|MINNESOTA ( CORREIA )|
CLEVELAND ( KAZMIR )
|967||MINNESOTA||-110||Ov 9,+100||+100||Ov 9,+110|
|968||CLEVELAND||+100||Un 9,-120||-110||Un 9,-130|
|vs Left-handed Starters||2-1||+1.5||3-0||6.7||0.294||0.357||8.0||0.292||0.350|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||+0.4||2-5||4.4||0.248||0.292||3.6||0.283||0.328|
|vs Right-handed Starters||6-7||0||5-7||5.1||0.278||0.352||4.2||0.235||0.314|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.8||4-2||6.9||0.341||0.386||3.3||0.206||0.295|
|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)||3-4||L||215||8.5 ov||U||6||3||0||7||5||0|
|4/30/2013||WORLEY(R)||@ DETROIT||VERLANDER(R)||1-6||L||230||8 ov||U||6||9||0||13||6||0|
|5/1/2013||DIAMOND(L)||@ DETROIT||SANCHEZ(R)||6-2||W||200||8.5 un||U||10||7||0||6||4||0|
|5/3/2013||HERNANDEZ(L)||@ CLEVELAND||MASTERSON(R)||6-7||L||135||8.5 un||O||11||9||0||13||10||0|
|5/4/2013||CORREIA(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KAZMIR(L)|| |
|5/5/2013||PELFREY(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KLUBER(R)|| |
|5/6/2013||WORLEY(R)||@ BOSTON||BUCHHOLZ(R)|| |
|5/7/2013||DIAMOND(L)||@ BOSTON||DEMPSTER(R)|| |
|5/8/2013||HERNANDEZ(L)||@ BOSTON||DOUBRONT(L)|| |
|5/9/2013||CORREIA(R)||@ BOSTON||LACKEY(R)|| |
|5/11/2013|| ||BALTIMORE|| || |
|4/20/2013||KAZMIR(L)||@ HOUSTON||HUMBER(R)||19-6||W||-110||8.5 ov||O||22||12||0||11||8||3|
|4/21/2013||JIMENEZ(R)||@ HOUSTON||BEDARD(L)||5-4||W||-105||9 un||P||11||8||0||8||8||0|
|4/22/2013||MASTERSON(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||AXELROD(R)||3-2||W||-120||8.5 un||U||6||6||1||5||6||1|
|4/24/2013||MCALLISTER(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||2-3||L||125||7.5 ov||U||5||5||0||5||7||0|
|4/27/2013||KAZMIR(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)||2-3||L||150||9 un||U||9||9||1||6||8||2|
|4/28/2013||MASTERSON(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||0-9||L||100||8.5 un||O||8||9||0||10||7||0|
|4/28/2013||KLUBER(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||SMITH(L)||10-3||W||125||9 un||O||14||7||0||8||6||3|
|4/29/2013||JIMENEZ(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||DAVIS(R)||9-0||W||140||9 ov||P||14||4||0||3||4||0|
|5/10/2013||KLUBER(R)||@ DETROIT||SCHERZER(R)|| |
|5/11/2013|| ||@ DETROIT|| || |
|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.
|CLEVELAND: HITTING: SS ASDRUBAL CABRERA's reinvented swing, modeled after Ben Zobrist, likely led to his power surge. OF GRADY SIZEMORE is back on a one-year deal, so he has plenty of financial incentive to stay healthy. But he will begin the season on the DL after back surgery. OF SHELLEY DUNCAN is expected to get more playing time in replacing Sizemore, but speedy OF EZEQUIEL CARRERA is also waiting for his shot. Injuries and off-the-field issues spoiled OF SHIN SOO-CHOO's 2011, but there's a good chance he bounces back . . . OF MICHAEL BRANTLEY does everything well enough to get a regular gig in center. C CARLOS SANTANA is developing into a middle-of-the-order run producer. DH TRAVIS HAFNER can't be trusted to stay healthy or to produce power numbers. After another down year, 1B MATT LaPORTA will have to sit and watch CASEY KOTCHMAN start at first more often than not. 3B LONNIE CHISENHALL will get his chance to play every day, but dwindling production the past two years is a concern. 2B JASON KIPNIS will get first crack at second base. He's got nice pop for a middle infielder. |
STARTING PITCHING: JUSTIN MASTERSON's strikeout rate continues to decline, and he still gets hit hard by lefties. Still, his strong groundball rate guarantees he's a solid middle-of-the-rotation arm at worst. His velocity dropped last year, and there's no telling if UBALDO JIMENEZ will ever regain his early 2010 form. He's the definition of high-risk, high-reward. DEREK LOWE was a decent middle-of-the-rotation arm in the National League, but now he must adjust to facing superior A.L. lineups . . . Healthy again, JOSH TOMLIN will remain in the rotation. He's hittable, throwing strikes and relying on his defense. Former Twins hurler KEVIN SLOWEY rounds out the staff. Although he posted a 6.67 ERA last year, Slowey has exhibited pinpoint control in his career with just 84 walks in 532.2 innings, tallying a .470 K-to-BB ratio. JEANMAR GOMEZ is a decent minor league arm, but his ceiling is low (long term and in the immediate future). CARLOS CARRASCO may not pitch in the bigs this year after Tommy John surgery.
