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Preview: White Sox at Twins

Posted by Dakota Sports FM on June 16, 2013 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)

White Sox at Twins


Mike Pelfrey vs. Dylan Axelrod


-Pelfrey was charged with five runs in four innings in his only career start vs. the ChiSox. He is 0-1 with a 4.34 ERA in last three starts. He is 3-6 with a 6.12 ERA on the season.


-Adam Dunn is 8-for-28 with two homers, five RBIs, seven walks and three strikeouts vs. Pelfrey.


-Dayan Viciedo is 1-for-2 with a homer.


-Axelrod is 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA in three career appearances vs. the Twins. He is 0-1 with 4.41 ERA in his last starts. The 27-year old is 3-4 on the season with 4.26 ERA in 13 starts. He will be making just his twenty-fourth career MLB start.


-Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau are both 3-for-4 against Axelrod in their careers.


-Eduardo Escobar is 1-for-4 with a homer.


Kevin Correia vs. Chris Sale


-Correia gave up four earned over seven innings in his only career start vs. Chicago. He is 0-0 4.00 ERA in his last three starts. He is 5-4 with a 3.98 ERA in 13 starts this season.


-Dunn is 4-for-12 with two homers and four strikeouts against Correia.


-Jeff Keppinger is 5-for-14 with a homer.


-Viciedo is 1-for-2 with a homer.


-Sale is 3-0 with a 0.93 ERA in 11 career appearances vs. the Twins. He is 1-2 with a 2.14 ERA in his last three starts. The 24-year old is 5-4 with a 2.68 ERA on the season.


-Mauer is 3-for-11 against Sale in his career.


-Brian Dozier is 1-for-4 with a homer.


-Morneau is 2-for-9.


-Josh Willingham is 1-for-12 with seven strikeouts.


Scott Diamond vs. John Danks


-Diamond is 3-4 with a 4.65 ERA in seven career appearances vs. Pale Hose. He is 1-1 with 5.87 ERA in his last three starts and he is 4-5 with a 5.19 ERA in 11 starts on the season.


-Alejandro De Aza is 7-for-14 against Diamond with three strikeouts.


-Dunn 3-for-12 with a homer and six strikeouts.


-Keppinger is 2-for-5 with a homer.


-Viciedo is 7-for-16 with a homer and four RBIs.


-Alex Rios is 7-for-19 with a homer.


-Danks is 6-9 with a 5.00 ERA in 21 starts against Minnesota.The six-year veteran is 1-2 with a 4.13 ERA in four starts on the season.


-Mauer is 18-for-48 with three doubles, six RBIs, four walks, and seven strikeouts vs. Danks.


-Morneau is 11-for-35 with three homers, ten RBIs, ten walks and eight strikeouts.


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Preview: Tigers at Twins

Posted by Dakota Sports FM on June 13, 2013 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Tigers at Twins


Scott Diamond vs. Rick Porcello


-Diamond is 2-2 with a 2.98 ERA in seven career appearances vs. the Tigers. He is 1-1 with a 5.87 ERA in his last three starts.


-Miguel Cabrera is 10-for-19 with three doubles, a homer and six RBIs against Diamond in his career.


-Prince Fielder is 1-for-14.


-Torii Hunter is 2-for-8 -Omar Infante is 3-for-10 with a homer.


-Victor Martinez is 2-for-11.


-Jhonny Peralta is 4-for-18.


-Porcello is 6-5 with a 3.65 in 17 career appearances vs. Minnesota. He is 1-1 with a 1.80 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 20 innings in his last three starts.


-Joe Mauer is 9-for-30 with four RBIs and three walks against Porcello in his career.


-Justin Morneau is 7-for-29 with a homer, four RBIs and three strikeouts.


-Josh Willingham is 7-for-13 with two homers, seven RBIs and four walks.


-Jamey Carroll is 9-for-22 -Brian Dozier is 3-for-8 with a homer and five RBIs.


-Ryan Doumit is 4-for-13.


Samuel Deduno vs. Anibal Sanchez


-Deduno is 1-2 with a 9.82 ERA in three career starts vs. Detroit. He is 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA in his last three starts.


-Andy Dirks is 6-for-10 vs. Deduno in his career.


-Peralta is 3-for-6.


-Cabrera is 2-for-8 with a three RBIs.


