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  • 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. mnfireman's Avatar
      mnfireman -
      Span's defense has sucked a** lately but maybe he should be DH'ing today because he has been raking! Unless there's more to his day off than just "getting a day off"....
    1. greengoblinrulz's Avatar
      greengoblinrulz -
      Twins have commented they will give DeVries one more start at least.
      Because his 4.37 ERA is such an embarrasment that they would go back to Walters/Blackburn/Hendriks (whom I like)who havent pitched as well as Cole has so far. Last nite was the anomoly for Cole, but a good start for Blackburn.
    1. snepp's Avatar
      snepp -
      One man's anomaly is another man's regression.
    1. Badsmerf's Avatar
      Badsmerf -
      Quote Originally Posted by snepp View Post
      One man's anomaly is another man's regression.
      Too true. I'd be surprised if De Vries can keep an ERA under 5. However, Blackburn's start in the minors is interesting. His GB ratio over over 2:1. I don't understand how he can't get GB here, then he goes to Rochester and gets them at a 2:1 clip. Anyone want to bet he starts again this season?
    1. drunksam's Avatar
      drunksam -
      Quote Originally Posted by Badsmerf View Post
      Too true. I'd be surprised if De Vries can keep an ERA under 5. However, Blackburn's start in the minors is interesting. His GB ratio over over 2:1. I don't understand how he can't get GB here, then he goes to Rochester and gets them at a 2:1 clip. Anyone want to bet he starts again this season?
      We'll see Blackburn again. If not after a Liriano-type trade, then when rosters expand.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Here we go again -- Twins look like they will give up runs in top of 1st inning.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      As has been said many times and many ways, taking Duensing out of the bullpen, where he was successful, and putting him back in the rotation, was and is idiotic.
    1. snepp's Avatar
      snepp -
      Brian, the bullpen is calling.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
      As has been said many times and many ways, taking Duensing out of the bullpen, where he was successful, and putting him back in the rotation, was and is idiotic.
      Agreed. Yet they keep sending him out there hoping for a different result.
    1. Shane Wahl's Avatar
      Shane Wahl -
      Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
      As has been said many times and many ways, taking Duensing out of the bullpen, where he was successful, and putting him back in the rotation, was and is idiotic.
      It's also embarrassing. As in it is embarrassing that this manager keeps doing this.

      Oakland loaded up on righties to match up against him and here are two runs in the first inning.
    1. PseudoSABR's Avatar
      PseudoSABR -
      Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
      As has been said many times and many ways, taking Duensing out of the bullpen, where he was successful, and putting him back in the rotation, was and is idiotic.
      I came here to post this point. That we turn an actual asset into a pile of poop is frustrating to say the least.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Quote Originally Posted by shanewahl View Post
      It's also embarrassing. As in it is embarrassing that this manager keeps doing this.

      Oakland loaded up on righties to match up against him and here are two runs in the first inning.
      And we are lucky that it was not worse. Duensing got out of the inning with bases loaded.
    1. VATwinsFan's Avatar
      VATwinsFan -
      Does anyone else think that Kelly droning on is not unlike listening to fingernails slowly scratching a blackboard?
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      I agree that Duensing is better in the bullpen. We all know that. But for what the Twins need now, I have no problem with them going with him. He's a given in the bullpen, but until the Twins have a much better rotation, it kind of is what it is. He hasn't been bad as a starter (obviously not a great 1st inning today).
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Quote Originally Posted by VATwinsFan View Post
      Does anyone else think that Kelly droning on is not unlike listening to fingernails slowly scratching a blackboard?
      Well put. And what he is saying is not interesting.
    1. FrodaddyG's Avatar
      FrodaddyG -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      He hasn't been bad as a starter (obviously not a great 1st inning today).
      3 starts, 0-3. 11.1 IP. 7.15 ERA.

      Yes, he's been very, very bad.
    1. snepp's Avatar
      snepp -
      Another awesome start.


      Brian has now allowed more runs than innings pitched as a starter.
    1. mnfireman's Avatar
      mnfireman -
      And so on and so on and so on......
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      I understand that, but as they were stretching him out, he was good for 3 innings. Then got hit. Then he was good for 4 innings and then got hit. Then he was doing OK when he got hit in the leg. He'll be back in the bullpen at some point, but I don't mind them having tried this again temporarilty.
    1. Shane Wahl's Avatar
      Shane Wahl -
      Quote Originally Posted by FrodaddyG View Post
      3 starts, 0-3. 11.1 IP. 7.15 ERA.

      Yes, he's been very, very bad.

      Yeah, I was about to post those stats. And now it is gotten dramatically worse. Even Swarzak is a better starting option.
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