• Series Preview: Twins @ Marlins, 6/26-6/27

    The Minnesota Twins continue their road trip in Miami after dropping two of three games in Cleveland over the weekend. The Twins, struggling to reach the .500 mark for the season, face the worst-in-the-National League Marlins for a short two-game set in Marlins Park.

    After seeing the roster plundered in the past 12 months, Miami is last or near-last in almost every offensive category - they are 30th in runs, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage, while also ranking 29th in batting average.

    Game one should be a solid pitching match, with Jose Fernandez going against the Twins only qualifying starter, Kevin Correia. Correia has been quite good in June, compiling a 3.65 ERA over four starts and striking out 22 batters in 24.1 (!) innings.

    Game One:

    Twins @ Marlins - 6:10pm Central - 6/26/2013
    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 14 14 0 0 88.1 102 38 38 15 13 48 6 4 97.0 1.30 .292 3.87

    Jose Fernandez:
    GP GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO W L P/GS WHIP BAA ERA
    2013 Regular Season 14 14 0 0 79.2 59 31 27 6 29 81 4 4 87.9 1.10 .203 3.05

    Game Two:
    Twins @ Marlins - 11:40am Central - 6/27/2013
    Television: FSN North
    Radio: Twins Broadcast Network

    Scott Diamond:
    GP GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO W L P/GS WHIP BAA ERA
    2013 Regular Season 13 13 0 0 71.2 91 45 42 9 16 32 5 6 92.6 1.49 .318 5.27

    Tom Koehler:
    GP GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO W L P/GS WHIP BAA ERA
    2013 Regular Season 14 8 0 0 60.0 52 32 31 7 19 36 1 5 91.9 1.18 .239 4.65

    Twins Offense:
    NAME GP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB BA OBP SLG OPS OWAR
    Chris Herrmann 7 13 3 6 1 0 1 4 10 2 1 0 .462 .533 .769 1.303 0.4
    Joe Mauer 68 276 46 91 24 0 8 25 139 39 60 0 .330 .413 .504 .916 3.2
    Oswaldo Arcia 42 140 18 38 10 1 6 21 68 12 40 0 .271 .338 .486 .823 0.9
    Trevor Plouffe 45 166 20 45 11 1 5 25 73 13 32 1 .271 .339 .440 .778 1.2
    Josh Willingham 65 231 30 50 12 0 10 34 92 37 75 1 .216 .352 .398 .751 0.9
    Justin Morneau 67 262 30 75 18 0 3 42 102 19 46 0 .286 .336 .389 .725 0.5
    Ryan Doumit 65 235 26 56 15 1 8 35 97 23 42 1 .238 .305 .413 .718 0.7
    Clete Thomas 16 54 9 15 3 0 1 4 21 4 14 0 .278 .328 .389 .716 0.3
    Chris Parmelee 65 189 16 45 8 0 7 16 74 19 48 1 .238 .311 .392 .703 0.2
    Brian Dozier 61 210 29 48 6 2 7 25 79 21 43 6 .229 .302 .376 .678 0.6
    Eduardo Escobar 45 110 16 26 2 2 3 9 41 9 17 0 .236 .292 .373 .664 0.6
    Pedro Florimon 59 178 18 41 9 0 3 22 59 18 41 7 .230 .302 .331 .633 0.5
    Wilkin Ramirez 23 45 3 11 3 0 0 5 14 1 14 0 .244 .271 .311 .582 -0.1
    Aaron Hicks 55 190 24 34 6 2 6 19 62 18 56 4 .179 .249 .326 .575 0.2
    Darin Mastroianni 8 9 1 2 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 1 .222 .300 .222 .522 0.0
    Jamey Carroll 37 129 15 27 4 0 0 6 31 11 21 1 .209 .271 .240 .512 -0.4