-Sanchez nearly threw a no-hitter last time he faced the Twins. A Joe Mauer ninth inning single spoiled Sanchez's bid. Sanchez is 1-2 with 2.56 ERA in his five career starts vs. the Twins. He was scratched from his last start due to shoulder stiffness. Sanchez is 1-1 with a 2.38 ERA in his last three starts. -Mauer is 5-for-12 against Sanchez in career with three strikeouts.


 

-Oswaldo Arcia is already 0-for-6 vs. Sanchez in brief career.


 

-Mauer is 5-for-12 with three strikeouts.


 

-Brian Dozier is 0-for-7.


 

-Morneau is 3-for-14 with a pair of RBIs and pair of strikeouts.


 

-Willingham is 2-for-16 with eight walks and seven strikeouts.


 

-Chris Parmelee is 1-for-10 with three strikeouts.


P.J. Walters vs. Doug Fister


-Walters is 2-1 with a 3.16 ERA in six career appearance vs. Detroit. He is 1-1 with a 2.33 ERA in his last three starts.


-Fielder is 5-for-11 with two homers and three walks vs. Walters in his career.


-Cabrera is 4-for-16 with a homer three RBIs and four strikeouts.


-Peralta is 4-for-12 with a homer and three strikeouts.


-Dirks is 4-for-10 with a homer.


-Fister is 3-7 with a 3.21 ERA in ten career appearances vs. Minnesota. He is 0-2 with 2.31 ERA in his last three starts.


-Mauer is just 7-for-27 against Fister with a homer three walks and five strikeouts.


-Morneau is 8-for-22 with a homer, four RBIs and five strikeouts.


-Willingham is 6-for-20 with two homers, five RBIs, three walks and four strikeouts.


Thanks to a big skid by the Indians, the Tigers have taken command of the AL Central. This could a horrible development for whomever emerges has as the second place team. Detroit is too good and their roster is too deep. It's hard to imagine them having an extended period losing.


Starting pitchers Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander are the top of leader board in wins. Miguel Cabrera is leading the league in batting average, walks, OBP and RBIs. He has a very realistic chance to win a second straight Triple Crown. Veterans Torii Hunter and Omar Infante are having solid years at the dish. Both are hovering .300.


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Preview: Phillies at Twins

Posted by Dakota Sports FM on June 10, 2013 at 1:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Phillies at Twins


P.J. Walters vs. Cole Hamels


-Walter has made one appearance vs. Philadelphia. He is 0-1 with an infinite ERA since allowed four runs on four hits and did record an out. Walters is 2-1 with a 3.00 ERA in his only three starts of the season.


-Delmon Young is 0-for-8 against Walters in his career.


-Jimmy Rollins 1-for-1.


-Hamels is 1-0 with a 6.23 ERA in two career starts vs. our Twins. He has struck out a Twin per inning. Hamels has had his struggles this season but he is still a very good pitcher. He is 1-2 with a 4.91 ERA in his last three starts and he is 2-9 with a 4.56 ERA on the season.


-Justin Morneau is 2-for-5 with a home and three RBIs vs. the fellow lefty Hamels.


-Joe Mauer is 0-for-6


-Josh Willingham is 9-for-31 with three homers, seven RBIs and twelve strikeouts.


-Ryan Doumit is 3-for-12.


Mike Pelfrey vs. Tyler Cloyd


-Pelfrey is 7-7 with a 5.16 ERA against the Phillies in his career. He is 0-2 with a 5.71 ERA in his last three starts.


-Chase Utley (currently on DL) is 13-for-39 with four homers, ten RBIs, five walks and four strikeouts against Pelfrey in his career.


-Ryan Howard is 16-for-43 with three homers, seven RBIs, seven walks and four strikeouts.


-Rollins is 13-for-44 with a homer, five RBIs, four strikeouts and five stolen bases.


-Cloyd has never faced the Twins. He will be making just his twelfth MLB start ever and sixth of the season. He is 2-2 with a respectable 3.68 ERA on the season.


Kevin Correia vs. Cliff Lee


-Correia is 1-3 with an 8.64 ERA in 11 appearances against Philadelphia. He is 1-0 with a 4.74 ERA in his last three starts.


-Howard is 3-for-11 with a homer, five RBIs and three strikeouts against Correia in his career.


-Rollins is 3-for-14.


