|MINNESOTA ( HENDRIKS )|
KANSAS CITY ( DAVIS )
|973||MINNESOTA||+125||Ov 8.5,-120||+140||Ov 8.5,+110|
|974||KANSAS CITY||-135||Un 8.5,+100||-150||Un 8.5,-130|
|vs Right-handed Starters||4-4||+1.8||4-4||4.1||0.237||0.320||4.4||0.286||0.337|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+2.8||4-3||4.4||0.238||0.316||4.4||0.290||0.340|
|vs Right-handed Starters||4-1||+3.2||2-3||5.6||0.295||0.330||3.0||0.250||0.293|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.2||3-4||5.7||0.290||0.337||3.9||0.253||0.304|
|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)||1-3||L||135||9 un||U||8||7||0||9||5||0|
|4/9/2013||PELFREY(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||4-7||L||140||8.5 un||O||8||7||0||13||5||1|
|4/10/2013||HENDRIKS(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||DAVIS(R)|| |
|4/12/2013|| ||NY METS|| || |
|4/13/2013|| ||NY METS|| || |
|4/14/2013|| ||NY METS|| || |
|4/15/2013|| ||LA ANGELS|| || |
|4/16/2013|| ||LA ANGELS|| || |
|4/17/2013|| ||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|
|4/12/2013|| ||TORONTO|| || |
|4/13/2013|| ||TORONTO|| || |
|4/14/2013|| ||TORONTO|| || |
|4/16/2013|| ||@ ATLANTA|| || |
|4/17/2013|| ||@ ATLANTA|| || |
|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 JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
Minnesota (4-3) at Kansas City (4-3), 8:10 p.m. EDT
The Kansas City Royals' bats got off to a slow start last week, but now they continue to string hits together.
Kansas City will also look to string together its fourth straight win on Wednesday night as it seeks its first three-game sweep of the Minnesota Twins in nearly two years.
The Royals (5-3) began the season with two losses while totaling two runs on 12 hits. They've won five of six since, with Tuesday's 7-4 victory over the Twins marking their third time with 13 or more hits in the last five contests.
It's a far cry from the 12-game losing streak they endured last April.
"We're starting to realize we can win," said closer Greg Holland, who earned the save Tuesday. "Last year, we were trying to figure it out mentally as far as being confident day in and day out. Now this team is really confident."
Alex Gordon continues to lead the offense since an 0-for-3 performance on opening day, going 13 for 30 since. He had his second triple on Tuesday while going 2 for 4 with two runs.
Looking to benefit from Kansas City's production Wednesday, as it tries for its first three-game sweep of Minnesota since April 29-May 1, 2011, will be starter Wade Davis. He struggled Friday at Philadelphia in his first start since 2011, giving up four runs on nine hits and exiting down 4-0 after four innings. But the Royals' offense got going from there, scoring at least two runs apiece in the final five innings of a 13-4 victory.
Starting for the Twins (4-4) will be Liam Hendriks, who is 0-1 with a 7.24 ERA in three starts versus Kansas City. Mike Moustakas, Billy Butler and Salvador Perez are a combined 14 of 22 against Hendriks.
The right-hander gave up four runs on eight hits in 4 2-3 innings in a 9-5 loss at Baltimore on Friday.
"The last outing was sketchy, but I don't think I should put any pressure on him," general manager Terry Ryan told the team's official website. "He's capable of giving us good outings."
Holland gained a measure of redemption with Tuesday's save, though not without some dramatics. Some wondered how long Holland's job would be safe after he gave up four runs on three hits and three walks over a combined inning of work in his last two appearances. But he struck out Joe Mauer to end the game after loading the bases with two walks and a single.
"He's just been kind of a slow starter," manager Ned Yost told the Royals' official website. "Once he gets his feet underneath him, he's lights out. We'll adjust it out."
Only four current Twins have at-bats against Davis, with Mauer going 4 for 5 against him. Davis allowed 10 runs over 10 1-3 innings in his first two career starts against the Twins in 2010, but posted a 2.89 ERA over 18 2-3 innings in three starts versus Minnesota in 2011.
Butler has hit safely in his last 10 games against the Twins, going 18 for 42 (.429) with 10 RBIs.
Kansas City hadn't committed an error this season until Moustakas mishandled a groundball from Darin Mastroianni in the fifth inning of Tuesday's game.
|Last Updated: 9/23/2014 9:24:33 AM EST|