• 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. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by glunn View Post
      That's your choice by picking A over C.
      It's couple time.
    1. GCTF's Avatar
      GCTF -
      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      2. The RF bleachers would be a splash zone. Any Home Team Home run would shoot a ton of water into the Right Field Bleachers soaking everyone. Those who buy a ticket for RF would understand that getting wet is entirely possible.
      Sounds like fun for those early April and November World Series games.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by GCTF View Post
      Sounds like fun for those early April and November World Series games.
      Minnesotans are hearty folk... They can sit in RF with Parka Swimwear.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Alright... I gotta run...

      Go Twins...
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      If I could build a stadium... First off... I'd love to... But If I could build a stadium...

      1. The very back of the stadium would be exactly 500 feet from plate across the whole outfield. That way... Any ball that makes it out of the entire stadium would be over 500 feet for sure.

      2. The RF bleachers would be a splash zone. Any Home Team Home run would shoot a ton of water into the Right Field Bleachers soaking everyone. Those who buy a ticket for RF would understand that getting wet is entirely possible.

      3. I would have Corners that jut out along the lines making a really Short porch around the Foul Poles... A out 70 feet of maybe 6 seats wide around the foul poles making it like 280 feet from home plate down the line on both sides... It would quickly go to 350 or on the other side.

      4. Outfield Fences would be 7 feet high... More ground rule doubles... But more Home Run Thefts and the occasional player flipping into the stands.
      You should be careful to keep your day job my friend. Your #1 would be very limiting and your #2 would result in lots of slip and fall litigation (and soggy hot dogs and peanuts). I like your #4, so long as those walls are thickly padded, especially at the top.
    1. GCTF's Avatar
      GCTF -
      Well there you have it, one run should be enough for Correia.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      Alright... I gotta run...

      Go Twins...
      Have a great night my friend.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Quote Originally Posted by GCTF View Post
      Sounds like fun for those early April and November World Series games.
      Yes, with all that water freezing into ice, the slip and fall lawyers would vote Brian into their hall of fame.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Quote Originally Posted by glunn View Post
      Yes, with all that water freezing into ice, the slip and fall lawyers would vote Brian into their hall of fame.
      Dewey, Cheatum, and Howe, esq. Your "slip and fall" specialists for the upper midwest.
    1. minn55441's Avatar
      minn55441 -
      There are all kinds of arguments to support of getting rid of the DH and going back to the NL rule book, but it only takes one look at both pitchers leading off an inning and those have no validity. It's like changing the rule book to include only two outs every third inning.
    1. B Richard's Avatar
      B Richard -
      Watching the Marlins broadcast. Announcers are decent and the Fox Sports Florida girls... well they're making me feel indecent
    1. CairoCrown's Avatar
      CairoCrown -
      Are those actual birds chirping?
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Quote Originally Posted by CairoCrown View Post
      Are those actual birds chirping?
      Annoying, no? It sometimes interferes with my ability to hear individual conversations among the fans.
    1. CairoCrown's Avatar
      CairoCrown -
      Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
      Annoying, no? It sometimes interferes with my ability to hear individual conversations among the fans.
      Which will be greater: the number of posts in this thread or the total paid attendance at Marlins Park tonight?
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Quote Originally Posted by CairoCrown View Post
      Which will be greater: the number of posts in this thread or the total paid attendance at Marlins Park tonight?
      If RB were here, we'd have decided that issue already.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      I know KC has this and all, but humor me and put up a few runs here, k?
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Game thread attendance appears to be as robust as paid attendance in Miami.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      So you last had a drink 10 years ago and it's still effecting you?
      You and your AFFECTIVE/effective disorder, I thought I cured you of this months ago.
    1. snepp's Avatar
      snepp -
      Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
      I know KC has this and all, but humor me and put up a few runs here, k?
      I blame you.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Swing the bat, Bri.
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