|MINNESOTA ( CORREIA )|
KANSAS CITY ( SANTANA )
|967||MINNESOTA||+125||Ov 8.5,-125||+130||Ov 8.5,-110|
|968||KANSAS CITY||-135||Un 8.5,+105||-140||Un 8.5,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||4-2||+3.8||3-3||4.7||0.236||0.329||4.2||0.269||0.330|
|Past 7 Games||4-2||+3.8||3-3||4.7||0.236||0.329||4.2||0.269||0.330|
|vs Right-handed Starters||2-1||+1.2||1-2||6.0||0.269||0.313||3.3||0.258||0.294|
|Past 7 Games||3-3||+0.3||2-4||5.0||0.264||0.323||3.8||0.258||0.303|
|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)||4-3||W||170||9 ev||U||4||5||1||7||6||1|
|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|| || |
|4/15/2013|| ||LA ANGELS|| || |
|4/1/2013||SHIELDS(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)||0-1||L||125||7 un||U||7||8||0||8||8||0|
|4/3/2013||SANTANA(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||PEAVY(R)||2-5||L||130||7.5 un||U||5||6||0||8||3||3|
|4/4/2013||GUTHRIE(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||FLOYD(R)||3-1||W||105||8 un||U||5||3||0||8||9||1|
|4/5/2013||DAVIS(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||KENDRICK(R)||13-4||W||110||8 un||O||19||9||0||9||4||0|
|4/6/2013||MENDOZA(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||LANNAN(L)||3-4||L||100||8 un||U||6||4||0||3||5||2|
|4/7/2013||SHIELDS(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HAMELS(L)||9-8||W||110||7 un||O||13||8||0||15||8||0|
|4/10/2013|| ||MINNESOTA|| || |
|4/12/2013|| ||TORONTO|| || |
|4/13/2013|| ||TORONTO|| || |
|4/14/2013|| ||TORONTO|| || |
|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.
|KANSAS CITY: HITTING: With Melky Cabrera gone, OF LORENZO CAIN will get first crack at leadoff and centerfield. If he falters, speedster JASON BOURGEOIS, vet MITCH MAIER and prospect WIL MYERS are waiting. Former Brewer YUNIESKY BETANCOURT will start at 2B and has good life in his bat for a middle infielder. OF ALEX GORDON may not hit for average, but his approach and power are there. DH BILLY BUTLER is rock solid, but it's fair to wonder whether his power will ever progress. 1B ERIC HOSMER has MVP-type upside, and he's on the verge of figuring out MLB pitching. OF JEFF FRANCOEUR still chases too many bad pitches, but the organization likes him and he still has some pop and speed. 3B MIKE MOUSTAKAS is too good for the minors, but he still hasn't caught up to major-league pitching. There's a good chance he finds his groove this year. C HUMBERTO QUINTERO will be the main backstop with BRAYAN PENA backing him up. Speedy SS ALCIDES ESCOBAR's bat hasn't caught up to his glove. |
STARTING PITCHING: K.C. once again hopes this is the year LUKE HOCHEVAR puts it all together. His velocity picked up late last year, allowing him to be more than a groundball guy. Lefty BRUCE CHEN's late-career renaissance continues. He'll be a reliable veteran arm in the middle of K.C.'s rotation again. FELIPE PAULINO has the biggest upside in this rotation. He's always had one of MLB's best fastballs. His problem was that, when he missed (which has been often), it was usually belt-high and over the middle of the plate. If he hits his spots as he did late last year, he's got potential. But Paulino will start the season on the DL with a sore elbow. The Royals hope to solve JONATHAN SANCHEZ's command issues. The lefty is a risk, but has legitimate No. 3 potential. Top prospect DANNY DUFFY will get every chance to pitch his way into the Opening Day rotation.
RELIEF PITCHING: JOAKIM SORIA is out for the season with Tommy John surgery, leaving GREG HOLLAND to pick up closer duties. Holland was the Royals' best bullpen arm in 2011 and his stuff has always been nearly unhittable. It's just a matter of whether last year's vastly improved walk rate was for real. JONATHAN BROXTON was a disaster last season, but he'll be given every chance to become the No. 2 guy in this bullpen because of his experience in Los Angeles. AARON CROW was a first-round pick (twice) for his college career as a starter, but wore down late last year, and walked too many batters.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (MINNESOTA-KANSAS CITY) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Twins-Royals Preview* ======================
By MATT BEARDMORE STATS Writer
Minnesota (3-2) at Kansas City (2-3), 4:10 p.m. EDT
What happened to begin the Kansas City Royals' 2012 home slate set a bad tone for the entire season.
They'll hope newcomer Ervin Santana can help them get off to much better start at Kauffman Stadium in Monday's home opener against the Minnesota Twins.
Kansas City's home since 1973, Kauffman Stadium will be the site of the team's next six games after it finished off a 3-3 season-opening trip with Sunday's 9-8 victory over Philadelphia.
The Royals' bullpen nearly blew a second straight ninth-inning lead, giving up four runs in the final frame. That would have ruined a career day from Billy Butler, who hit his first grand slam - which was originally ruled a double - and matched a club record with seven RBIs.
"It was just a matter of time with Billy Butler," manager Ned Yost said of his slugger, who started the game batting .133 with one RBI. "You knew he'd break out and do some damage."
More of that would help as Kansas City tries to avoid last season's woeful home start. The Royals went 0-10 in that first homestand for the longest single-season home skid in club history. It was also the majors' worst home start since the Chicago Cubs opened 0-12 in 1994.
The Royals went on to finish 72-90 for their ninth consecutive losing season.
Kansas City dropped 11 of 18 to the Twins in 2012, including six of nine as the home team.
Santana (0-1, 6.00 ERA) will face the Twins for the first time in a Royals uniform after going six innings in Wednesday's 5-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox, striking out eight with just one walk. The right-hander, though, was tagged for three homers.
"Yeah, he's going to give up homers because he throws strikes," Yost told the Royals' official website.
Santana faced the Twins once in 2012, throwing 7 1-3 innings in the Los Angeles Angels' 6-2 road victory on May 9.
Minnesota (4-2), meanwhile, begins the second leg of a six-game trip after taking two of three from Baltimore over the weekend. The Twins won just one of their first 12 series last year.
"It's early in the season but our goal is to win series," manager Ron Gardenhire said after Sunday's 4-3 win. "Get our fans back and excited about this baseball team in a positive way."
Minnesota goes for a third straight victory as Kevin Correia (0-0, 2.57) takes his second turn in the rotation. In his AL debut on Wednesday, the right-hander threw seven innings of two-run ball in a 3-2 victory over Detroit.
Correia's only previous start at Kauffman Stadium was June 21, 2008, while with San Francisco.
Jeff Francoeur has faced Correia more than any other current Royal, going 4 for 12 with a double.
Butler, who's batting .429 (15 for 35) during an eight-game hitting streak against Minnesota, has never faced Correia.
Joe Mauer, a .425 hitter off Royals pitching last season, has 12 hits in 26 at-bats versus Santana with a homer and four doubles.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 11:03:13 PM EST|