick... Jeremy... We need badges. Earned Badges that are awarded to Game threaders that have earned it...

      I realize that I wouldn't get one but that's Ok.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Quote Originally Posted by ashburyjohn View Post
      I am confident he will inform me if I bollixed it.
      99% confident?
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
      Meanwhile, Gardy doin' some managin', and the pen responds.
      Bring in a lefty, then bring in a righty. The AL version of the Double Switch.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
      Meanwhile, Gardy doin' some managin', and the pen responds.

      I guess the league respects Hicks' arm, at least.
      The Royals announcers respect it and seem to like his overall potential.
    1. snepp's Avatar
      snepp -
      Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
      You just earned your game threader badge.
      Attachment 4302
    1. snepp's Avatar
      snepp -
      Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
      99% confident?
      Reasonably confident.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      Glunn... Snepp... Brock... John... Seth... Nick... Jeremy... We need badges. Earned Badges that are awarded to Game threaders that have earned it...

      I realize that I wouldn't get one but that's Ok.
      You would get a trophy, not a badge.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Deduno was fairly boring by his standards but stellar in result.

      I'm disappointed and happy at the same time. That cocktail creates a strange sensation.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Quote Originally Posted by snepp View Post
      As long as you're not getting the "RUN! ZOMBIE!!" reaction you're doing alright.
      Now I understand the genesis of the Red Box return incident.
    1. snepp's Avatar
      snepp -
      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      Glunn... Snepp... Brock... John... Seth... Nick... Jeremy... We need badges. Earned Badges that are awarded to Game threaders that have earned it...

      I realize that I wouldn't get one but that's Ok.

    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by snepp View Post
      Reasonably confident.
      Unseasonably confabulated.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      Deduno was fairly boring by his standards but stellar in result.

      I'm disappointed and happy at the same time. That cocktail creates a strange sensation.
      The movement on his pitches seemed good, yet he walked only 2 batters. If he can continue to improve, he could win a lot of games this year.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by snepp View Post
      "You mentioned badges twice." "I like badges."
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ultima Ratio View Post
      Trade Robertson for Chen.
      Bump
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ultima Ratio View Post
      Bump
      I'll give ya a like, but bumping your own post?
    1. Top Gun's Avatar
      Top Gun -
      I hate so many post, hard to keep up.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
      I'll give ya a like, but bumping your own post?
      It's the game thread... Perfectly legal.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ultima Ratio View Post
      Bump
      Maury Wills's son is in attendance tonight?
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by Top Gun View Post
      I hate so many post, hard to keep up.
      Its easier to keep up if you stop running into each post.
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