|BALTIMORE ( CHEN )|
MINNESOTA ( DIAMOND )
|971||BALTIMORE||-105||Ov 8.5,+105||-110||Ov 8,-105|
|972||MINNESOTA||-105||Un 8.5,-125||+100||Un 8,-115|
|vs Left-handed Starters||5-5||-0.1||4-5||3.8||0.235||0.296||4.1||0.226||0.299|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.3||4-3||5.4||0.283||0.341||4.9||0.261||0.320|
|vs Left-handed Starters||2-2||+0.5||4-0||5.7||0.272||0.344||7.7||0.306||0.358|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+5.2||4-3||7.0||0.272||0.346||4.9||0.301||0.344|
|4/28/2013||GONZALEZ(R)||@ OAKLAND||COLON(R)||8-9||L||140||8 un||O||15||5||1||12||10||0|
|4/29/2013||BRITTON(L)||@ SEATTLE||SAUNDERS(L)||2-6||L||-110||7.5 un||O||4||1||0||11||7||0|
|4/30/2013||HAMMEL(R)||@ SEATTLE||MAURER(R)||7-2||W||-115||7 ov||O||13||11||0||10||10||0|
|5/1/2013||CHEN(L)||@ SEATTLE||HARANG(R)||3-8||L||-130||7.5 un||O||7||5||0||11||10||0|
|5/2/2013||TILLMAN(R)||@ LA ANGELS||BLANTON(R)||5-1||W||110||9 un||U||10||7||0||4||4||1|
|5/3/2013||GONZALEZ(R)||@ LA ANGELS||VARGAS(L)||0-4||L||120||8.5 ev||U||3||5||0||8||5||0|
|5/4/2013||GARCIA(R)||@ LA ANGELS||HANSON(R)||5-4||W||135||8.5 ev||O||12||10||0||6||3||0|
|5/5/2013||HAMMEL(R)||@ LA ANGELS||WILLIAMS(R)||8-4||W||110||8 ov||O||8||5||0||11||11||2|
|5/7/2013||CHEN(L)||KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)||4-3||W||-120||8.5 un||U||8||7||1||10||5||1|
|5/8/2013||TILLMAN(R)||KANSAS CITY||MENDOZA(R)||5-3||W||-145||8.5 un||U||5||4||0||7||6||3|
|5/9/2013||GARCIA(R)||KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||2-6||L||-115||8.5 ev||U||8||7||0||9||4||1|
|5/10/2013||HAMMEL(R)||@ MINNESOTA||PELFREY(R)||9-6||W||-115||8.5 ov||O||18||11||0||11||9||2|
|5/11/2013||JOHNSON(R)||@ MINNESOTA||WORLEY(R)||5-8||L||100||8.5 un||O||12||8||0||10||6||1|
|5/12/2013||CHEN(L)||@ MINNESOTA||DIAMOND(L)|| |
|5/14/2013||TILLMAN(R)||SAN DIEGO||CASHNER(R)|| |
|5/15/2013||GARCIA(R)||SAN DIEGO||MARQUIS(R)|| |
|5/17/2013||HAMMEL(R)||TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)|| |
|5/18/2013||JOHNSON(R)||TAMPA BAY||HERNANDEZ(R)|| |
|5/19/2013|| ||TAMPA BAY|| || |
|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)||3-7||L||105||9 un||O||7||9||0||12||6||1|
|5/5/2013||PELFREY(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KLUBER(R)||4-2||W||140||9 un||U||6||6||0||6||6||0|
|5/6/2013||WORLEY(R)||@ BOSTON||BUCHHOLZ(R)||5-6||L||185||8.5 ov||O||10||11||0||17||7||1|
|5/7/2013||DIAMOND(L)||@ BOSTON||DEMPSTER(R)||6-1||W||160||9 un||U||8||6||0||4||3||3|
|5/8/2013||HERNANDEZ(L)||@ BOSTON||WEBSTER(R)||15-8||W||160||9.5 un||O||19||9||0||12||7||1|
|5/9/2013||CORREIA(R)||@ BOSTON||LACKEY(R)||5-3||W||155||9.5 un||U||6||4||1||9||10||2|
|5/13/2013||HERNANDEZ(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||SANTIAGO(L)|| |
|5/14/2013||CORREIA(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||PEAVY(R)|| |
|5/15/2013||PELFREY(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||AXELROD(R)|| |
|5/19/2013|| ||BOSTON|| || |
|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.
|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 AL PREVIEW (BALTIMORE-MINNESOTA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Orioles-Twins Preview* =======================
By MATT BEARDMORE STATS Writer
Baltimore (22-14) at Minnesota (16-16), 2:10 p.m. EDT
Scott Diamond has been solid since coming off the disabled list last month.
The Minnesota Twins left-hander, though, continues to struggle at home.
Diamond will try to win a career high-tying third consecutive start - and his first in Minneapolis in nine outings - in Sunday's rubber game against the Baltimore Orioles.
Since coming off the DL on April 13 following offseason elbow surgery, Diamond (3-2, 3.03 ERA) has allowed just 10 earned runs and three walks while striking out 15 in five outings. The southpaw threw a season-high seven innings of shutout ball in Tuesday's 6-1 win at Boston.
"Everything is getting back in sync," Diamond, 12-7 with a 3.54 ERA as a rookie a year ago, told the Twins' official website. "This is what you always work toward. It feels good to have it happen. But it's still a long season, so we have to continue to build."
The Twins (17-16), looking to build off Saturday's 8-5 win, hope Diamond can deliver after going 0-2 with a 5.91 ERA in his first two home starts this season. He is 0-6 with a 5.15 ERA in his last eight starts at Target Field.
Diamond will face an Orioles teams that's won or split its last three series in Minneapolis.
Baltimore (22-15) has 30 hits in this series, led by third baseman Manny Machado, who has three in each game. Nick Markakis and Adam Jones are also feasting on Twins pitching. Markakis, 12 for 22 in five games against Minnesota this season, is batting .513 (20 for 39) during his nine-game hitting streak in this matchup.
Jones' streak versus Minnesota reached 12 on Saturday with a double, and he's batting .478 (11 for 23) against the Twins this season.
Jones and Markakis both have two hits in three at-bats off Diamond.
While the Orioles are batting .330 against the Twins in 2013, they've only defeated them twice in large part due to their starters posting a 10.03 ERA.
Sunday's scheduled starter Wei-Yin Chen (2-3, 3.40) will pitch against Minnesota for the second time in his career after throwing seven innings of three-run ball in a 4-3 victory in Minneapolis on July 19.
The Orioles have won three of the left-hander's last four starts after he went 6 1-3 innings in Tuesday's 4-3 victory over Kansas City. Chen's outing was cut short due to a rain delay, and he had to settle for a no-decision after leaving with a 3-1 lead.
"I just want to keep helping the team, do my job, keep my team in the ballgame," he told the Orioles' official website through an interpreter. "And keep winning the ballgame."
Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau have been doing their part to help Minnesota win four of five. Mauer, 6 for 9 with three runs and three RBIs this series, is riding a 10-game hitting streak, while Morneau has hit safely in seven straight games. He matched season highs with three hits and three RBIs on Saturday.
Mauer, Morneau, Trevor Plouffe, Brian Dozier and Josh Willingham, who had Saturday off, are all 1 for 3 off Chen.
The Twins' last home series win over Baltimore came in 2009.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 11:18:05 AM EST|