|MINNESOTA ( CORREIA )|
MIAMI ( FERNANDEZ )
|967||MINNESOTA||+120||Ov 7,-115||+105||Ov 7,-110|
|968||MIAMI||-130||Un 7,-105||-115||Un 7,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||27-32||+3.2||25-33||4.1||0.244||0.314||4.4||0.282||0.335|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.7||4-3||5.3||0.289||0.354||4.9||0.291||0.359|
|vs Right-handed Starters||18-34||-7.8||26-22||3.6||0.238||0.287||4.5||0.259||0.319|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+3.5||2-5||3.1||0.211||0.246||2.3||0.219||0.271|
|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)||1-5||L||115||9 ov||U||5||4||0||8||6||1|
|6/22/2013||WALTERS(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KLUBER(R)||7-8||L||140||9 un||O||13||11||0||12||9||0|
|6/23/2013||HERNANDEZ(L)||@ CLEVELAND||CARRASCO(R)||5-3||W||140||9.5 ev||U||12||10||0||8||10||0|
|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||WALTERS(R)||KANSAS CITY||DAVIS(R)|| |
|6/29/2013||GIBSON(R)||KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)|| |
|6/30/2013||CORREIA(R)||KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)|| |
|7/1/2013||DIAMOND(L)||NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)|| |
|7/2/2013|| ||NY YANKEES|| || |
|6/14/2013||FERNANDEZ(R)||ST LOUIS||WESTBROOK(R)||5-4||W||+120||7.5 un||O||10||6||1||8||6||1|
|6/15/2013||KOEHLER(R)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||7-13||L||+175||7.5 un||O||11||8||0||17||8||0|
|6/16/2013||NOLASCO(R)||ST LOUIS||LYONS(L)||7-2||W||+125||8 un||O||11||8||2||5||7||0|
|6/17/2013||TURNER(R)||@ ARIZONA||CORBIN(L)||3-2||W||180||8 un||U||3||2||0||7||9||1|
|6/18/2013||EOVALDI(R)||@ ARIZONA||DELGADO(R)||2-3||L||165||8.5 ov||U||8||4||0||5||3||0|
|6/19/2013||FERNANDEZ(R)||@ ARIZONA||CAHILL(R)||1-3||L||140||8 un||U||5||5||0||4||2||0|
|6/20/2013||KOEHLER(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||GAUDIN(R)||2-1||W||160||7.5 un||U||5||4||0||4||4||1|
|6/21/2013||NOLASCO(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)||6-3||W||130||7 un||O||9||7||0||11||9||1|
|6/22/2013||TURNER(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||ZITO(L)||1-2||L||135||7.5 ev||U||10||9||1||10||8||0|
|6/23/2013||EOVALDI(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)||7-2||W||182||7 un||O||10||4||0||8||5||1|
|6/28/2013||NOLASCO(R)||SAN DIEGO||VOLQUEZ(R)|| |
|6/29/2013||TURNER(R)||SAN DIEGO||CASHNER(R)|| |
|6/30/2013||EOVALDI(R)||SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)|| |
|7/1/2013||FERNANDEZ(R)||SAN DIEGO||MARQUIS(R)|| |
|7/2/2013|| ||@ ATLANTA|| || |
|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.
|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).
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (MINNESOTA-MIAMI) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Twins-Marlins Preview* =======================
By MATT BEARDMORE STATS Writer
Minnesota (34-38) at Miami (25-50), 7:10 p.m. EDT
The Miami Marlins own the majors' worst record, but they've been playing much better lately.
Giving the ball to rookie Jose Fernandez could help the club continue its strong play Tuesday night when it opens a two-game series with the Minnesota Twins in Miami.
The Marlins are 25-50, but manager Mike Redmond's club has won 12 of 21 after taking three of four in San Francisco over the weekend.
"Awesome road trip," Justin Ruggiano said after Sunday's 7-2 victory. "We played some tough teams (Giants and NL West-leading Arizona). To come out with a winning record (4-3), first time this year, you can see things turn around a little bit."
The pitching staff carried the club on the trip - posting a 2.31 ERA to overcome the team batting .211 - but Miami has been better at the plate over the last 21 games, averaging 4.2 runs and hitting .254. The Marlins score a MLB-low 3.1 runs per game and are 29th in batting at .230.
"Getting (Giancarlo) Stanton back and (Logan) Morrison back, it's a big boost to our ball club," Redmond told the Marlins' official website.
Stanton is batting .288 with four homers and 10 RBIs in 13 games since returning from hamstring injury, while Morrison has a .286 batting average since his season debut earlier this month following knee surgery.
The Marlins open their six-game homestand with Fernandez (4-4, 3.05 ERA) coming off a fourth straight quality start. The 20-year-old right-hander is 2-1 with a 1.65 ERA during that stretch after giving up two runs in a season-high 7 1-3 innings of Wednesday's 3-1 loss at Arizona.
"I see him as a Cy Young (winner) in the near future because he's got all his pitches," Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero said. "He's that good."
Fernandez wasn't as good in a 4-3 loss at the Twins (34-38) on April 23, surrendering four runs in five innings, three coming on a homer by rookie Oswaldo Arcia.
Kevin Correia (6-4, 3.87) allowed two runs in seven innings in beating Fernandez, yet his 6.52 ERA in 16 appearances versus Miami - which includes nine starts - is his worst against any team he's faced more than 12 times.
The veteran right-hander, though, has struck out 19 with one walk in his last three outings. Correia fanned six and issued no free passes in Wednesday's 7-4 victory over the Chicago White Sox.
"It was a rough start, giving up the (Alejandro De Aza) home run to start the game, but I was pretty good after that," Correia told the Twins' official website.
There's a chance Correia will face Ruggiano, Florida's leader with 11 homers and 28 RBIs, to start Tuesday's game after the center fielder led off Sunday's contest with a homer and added a two-run shot in the ninth.
"We just led him off in hopes he'd put together some good at-bats and it happened, he hit a couple of big home runs," Redmond said following Ruggiano's third career start as a leadoff hitter.
Since capping off the April 23 doubleheader with an 8-5 victory, the Marlins have dropped seven straight to AL opponents.
Minnesota is 7-3 in interleague play since opening 1-6 against the NL this season.
The Twins took two of three in their only previous visit to Miami in 2007. Josh Willingham, Minnesota's leader with 10 homers, was hitless in nine at-bats for the Marlins in that series.
|Last Updated: 9/21/2014 11:15:02 PM EST|