-Lee is 8-4 with a 3.64 ERA in 19 career starts vs. the Twins. He is 2-0 with a 2.78 ERA in his last three starts and 7-2 with a 2.55 ERA on the season.


-Mauer is 9-for-30 against Lee.


-Morneau is 8-for-35 with three RBIs and five strikeouts.


-Jamey Carroll is 5-for-8.


-Willingham is 2-for-10.


The Phillies have been led by outfielder Dominic Brown. He was supposed to be their breakout player the last two seasons but he never quite found his footing. This year he has already smashed 19 homers, driving in 47 runs and has an OPS of .937.


Philadelphia features a pair of ex-Twins in Ben Revere and Delmon Young. Both have struggled but they are now slowly heating up. You can bet they be ready to face their former mates.


The Philly pen bolsters some gritty tested arms in Antonio Bastardo (team leader in appearances with 26), the devastating Mike Adams and the always intense stopper Jonathan Papelbon.


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Preview: Twins at Nationals

Posted by Dakota Sports FM on June 7, 2013 at 1:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Twins 26-31 at Nationals 29-30


Kevin Correia vs. Gio Gonzalez


-Correia is 3-3 with a 3.33 ERA in 13 career appearances vs. Washington. He is 1-1 with a 6.48 ERA in his last three starts.


-Adam LaRoche is 7-for-23 with two homers five RBIs, four walks and five strikeouts vs. Correia in his career.


-Roger Bernadina is 2-for-6 with a homer and a double.


-Jayson Werth is 2-for-10.


-Ryan Zimmerman is 5-for-17.


-Ian Desmond is 0-for-7.


-Gonzalez is 2-3 with a 7.80 ERA in six career appearances vs. Minnesota. He has struck out 26 Twins in 30 innings of work. He is 3-3 with 3.64 ERA on the season. Gonzalez is 0-1with 2.70 ERA in his last three starts.


-Justin Morneau is 2-for-5 with two homers and seven RBIs vs. Gonzalez on in his career.


-Joe Mauer is 4-for-14 with a homer.


Scott Diamond vs. Nathan Karns


-Diamond has never faced Washington before. He is 1-0 with 3.86 ERA in his last three starts.


-Catcher Kurt Suzuki is the only Nat to face Diamond before. He is 0-for-3 with a strike out.


-Karns is a rookie and he will be making just his third MLB start ever. He 0-1 with a 6.00 ERA, he has also struck out a batter per inning. He was 4-2 in nine starts at Double-A Harrisburg with a 4.60 ERA and 55 strikeouts in 45 innings.


Samuel Deduno vs. Jordan Zimmerman


-Deduno is finding his niche having given up just one earned run in last two starts combined. He has never faced Washington.


-Wisconsin native Zimmerman is on the most under appreciated players in all of baseball. He is 8-3 with 2.16 ERA on the season. He is 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA in his last three starts. He has 32 career wins in 92 starts with a 3.12 ERA. He too has never faced the Twins.


The Nationals are a team bursting with young talent. Years of losing left them with some high draft picks. Starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg and outfielder Bryce Harper (who both recently hit the DL) were back-to-back number one overall pick in 2009 and 2010. Jordan Zimmerman has been nifty surprise and former Twins Denard Span and Wilson Ramos add nice depth to a team that made the playoffs a season ago. Veterans like third baseman Ryan Zimmerman and outfielder Jayson Werth help round out a solid batting order.


The Nationals bullpen features stopper Rafael Soriano (15 saves and a 2.74 ERA), set-up genius Tyler Clippard (10 holds and a 3.00 ERA) and flame throwers Drew Storen and Henry Rodriguez.


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Preview: Twins at Royals

Posted by Dakota Sports FM on June 3, 2013 at 2:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Preview: Twins at Royals



Samuel Deduno vs. Luis Mendoza


-Deduno won is only start ever vs. KC. He tossed 6.1 innings while striking our four and giving up just one earned run on six hits. Deduno is coming off a solid outing that saw him baffle the Brewers for seven innings. He allowed just one earned on four hits.


-Chris Getz 2-for-3 vs. Deduno.


-Billy Butler, Alex Gordon, Eric Hosmer and Salvador Perez are all 1-for-3 against Deduno.


-Lorenzo Cain is 0-for-2 with and RBI.


-Mike Moustakas is 0-for-1 with a pair of walks.


