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  • 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. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dilligaf69 View Post
      I think the Twins patience with Burnett is paying off, he's been nearly untouchable the last few weeks.
      He does seem to be having very good stuff lately. Maybe he has been partying with Plouffe.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Uh oh, we may have just jinxed him.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      OK, Burnett got through it and I needed only one valium.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Great night for Doumit -- 3 hits, a walk and a HBP -- he's been on base 5 times.
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      Ok Gardy, you have Doumit running with two outs in the 9th and Mastro and Casilla on the bench to run and Butera to catch the ninth, yet no pinch running for Doumit?
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      Way to catch up on that Gardy, now he puts Mastro in to pinch run for Doumit at second.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ultima Ratio View Post
      Way to catch up on that Gardy, now he puts Mastro in to pinch run for Doumit at second.
      At least he did what you suggested -- it just took him longer to think of it.
    1. PseudoSABR's Avatar
      PseudoSABR -
      If Butera's on the team, I wouldn't mind seeing more of him replacing both Mauer (moving to first, if need be) and Doumit defensively after the 8th.
    1. Fatt Crapps's Avatar
      Fatt Crapps -
      Uh oh
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Quote Originally Posted by PseudoSABR View Post
      If Butera's on the team, I wouldn't mind seeing more of him replacing both Mauer (moving to first, if need be) and Doumit defensively after the 8th.
      It's also fun when he pitches.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Fatt Crapps View Post
      Uh oh
      That was scary.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      A Delmon Young walk off would have been unbearable.
    1. Dilligaf69's Avatar
      Dilligaf69 -
      Perkins has not been sharp lately but he always seems to get that key strikeout when needed.
    1. The Greatest Poster Alive's Avatar
      The Greatest Poster Alive -
      Quote Originally Posted by PseudoSABR View Post
      If Butera's on the team, I wouldn't mind seeing more of him replacing both Mauer (moving to first, if need be) and Doumit defensively after the 8th.
      I don't like the idea of creating a blackhole in your lineup should the game get tied up.

      Butera is not enough of a defensive upgrade to justify his bat.
    1. one_eyed_jack's Avatar
      one_eyed_jack -
      Always nice to win in Detroit.

      Too bad we dug ourselves into such a deep early hole with the 13-27 start. If we could have managed to play simply bad baseball instead of putrid baseball in that stretch, we'd be right in the mix and feeling very differently about this season.

      I didn't buy into all the pre-season hype with the Tigers. I think a lot of people were so star struck by the big names that they didn't notice some deeper flaws. That said, I think they'll still find a way to win this lousy division and I'd be wary of facing them in the postseason - with Verlander and that lineup, they could be very dangerous.

      What's the deal with Hendriks? I didn't get home until late in the game and he was out by then, and I had to miss most of his earlier outings. Has he shown enough to suggest that he has a brighter future, or are we looking at a fringe MLB player?
    1. CDog's Avatar
      CDog -
      Quote Originally Posted by one_eyed_jack View Post
      What's the deal with Hendriks? I didn't get home until late in the game and he was out by then, and I had to miss most of his earlier outings. Has he shown enough to suggest that he has a brighter future, or are we looking at a fringe MLB player?
      Yes. That's as close as I can tell so far...that one of those is probably true. It's weird.
    1. Top Gun's Avatar
      Top Gun -
      Ugly. Hendriks allowed six hits while walking four and throwing 44 out of 81 pitches for strikes. He now has a 7.04 ERA in 38 1/3 innings through eight starts in the majors this year. Opposing batters are hitting .343 with 10 homers against him.
    1. Nick Nelson's Avatar
      Nick Nelson -
      Quote Originally Posted by one_eyed_jack View Post
      What's the deal with Hendriks? I didn't get home until late in the game and he was out by then, and I had to miss most of his earlier outings. Has he shown enough to suggest that he has a brighter future, or are we looking at a fringe MLB player?
      Just can't make any judgments at this point. He's 23 and he's got less than a full season's worth of innings above Double-A. He's looked bad, no doubt, but his command is superb. He could very well figure things out at some point. Not unusual for a fresh kid to get knocked around by MLB hitters.
    1. striker_86's Avatar
      striker_86 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Top Gun View Post
      Ugly. Hendriks allowed six hits while walking four and throwing 44 out of 81 pitches for strikes. He now has a 7.04 ERA in 38 1/3 innings through eight starts in the majors this year. Opposing batters are hitting .343 with 10 homers against him.
      When does Pavano get back? I havent heard much about him....
    1. diehardtwinsfan's Avatar
      diehardtwinsfan -
      Quote Originally Posted by Nick Nelson View Post
      Just can't make any judgments at this point. He's 23 and he's got less than a full season's worth of innings above Double-A. He's looked bad, no doubt, but his command is superb. He could very well figure things out at some point. Not unusual for a fresh kid to get knocked around by MLB hitters.

      pretty much this, though I wouldn't mind him getting more seasoning in AAA, but given our rotation as it is...
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