• Twins vs. Athletics, 07/15/2012, 1:10pm

    Cole De Vries had a rough outing last night as the Twins dropped a second consecutive game at home against the Oakland A's. In today's getaway game, the Twins face another tough young pitcher in Jarrod Parker, a righty who, again, made his MLB debut last September and has rolled this season to a 2.97 ERA.

    The Twins counter with Brian Duensing, who looks to continue stretching out and get back into starting form. Who do you expect to break out for the Twins offensively today? Do you expect Duensing to shut down the A's offense? And given that it's a Sunday game, what kind of lineup is Gardy going to roll out there today? Join the discussion below!

    Brian Duensing

    W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
    SEASON 1 5 4.11 33 3 0 0 46.0 44 21 21 3 1 12 1 26 .253 1.22 0.67
    MLB Totals 25 24 3.99 142 53 2 2 422.1 443 202 187 42 8 130 10 272 .271 1.36 1.15

    Jarrod Parker

    W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
    SEASON 5 4 2.86 14 14 0 0 85.0 65 28 27 4 2 41 3 67 .216 1.25 0.93
    MLB Totals 5 4 2.68 15 15 0 0 90.2 69 28 27 4 2 42 3 68 .216 1.22 0.92

    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 79 293 46 96 18 1 5 41 45 46 4 1 .328 .416 .447 .864
    2 Revere, B MIN RF 53 218 26 69 7 2 0 11 10 17 18 5 .317 .349 .367 .716
    3 Doumit, R MIN C 69 239 25 69 17 1 7 36 21 53 0 0 .289 .344 .456 .801
    4 Span, D MIN CF 80 324 39 90 20 2 3 24 31 42 9 4 .278 .340 .380 .720
    5 Mastroianni, D MIN LF 32 67 9 18 1 1 1 8 9 12 9 2 .269 .355 .358 .713
    6 Willingham, J MIN LF 83 298 50 80 21 1 22 64 45 81 2 1 .268 .382 .567 .949
    7 Plouffe, T MIN RF 68 237 39 60 10 0 19 36 24 55 0 3 .253 .323 .536 .859
    8 Morneau, J MIN 1B 67 260 28 64 15 1 11 39 23 55 1 0 .246 .310 .438 .749
    9 Dozier, B MIN SS 57 216 22 52 8 1 4 23 10 41 6 2 .241 .272 .343 .615
    10 Casilla, A MIN 2B 59 175 16 41 10 1 0 14 9 34 10 1 .234 .271 .303 .574
    11 Carroll, J MIN SS 82 281 32 65 10 1 0 25 32 41 6 3 .231 .313 .274 .587
    12 Butera, D MIN C 24 65 5 15 5 0 1 4 4 16 0 0 .231 .286 .354 .640
    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 38 103 9 20 5 1 2 5 9 27 0 0 .194 .278 .320 .599
    16 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