-Mendoza is 2-1 with a 2.67 ERA in five appearances vs. our Twins. He has no record and a 2.16 ERA in his last three starts.


-Chris Parmelee is 4-for-5 lifetime vs. Mendoza with a homer and two RBIs.


-Morneau is 5-for-8 with three RBIs.


-Willingham is 2-for-9 with a homer and three strikeouts.



P.J. Walters vs. Jeremy Guthrie


-Walters has made one start vs. KC and he gave up six earned runs in four innings. He has won his first two starts by going six innings in each.


-Butler is 1-for-3 with two RBIs vs. Walters.


-Perez is 1-for-2 with a dong.


-Guthrie is 5-2 with a 3.55 ERA in 10 career appearances vs. Minnesota. He is 5-3 with a 3.83 ERA on the season. However, he is 0-2 with a 6.87 ERA in last three starts.


-Mauer is 6-for-13 lifetime vs. Guthrie with two homers and three walks.


-Morneau is 5-for-17 with two homers, five RBIs and three strikeouts.


-Doumit and Willingham have also homered off of Guthrie.



Mike Pelfrey vs. Wade Davis


-Pelfrey has made one career appearance vs. KC and he gave up six earned in two innings. He is 0-2 with a 6.92 ERA in his last three starts. I am sure I am not alone in saying, “put him out to stud please.”


-Jeff Francoeur is 6-for-20 with three RBIs and four walks against Pelfrey.


-Alcides Escobar is 2-for-5. -Cain is 2-for-4.


-Davis is 3-0 with a 4.08 ERA in seven career appearances vs. the Twins. He is 0-2 with a 6.61 ERA in his last three starts. He 3-5 with a 6.16 ERA on the season.


-Morneau is 2-for-10 with a homer vs. Davis.


-Mauer is 5-for-8.


The Royals are one the youngest teams in baseball. There was a lot of hype surrounding them prior to the season. They however have stumble mightily and they have recently fired their hitting coach. Royal legend George Brett was brought in this past week to be interim hitting coach. The Royals best hitter DH Billy Butler is hitting just .256. Young budding third baseman Mike Moustakas is hitting a lowly .177, what is encouraging is that so far Moustakas strike out rate is down and his walk rate is slightly up. This means he is at least hitting the ball. However his batting average on balls in play (BAbip) is a meek .183, this still means he is at least making contact. With Brett's help Moustakas should straight things out and he will start finding the gaps in defense. Brett has promised to give the Royals a 30 day crash course in hitting. Brett a member who is a member of the 3,000 hit club will hopefully help this team climb out the AL Central. They are also second to last in home runs and total bases.


The Twins should feel fortunate that they are missing starting pitchers James Shields (2.83 ERA) and Ervin Santana (3.33 ERA).


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Preview: Mariners at Twins

Posted by Dakota Sports FM on May 30, 2013 at 1:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Mariners at Twins


Mike Pelfrey vs. Hisashi Iwakuma


-Pelfrey has never faced the Mariners. He is 0-2 with 9.26 ERA in his last three starts. He lasted a total of 11.2 innings in those starts.


-Raul Ibanez is 11-for-35 with a homer, eight RBIs and nine strikeouts vs. Pelfrey.


-Michael Morse is 2-for-8 with a pair of RBIs.


-Iwakuma is 2-0 in two starts vs. Minnesota with a 0.00 ERA. He has only allowed just five hits in 13 innings. He is 5-1 with a 2.35 ERA in 11 starts this year. He has faced eight different current Twins and he struck out all of them out except Jamey Carroll who is 1-for-3 with two walks.


-Joe Mauer is 1-for-6 vs. Iwakuma.


-Morneau is 1-for-5 with a double. That double is the only extra base hit a Twin has against Iwakuma.


-Josh Willingham and Ryan Doumit are both 0-for-5. Doumit has struck out in three of those five at-bats.


-Trevor Plouffe is 1-for-5.


Kevin Correia vs. Aaron Harang


-Correia is 0-1 with a 4.30 ERA in three career appearances vs. Seattle. He is 1-2 with a 6.35 ERA in his last three starts. -Ibanez is 4-for-7 with a homer, five RBIs and two strikeouts vs Correia


-Morse is 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs.


-Jason Bay is 1-for-8 with four strikeouts.


-Harang has a 3.00 ERA in two career appearances vs. our Twins. He is 1-2 with a 4.34 ERA in his last three starts. He went the distance in his last start vs. San Diego allowing just four hits, while striking out eight Padres.


