|MINNESOTA ( HERNANDEZ )|
BALTIMORE ( HAMMEL )
|919||MINNESOTA||+160||Ov 9,-110||+165||Ov 9,-110|
|920||BALTIMORE||-170||Un 9,-110||-175||Un 9,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||3-2||+2.1||3-2||4.8||0.250||0.340||4.4||0.278||0.335|
|Past 7 Games||3-2||+2.1||3-2||4.8||0.250||0.340||4.4||0.278||0.335|
|vs Left-handed Starters||1-0||+1.5||1-0||7.0||0.342||0.405||4.0||0.200||0.226|
|Past 7 Games||3-2||+1.1||5-0||6.8||0.315||0.367||5.2||0.280||0.326|
|4/5/2013||HENDRIKS(R)||@ BALTIMORE||ARRIETA(R)||5-9||L||140||9 un||O||10||7||1||14||10||0|
|4/6/2013||WORLEY(R)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)||6-5||W||130||8.5 ov||O||9||8||1||11||7||2|
|4/7/2013||HERNANDEZ(L)||@ BALTIMORE||HAMMEL(R)|| |
|4/8/2013||CORREIA(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)|| |
|4/9/2013||PELFREY(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)|| |
|4/10/2013|| ||@ KANSAS CITY|| || |
|4/12/2013|| ||NY METS|| || |
|4/13/2013|| ||NY METS|| || |
|4/14/2013|| ||NY METS|| || |
|4/2/2013||HAMMEL(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)||7-4||W||150||7 un||O||13||8||1||6||2||0|
|4/3/2013||CHEN(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)||7-8||L||125||7 ov||O||11||5||0||14||3||0|
|4/4/2013||GONZALEZ(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||HERNANDEZ(R)||6-3||W||100||8 ev||O||9||7||0||7||4||0|
|4/8/2013||CHEN(L)||@ BOSTON||BUCHHOLZ(R)|| |
|4/10/2013|| ||@ BOSTON|| || |
|4/11/2013|| ||@ BOSTON|| || |
|4/12/2013|| ||@ NY YANKEES|| || |
|4/13/2013|| ||@ NY YANKEES|| || |
|4/14/2013|| ||@ NY YANKEES|| || |
|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.
|BALTIMORE: HITTING: The leadoff spot is 2B BRIAN ROBERTS' if he can stay on the field. His recent injury history is very troubling, though his talent makes him a risk worth taking. 2B ROBERT ANDINO and 2B RYAN ADAMS would compete for time if Roberts is out. The O's best hitter last year was arguably SS J.J. HARDY. He was healthy for the first time in years and flexed his legit 30-HR power. If Roberts and Hardy stay healthy, OF NICK MARKAKIS will likely hit third and see an increase in RBI chances. OF ADAM JONES seems to have the highest ceiling of any Baltimore hitter. 3B MARK REYNOLDS will probably end up at 1B. His horrendous average cancels out some of his 40-HR potential. OF NOLAN REIMOLD revived his MLB career with an impressive end of the season. He's got a shot to start in left. 1B CHRIS DAVIS is a candidate to start at first, third or DH as sort of a Junior Mark Reynolds. C MATT WIETERS is already one of the best two-way backstops in baseball at age 25. |
STARTING PITCHING: WEI-YIN CHEN pitched well enough in Japan (2.48 ERA, 1.06 WHIP in past four seasons) to become the de-facto ace of this horrible pitching staff. JAKE ARRIETA is a mediocre talent, but is good enough to secure a spot as a Baltimore starter. JASON HAMMEL hopes the switch from Coors Field will help lower his career ERA of 4.99. The highest-risk, highest-potential O's pitcher may be BRIAN MATUSZ. His 2011 line is frightening (10.69 ERA, 2.11 WHIP), but he has the raw skills and pitch repertoire to turn it around. TOMMY HUNTER came over from Texas midseason and should round out the rotation.
RELIEF PITCHING: There was talk of JIM JOHNSON being converted into a starter, but he'll open the season as the team's closer. Johnson established himself as the O's best option to close after going 7-for-7 in that role last September. KEVIN GREGG would step in as the ninth-inning man if Johnson falters. He was unstable in that role last year. Gregg is a trade candidate this midseason, in which case he'd probably end up a set-up man elsewhere. Flame-throwing MATT LINDSTROM is a darkhorse for saves. He saved 23 games for Houston in 2010 before being used as a set-up man in Colorado last year. TSUYOSHI WADA brings his finesse game from Japan. He's a heady hurler who hides the ball well, but he's in for a rude awakening in the A.L. East. BRAD BERGESEN and CHRIS JAKUBAUSKAS are long relievers who may get bumped into the rotation if the young Baltimore SPs struggle again.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (MINNESOTA-BALTIMORE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Twins-Orioles Preview* =======================
By JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
Minnesota (2-2) at Baltimore (3-1), 1:35 p.m. EDT
After dominating baseball's opening week with his offense, Chris Davis made a costly mistake on defense in the Baltimore Orioles' loss to the Minnesota Twins on Saturday.
Davis and Baltimore will try to bounce back to take Sunday's finale from the Twins, who must rely on spot starter Pedro Hernandez because of an injury.
Davis had spent his first four games lighting up opposing pitching, going 9 for 15 with 16 RBIs while becoming the fourth player in history to homer in his first four contests. Davis singled in a run Saturday, but failed to handle a groundball in the bottom of the ninth, an error that led to Justin Morneau's go-ahead single with two outs in Minnesota's 6-5 win.
"My glove was down, my head was down, the ball just went right through my legs," Davis said. "Just one of those things. I'll wear it on that one."
Though he didn't send a ball over the fence, the left-handed slugger can still tie a club record Sunday by driving in a run for the sixth consecutive game.
"I wasn't actually thinking I need to hit a homer," said Davis, who has gone deep in two of his last three games against Minnesota (3-2). "My mindset was more, 'drive in runs.' Homers come and go, they come in bunches."
Hernandez gets the task of trying to cool Davis in his Twins debut, two days after the team scratched Cole De Vries due to a right forearm strain. The left-hander, acquired in last year's trade that sent Francisco Liriano to the White Sox, didn't allow a run on 10 hits over 11 innings out of the bullpen in spring training.
But he was also shelled for eight runs on 12 hits - three homers - in just four innings in his only career big league appearance last season for Chicago at Boston.
"He had a good spring," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire told the team's official website. "He has a good changeup and has a good fastball he can cut and a nice looping curveball."
Opposite Hernandez will be right-hander Jason Hammel in his second start for the Orioles (3-2). Hammel yielded three runs on three hits while going six innings in Baltimore's 7-4 win at Tampa Bay on Tuesday.
"Ham went out there and battled for us," catcher Matt Wieters said. "He was able to get us through six innings and turn it over to the bullpen, which is the recipe we want to use."
Hammel has had success in three career starts against the Twins, going 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA in 20 innings. Jamey Carroll has six hits in 15 at-bats against him, while Josh Willingham is 5 for 12.
Morneau is 7 for 18 with four walks after his three-hit game Saturday. The Twins would like to get rookie center fielder Aaron Hicks going, though, as he's just 1 for 22 with 10 strikeouts.
Baltimore has won 10 of the teams' last 13 meetings.
|Last Updated: 9/16/2014 4:31:28 PM EST|