• 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. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by one_eyed_jack View Post
      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.
      The Vegas odds put the Tigers chances at winning the AL at 7/1, compared to the White Sox at 12/1 and the Indians at 14/1. The Tigers are drawing in the most fan bets right now, so you are on to something here. Berry has been huge, especially against righties, Dirks is soon to be back and Avila and Jackson just got back. There was even talk that Martinez might be in the mix in September. I think there is a big run coming, possibly a steamroll if they can figure out the pitching situation and possibly pick up another arm or two this month.
    1. one_eyed_jack's Avatar
      one_eyed_jack -
      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.

      ---Thanks, Nick, and others who commented. Yeah, I know it's too early to make judgments. There's no way of knowing which way he'll go at this point. I was more just looking for initial impressions and gut reactions based on what you've seen so far. But it sounds like it's been enough of a mix of good and bad that maybe it's premature to start leaning one way or the other.
    1. one_eyed_jack's Avatar
      one_eyed_jack -
      Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post
      The Vegas odds put the Tigers chances at winning the AL at 7/1, compared to the White Sox at 12/1 and the Indians at 14/1. The Tigers are drawing in the most fan bets right now, so you are on to something here. Berry has been huge, especially against righties, Dirks is soon to be back and Avila and Jackson just got back. There was even talk that Martinez might be in the mix in September. I think there is a big run coming, possibly a steamroll if they can figure out the pitching situation and possibly pick up another arm or two this month.
      ---I forgot to even mention Martinez, it could be huge if he came back. I was listening to national radio show doing preseason baseball stuff, and they had one of the local Detroit writers on. He said that the loss of V-Mart was going to hurt the Tigers a lot more than people realized, and I think he's been proven right thus far.
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