-Doumit is 10-for-29 vs. Harang with two doubles, three homers, four RBIs and six strikeouts.


-Willingham is 4-for-13 with a homer, three walks and two strikeouts.


-Surprisingly Mauer or Morneau have never faced Harang. He has spent the majority of his career in National League.


Scott Diamond vs. Brandon Maurer


-Diamond is 0-1 in two starts vs. Seattle with a 4.61 ERA. Diamond is 0-1 with a 7.98 ERA in his last three starts.


-Shortstop Brendan Ryan is a career .241 hitter. He is hitting just .209 this year and he finished last season a .194 average. Yet he is 5-for-6 lifetime vs. Diamond.


-Kyle Seager is 2-for-7 with a pair of RBIs.


-Justin Smoak (who is day-to-day with an oblique injury) is 2-for-6 with a homer.


-Rookie Maurer has never faced the Twins. He is 2-7 with a 6.93 ERA in ten starts this season.


Seattle started the season with a lot of promise. Off-season moves brought in slugging outfielder Michael Morse and the powerful 1B/DH Kendrys Morales. They also moved the fences in at Safeco Field. So many had visions of the mid-1990's Coors Field. Going into Thursday they had hit 58 homers, which is ninth most in the league. The Twins have hit 42 homers. Both teams have similar records.


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Preview: Twins at Brewers

Posted by Dakota Sports FM on May 26, 2013 at 7:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Twin 19-28 at Brewers19-29


Kevin Correia vs. Wily Peralta


-Correia is 4-6 with a 4.58 ERA in 20 appearances vs. the Brewers.


-Ryan Braun is 8-for-31 vs. Correia with two homers, five RBIs, three walks and three strikeouts.


-Aramis Ramirez is 8-for-27 with a homer and four RBIs. -Rickie is 5-for-25 with eight strikeouts.


-Peralta is just a pup at 24 years old. He has never faced the Twins. He is 0-3 with 9.24 ERA in last starts and 3-5 with a 6.45 ERA on the season. A trip to the minors could be coming soon.


Scott Diamond vs. Alfredo Figaro


-Diamond is has made one start vs. the Brewers. He went 5.1 innings, giving three earned runs and got the win. Diamond is 0-2 in last three starts with 8.92 ERA.


-Braun 2-for-3 vs Diamond with a homer and a pair of RBIs.


-Yuniesky Betancourt is 2-for-7 with three RBIs.


-Figaro has 0.1 innings vs. our Twins. He issued a walk and gave up an earned run.


Samuel Deduno vs. Marco Estrada


-Deduno who will be making his start of season has never faced the Brewers. He was tagged for six earned runs in 5.1 innings vs. the Tigers in first start.


-Estrada is 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA in four appearances vs. Minnesota. He is having a stellar streak right now with a 2-0 record and a 2.75 ERA in his last three starts.


-Justin Morneau is 3-for-4 vs. Estrada with a RBI and walk.


-Mauer is 2-for-4 with three runs batted in.


-Willingham is 1-for-4 with a homer.


-Doumit is 0-for-6.


P.J. Walters vs. Mike Fiers


-Walters will also be making his second start of the season he too has never faced the Brewers. He stopped a ten game Twins losing streak by tossing six gritty innings vs. Detroit on Saturday, while allowing just two earned, striking out three and registering the win.


-Ramirez is the only Brewer to have faced Walters before. He is 1-for-3 with an RBI and K.


-Fiers has made one start vs. Minnesota. He went seven innings allowing just one earned run, while getting the win.


-Doumit and Dozier are each 1-for-3 vs. Fiers


-Carroll and Willingham are a both 0-for-3.


Josh Johnson

Twins at Tigers

Posted by Dakota Sports FM on May 22, 2013 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Twins at Tigers


Scott Diamond vs. Rick Porcello


-Diamond is 2-2 with a 2.72 ERA in six appearances against Detroit. Diamond has been a very vulnerable pitcher as of late with 6.35 ERA in his last three starts. Diamond has been leaving the ball and opponents have bashed him for 12 earned runs over his last 9.3 innings. Diamond also six walks in his last two starts, he only had three all season leading up to those starts and just 31 in 173 innings a year ago.


-Omar Infante is the only Tiger to take Diamond deep.


