• Twins vs. Tigers, 07/03/2012, 6:05pm

    The Twins go into tonight's second game at Detroit feeling pretty good about themselves. They're on a four game winning streak, all against division rivals. Of course, that could all change tonight as Nick Blackburn takes the mound again for the Twins. I won't bother dredging up the numbers; we all know Blackburn has struggled mightily this season. To top it off, Max Scherzer was scratched from the lineup at the last moment with hamstring tightness. In his place, the Twins will see Duane Below, a young lefty who has been pitching well from Detroit's bullpen lately.

    How will the Twins do against the unknown Below? Will the Twins continue putting runs on the board with ease? And most importantly, how many more starts do you think Blackburn gets in the rotation? Be sure to join the Twins Daily discussion at the bottom of the page!

    Nick Blackburn
    W L ERA G GS CG SVO IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
    SEASON 4 5 7.74 12 12 0 0 59.1 82 51 51 13 0 21 0 29 .328 1.74 1.32
    MLB Totals 43 51 4.75 138 130 5 1 779.1 942 460 411 107 18 197 11 375 .300 1.46 1.34

    Duane Below
    W L ERA G GS CG SVO IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
    SEASON 2 1 2.70 21 0 0 0 33.1 27 10 10 2 1 4 0 22 .231 0.93 0.78
    MLB Totals 2 3 3.47 35 2 0 0 62.1 55 26 24 4 2 15 2 36 .241 1.12 0.95

    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 71 260 39 85 17 1 4 37 40 40 3 1 .327 .417 .446 .863
    2 Revere, B MIN RF 45 182 23 59 6 2 0 11 8 13 15 4 .324 .352 .379 .731
    3 Doumit, R MIN C 62 213 23 61 13 1 7 35 20 43 0 0 .286 .347 .455 .803
    4 Span, D MIN CF 73 291 39 79 20 2 3 22 31 37 9 3 .271 .342 .385 .726
    5 Willingham, J MIN LF 76 273 44 73 20 1 17 56 39 75 2 1 .267 .380 .535 .914
    6 Casilla, A MIN 2B 55 164 16 41 10 1 0 14 9 30 10 1 .250 .288 .323 .611
    7 Plouffe, T MIN RF 60 205 36 51 10 0 18 33 23 49 0 2 .249 .326 .561 .887
    8 Carroll, J MIN SS 76 259 32 63 9 1 0 25 30 34 6 3 .243 .325 .286 .611
    9 Butera, D MIN C 22 58 4 14 5 0 1 4 4 13 0 0 .241 .302 .379 .681
    10 Dozier, B MIN SS 50 191 20 46 8 1 3 20 8 35 4 2 .241 .269 .340 .609
    11 Morneau, J MIN 1B 60 231 25 55 14 1 10 35 21 51 1 0 .238 .305 .437 .742
    12 Mastroianni, D MIN LF 29 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 58 227 47 73 16 3 8 35 31 58 7 2 .322 .404 .524 .928
    4 Cabrera, M DET 3B 80 321 47 103 24 0 16 65 31 47 3 1 .321 .382 .545 .927
    5 Fielder, P DET 1B 80 300 43 90 18 1 12 53 36 43 1 0 .300 .380 .487 .867
    5 Holaday, B DET C 4 10 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .300 .300 .400 .700
    7 Berry, Q DET CF 37 129 26 38 4 3 1 13 15 38 12 0 .295 .385 .395 .780
    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 72 277 22 74 14 0 6 31 8 57 0 1 .267 .295 .383 .677
    10 Peralta, J DET SS 72 249 25 64 16 2 4 24 27 47 1 1 .257 .332 .386 .718
    11 Avila, A DET C 54 178 21 45 10 1 5 23 24 49 2 0 .253 .338 .404 .743
    12 Boesch, B DET LF 75 286 33 66 12 0 7 27 12 57 3 1 .231 .267 .346 .613
    13 Santiago, R DET 2B 62 154 14 34 5 1 2 17 12 24 1 0 .221 .297 .305 .602
    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 Worth, D DET 2B 30 55 4 10 1 0 0 2 7 19 0 0 .182 .270 .200 .470
    17 Raburn, R DET 2B 49 157 10 28 9 0 1 9 10 43 1 1 .178 .235 .255 .490
    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 107 Comments
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Quote Originally Posted by glunn View Post
      Now the Twins need to load the bases for Plouffe.
      OK, the first part of my fantasy has come true. Now it's up to the Babe to hit one out.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      Quote Originally Posted by glunn View Post
      OK, the first part of my fantasy has come true. Now it's up to the Babe to hit one out.
      He can't. Willingham has to hit one first, then it's Plouffe's turn again.
    1. Badsmerf's Avatar
      Badsmerf -
      Should have sent him.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Damn pop up.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Badsmerf View Post
      Should have sent him.
      Yes, the throw sucked.
    1. Badsmerf's Avatar
      Badsmerf -
      stat is very statfreakesc... quoting your own post in succession.
    1. kasu327's Avatar
      kasu327 -
      Plouffe knows hes allowed to hit with guys on base, right?
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      Quote Originally Posted by kasu327 View Post
      Plouffe knows hes allowed to hit with guys on base, right?
      He did earlier in the game, but I think they talked to him in the dugout about it afterward.
    1. Badsmerf's Avatar
      Badsmerf -
      Quote Originally Posted by kasu327 View Post
      Plouffe knows hes allowed to hit with guys on base, right?
      Overblown criticism.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      Bases loaded, no one out, and they get one run. **sigh**
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by sbknudson View Post
      Bases loaded, no one out, and they get one run. **sigh**
      Twins Baseball™!
    1. Dilligaf69's Avatar
      Dilligaf69 -
      Quote Originally Posted by glunn View Post
      Yes, the throw sucked.

      Can't anticipate a bad throw...how did mauer NOT score from 2B on a double??? did he have to hold?? I'm folowing on Gameday.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Waldrop against the top of the order in a one run game?
    1. Dilligaf69's Avatar
      Dilligaf69 -
      Quote Originally Posted by rocketpig View Post
      Twins Baseball™!
      I know the offense has'nt been the problem for the most part but they they leave a ton of men on base.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dilligaf69 View Post
      Can't anticipate a bad throw...how did mauer NOT score from 2B on a double??? did he have to hold?? I'm folowing on Gameday.
      It looked like the fielder had a chance to catch it, so he had to hover near second until it dropped.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dilligaf69 View Post
      Can't anticipate a bad throw...how did mauer NOT score from 2B on a double??? did he have to hold?? I'm folowing on Gameday.
      I was a ball that the outfielder should have caught -- it bounced off his glove -- so Mauer had to wait.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      Now THAT was Sweet!
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Spectacular catch and throw by Plouffe!!! Double play ends the inning.
    1. Badsmerf's Avatar
      Badsmerf -
      Quote Originally Posted by glunn View Post
      Spectacular catch and throw by Plouffe!!! Double play ends the inning.
      Do you know who statfreak is?
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      So Blackburn's next start [insert laugh here] would normally be on Sunday, just before the all-star break. Does he make it? Will Walters be ready in time (he pitched 4 innings in Rochester on Sunday)?
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