    Marlins Offense:
    NAME GP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB BA OBP SLG OPS OWAR
    Logan Morrison 10 35 5 10 2 1 1 4 17 3 6 0 .286 .342 .486 .828 0.2
    Giancarlo Stanton 33 127 14 32 6 0 7 19 59 15 36 1 .252 .340 .465 .805 0.7
    Marcell Ozuna 48 187 22 55 15 2 2 23 80 9 42 4 .294 .330 .428 .758 0.5
    Chris Coghlan 51 130 7 36 9 3 1 10 54 9 29 0 .277 .326 .415 .742 0.4
    Ed Lucas 19 73 12 22 2 0 1 6 27 7 14 0 .301 .370 .370 .740 0.4
    Justin Ruggiano 63 214 28 49 8 0 11 28 90 18 58 8 .229 .298 .421 .718 0.7
    Joe Mahoney 9 29 2 8 1 0 1 4 12 0 4 0 .276 .276 .414 .690 0.1
    Donovan Solano 30 108 8 30 2 0 1 5 35 8 15 1 .278 .333 .324 .657 0.1
    Miguel Olivo 33 74 5 15 2 0 4 9 29 5 23 0 .203 .250 .392 .642 -0.0
    Derek Dietrich 39 146 22 29 4 2 6 16 55 8 40 1 .199 .264 .377 .641 0.3
    Nick Green 18 55 4 13 2 0 1 6 18 3 14 0 .236 .302 .327 .629 -0.0
    Jordan Brown 11 12 0 3 1 0 0 5 4 1 1 0 .250 .286 .333 .619 -0.0
    Chris Valaika 22 64 4 14 5 0 1 9 22 3 16 0 .219 .261 .344 .605 -0.2
    Greg Dobbs 65 188 19 43 8 0 2 17 57 17 30 1 .229 .300 .303 .603 -0.7
    Juan Pierre 62 240 31 59 7 2 1 8 73 12 21 18 .246 .290 .304 .594 -0.3
    Rob Brantly 46 157 7 38 8 0 0 15 46 12 34 0 .242 .299 .293 .592 -0.5
    Placido Polanco 60 229 20 54 8 0 0 9 62 13 19 1 .236 .291 .271 .562 -0.7
    Adeiny Hechavarria 61 218 16 46 4 5 2 19 66 13 34 3 .211 .254 .303 .557 -0.8
    Comments 91 Comments
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Lineups:

      Twins:
      Clete Thomas CF
      Brian Dozier 2B
      Joe Mauer C
      Josh Willingham LF
      Justin Morneau 1B
      Oswaldo Arcia RF
      Trevor Plouffe 3B
      Pedro Florimon SS
      (Kevin Correia P)

      Marlins:
      Juan Pierre LF
      Ed Lucas 3B
      Giancarlo Stanton RF
      Logan Morrison 1B
      Marcell Ozuna CF
      Rob Brantly C
      Adeiny Hechavarria SS
      Derek Dietrich 2B
      (Jose Fernandez P)
    1. mcrow's Avatar
      mcrow -
      Hopefully the Twins can get both of these games. Miami has one of the worst lineups in the league so our pitching should look good for two games.
    1. edavis0308's Avatar
      edavis0308 -
      Quote Originally Posted by mcrow View Post
      Hopefully the Marlins can get both of these games. Minnesota has one of the worst rotations in the league so our lineup should look good for two games.
      In the eyes of a Marlins fan.
    1. FanFromAffar's Avatar
      FanFromAffar -
      Quote Originally Posted by mcrow View Post
      Hopefully the Twins can get both of these games. Miami has one of the worst lineups in the league so our pitching should look good for two games.
      hopefully we can get this set and make good use of the series with the Royals before going against the Yankees (it's July 1st right?)
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by mcrow View Post
      Hopefully the Twins can get both of these games. Miami has one of the worst lineups in the league so our pitching should look good for two games.
      Actually, their bats are a lot better lately. They are OPSing @ .671 in June compared to a .618 OPS for the entire season. Giancarlo Stanton and Logan Morrison are back from injury and Justin Ruggiano is on fire in June with a .903 OPS. They just took 3 of 4 from the Giants on the road and Ruggiano was a key component.

      Speaking of someone on fire, Jose Fernandez is a beast at age 20. He's only had one bad start in 10 games since his mediocre start against the Twins. He's knocked 1.50 runs off his ERA since then.

      Mike Redmond has actually done a pretty decent job so far with this kiddie-corps. In their last 21 games, the Marlins are 12-9. And now as a "thank you" to Mike, Jeffrey Loria is actively trying to get rid of his last high dollar salary from the starting rotation, Ricky Nolasco- that will reduce the entire Marlins active player payroll close to what Joe Mauer makes alone.