-Prince Fielder is just 1-for-11 with four strikeouts.


-Miguel Cabrera is 8-for-16 with three RBIs.


-Porcello is 6-5 with a 3.35 ERA in 16 appearances vs. our Twins. He has only struck out 46 Twins in 91.1 innings. However, Porcello has struck out 19 batters in last 18 innings on the season.


-Josh Willingham, Trevor Plouffe, Justin Morneau and Brian Dozier have all taken Porcello deep.


-Ryan Doumit is 4-for-10.


-Joe Mauer is 7-for-27.


-Willingham in addition to the homer is 6-for-10 with four RBIs and four walks.


Samuel Deduno vs. Anibal Sanchez


-Deduno will be making his major league season debut. He has been hampered by some nagging injuries. Deduno has made two career appearances against Detroit. He has allowed 10 earned runs over 9.1 innings, Ouch! Deduno was of course a WBC hero, that got him mega press but this is Majors kid and that's means Miggy and Prince await you.


-The currently injured Austin Jackson is the only Tiger to homer off Deduno.


-Cabrera is 1-for-5 with an RBI.


-Andy Dirks is 3-for-6 with two doubles and triple.


-Sanchez will be making his third start against Minnesota this season. He has allowed just three earned runs in 11 innings while striking out 14 and walking five in the first two starts.


-Doumit is 3-for-13 against Sanchez with seven strikeouts.


-Mauer is 4-for-8.


-Willingham is 2-for-12 with eight walks and five strikeouts.


Kevin Correia vs. Doug Fister


-Correia is struggling currently with a 6.61 ERA over his last three starts. Correia gave up five earned in four innings at Atlanta on Monday. He did scatter seven hits and just two earned in his last his start vs. Detroit.


-Cabrera is 11-for-22 lifetime against Correia, with a homer and eight RBIs.


-Fielder is just 5-for-28 but he does have a homer and six RBIs.


-Jhonny Peralta is just 1-for-9 but that one hit was a dong.


-Fister is 3-6 in his nine starts vs. Minnesota with a 3.13 ERA. Fister is also struggling have with a 6.75 ERA over his last three starts.


-Mauer is 4-for-23 against Fister.


-Willingham is 5-for-18 with two homers, five RBIs and four strikeouts.


-Plouffe is just 2-for-14 but he does have a homer and three RBIs.


-Morneau is 7-for-19 with a homer, three RBIs and five strikeouts.


Mike Pelfrey vs. Max Scherzer


-Pelfrey's season ERA is still 6.57, he is however 1-1 vs. the Tigers having given up just four earned in 10.2 innings.


-Infante is 15-for-32 vs. Pelfrey with 14 singles, a triple and three RBIs.


-Dirks is 4-for-6 with two homers. -Fielder is 6-for-17 with two homers and eight RBIs.


-Cabrera is 3-for-12 with an RBI and six walks.


-Scherzer is a classic strike out per inning pitcher. He has gone at least seven innings in six of his last seven starts, including a 7.1 inning effort vs. the Twins where he struck out 10 and gave ups three earned.


-Morneau is 5-for-13 with three homers, four RBIs, four walks and zero strikeouts.


-Willingham is 5-for-18 with two homers and eight strikeouts.


-Mauer is 8-for-23 with a homer. -Plouffe is 1-for-10 with six strikeouts.


Our dear Twins have now lost eight straight and they sit at the bottom of the AL Central.


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Preview: Minnesota Twins (18-22) at Atlanta Braves (25-18)

Posted by Dakota Sports FM on May 19, 2013 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Minnesota Twins at Atlanta Braves



Kevin Correia vs. Julio Teheran


-Correia is 3-2 in 11 career appearances against the Braves with a 3.51 ERA.


 -Justin Upton is 14-for-42 lifetime against Correia with a homer and seven strikeouts.


-Dan Uggla is 5-for-17 with a homer.


-Jason Heyward is 1-for-6.


-Teheran has never faced the Twins before. He is 2-1 in seven starts this season with a 4.57 ERA. He has also struck out 26 batters in 41.3 innings.


-No Twin has ever faced Teheran.


Mike Pelfrey vs. Tim Hudson


-Pelfrey is 4-9 in 16 career appearances vs. the Braves with a 5.65 ERA.


-Brian McCann is 18-for-39 lifetime against Pelfrey, with two homers, 10 RBIs and five walks.


