• 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. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Twins:
      Ben Revere CF

      Darin Mastroianni RF
      Joe Mauer 1B
      Josh Willingham LF
      Justin Morneau DH
      Ryan Doumit C
      Trevor Plouffe 3B
      Jamey Carroll SS
      Alexi Casilla 2B
      (Sam Deduno P)

      Tigers:
      Austin Jackson CF

      Andy Dirks LF
      Miguel Cabrera 3B
      Prince Fielder 1B
      Alex Avila C
      Delmon Young DH
      Brennan Boesch RF
      Jhonny Peralta SS
      Omar Infante 2B
      (Anibal Sanchez P)
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      this lineup looks so much sexier with Plouffe back in it.
    1. Top Gun's Avatar
      Top Gun -
      And Span out.
    1. TwinsGuy55422's Avatar
      TwinsGuy55422 -
      Good to see Plouffe back. Hope he picks up where he left off!
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      Tigers hitter 1-4 all bat over .300. I think the Twins are plenty capable of having 5 guys over .300: Span, Revere, Mauer, Morneau and Doumit. Let's hope the Willingham, Revere, Mauer slumps end tonight.
    1. Bark's Lounge's Avatar
      Bark's Lounge -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ultima Ratio View Post
      Tigers hitter 1-4 all bat over .300. I think the Twins are plenty capable of having 5 guys over .300: Span, Revere, Mauer, Morneau and Doumit. Let's hope the Willingham, Revere, Mauer slumps end tonight.
      Agreed, After an awful sweep by the Rays, I want to see some anger and aggression come out of this offense. Let's destroy these Bastardos!
    1. TwinsGuy55422's Avatar
      TwinsGuy55422 -
      Stop walking people!
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      One wonders what the point of the Nishioka recall was. 3 games where management really learns nothing new, then sit on the bench for 3 games, leaving the team even more shorthanded because their is no way he's getting into a home game and giving the crowd a chance to show their feelings. All while carrying a 13 man pitching staff, and Drew Butera.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
      One wonders what the point of the Nishioka recall was. 3 games where management really learns nothing new, then sit on the bench for 3 games, leaving the team even more shorthanded because their is no way he's getting into a home game and giving the crowd a chance to show their feelings. All while carrying a 13 man pitching staff, and Drew Butera.
      Whatever the explanation... I hope it's a good one. Nishioka's short stint was as ugly as it gets.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
      One wonders what the point of the Nishioka recall was. 3 games where management really learns nothing new, then sit on the bench for 3 games, leaving the team even more shorthanded because their is no way he's getting into a home game and giving the crowd a chance to show their feelings. All while carrying a 13 man pitching staff, and Drew Butera.
      I imagine it went something like this:

      JR: Nishi has been hitting well. We should see what we have for 2013. Call him up.
      Game 1: Well, he has the jitters. It happens.
      Game 2: Did he just walk away from that ball?
      Game 3: Seriously. **** this guy.
    1. kydoty's Avatar
      kydoty -
      Dick: "It's national left-handed day, and I've been trying to do everything with my left hand today."

      Bert: "...everything?"
    1. TwinsGuy55422's Avatar
      TwinsGuy55422 -
      Attaboy Morneau. Way to go with the pitch. Let's tack some more on.
    1. twinsnorth49's Avatar
      twinsnorth49 -
      Morneau........again!
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Actual game comment... Morneau Yes... Stringing them together with two outs... A beautiful thing...

      Nishioka Question... I know Glynn said that Nishi was working hard and looking good... But AAA managers can't throw players under the bus publicly. It's like a hypocritic oath or something. That said... Based on what we saw... It has to be impossible for Nishi to look good at any level.

      Has anyone seen Nishi playing in Rochester and back Glynn up?
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Quote Originally Posted by kydoty View Post
      Dick: "It's national left-handed day, and I've been trying to do everything with my left hand today."

      Bert: "...everything?"

      Every once in a while Bert comes up with something really, really clever.
    1. Top Gun's Avatar
      Top Gun -
      The was the FO wanted to save some face. It wasn't what they were hoping for.
    1. twinsnorth49's Avatar
      twinsnorth49 -
      Not often you SO Prince on 3 pitches
    1. twinsnorth49's Avatar
      twinsnorth49 -
      Was that like 8 pitches? Nice!
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      I'm trying hard not to like Deduno.... It's not working...
    1. twinsnorth49's Avatar
      twinsnorth49 -
      It's often you SO Casilla on 3 pitches
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