      Tonight's game looks like the tougher of the 2 to take from the Marlins.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by mcrow View Post
      Hopefully the Twins can get both of these games. Miami has one of the worst lineups in the league so our pitching should look good for two games.
      It never seems to work that way though.

      I'm actually excited to watch Fernandez throw. I hope it doesn't turn out well but the kid has a live arm and was fun to watch when I saw him earlier in the year.

      I'm going to get about an hour in before I got to leave.

      BTW... Ashbury is celebrating his 30th Wedding Anniversary tonight... I know that 30 years with the same woman sounds incredibly crazy to most of us (23 years for me... So I can say that)... However... I think he actually likes his wife so good for him.

      Ashbury has to go do some stuff because of the celebration and won't be game threading.

      Can someone step up and be extra funny in his place?
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      BTW... If any of you are thinking of sending a gift to Ashbury... The 30th Anniversary is the Pearl Anniversary.

      So I'm sending him an 89 year old lady named Pearl that lives down the block from me.

      She will bake some Banana Bread... Hang some Doilies over his chairs in the house and leave.
    1. kydoty's Avatar
      kydoty -
      Hopefully the 50 Marlins fans in attendance will get a good game to watch.
    1. ChiTownTwinsFan's Avatar
      ChiTownTwinsFan -
      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      Can someone step up and be extra funny in his place?
      Um, the RB&Chief show isn't enough?

      But congrats to ashbury ... my parents are at nearly 60!
    1. diehardtwinsfan's Avatar
      diehardtwinsfan -
      Parmelee is 5 for his last 9 with 2 home runs and a double and he still cannot find his way into the lineup.
    1. B Richard's Avatar
      B Richard -
      I'm already depressed at how empty the stadium looks
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Ok... I have an hour to watch the game before I have to leave and my wife has the TV and she is watching the food network...

      Do I...

      A. Recognize her right to the TV and respect her TV Choice and watch it with her.
      B. Stand up and declare... I'm the man of the house and we are watching the Twins.
      C. Go to a smaller TV.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      Ok... I have an hour to watch the game before I have to leave and my wife has the TV and she is watching the food network...

      Do I...

      A. Recognize her right to the TV and respect her TV Choice and watch it with her.
      B. Stand up and declare... I'm the man of the house and we are watching the Twins.
      C. Go to a smaller TV.
      Strategic retreat is always the wisest course....
    1. B Richard's Avatar
      B Richard -
      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      Ok... I have an hour to watch the game before I have to leave and my wife has the TV and she is watching the food network...

      Do I...

      A. Recognize her right to the TV and respect her TV Choice and watch it with her.
      B. Stand up and declare... I'm the man of the house and we are watching the Twins.
      C. Go to a smaller TV.

      I'd personally go with B and C at the same time while shuffling out of the room
    1. minn55441's Avatar
      minn55441 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      Ok... I have an hour to watch the game before I have to leave and my wife has the TV and she is watching the food network...

      Do I...

      A. Recognize her right to the TV and respect her TV Choice and watch it with her.
      B. Stand up and declare... I'm the man of the house and we are watching the Twins.
      C. Go to a smaller TV.
      After 23 years you should know the answer to this question.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post
      Strategic retreat is always the wisest course....
      Yeah... I 'm watching Chopped.
    1. snepp's Avatar
      snepp -
      Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post
      Strategic retreat is always the wisest course....

      Wise, shmise, declare yourself man.




      Then duck.
    1. snepp's Avatar
      snepp -
      Quote Originally Posted by snepp View Post
      Then duck.

      Does she perchance keep a frying pan handy in the couch cushions?
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by B Richard View Post
      I'd personally go with B and C at the same time while shuffling out of the room
      Thats Funny... I'm gonna try that... Actually I'll run out of the room... A fast shuffle at least
    1. ChiTownTwinsFan's Avatar
      ChiTownTwinsFan -
      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      Ok... I have an hour to watch the game before I have to leave and my wife has the TV and she is watching the food network...

      Do I...

      A. Recognize her right to the TV and respect her TV Choice and watch it with her.
      B. Stand up and declare... I'm the man of the house and we are watching the Twins.
      C. Go to a smaller TV.
      Not worth fighting about it and she would win anyway. Go to a smaller tv.
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