|MINNESOTA ( CORREIA )|
MILWAUKEE ( PERALTA )
|907||MINNESOTA||+120||Ov 9.5,-105||+120||Ov 9,+105|
|908||MILWAUKEE||-130||Un 9.5,-115||-130||Un 9,-125|
|vs Right-handed Starters||16-24||-1.6||15-24||4.0||0.236||0.304||4.5||0.290||0.341|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-4||3-4||2.6||0.209||0.259||5.6||0.297||0.354|
|vs Right-handed Starters||15-12||+3.1||17-10||4.7||0.260||0.317||4.5||0.263||0.306|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.6||2-5||2.6||0.236||0.277||4.1||0.262||0.324|
|5/13/2013||HERNANDEZ(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||SANTIAGO(L)||10-3||W||+100||8 ov||O||12||7||0||10||7||1|
|5/14/2013||CORREIA(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||PEAVY(R)||2-4||L||+105||8.5 ov||U||6||3||0||12||6||1|
|5/15/2013||PELFREY(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||AXELROD(R)||4-9||L||-135||9 un||O||11||9||0||14||9||0|
|5/20/2013||CORREIA(R)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)||1-5||L||140||8.5 un||U||6||7||0||9||5||0|
|5/21/2013||PELFREY(R)||@ ATLANTA||HUDSON(R)||4-5||L||185||8.5 ov||O||10||9||0||10||6||0|
|5/22/2013||WORLEY(R)||@ ATLANTA||MAHOLM(L)||3-8||L||170||7.5 un||O||9||9||0||10||8||1|
|5/23/2013||DIAMOND(L)||@ DETROIT||PORCELLO(R)||6-7||L||150||9 un||O||12||7||0||15||11||1|
|5/24/2013||DEDUNO(R)||@ DETROIT||SANCHEZ(R)||0-6||L||185||8.5 un||U||1||4||0||11||8||0|
|5/25/2013||WALTERS(R)||@ DETROIT||FISTER(R)||3-2||W||205||9 un||U||9||7||0||9||7||1|
|5/26/2013||PELFREY(R)||@ DETROIT||SCHERZER(R)||1-6||L||235||9 un||U||3||8||0||6||3||1|
|5/27/2013||CORREIA(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||PERALTA(R)|| |
|5/28/2013||DIAMOND(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||PERALTA(R)|| |
|5/30/2013||WALTERS(R)||MILWAUKEE|| || |
|6/1/2013|| ||SEATTLE|| || |
|6/2/2013|| ||SEATTLE|| || |
|5/13/2013||ESTRADA(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||BURNETT(R)||5-1||W||140||7 un||U||9||6||0||4||4||3|
|5/14/2013||LOHSE(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||LOCKE(L)||3-4||L||-125||7.5 ev||U||11||9||0||10||11||0|
|5/15/2013||GALLARDO(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||RODRIGUEZ(L)||1-3||L||-105||8 ov||U||6||5||1||4||6||0|
|5/16/2013||BURGOS(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||LIRIANO(L)||1-7||L||135||8 ov||P||6||8||1||13||9||1|
|5/17/2013||PERALTA(R)||@ ST LOUIS||GARCIA(L)||6-7||L||155||8.5 un||O||8||2||2||13||7||0|
|5/18/2013||ESTRADA(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||6-4||W||150||8 un||O||13||9||0||10||11||0|
|5/19/2013||LOHSE(R)||@ ST LOUIS||GAST(L)||2-4||L||105||9 un||U||10||8||0||9||5||0|
|5/20/2013||GALLARDO(R)||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||1-3||L||+105||7.5 ov||U||3||4||0||8||5||1|
|5/21/2013||BURGOS(R)||LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)||5-2||W||+120||8.5 ov||U||12||7||0||10||14||0|
|5/22/2013||PERALTA(R)||LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||2-9||L||-115||8.5 ev||O||9||7||1||12||8||1|
|5/29/2013||ESTRADA(R)||@ MINNESOTA||DEDUNO(R)|| |
|5/30/2013|| ||@ MINNESOTA||WALTERS(R)|| |
|5/31/2013||GALLARDO(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HAMELS(L)|| |
|6/1/2013|| ||@ PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|6/2/2013|| ||@ PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|6/3/2013|| ||OAKLAND|| || |
|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.