RELIEF PITCHING: CHRIS PEREZ is entrenched as the closer, but he was a bit of a disappointment last season. His velocity dropped slightly, and his strikeout rate fell off a cliff. If Perez gets hurt, VINNIE PESTANO is next in line for saves. He may be undersized, but his stuff is overpowering. TONY SIPP proved he can get out righties too, but his value is as a lefty-on-lefty guy. Ditto for sidearmer JOE SMITH, who is deadly on righties. But it would be a surprise if he shut down lefties for a second straight year. RAFAEL PEREZ has been hampered by shoulder soreness in Spring Training, but the lefty should once again be serviceable in the late innings this year.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (MINNESOTA-CLEVELAND) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Twins-Indians Preview* =======================
By JON PALMIERI STATS Editor
Minnesota (12-12) at Cleveland (12-13), 1:05 p.m. EDT
Scott Kazmir has gone nearly three years without a victory. His current teammates, meanwhile, have done nothing but win lately.
With five straight wins, the Indians hope Kazmir can help continue that run Saturday against the visiting Minnesota Twins.
Cleveland (13-13) has been firing on all cylinders during its streak, producing 46 runs and 12 homers while batting .357 despite the absence of injured regulars Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn.
The pitchers have also done their share, posting a 2.15 ERA. Cleveland starters had allowed five runs over the first four games of the streak before Justin Masterson was reached for five in 6 2-3 innings Friday.
That sub-par outing, however, wasn't enough to slow the Indians, who returned to .500 for the first time since April 13 after winning the opener of this three-game set, 7-6 in 10 innings on Drew Stubbs' RBI double - his fourth hit. Jason Kipnis matched a career high with four RBIs for Cleveland, which seeks its first six-game run since capturing seven in a row April 26-May 3, 2011.
"It makes you feel really good because he's a very hard worker," manager Terry Francona said of Stubbs. "We got Drew because we love his athleticism, his ability to play the outfield, and the way he runs the bases. And since Bourny went out, he's played Gold Glove-caliber center field - and I don't think he's getting enough credit for that."
This will be the third start of the season for Kazmir (0-1, 8.64 ERA), who's in search of his first win since beating Tampa Bay on Sept. 19, 2010.
After pitching poorly in his season debut, the left-hander was much better at Kansas City last Saturday, yielding two runs and five hits over five innings in a 3-2 loss. Kazmir, who spent last season pitching in the independent Atlantic League, hasn't faced the Twins (12-13) since April 29, 2009.
Justin Morneau is 5 for 14 with two homers against Kazmir, while reserve infielder Jamey Carroll is 6 for 10.
Kazmir will also want to be careful with Trevor Plouffe, who went deep Friday and is batting .395 with five home runs in 12 games at Progressive Field.
Cleveland's hot offense should get a boost with Swisher's expected return. The first baseman missed the last three games to rest his sore left shoulder.
"We didn't take these last (few) days off to get better and then blow it back out again," Swisher told the team's official website. "You want to get this thing behind you, put it in the rearview mirror and then get back in there."
The Twins, winners of 12 of 16 against the Indians, will have their most effective starter on the mound as Kevin Correia (3-1, 2.33) looks to win his fourth start in a row.
He's turned in five consecutive quality outings and pitched at least seven innings in each appearance. The right-hander scattered six hits - all singles - over eight innings and allowed one runner to reach third base in a 5-0 win over Texas on Sunday.
"Getting balls hit to people right now," Correia said. "Right now it's just going my way."
Correia lost his only start against the Indians on June 17, 2011, while with Pittsburgh. He allowed two runs and four hits over 5 2-3 innings.
Mark Reynolds has the most experience of any Indians player against Correia, going 13 for 44 (.295) with three homers and 18 strikeouts.
|Last Updated: 8/30/2014 11:28:45 AM EST|