|MIAMI ( FERNANDEZ )|
MINNESOTA ( CORREIA )
|** Doubleheader Game #1|
|929||MIAMI||+140||Ov 7.5,-110||+145||Ov 7.5,-110|
|930||MINNESOTA||-150||Un 7.5,-110||-155||Un 7.5,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||3-7||-1.8||4-5||3.2||0.221||0.269||4.4||0.281||0.351|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-1.2||4-3||3.3||0.230||0.263||6.1||0.298||0.372|
|vs Right-handed Starters||7-6||+4||5-7||3.8||0.230||0.317||3.7||0.266||0.313|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+2.4||3-3||4.3||0.244||0.333||5.0||0.259||0.304|
|4/18/2013||FERNANDEZ(R)||@ CINCINNATI||CINGRANI(L)||1-11||L||175||7.5 ov||O||6||7||2||12||8||0|
|4/19/2013||SLOWEY(R)||@ CINCINNATI||LATOS(R)||2-1||W||230||7.5 un||U||7||5||0||5||4||0|
|4/20/2013||LEBLANC(L)||@ CINCINNATI||ARROYO(R)||2-3||L||200||8 un||U||8||7||0||13||17||1|
|4/21/2013||SANABIA(R)||@ CINCINNATI||BAILEY(R)||6-10||L||225||8 un||O||11||8||2||11||8||0|
|4/23/2013||FERNANDEZ(R)||@ MINNESOTA||CORREIA(R)|| |
|4/23/2013||NOLASCO(R)||@ MINNESOTA||PELFREY(R)|| |
|4/25/2013||SLOWEY(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)|| |
|4/26/2013||LEBLANC(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||FELDMAN(R)|| |
|4/27/2013||SANABIA(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)|| |
|4/28/2013||FERNANDEZ(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||VILLANUEVA(R)|| |
|4/29/2013||NOLASCO(R)||NY METS||HARVEY(R)|| |
|4/30/2013|| ||NY METS|| || |
|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)||0-3||L||140||8.5 un||U||7||12||1||9||9||2|
|4/12/2013||WORLEY(R)||NY METS||NIESE(L)||5-16||L||+100||7.5 un||O||6||6||2||15||6||1|
|4/13/2013||DIAMOND(L)||NY METS||HARVEY(R)||2-4||L||+115||7 ov||U||4||3||0||10||6||0|
|4/15/2013||CORREIA(R)||LA ANGELS||BLANTON(R)||8-2||W||+120||8.5 un||O||12||8||1||9||6||1|
|4/16/2013||PELFREY(R)||LA ANGELS||VARGAS(L)||8-6||W||+125||9 un||O||15||11||1||10||6||0|
|4/20/2013||WORLEY(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||PEAVY(R)||2-1||W||160||8.5 un||U||8||15||0||6||7||1|
|4/21/2013||DIAMOND(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||FLOYD(R)||5-3||W||135||8 ev||P||6||6||1||5||2||0|
|4/29/2013||PELFREY(R)||@ DETROIT||SCHERZER(R)|| |
|4/30/2013|| ||@ DETROIT|| || |
|MIAMI: HITTING: Ozzie Guillen takes over as manager for the newly named Miami Marlins, who will open their new retractable-roof Marlins Ballpark in 2012. Indoor games could generate more offense, but the fences are pretty deep (340' to left, 384' to 392' power alleys, 416' center and 335' right). New SS JOSE REYES led the NL with a .337 average and posted a career-best .384 OBP. Malcontent HANLEY RAMIREZ will reluctantly move to 3B, but hopefully he will play harder under Guillen than he has under the previous two skippers. OF GIANCARLO STANTON hit 34 HR last year and will drive in 100 if Ramirez stays healthy. OF LOGAN MORRISON cranked 23 bombs, but his batting average dipped to .247 with this new-found power. 1B GABY SANCHEZ fizzled after August 1 (.211 BA), but still had 19 HR and 78 RBI. OF EMILIO BONIFACIO swiped 40 bases and led the team with a .296 average, but he'll move down the order because of Reyes. C JOHN BUCK and 2B OMAR INFANTE's jobs are secure, but 22-year-old prospect MATT DOMINGUEZ might start 2012 in Triple-A instead of sitting and watching Ramirez and Sanchez at the corner infield spots. |
STARTING PITCHING: JOSH JOHNSON is dominant when healthy, but he's made only 88 starts over the past five seasons. His shoulder feels great after surgery last year, and he expects to take the mound on Opening Day. MARK BUEHRLE followed his former manager and signed a 4-year, $58M deal with Miami. The 33-year-old lefty was 13-9 with a 3.59 ERA last year, his 11th straight season of 200+ IP and 10+ wins. RICKY NOLASCO once again had 10 wins and a strong K-to-BB ratio (3.4), but also sported an 8.18 ERA and 1.61 WHIP in his final eight starts. ANIBAL SANCHEZ posted a second straight productive season, fanning 202 batters in 196.1 innings. He did give up twice as many HR (20) as he did in 2010 though. CARLOS ZAMBRANO will begin 2012 in the rotation, but where he ends up is anybody's guess. If Guillen can motivate him, Zambrano has plenty of innings left in his 30-year-old arm.