-Uggla is 13-for-32 with 11 RBIs.


-Justin Upton is 4-for-11 with three RBIs, five walks and five strikeouts.


-Hudson is 6-3 with a 2.13 ERA in 14 career appearances vs. Minnesota.


He is 1-2 in his last three starts with a 7.88 ERA.


-Joe Mauer is 1-for-7 vs. Hudson.


-Josh Willingham is 1-for-20 with three walks and seven strikeouts.


-Justin Morneau is 2-for-10.


Vance Worley vs. Paul Maholm


-Worley is 1-1 in six career appearances vs. Atlanta with a 3.57 ERA.


-Uggla is 4-for-9 vs. Worley with two homers and three walks.


-McCann is 3-for-10. -Freddie Freeman is 3-for-7 with a pair of RBIs.


-Maholm is 0-1 with an 8.25 ERA in two career appearances against our Twins. He is 2-1 with a 5.63 ERA in his three last starts.


-Willingham is 2-for-16 vs. Maholm with a homer.


-Mauer is 4-for-5.


The Braves made Major headlines this off-season, when they inked the Upton brothers to join right fielder Jason Heyward in one of the greatest young outfields ever assembled. So far Justin Upton has exploded with 14 homers (he had 17 all of last season). B.J. Upton has struggled, hitting just .140. Heyward who has already made a trip to the DL is also struggling with a .145 batting average. The Braves are still very much in their divisional race.


Rookie catcher/outfielder Evan Gattis has shown a lot of promise by bashing seven homers.


Atlanta enters this series with a damaged bullpen having just put Jordan Walden and Eric O'Flaherty on the DL (they are also without Johnny Venters who is having his second Tommy John Surgery). Closer Craig Kimbrel has shown signs mortality but he has already recorded 12 saves and struck out 23 batters in 15.1 innings.


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Boston Red Sox (24-17) at Minnesota Twins (18-19).

Posted by Dakota Sports FM on May 16, 2013 at 11:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Boston Red Sox (24-17) at Minnesota Twins (18-19).


Clay Buchholz vs. Vance Worley


-Buchholz is a career 3-1 vs Minnesota with a 4.54 ERA and 31 strikeouts in 35.2 innings. He is averaging a strikeout per inning over his last three starts.


-Morneau is 8-for-16 lifetime against Buchholz.


-Mauer is 5-for-13.


-No Twin has ever homered off of Buchholz


-Worley is 1-0 in two career starts vs Boston with a 3.00 ERA. He finally got his first win as a Twin in his last start despite give up five earned runs in five innings.


-Shane Victorino is 3-for-3 vs. Worley with a homer.


-Dustin Pedroia is 3-for-6.


Ryan Dempster vs. Scott Diamond


-Dempster is a career 2-2 vs. Minnesota with a 5.19 ERA. He 1-2 in his last three starts with a 4.50 ERA.


-Ryan Doumit and Morneau have both taken Dempster deep.


-Mauer is just 1-for-10 vs. Dempster.


-Willingham is 1-for-14 with three walks and three strikeouts.


-Diamond won his start vs. the BoSox which took place on May 7th. We went seven innings and only gave three hits. Diamond got gnawed up in his last by the Orioles. He surrendered nine hits and six runs in 5.2 innings of work.


-Boston as a team is a combined 3-for-23 against Diamond.


John Lackey vs. Pedro Hernandez


-Lackey is 7-6 in 16 career appearances against our Twins with a 3.53 ERA. He is 0-3 in his last starts with a 4.96 ERA.


-Mauer is 11-for-27 with two homers against Lackey.


-Oswaldo Arcia and Morneau have also homered off of Lackey.


-Hernandez has logged six career innings vs. Boston and he has been crushed by 19 hits and 14 earned runs. Amazing Hernandez is 1-0 in his last three starts with a 9.95 ERA.


-Pedroia and Victorino are both 2-for-2 against Hernandez.


The Twin took three of four games in Boston last week by outscoring the BoSox 31-18. Since then the Twins are 2-4 all at Target Field. The home stand highlight so far was Aaron Hicks's first career multi-hit game of his career on Monday versus Chicago, which saw him homer twice. He also stole the White Sox's momentum by robbing slugger Adam Dunn of a homer at key moment. The road is still very bumping and long but so far Minnesota has been better than expected.


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