• 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. Reginald Maudling's Shin's Avatar
      Reginald Maudling's Shin -
      Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
      It's close, but given that Drysdale's dead and Koufax is 73 I'm forced to agree.
      I can't get anything by you, Chief.
    1. stringer bell's Avatar
      stringer bell -
      Well, Sandy's been retired since the 60s and Double D is deceased, so I guess Scott and Sam are greater than the Dodger greats at this time. FWIW, Koufax is/was the best pitcher I ever saw--I only really remember two pitches--a great fast ball and an outstanding 12-6 curve.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by CairoCrown View Post
      That's science.
      In terms of the Science of pitching, Diamond is to either Koufax or Drysdale approximately as Phil Niekro is to Diamond.

      / in terms of results, Terry Felton comes to mind
    1. snepp's Avatar
      snepp -
      Quote Originally Posted by CairoCrown View Post
      Magic number?
      http://twinsdaily.com/minnesota-twin...ic-thread.html
    1. stringer bell's Avatar
      stringer bell -
      Quote Originally Posted by ChiTownTwinsFan View Post
      heh ... I'm not quite as old as you ... gettin' there, though
      You'll never get there, dear.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      once again... I'm telekinetic!!!
      Certainly not telegenic, so sure, we'll go with that.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by CairoCrown View Post
      Magic number?
      We can't post it... Out of respect for Grimes... That's his bit. He actually gets all royalties.
    1. ChiTownTwinsFan's Avatar
      ChiTownTwinsFan -
      Quote Originally Posted by stringer bell View Post
      You'll never get there, dear.
      Damn ... always the also ran.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Speaking of Dodgers, I just watched Matt Guerrier pitch himself into and out of a jam. Matt looks about only 80-90% as good as he used to, and he may have injured his hand on the last play of the inning.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by glunn View Post
      Speaking of Dodgers, I just watched Matt Guerrier pitch himself into and out of a jam. Matt looks about only 80-90% as good as he used to, and he may have injured his hand on the last play of the inning.
      That entire paragraph applies to every 2013 Dodger.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      That entire paragraph applies to every 2013 Dodger.
      I am amazed by how poorly the Dodgers and Angels are playing, considering their large payrolls and supposed superstars. On the other hand, it makes it cheaper for me to score tickets on Stubhub when the Twins come to town.
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      This team is suddenly fun to watch
    1. LaBombo's Avatar
      LaBombo -
      Quote Originally Posted by glunn View Post
      You get kudos for making your first post. Welcome to the asylum.
      Prepare to be assimilated.
    1. Top Gun's Avatar
      Top Gun -
      So the Twins move up, goin be a good week.
    1. neauMor's Avatar
      neauMor -
      Quote Originally Posted by ashburyjohn View Post
      Yes. I need to know his opinion on the Ginger vs. Olivia debate, for instance.
      Wow a debate for this? Well being I have met the legend that is Oliva, I will have to say Ginger. Why not Mary Ann though?
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Quote Originally Posted by neauMor View Post
      Wow a debate for this? Well being I have met the legend that is Oliva, I will have to say Ginger. Why not Mary Ann though?
      You know Olivia? The Olivia?
    1. LaBombo's Avatar
      LaBombo -
      Quote Originally Posted by glunn View Post
      They are funny every night.



      Cut the false modesty, Dry Humor Man. Frankly, it's becoming tiresome.
    1. twinsnorth49's Avatar
      twinsnorth49 -
      What'd I miss?..........hello?..........damn...

      Attachment 4310
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by glunn View Post
      You know Olivia? The Olivia?
      I think he meant Tony Oliva. Him versus Mary Ann would be a tough call.
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