• Twins vs. Tigers, 07/02/2012, 6:05pm

    For the first time all year, the Twins should be feeling pretty good about their recent play. They closed out June strongly and swept a doubleheader, posting their first winning month of the season. They closed out a series with Kansas City by winning three in a row.

    But things are about to get considerably more difficult. The Twins travel to Detroit, where they will start a four-game set against the Tigers. Detroit is looking to get back on track in the Central and will throw Verlander, Porcello, Fister, and Scherzer against the Twins, with Fister getting the call tonight.

    How do you think the Twins will do in this series? Will they be able to keep their momentum in Detroit? How many solo home runs will Trevor hit in Comerica? Why do I always ask so many questions? As always, be sure to join the Twins Daily game conversation found below!

    Liam Hendriks
    W L ERA G GS CG SVO IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
    SEASON 0 5 6.82 7 7 0 0 34.1 51 32 26 10 2 6 0 22 .345 1.66 0.93
    MLB Totals 0 7 6.55 11 11 0 0 57.2 80 48 42 13 2 12 0 38 .332 1.60 1.00

    Doug Fister
    W L ERA G GS CG SVO IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
    SEASON 1 5 3.91 9 9 0 0 50.2 57 26 22 7 1 11 1 42 .278 1.34 1.79
    MLB Totals 21 36 3.54 80 78 3 0 499.0 500 216 196 42 21 95 5 317 .259 1.19 1.19

    Twins Offense
    RK Player Team Pos G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
    1 Mauer, J MIN C 70 256 38 83 17 1 4 36 39 38 3 1 .324 .414 .445 .859
    2 Revere, B MIN RF 44 178 21 57 6 2 0 11 7 12 15 4 .320 .346 .376 .722
    3 Doumit, R MIN C 61 210 23 58 13 1 7 34 19 43 0 0 .276 .333 .448 .781
    4 Span, D MIN CF 72 287 38 79 20 2 3 22 30 36 9 3 .275 .344 .390 .734
    5 Willingham, J MIN LF 75 269 43 72 20 1 17 55 38 75 2 1 .268 .379 .539 .918
    6 Casilla, A MIN 2B 55 164 16 41 10 1 0 14 9 30 10 1 .250 .288 .323 .611
    6 Plouffe, T MIN RF 59 200 35 50 10 0 18 31 23 48 0 2 .250 .329 .570 .899
    8 Carroll, J MIN SS 75 254 32 63 9 1 0 25 30 33 6 3 .248 .331 .291 .622
    9 Butera, D MIN C 21 58 4 14 5 0 1 4 4 13 0 0 .241 .302 .379 .681
    10 Morneau, J MIN 1B 59 226 25 54 14 1 10 34 21 50 1 0 .239 .307 .442 .749
    11 Dozier, B MIN SS 49 186 20 43 8 1 3 20 8 35 4 2 .231 .260 .333 .594
    12 Mastroianni, D MIN LF 28 59 8 13 1 1 1 8 8 12 5 0 .220 .313 .322 .635
    13 Komatsu, E MIN RF 15 32 2 7 0 0 0 1 4 3 0 0 .219 .297 .219 .516
    14 Hughes, L MIN 2B 4 10 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 4 1 0 .200 .182 .200 .382
    15 Parmelee, C MIN 1B 37 100 8 19 5 1 1 4 9 26 0 0 .190 .277 .290 .567
    15 Valencia, D MIN 3B 27 100 9 19 5 1 1 11 2 23 0 1 .190 .204 .290 .494
    17 Diamond, S MIN P 3 7 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 .143 .143 .143 .286
    17 Thomas, C MIN RF 12 28 2 4 1 0 1 4 0 16 0 0 .143 .172 .286 .458
    19 Burroughs, S MIN 3B 10 17 0 2 1 0 0 1 1 3 0 0 .118 .167 .176 .343

