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  • Series Preview: Twins vs Tigers, August 13th to 15th

    The Twins suffered another home sweep over the weekend, falling to the Tampa Bay Rays three in three consecutive games.

    Hoping to play the role of spoiler against a division rival, the Twins settle in for a three game set against the Detroit Tigers. Going for the Tigers in the first game is newly-acquired righty Anibal Sanchez, who has struggled with the Tigers in three starts since being traded before the non-waiver deadline last month. Against Sanchez goes enigmatic Sam Deduno, hoping to get his pitches under control in a bid to stick with the Twins (or anywhere, really) in 2013.

    What do you expect in this series? The Twins continue to struggle at home and it's hard to predict what we'll see with Deduno on the mound. On the upside, at least Justin Morneau continues to mash the ball...

    Game 1:
    Sam Deduno

    W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
    SEASON 3 0 3.27 6 6 0 0 33.0 27 13 12 4 1 25 0 22 .231 1.58 1.92
    MLB Totals 3 0 3.26 12 6 0 0 38.2 35 15 14 5 1 29 1 29 .246 1.66 1.96

    Anibal Sanchez

    W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
    SEASON 6 9 4.37 22 22 0 0 136.0 142 73 66 16 4 40 2 120 .270 1.34 1.16
    MLB Totals 45 47 3.83 136 135 6 4 809.1 792 377 344 75 29 312 24 686 .256 1.36 1.06


    Game 2:
    Brian Duensing

    W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
    SEASON 2 7 4.46 40 7 0 0 72.2 84 42 36 7 2 17 2 39 .291 1.39 0.98
    MLB Totals 26 26 4.05 149 57 2 2 449.0 483 223 202 46 9 135 11 285 .276 1.38 1.19

    Doug Fister

    W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
    SEASON 6 7 3.48 17 17 1 0 106.0 106 45 41 9 2 21 1 89 .258 1.20 1.55
    MLB Totals 26 38 3.49 88 86 4 0 554.1 549 235 215 44 22 105 5 364 .257 1.18 1.20

    Game 3:
    Cole De Vries

    W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
    SEASON 2 3 4.77 12 11 0 0 60.1 61 39 32 14 4 12 0 42 .253 1.21 0.55
    MLB Totals 2 3 4.77 12 11 0 0 60.1 61 39 32 14 4 12 0 42 .253 1.21 0.55

    Max Scherzer

    W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
    SEASON 11 6 4.65 23 23 0 0 133.2 142 73 69 21 5 48 2 168 .273 1.42 0.72
    MLB Totals 47 41 4.05 133 124 0 0 750.2 737 376 338 95 34 258 6 766 .258 1.33 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 105 389 64 123 24 1 7 58 64 61 6 3 .316 .412 .437 .849
    2 Revere, B MIN RF 79 331 43 104 12 3 0 25 15 28 28 5 .314 .345 .369 .713
    3 Doumit, R MIN C 95 336 38 98 24 1 13 56 23 66 0 0 .292 .339 .485 .824
    4 Span, D MIN CF 104 421 58 121 31 3 3 34 42 53 12 6 .287 .351 .397 .748
    5 Mastroianni, D MIN LF 50 103 15 29 3 2 2 11 11 21 13 2 .282 .351 .408 .759
    6 Morneau, J MIN 1B 91 354 47 98 22 1 16 57 31 65 1 0 .277 .339 .480 .820
    7 Willingham, J MIN LF 110 395 68 103 23 1 29 84 61 107 2 1 .261 .374 .544 .919
    8 Plouffe, T MIN RF 74 259 44 67 12 0 19 38 26 57 0 3 .259 .330 .525 .855
    9 Carroll, J MIN SS 103 352 43 86 14 1 0 32 45 50 6 3 .244 .333 .290 .623
    10 Dozier, B MIN SS 84 316 33 74 11 1 6 33 16 58 9 2 .234 .271 .332 .603
    11 Casilla, A MIN 2B 80 236 24 52 12 2 1 23 12 44 14 1 .220 .259 .301 .560
    12 Butera, D MIN C 32 82 5 18 5 0 1 4 5 18 0 0 .220 .273 .317 .590
    13 Komatsu, E MIN RF 15 32 2 7 0 0 0 1 4 3 0 0 .219 .297 .219 .516
    14 Parmelee, C MIN 1B 40 108 10 22 5 1 2 6 9 28 0 0 .204 .283 .324 .607
    15 Hughes, L MIN 2B 4 10 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 4 1 0 .200 .182 .200 .382
    16 Valencia, D MIN 3B 34 126 13 25 6 1 2 17 3 32 0 1 .198 .212 .310 .522
    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
    20 Blackburn, N MIN P 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
    20 Duensing, B MIN P 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
    20 Hendriks, L MIN P 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
    20 Liriano, F MIN P 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
    20 Nishioka, T MIN 2B 3 12 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 .000 .071 .000 .071

