• 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. Chance's Avatar
      Chance -
      Where are all the "DFA Gray" guys? They were circling every blog a couple weeks ago. Glad people are shutting up about it. He has been on when the games matter, not so much when they don't. He is 5-0! And nice to see Waldrop and Robertson hold there own against a good tigers lineup. I dread the day Capps comes back.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Quote Originally Posted by one_eyed_jack View Post
      ---This should change by then, but as of now, the scheduled pitching matchup for Sunday's final game before the AS break - Blackburn vs. Oswalt!
      So maybe we could trade just before the game starts and surprise both of them.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Chance View Post
      Where are all the "DFA Gray" guys? They were circling every blog a couple weeks ago. Glad people are shutting up about it. He has been on when the games matter, not so much when they don't. He is 5-0! And nice to see Waldrop and Robertson hold there own against a good tigers lineup. I dread the day Capps comes back.
      I am a Gray fan and agree that he does not get enough credit. I did commend him in an earlier post on this thread.

      I was also very pleasantly surprised by the good job done by Waldrop and Robertson.

      Beating the Tigers is almost as satisfying as beating the White Sox, and this was truly a team effort, both on offense and defense.
    1. snepp's Avatar
      snepp -
      Jeff Gray is still a lousy pitcher with no future here, that hasn't changed.
    1. notoriousgod71's Avatar
      notoriousgod71 -
      Quote Originally Posted by snepp View Post
      Jeff Gray is still a lousy pitcher with no future here, that hasn't changed.
      He's essentially a less homer happy version of Bob Wells.
    1. Chance's Avatar
      Chance -
      If Gray keeps pitching like he has the last month or so he will have a future here. He will be very cheap and the Twins like there cheap pitchers. He's not a closer or a setup guy but he does what you need to do as a middle reliever.
    1. Chance's Avatar
      Chance -
      He's not much worse than Guerrier but a fourth the price and you people loved him.
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