    Tigers Offense
    RK Player Team Pos G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
    1 Perez, H DET 2B 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500 1.000
    2 Dirks, A DET LF 37 134 24 44 9 2 4 16 9 18 1 0 .328 .379 .515 .894
    3 Jackson, A DET CF 57 223 46 72 16 3 8 35 30 57 7 2 .323 .404 .529 .933
    4 Cabrera, M DET 3B 79 318 46 100 23 0 16 62 30 47 3 1 .314 .376 .538 .914
    5 Holaday, B DET C 4 10 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .300 .300 .400 .700
    6 Fielder, P DET 1B 79 297 43 88 18 1 12 53 34 43 1 0 .296 .374 .485 .859
    7 Berry, Q DET CF 36 125 25 37 4 3 1 13 14 37 12 0 .296 .385 .400 .785
    8 Laird, G DET C 34 92 13 27 4 0 2 5 7 10 0 0 .293 .347 .402 .749
    9 Young, D DET LF 71 273 22 73 14 0 6 30 8 56 0 1 .267 .296 .385 .681
    10 Peralta, J DET SS 71 246 25 64 16 2 4 24 26 46 1 1 .260 .333 .390 .724
    11 Avila, A DET C 53 174 20 43 10 1 5 23 24 48 2 0 .247 .335 .402 .737
    12 Boesch, B DET LF 74 284 33 66 12 0 7 27 12 55 3 1 .232 .269 .349 .618
    13 Santiago, R DET 2B 61 150 14 34 5 1 2 17 12 24 1 0 .227 .304 .313 .617
    14 Kelly, D DET LF 46 90 11 17 1 1 1 7 13 15 1 0 .189 .291 .256 .547
    15 Eldred, B DET DH 5 16 1 3 1 1 0 1 1 6 0 0 .188 .235 .375 .610
    16 Raburn, R DET 2B 48 154 10 28 9 0 1 9 10 43 1 1 .182 .240 .260 .499
    16 Worth, D DET 2B 29 55 4 10 1 0 0 2 7 19 0 0 .182 .270 .200 .470
    18 Santos, O DET C 3 8 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 .125 .111 .125 .236
    19 Inge, B DET 2B 9 20 2 2 1 0 1 2 0 6 0 0 .100 .100 .300 .400
    19 Young, M DET LF 5 10 2 1 1 0 0 1 0 9 0 0 .100 .182 .200 .382
    Comments 63 Comments
    1. Crotalo's Avatar
      Crotalo -
      Come on Plouffe. Break the trend!
    1. J-Dog Dungan's Avatar
      J-Dog Dungan -
      C'mon Plouffe, we need a 3-run HR now!
    1. Crotalo's Avatar
      Crotalo -
      Quote Originally Posted by J-Dog Dungan View Post
      Seems like the current scouting report on Morneau is to give him nothing on the inside and everything on the outside.
      Look at his front foot and hips when he swinging. There's good reason for that.
    1. Crotalo's Avatar
      Crotalo -
      YES!!! Plouffe got at RBI without hitting a homer!
    1. kydoty's Avatar
      kydoty -
      Trevor Plouffe has transformed himself into a weapon for this team. Never in my lifetime would I have bet on that ever happening.
    1. GCTF's Avatar
      GCTF -
      Boom Fisted.
    1. J-Dog Dungan's Avatar
      J-Dog Dungan -
      2-run single for Plouffe, with him going to two on the throw, works just slightly less well than a three-run homer.
    1. snepp's Avatar
      snepp -
      Come on Ron, call for the sac bunt.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      I love it when we chase the starter after only 4 innings!
    1. J-Dog Dungan's Avatar
      J-Dog Dungan -
      So much fun to be the team that chases a starter in less than 5 innings. And Morneau gets it done with a single through the left side, scoring yet another run. I can see why the Tigers are less than the vaunted team that everyone was making them out to be in the preseason if the Twins can take it to pitchers on a "good" team like this.
    1. snepp's Avatar
      snepp -
      Well this is getting ugly in a hurry.
    1. J-Dog Dungan's Avatar
      J-Dog Dungan -
      Hendriks is kinda showing why he hasn't won a game in the Bigs yet.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Quote Originally Posted by J-Dog Dungan View Post
      That annoying 3B who is apparently extremely stuck up and is now trapped in AAA (aka the Twilight Zone) with Tsuyoshi Nishioka
      Valencia has two recent multi homer games in Rochester. We should be talking him up and hoping for his success, because that will create an excess of third basemen. If Valencia can continue to impress at Rochester, then some third base hungry contender might want to trade for him
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Quote Originally Posted by kydoty View Post
      Trevor Plouffe has transformed himself into a weapon for this team. Never in my lifetime would I have bet on that ever happening.
      Plouffe could turn out to be one of the great success stories of all time. He can clearly hit the stew out of the ball. The key will be whether he can sustain his recent success. If so, he can be our Mike Trout.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Quote Originally Posted by J-Dog Dungan View Post
      Hendriks is kinda showing why he hasn't won a game in the Bigs yet.
      I continue to believe that if Hendriks could develop an "out" pitch, he could be a solid starter. I hope that someone is working with him on that. I pray for the day that Parker writes one of his amazing articles about Hendriks with videos that make everything clear.
    1. Dilligaf69's Avatar
      Dilligaf69 -
      Justin don't swing at a 1st pitch curveball...
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Give credit to Swarzak for 2 perfect innings. If he gets the win, then he deserves it.
    1. Dilligaf69's Avatar
      Dilligaf69 -
      Another 1st pitch swing on a breaking pitch...jeez! a couple hits and it's a 5 run lead again.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      The Twins have 11 hits, all singles, and 5 walks -- lots of opportunities.
    1. Dilligaf69's Avatar
      Dilligaf69 -
      I think the Twins patience with Burnett is paying off, he's been nearly untouchable the last few weeks.
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