|MINNESOTA ( DIAMOND )|
TORONTO ( MORROW )
|971||MINNESOTA||+130||Ov 8.5,+100||+135||Ov 8.5,+100|
|972||TORONTO||-140||Un 8.5,-120||-145||Un 8.5,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||44-66||-10.4||56-48||4.4||0.262||0.321||5.2||0.271||0.329|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2||3-3||3.4||0.241||0.297||4.6||0.248||0.306|
|vs Left-handed Starters||20-28||-4.8||30-16||4.5||0.252||0.305||5.7||0.282||0.343|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.9||4-3||4.4||0.276||0.351||6.0||0.304||0.360|
|9/19/2012||HENDRIKS(R)||@ CLEVELAND||MCALLISTER(R)||6-4||W||125||9 ov||O||12||9||1||7||6||0|
|9/20/2012||VASQUEZ(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KLUBER(R)||3-4||L||130||9.5 ev||U||7||7||0||10||9||1|
|9/22/2012||DEDUNO(R)||@ DETROIT||FISTER(R)||0-8||L||200||9 ev||U||7||6||1||12||7||0|
|9/23/2012||DIAMOND(L)||@ DETROIT||SCHERZER(R)||10-4||W||187||8 un||O||13||6||1||6||5||1|
|9/23/2012||WALTERS(R)||@ DETROIT||SMYLY(L)||2-1||W||200||9 ov||U||7||7||1||6||4||3|
|9/24/2012||HENDRIKS(R)||NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)||3-6||L||+155||9 ov||P||10||6||0||10||6||0|
|9/25/2012||VASQUEZ(R)||NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)||5-4||W||+180||9 ov||P||8||5||0||9||5||0|
|9/26/2012||DEDUNO(R)||NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||2-8||L||+215||7.5 un||O||7||6||0||11||6||0|
|10/1/2012||VASQUEZ(R)||@ TORONTO||LAFFEY(L)||5-6||L||130||9 ev||O||12||10||0||12||10||1|
|10/2/2012||SWARZAK(R)||@ TORONTO||JENKINS(R)||3-4||L||135||9 un||U||10||4||2||6||4||0|
|10/3/2012||DIAMOND(L)||@ TORONTO||MORROW(R)|| |
|9/19/2012||ALVAREZ(R)||@ NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)||2-4||L||187||9.5 un||U||10||11||0||7||2||2|
|9/19/2012||ROMERO(L)||@ NY YANKEES||PHELPS(R)||1-2||L||182||9.5 un||U||3||5||0||8||12||1|
|9/20/2012||LAFFEY(L)||@ NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)||7-10||L||210||9 un||O||10||9||1||8||7||0|
|9/21/2012||VILLANUEVA(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||SHIELDS(R)||1-12||L||187||7 ev||O||9||8||0||16||8||0|
|9/22/2012||MORROW(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||MOORE(L)||5-11||L||170||7 ov||O||10||8||0||15||10||0|
|9/23/2012||JENKINS(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)||0-3||L||220||8.5 un||U||7||9||0||7||6||0|
|9/24/2012||ALVAREZ(R)||@ BALTIMORE||JOHNSON(R)||1-4||L||175||8.5 ov||U||8||8||0||10||5||0|
|9/24/2012||ROMERO(L)||@ BALTIMORE||CHEN(L)||9-5||W||185||9 un||O||13||7||2||12||10||0|
|9/25/2012||LAFFEY(L)||@ BALTIMORE||SAUNDERS(L)||4-0||W||165||9 ev||U||13||7||1||6||9||1|
|9/26/2012||VILLANUEVA(R)||@ BALTIMORE||GONZALEZ(R)||2-12||L||155||8.5 ev||O||7||4||2||12||2||0|
|9/27/2012||MORROW(R)||NY YANKEES||NOVA(R)||6-0||W||+120||9 un||U||10||6||0||5||7||0|
|9/28/2012||JENKINS(R)||NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)||4-11||L||+175||9 ev||O||12||11||1||13||8||0|
|9/29/2012||ROMERO(L)||NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)||3-2||W||+170||8.5 un||U||7||6||2||9||10||0|
|9/30/2012||ALVAREZ(R)||NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)||6-9||L||+150||9 un||O||10||8||1||15||9||0|
|MINNESOTA: HITTING: OF BEN REVERE's slap-and-run style fits well in spacious Target Field. He will compete with lefty Chris Parmelee for the starting RF job. OF DENARD SPAN should be over his concussion problems. He works the count well as a steady presence near the top of the order. C JOE MAUER will see more time at first in an attempt to keep him healthy. Offensively, he'll be limited by a pitcher-friendly home park and no support in the lineup. RYAN DOUMIT has a chance to play regularly and stay healthy as a full-time DH and/or backing up Mauer behind the dish. 1B JUSTIN MORNEAU's concussion symptoms came back late last year. It's a bad omen. OF JOSH WILLINGHAM is being relied on to produce runs, but he's going from one pitcher-friendly home park (Oakland) to another. 3B DANNY VALENCIA showed enough power in 2011 to secure an everyday job heading into 2012. Newly signed SS JAMEY CARROLL has done a nice job off the bench, but hasn't been tested in an everyday role. If hamstring problems are still holding him back, 2B ALEXI CASILLA has won the second-base job ahead of disappointing import TSUYOSHI NISHIOKA, who will start the year in the minors. |
