|MINNESOTA ( DEDUNO )|
CLEVELAND ( KAZMIR )
|969||MINNESOTA||+115||Ov 9,+100||+115||Ov 9,-110|
|970||CLEVELAND||-125||Un 9,-120||-125||Un 9,-110|
|vs Left-handed Starters||7-5||+3.6||8-4||5.0||0.276||0.341||5.3||0.289||0.328|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.8||4-3||4.6||0.269||0.333||4.0||0.278||0.313|
|vs Right-handed Starters||24-22||+4.6||19-24||4.8||0.253||0.324||4.3||0.255||0.327|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.4||2-5||3.7||0.225||0.316||2.6||0.222||0.298|
|6/8/2013||CORREIA(R)||@ WASHINGTON||GONZALEZ(L)||4-3||W||180||7.5 un||U||11||13||0||10||6||1|
|6/9/2013||DIAMOND(L)||@ WASHINGTON||ZIMMERMANN(R)||0-7||L||180||7.5 un||U||3||8||1||14||8||2|
|6/9/2013||DEDUNO(R)||@ WASHINGTON||KARNS(R)||4-5||L||115||8.5 ev||O||8||9||1||10||9||1|
|6/18/2013||PELFREY(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||AXELROD(R)||7-5||W||-140||8.5 ov||O||13||9||1||11||5||1|
|6/19/2013||CORREIA(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)||7-4||W||+130||7 ov||O||10||11||0||9||5||2|
|6/20/2013||DIAMOND(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)||8-4||W||-120||8 ov||O||15||8||1||10||8||2|
|6/21/2013||DEDUNO(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KAZMIR(L)|| |
|6/22/2013||WALTERS(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KLUBER(R)|| |
|6/23/2013||PELFREY(R)||@ CLEVELAND||CARRASCO(R)|| |
|6/25/2013||CORREIA(R)||@ MIAMI||FERNANDEZ(R)|| |
|6/26/2013||DIAMOND(L)||@ MIAMI||KOEHLER(R)|| |
|6/27/2013||DEDUNO(R)||KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)|| |
|6/28/2013|| ||KANSAS CITY|| || |
|6/7/2013||JIMENEZ(R)||@ DETROIT||VERLANDER(R)||5-7||L||190||8 ov||O||10||7||2||12||7||0|
|6/8/2013||CARRASCO(R)||@ DETROIT||PORCELLO(R)||4-6||L||170||9.5 un||O||5||5||0||12||10||2|
|6/9/2013||MASTERSON(R)||@ DETROIT||ALVAREZ(L)||1-4||L||110||9 ov||U||6||6||1||6||6||0|
|6/10/2013||KAZMIR(L)||@ TEXAS||LINDBLOM(R)||3-6||L||130||10.5 un||U||5||5||1||10||7||1|
|6/11/2013||KLUBER(R)||@ TEXAS||HOLLAND(L)||5-2||W||155||9.5 ev||U||11||7||0||7||6||2|
|6/12/2013||JIMENEZ(R)||@ TEXAS||TEPESCH(R)||5-2||W||135||10 ev||U||10||8||0||8||9||0|
|6/17/2013||CARRASCO(R)||KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||1-2||L||+120||8 un||U||6||11||0||7||8||1|
|6/18/2013||JIMENEZ(R)||KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)||4-3||W||-105||7.5 un||U||6||5||1||7||8||0|
|6/19/2013||MASTERSON(R)||KANSAS CITY||MENDOZA(R)||6-3||W||-150||8 un||O||7||6||0||12||9||1|
|6/24/2013||JIMENEZ(R)||@ BALTIMORE||BRITTON(L)|| |
|6/25/2013||MASTERSON(R)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)|| |
|6/26/2013||KAZMIR(L)||@ BALTIMORE||HAMMEL(R)|| |
|6/27/2013||KLUBER(R)||@ BALTIMORE||GONZALEZ(R)|| |
|6/28/2013|| ||@ CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|6/28/2013|| ||@ CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|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 TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer
Minnesota (32-36) at Cleveland (36-35), 7:05 p.m. EDT
The Cleveland Indians have gotten back on track largely due to their rotation, though Scott Kazmir hasn't provided much help lately.
That doesn't bode well for the left-hander against a Minnesota Twins team that has been hot offensively.
The Indians look to continue their turnaround with a seventh win in nine games as they open a three-game home series Friday night versus the Twins, winners of three in a row.
Following a season-worst eight-game losing streak, Cleveland (36-35) has won three straight series. The Indians' rotation, which had a 7.59 ERA during the skid, has keyed the resurgence with a 2.34 ERA over the last eight games.
Nine-game winner Justin Masterson provided the latest quality start, giving up two runs over 6 1-3 innings in a 6-3 home victory over Kansas City on Wednesday.
"Masterson is our ace, no question about it," said outfielder Michael Brantley, who hit a pair of solo homers. "When our ace throws, we've got to win those games."
The Indians, though, haven't been winning lately with Kazmir (3-4, 5.89 ERA) on the mound. He's 0-2 with a 7.98 ERA in his last three starts, all Cleveland losses.
He gave up five runs and three homers in 2 2-3 innings before leaving without a decision in a 7-6 loss to Washington on Saturday.
Kazmir will attempt to bounce back with his second victory against the Twins (33-36) this season. He yielded two runs over six innings in a 7-3 home win May 4.
This time, however, Kazmir faces a Minnesota team that has batted .324 with nine homers while winning four of five.
The Twins matched a season high with four home runs to cap their first three-game sweep with an 8-4 win over the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.
"It always helps a lot when you've got everybody hitting in the lineup," said second baseman Brian Dozier, who homered for the third time in four games. "Hopefully that won't let up, and we can continue the hot bats and the pitching and defense."
Joe Mauer (7 for 15) and Ryan Doumit (7 for 12) may also be heating up after big series against the White Sox.
After winning six of nine on their homestand, the Twins hope to keep it going for right-hander Samuel Deduno (3-1, 3.26) as they open a five-game road trip.
Since giving up six runs and nine hits over 5 1-3 innings in a 6-0 loss at Detroit in his season debut May 24, Deduno is 3-0 with a 1.80 ERA in four starts.
He's 2-0 with a 3.50 ERA in three career starts against the Indians.
Brantley is 2 for 13 when facing Minnesota this season, while teammate Jason Kipnis - hitting .419 over his last nine games - is 5 for 13 with a homer, two triples and six RBIs in three games against the Twins.
The Indians, who took two of three from the visiting Twins from May 3-5, aren't expected to have first baseman Nick Swisher back until Saturday due to a shoulder injury.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 11:15:20 PM EST|