    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 46 164 29 55 12 2 4 22 12 24 1 0 .335 .385 .506 .892
    3 Cabrera, M DET 3B 115 454 75 147 30 0 29 98 47 64 4 1 .324 .387 .581 .969
    4 Jackson, A DET CF 93 366 73 115 19 8 13 52 49 96 10 5 .314 .397 .516 .914
    5 Fielder, P DET 1B 115 420 63 130 23 1 20 84 57 55 1 0 .310 .400 .512 .912
    6 Infante, O DET 2B 18 65 9 20 2 2 2 9 2 8 1 1 .308 .319 .492 .811
    7 Holaday, B DET C 4 10 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .300 .300 .400 .700
    8 Laird, G DET C 44 117 17 34 6 0 2 6 10 14 0 0 .291 .349 .393 .742
    9 Baker, J DET 1B 3 7 1 2 1 0 0 2 0 4 0 0 .286 .286 .429 .714
    10 Berry, Q DET CF 65 226 36 62 7 5 2 24 22 64 15 0 .274 .354 .376 .730
    11 Avila, A DET C 83 268 35 71 17 1 7 35 45 72 2 0 .265 .368 .414 .782
    12 Young, D DET LF 104 399 39 105 17 0 12 45 16 73 0 2 .263 .295 .396 .691
    13 Peralta, J DET SS 104 365 44 95 25 3 8 41 34 69 1 1 .260 .325 .411 .736
    14 Boesch, B DET LF 108 400 47 100 20 1 11 48 17 80 4 3 .250 .286 .388 .674
    15 Santiago, R DET 2B 83 211 19 45 7 1 2 17 20 37 1 0 .213 .295 .284 .580
    16 Worth, D DET 2B 36 68 8 14 3 0 0 3 12 22 0 0 .206 .321 .250 .571
    17 Eldred, B DET DH 5 16 1 3 1 1 0 1 1 6 0 0 .188 .235 .375 .610
    18 Kelly, D DET LF 64 103 11 18 2 1 1 7 13 20 1 0 .175 .267 .243 .510
    19 Raburn, R DET 2B 63 198 14 34 14 0 1 12 12 52 1 1 .172 .225 .258 .483
    20 Santos, O DET C 3 8 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 .125 .111 .125 .236
    Comments 75 Comments
    1. Top Gun's Avatar
      Top Gun -
      The Twins do have alot of good young SP, trouble is it's going to take alot of time.
    1. twinsnorth49's Avatar
      twinsnorth49 -
      You just can't walk guys.....sigh!
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Especially lead off walks.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Great stuff... He can throw...struggles with pitching. Throwing... Check... The art of pitching is the sticky point.
    1. twinsnorth49's Avatar
      twinsnorth49 -
      'Bout time something like that went our way!
    1. Top Gun's Avatar
      Top Gun -
      The question is do you want Sanchez for 15M or go with what you got?
    1. twinsnorth49's Avatar
      twinsnorth49 -
      Maestro!!!! Let him play!!
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Seriously... Doesn't Mastrionni deserve more playing time. Span and Revere can sit a little bit more to accommodate. A game at 2B every once in awhile.

      The guy can play.
    1. twinsnorth49's Avatar
      twinsnorth49 -
      You know, this Deduno fella can pitch sometimes.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by twinsnorth49 View Post
      You know, this Deduno fella can pitch sometimes.
      I don't know of you can use the Pitch word yet. But... I'm sitting here laughing watching him do what he does. Loving it.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Plouffe deep here... I'm calling it.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Quote Originally Posted by twinsnorth49 View Post
      You know, this Deduno fella can pitch sometimes.
      As I said in a game thread a couple starts ago, he's not your typical no-stuff, "control-type" Twins pitcher.

      I still don't trust him as far as I could throw him, and don't want any part of having him be one of the Twins first five starters in 2013, but he's tantalizing, frustrating, and fun to watch all at the same time.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      Plouffe deep here... I'm calling it.
      I was trusting you on this, old friend.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
      Quote Originally Posted by twinsnorth49 View Post
      You know, this Deduno fella can pitch sometimes.
      As I said in a game thread a couple starts ago, he's not your typical no-stuff, "control-type" Twins pitcher.

      I still don't trust him as far as I could throw him, and don't want any part of having him be one of the Twins first five starters in 2013, but he's tantalizing, frustrating, and fun to watch all at the same time.
      Well said, but a little pessimistic. I am hoping that he can win 15 games next year for the Twins.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
      Quote Originally Posted by twinsnorth49 View Post
      You know, this Deduno fella can pitch sometimes.
      As I said in a game thread a couple starts ago, he's not your typical no-stuff, "control-type" Twins pitcher.

      I still don't trust him as far as I could throw him, and don't want any part of having him be one of the Twins first five starters in 2013, but he's tantalizing, frustrating, and fun to watch all at the same time.
      Im optimistic... If he can figure out his feet and release point. It could change and change nicely. He's kinda long in the tooth and if he hasn't learned by now. But maybe he's at the point now where he has tasted it and takes fixing it more seriously.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by glunn View Post
      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      Plouffe deep here... I'm calling it.
      I was trusting you on this, old friend.
      I let you down Glunn... I'll take the heat for it.
    1. twinsnorth49's Avatar
      twinsnorth49 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      Quote Originally Posted by twinsnorth49 View Post
      You know, this Deduno fella can pitch sometimes.
      I don't know of you can use the Pitch word yet. But... I'm sitting here laughing watching him do what he does. Loving it.

      For some strange reason he reminds me of Oil Can Boyd........minus the drugs and crazy.
    1. twinsnorth49's Avatar
      twinsnorth49 -
      Casilla!.....gotta admit, didn't see that coming,
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      Mastroooooooooo!!!!!
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      That's it... Mastrionni at 2B tomorrow. We may have to get freaking chant going or something.
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