STARTING PITCHING: Who would have thought CARL PAVANO would emerge as the picture of consistency and durability? While he's far from a star, the veteran continues to be a rock for Minnesota, throwing strikes and eating innings. SCOTT BAKER got hurt again last year. If he could ever stay healthy, he's the prototype for success at Target Field'lots of strikeouts, few walks, lots of flyouts. The FRANCISCO LIRIANO rollercoaster nosedived again last year. The Twins have gotten so desperate to keep him healthy that they actually let him pitch more over the offseason. He's obviously a huge risk again. BRIAN DUENSING, NICK BLACKBURN and JASON MARQUIS are all the definition of fifth starter. They serve it up, give up a lot of hard-hit balls, and hope they get hit right at their defenders. If Duensing and Blackburn falter, ANTHONY SWARZAK probably pitched well enough last year to get a shot in the rotation. LIAM HENDRICKS, one of the organization's better prospects, would be a slightly more exciting option.
RELIEF PITCHING: Despite his underwhelming performance last year, MATT CAPPS will pitch the ninth inning again because of his 'closer's experience.' He figures to be on an undeservedly long leash. GLEN PERKINS certainly proved he deserves to close. He was Minnesota's best reliever in his first full season in the 'pen. His velocity was up as a short reliever, and the lefty was truly overpowering. If things go sour for the Twins again this season (and it seems likely they will), perhaps they'll get serious about Perkins later this year.
|TORONTO: HITTING: SS YUNEL ESCOBAR brings a little pop and could score runs in bunches atop a solid lineup. OF JOSE BAUTISTA has simply been the best hitter in baseball the past two seasons. 1B ADAM LIND will have plenty of RBI chances, but his average stinks and he faded late last year. 3B BRETT LAWRIE will be a 30-30 candidate in his prime and he's a solid slugger already. Expect big power numbers but a painful average in C J.P. ARENCIBIA's sophomore season. OF COLBY RASMUS should have his head right this year and could see an uptick in power numbers. 2B KELLY JOHNSON improved his dreadful average after being traded to Toronto. He has great potential as a 20-20 candidate. DH EDWIN ENCARNACION raked at home last season and has the position flexibility to stay in the lineup every day. OF ERIC THAMES will start in left field. Thames has 15-15 potential. OF RAJAI DAVIS' speed makes him worthy of staying in the fourth outfielder role. |
STARTING PITCHING: He's not really an ace, but RICKY ROMERO is a solid innings-eater at the front of the Jays' staff. He's a low-risk, low-reward starting pitcher. BRANDON MORROW's talent is intriguing. His mid-90s heat and deceptive slider lead to huge strikeout tallies, but also leads to a lot of gopher balls. Questionable conditioning was an issue for BRETT CECIL last year, as he gave up a whopping 37 HR between the majors and Triple-A. He seemed to straighten things out over the second half of last season. HENDERSON ALVAREZ's performance as a 21-year-old gives him an inside track for a rotation spot. He has intriguing upside. DUSTIN McGOWAN returned in September from a 38-month layoff to put himself in the mix for the rotation. His mid-90s gas is still there, giving him 175-K potential. KYLE DRABEK has great potential, but he was a disaster in 2011. He could not command his promising arsenal of pitches, and broke down mentally at times.