|MILWAUKEE: HITTING: It helped when the Brew Crew had Prince Fielder in the fold, but there's still lots of firepower here now that he's moved on. 2B RICKIE WEEKS starts it off, with some of the game's best bat speed. OF NYJER MORGAN doesn't hit the ball hard, but when it drops in he's off to the races. OF RYAN BRAUN has put up Hall of Fame numbers since day one. Now the big question is whether he doped to do it. OF COREY HART has improved his batting eye and is no longer an on-base liability. He's also one of the few Brewers hitters who plays even average defense. 3B ARAMIS RAMIREZ is on the down side of his career, but remains productive. Backup TAYLOR GREEN should see decent time behind him though. IF MAT GAMEL is slated to start at first; nobody knows if he'll be any good. He sure as heck won't be Prince Fielder. C JONATHAN LUCROY was effective in a middle-of-the-road kind of way. Fourth OF CARLOS GOMEZ still can't hit. SS ALEX GONZALEZ will play every day and has decent pop for a middle infielder. |
STARTING PITCHING: The Brewers' front three is among the most formidable in baseball. YOVANI GALLARDO has improved his peripherals every year as a starter. High pitch counts used to chase him early in games, but not anymore. One day he'll win a Cy Young. ZACK GREINKE was a product of bad defense, bad luck, and an unusually high home run rate. In the second half, he was a beast. SHAUN MARCUM pulled a reverse Greinke, starting brilliantly then fading down the stretch. Not too surprising, given the durability issues that have followed Marcum throughout his career. Most teams would still kill to have him as their No. 3 starter. People laughed when the Crew signed RANDY WOLF for three years and $30 million, but he's been a highly dependable innings-eater in both seasons as a Brewer. The same holds for CHRIS NARVESON. He's the very definition of a back-end guy, but as fifth starters go, he's pretty good.
RELIEF PITCHING: JOHN AXFORD and his Long John Silver's facial hair are proof positive that you don't need to spend a fortune on a closer. Axford was an undrafted retread when Milwaukee signed him. The list of 'proven closers' with fat contracts that Axford has outpitched each of the past two years is a deep one. FRANCISCO RODRIGUEZ ruined the Brewers' offseason plans by accepting arbitration. He's a decent bet for some cheap saves, and still brings it with that crazy body-flinging delivery. But the team may still deal him at some point this season. KAMERON LOE has made a reasonably smooth transition to full-time reliever.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (MINNESOTA-MILWAUKEE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Twins-Brewers Preview* =======================
By JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
Minnesota (19-27) at Milwaukee (19-28), 2:10 p.m. EDT
The Minnesota Twins and Milwaukee Brewers both continue to struggle, worsening records that were already two of the worst in baseball.
But each team's star - Joe Mauer and Ryan Braun - have done anything but struggle in recent meetings against each other's team. Each will look to get their respective clubs back on track Monday as Minnesota and Milwaukee meet in a four-game series, beginning with two contests at Miller Park.
The Twins (19-28) enter having lost 11 of 12 while struggling on the mound and at the plate. Their pitchers own a 6.11 ERA during that stretch and the offense has scraped together only 2.7 runs per game while batting .214.
Minnesota was limited to three hits and starter Mike Pelfrey was charged with five runs and five hits over 5 2-3 innings in a 6-1 loss at Detroit Sunday.
Despite an 0-for-4 performance Sunday, Mauer will try to give Minnesota a lift as he often has against Milwaukee. A .359 career hitter versus the Brewers, he's batting .456 with six three-plus hit games over the last 16.
The Brewers (19-29) lost for the ninth time in 12 games with a 5-4 defeat to Pittsburgh Sunday. They're also experiencing a severe run shortage of late, scoring 18 over their last seven contests.
Manager Ron Roenicke met with general manager Doug Melvin for about an hour prior to Sunday's defeat, according to the team's official website.
"Nobody's happy about how we're playing," Roenicke said. "We need to figure out what we can do to try to get it back on track again. There are no clear answers."
Braun, who drove in three of Milwaukee's runs with a fifth-inning double, is 17 for 38 (.447) with five homers and 16 RBIs in his last nine versus Minnesota.
The slugger hasn't always had a ton of success against Monday's Twins starter Kevin Correia, however, going 8 for 31, though he homered twice.
Correia (4-4, 3.90 ERA) forged a solid start to the season with a 3-1 record and 2.23 ERA in his first five outings. The last four have been forgettable though as he's 1-3 with a 6.75 ERA.
The most recent was his toughest yet, with Correia giving up five runs and eight hits over a season-low four innings in a 5-1 loss at Atlanta last Monday.
"I didn't throw the ball real great tonight," Correia said. "As far as this season, I think that was the only start that I didn't feel like I had good command of something I could go with."
Starting for Milwaukee will be Wily Peralta (3-5, 6.45), who has also been hit hard lately. He's lost three straight starts while surrendering 13 earned runs in 12 2-3 innings.
The Brewers didn't back him up well defensively in those games, committing five errors.
"I'm leaving too many pitches up, right down the middle, up in the zone," Peralta said. "Things are not happening my way."
Correia is 4-6 lifetime versus the Brewers but went 2-0 with a 2.50 ERA against them last year in four games, including two starts.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 8:43:33 AM EST|