RELIEF PITCHING: The signing of HEATH BELL to a three-year deal gives the Marlins a reliable long-term closer for the first time since Robb Nen in the mid-'90s. Bell's numbers could suffer a bit with the move to a smaller ballpark and an alarming drop in strikeout rate (11.1 in 2010 to 7.3 in 2011), but he still throws 94 mph. STEVE CISHEK will be the main set-up man for Bell and could see a handful of saves, converting all three opportunities last year and fanning 55 batters in 54.2 innings. MIKE DUNN is the lefty set-up man in this bullpen. He has great stuff (100 K in 86 career innings), but remains extremely wild (53 walks in those 86 IP).
|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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (MIAMI-MINNESOTA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Marlins-Twins Preview* =======================
Miami (4-15) at Minnesota (8-7), 2:10 p.m. EDT
The Minnesota Twins and Miami Marlins finished at the bottom of their divisions in 2012. While things appear to be looking up for the Twins, the Marlins may be even worse off.
Minnesota can match its longest winning streak from 2012 when it meets visiting Miami in the opener of a split doubleheader Tuesday.
A 5-3 road win against the White Sox on Sunday gave the Twins (8-7) their fourth straight victory, putting them on the verge of equaling their longest run last season from June 30-July 3.
Josh Willingham, who has at least one RBI in each game during the streak, hit a three-run double in Minnesota's four-run seventh inning. Before that, Aaron Hicks - 0 for 19 over his last seven games - had an RBI single to tie the score at 2-all.
"I'd put us up against anybody right now," starter Scott Diamond, who gave up two runs over six innings, told the team's official website. "I think we're playing pretty confidently. As long as we can execute our pitches and continue to work, I think we're going to be better than everybody thinks we are."
Minnesota's pitching has been strong during the four-game run, compiling a 2.19 ERA while allowing 30 hits, eight walks and striking out 36 over 37 innings.
Kevin Correia (1-1, 2.95 ERA) figures to give the staff a good shot to continue that trend in the first game of the doubleheader, as he's gone at least seven innings in all three of his starts while limiting opponents to three earned runs or fewer.
Correia was slated to start Monday night's series opener, which was preemptively postponed due to approaching inclement weather. Four of Minnesota's last eight scheduled games have been wiped out before they began because of weather problems, including three at home.
"It's been frustrating, needless to say," Twins president Dave St. Peter said. "Everything pointed to a really ugly night, one that playing baseball on wasn't really an option, due to the rain, due to the snow, due to the wind, due to the cold. It just doesn't make much sense."
Correia will have to overcome some past struggles against the Marlins, though. He's 3-4 with an 8.01 ERA in eight starts versus Miami.
Facing this Marlins lineup, however, may not prove to be particularly daunting. Miami (4-15) is off to the worst start in franchise history hampered by an abysmal offense, though Giancarlo Stanton finally recorded his first RBI in a 10-6 loss at Cincinnati on Sunday.
"It doesn't give any excuse to my terrible play before that," said Stanton, who was 4 for 18 with eight strikeouts in the four-game series against the Reds and is batting .188. "I can only look forward. I could have hit left-handed and done as well."
Stanton's struggles are far from the only thing weighing down Miami's offense. The Marlins rank near the bottom in baseball in batting average (.212), slugging percentage (.266) and on-base percentage (.271). Their six home runs are the fewest in the majors.
"We haven't hit well enough to overcome those mistakes," said manager Mike Redmond, who played for the Twins from 2005-09. "Hopefully, this gets Stanton something to build on."
Making the start for Miami in the first game will be Ricky Nolasco (0-2, 3.86), who has felt the brunt of the inept offense while getting 1.54 runs of support per nine innings.
Nolasco has never faced the Twins, while teammates Juan Pierre and Miguel Olivo are 8 for 19 and 6 for 10 off of Correia, respectively.
Mike Pelfrey (2-1, 7.30) gets the ball in the nightcap for Minnesota, and he's struggled in his career against the Marlins. Pitching for the Mets from 2006-12, the right-hander went 1-8 with a 5.20 ERA in 17 starts versus Miami.
Stanton is 8 for 17 with two home runs against Pelfrey, who beat the Angels 8-6 last Tuesday after allowing four runs and seven hits over five innings.
Rookie Jose Fernandez will make his fourth career start for the Marlins in the second game. Fernandez (0-1, 3.60) is coming off his worst outing thus far, allowing five runs and six hits in four innings of an 11-1 loss at Cincinnati on Thursday.
The 20-year-old right-hander had a 0.82 ERA after his first two starts.
"If this would have happened to me last year, today I would have still been like going crazy about it. Now, it was just a bad day," Fernandez told the Marlins' official website. "I talked to some people, and the next day I was there getting ready to do what I do to prepare for the next game. I'm pretty happy about that."
|Last Updated: 9/16/2014 8:28:11 PM EST|