RELIEF PITCHING: SERGIO SANTOS has unhittable stuff, but will have to battle newcomer FRANCISCO CORDERO as Toronto's closer. Cordero's strikeout rate dropped down to a putrid 5.4 K/9 last year, but he showed great command with a stellar 1.02 WHIP. CASEY JANSSEN was Toronto's most improved pitcher in 2011. He has a sinking fastball, a pretty good K rate and performed quite well against the AL East last season. Prospect JOEL CARRENO, a starter in the minors, is a closer-in-waiting. He was impressive out of the pen after a late-August call-up, and averaged better than a strikeout per inning, albeit with shaky control, in the minors.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (MINNESOTA-TORONTO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Twins-Blue Jays Preview* =========================
By DAN BURCH STATS Writer
Minnesota (66-94) at Toronto (71-89), 7:07 p.m. EDT
Different year, same results.
Two disappointing campaigns come to a close Wednesday night when the Toronto Blue Jays host the Minnesota Twins in the season finale for both teams.
The Blue Jays (72-89) will be looking for a sweep and to end the year on a positive note following a disappointing second-half swoon that assures them of their worst record since 2004, when they went 67-94. Toronto will finish fourth in the AL East for the fifth consecutive season.
The Blue Jays were over .500 as late as the end of July but a difficult closing slate, including 19 games in September against New York, Baltimore and Tampa Bay, caused them to drop. They are 21-40 since July 29.
Toronto did beat the Twins (66-95) for a second straight night Tuesday, as Chad Jenkins earned his first major league victory and Kelly Johnson had a two-run homer in a 4-3 win.
It was the Twins' fourth straight loss, and Joe Mauer likely won't thwart Detroit star Miguel Cabrera's attempt to win the Triple Crown. He went hitless Tuesday and is 1 for 8 in the series. Mauer's .320 batting average is now third in the AL behind Cabrera (.331) and the Angels' Mike Trout.
"Unless (Mauer) goes 9 for 9 tomorrow, he might not be able to catch (Cabrera)," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said.
Minnesota will finish with back-to-back losing seasons for the first time since 2000, when it wrapped up a string of eight straight losing records. And just like last year, the Twins will finish with the worst record in the AL, a far cry from the team that won the Central in 2009 and 2010 to conclude a stretch of six division titles in nine years.
Ontario native Scott Diamond (12-8, 3.54 ERA) looks to close out a very nice first full season in the majors with his first start in Canada. After making seven starts at the end of last year, the left-hander has performed solidly for a Twins team that has the second-worst ERA in the AL. He leads the team in wins and innings pitched, and with a good outing Wednesday, could move into the top 10 in the AL in ERA.
Diamond, the only Twin with more than six wins, allowed five hits in seven scoreless innings of a 4-3 victory over Toronto on May 13.
Brandon Morrow (9-7, 3.09) will try to get to double-digit wins for the third straight season when he takes the mound for the Blue Jays. The right-hander has lowered his ERA by more than a run this season and has a career-high three complete games. However, he's made only 20 starts due to a stint on the 60-day disabled list because of a strained left oblique.
Since returning to action in late August, Morrow has gone 2-3 with a 3.23 ERA in seven starts. He beat the Yankees on Thursday, allowing four hits in seven innings of a 6-0 victory. Morrow is 1-1 with a 6.10 ERA and two saves in seven career appearances against the Twins, last facing them in 2011.
|Last Updated: 7/27/2017 7:48:20 PM EST|