    A's Offense
    RK Player Team Pos G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
    1 Carter, C OAK 1B 8 24 9 8 1 0 4 8 2 7 0 0 .333 .385 .875 1.260
    2 Cowgill, C OAK RF 32 96 9 26 1 0 1 9 11 24 3 4 .271 .343 .313 .655
    3 Cespedes, Y OAK CF 56 207 23 56 12 1 10 39 16 49 6 2 .271 .330 .483 .813
    4 Reddick, J OAK RF 85 323 54 87 15 4 20 43 38 80 8 0 .269 .348 .526 .874
    5 Moss, B OAK 1B 27 90 17 23 4 0 11 19 7 32 0 0 .256 .323 .667 .990
    6 Smith, S OAK LF 77 226 34 57 13 2 9 29 36 54 2 2 .252 .364 .447 .811
    7 Gomes, J OAK LF 56 151 24 36 6 0 9 26 25 58 2 1 .238 .356 .457 .813
    8 Ka'aihue, K OAK 1B 39 128 13 30 9 0 4 14 10 28 1 0 .234 .295 .398 .693
    9 Crisp, C OAK LF 61 224 23 52 5 2 3 18 20 31 16 2 .232 .294 .313 .606
    10 Norris, D OAK C 12 45 5 10 0 0 2 6 4 14 2 0 .222 .286 .356 .641
    11 Weeks, J OAK 2B 81 320 34 71 12 5 2 13 38 48 12 5 .222 .309 .309 .619
    12 Suzuki, K OAK C 68 236 17 51 12 0 0 16 9 46 1 0 .216 .252 .267 .519
    13 Inge, B OAK 3B 49 181 15 39 8 0 6 37 18 53 0 0 .215 .286 .359 .645
    14 Pennington, C OAK SS 79 276 30 56 13 1 3 16 23 58 11 4 .203 .266 .290 .556
    15 Milone, T OAK P 2 5 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 .200 .200 .200 .400
    16 Barton, D OAK 1B 37 106 7 21 6 0 1 4 19 30 1 0 .198 .325 .283 .608
    17 Taylor, M OAK LF 4 16 2 3 1 0 0 0 0 7 0 0 .188 .188 .250 .438
    18 Rosales, A OAK 2B 13 24 2 4 0 0 0 3 9 3 0 0 .167 .394 .167 .561
    19 Donaldson, J OAK 3B 28 98 5 15 5 0 1 7 1 26 1 0 .153 .160 .235 .395
    20 Sogard, E OAK 3B 22 69 6 10 1 0 2 6 4 12 1 0 .145 .192 .246 .438
    21 Hicks, B OAK 3B 10 29 1 4 3 0 0 2 2 12 0 0 .138 .194 .241 .435
    22 Recker, A OAK C 13 31 3 4 1 0 0 0 4 13 0 0 .129 .250 .161 .411
    Comments 90 Comments
    1. VATwinsFan's Avatar
      VATwinsFan -
      Well, that was certainly fun.
    1. Bark's Lounge's Avatar
      Bark's Lounge -
      It appears that the Twins should have sent the big league club to extended spring training over the All-Star Break. This team really sucks out of the gate. I am figuring the 2nd half starting gun is going to be as bad as the Opening Day starting gun. Hello 30 games under .500.... Yehaw!
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Bark's Lounge View Post
      It appears that the Twins should have sent the big league club to extended spring training over the All-Star Break. This team really sucks out of the gate. I am figuring the 2nd half starting gun is going to be as bad as the Opening Day starting gun. Hello 30 games under .500.... Yehaw!
      Maybe the goal is to get the #1 draft position next year.
    1. Bark's Lounge's Avatar
      Bark's Lounge -
      If that is the goal I certainly hope there is a Strasburg or Harper type in next years draft. Preference being a Stasburg type.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by Bark's Lounge View Post
      If that is the goal I certainly hope there is a Strasburg or Harper type in next years draft. Preference being a Stasburg type.
      As bad as the Twins can play at times, they won't match the sheer incompetence that is every level of the Houston Astros organization. The Twins won't gt a Strasburg type from the draft no matter what they do.
    1. Bark's Lounge's Avatar
      Bark's Lounge -
      If what you say is true. Then you play to win. The MLB Draft is a MF'n crapshoot.
    1. Dilligaf69's Avatar
      Dilligaf69 -
      Duensing is NOT a starter...he found his niche in the bullpen and that's where he should stay.. I know they have little choice right now but I'd rather see Blackie as the 5th starter as bad as he's been then BD...at least Duensing has value in the pen. Call Hendriks back up and let him continue to take his lumps but BD needs to be back as the situational LHP/7th inning guy he is.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by Bark's Lounge View Post
      If what you say is true. Then you play to win. The MLB Draft is a MF'n crapshoot.
      More accurately, I think you play to win in 2013. Hendriks, Dozier, Plouffe, Parmelee, Revere, and possibly even Hicks later this season should be getting playing time and lots of it.
    1. jimbo92107's Avatar
      jimbo92107 -
      Brian Duensing was doing something subtly wrong with his delivery today. You've all heard of the "chicken wing" move that you do with your glove side elbow? Well, Duensing's chicken wing was loose, not tucked in tight enough. Might seem minor, but letting his glove hand fall away just a little bit resulted in a slower rotation of the scapula, leaving his release point late and subtracting rotations from his spin. Ball rode up high, and hitters had a real fun time smacking his nothing pitches over the fence.

      Tuck in that chicken wing tight, Mr. Duensing. Get that good snap. That'll bring the ball down, add a couple mph and a few more rpm to the spin.
    1. striker_86's Avatar
      striker_86 -
      Pathetic weekend for the Twins. Packed house all 3 games and they couldnt even put up a fight. At least we have Diamond pitching next and Liriano still looks good but the rest of the this rotation can do anything....Trade now!
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