|KANSAS CITY ( SANTANA )|
MINNESOTA ( CORREIA )
|919||KANSAS CITY||-105||Ov 8.5,-110||-115||Ov 8,-115|
|920||MINNESOTA||-105||Un 8.5,-110||+105||Un 8,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||30-27||+3||22-32||4.2||0.269||0.317||3.7||0.251||0.313|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.2||2-5||4.0||0.276||0.312||4.0||0.267||0.335|
|vs Right-handed Starters||29-35||+2.2||26-36||4.1||0.244||0.314||4.4||0.282||0.333|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.6||2-4||4.1||0.275||0.348||4.6||0.284||0.350|
|6/16/2013||DAVIS(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||HERNANDEZ(R)||5-3||W||135||8 un||P||11||10||0||7||8||1|
|6/17/2013||SHIELDS(R)||@ CLEVELAND||CARRASCO(R)||2-1||W||-130||8 un||U||7||8||1||6||11||0|
|6/18/2013||SANTANA(R)||@ CLEVELAND||JIMENEZ(R)||3-4||L||-105||7.5 un||U||7||8||0||6||5||1|
|6/19/2013||MENDOZA(R)||@ CLEVELAND||MASTERSON(R)||3-6||L||140||8 un||O||12||9||1||7||6||0|
|6/21/2013||GUTHRIE(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||SANTIAGO(L)||1-9||L||-135||8.5 ov||O||3||2||1||11||7||0|
|6/22/2013||DAVIS(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||2-3||L||-120||8.5 un||U||7||6||0||9||8||0|
|6/23/2013||SHIELDS(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||AXELROD(R)||7-6||W||-190||8 ev||O||12||8||0||11||10||2|
|6/27/2013||GUTHRIE(R)||@ MINNESOTA||DEDUNO(R)||1-3||L||125||9 ov||U||7||7||1||6||4||0|
|6/28/2013||SHIELDS(R)||@ MINNESOTA||WALTERS(R)||9-3||W||-135||8 ov||O||11||2||0||10||9||0|
|6/29/2013||DAVIS(R)||@ MINNESOTA||GIBSON(R)||2-6||L||105||8.5 un||U||10||9||0||9||5||0|
|6/30/2013||SANTANA(R)||@ MINNESOTA||CORREIA(R)|| |
|7/6/2013||SANTANA(R)||OAKLAND|| || |
|7/7/2013|| ||OAKLAND|| || |
|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)||2-4||L||105||7 ov||U||8||9||3||8||8||1|
|6/26/2013||DIAMOND(L)||@ MIAMI||KOEHLER(R)||3-5||L||100||8 un||P||8||9||1||11||6||1|
|6/27/2013||DEDUNO(R)||KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||3-1||W||-135||9 ov||U||6||4||0||7||7||1|
|6/28/2013||WALTERS(R)||KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||3-9||L||+125||8 ov||O||10||9||0||11||2||0|
|6/29/2013||GIBSON(R)||KANSAS CITY||DAVIS(R)||6-2||W||-115||8.5 un||U||9||5||0||10||9||0|
|6/30/2013||CORREIA(R)||KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)|| |
|7/1/2013||DIAMOND(L)||NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)|| |
|7/2/2013||DEDUNO(R)||NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)|| |
|7/3/2013||WALTERS(R)||NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)|| |
|7/4/2013||GIBSON(R)||NY YANKEES||PHELPS(R)|| |
|7/5/2013||CORREIA(R)||@ TORONTO||BUEHRLE(L)|| |
|7/6/2013||DIAMOND(L)||@ TORONTO||DICKEY(R)|| |
|7/7/2013|| ||@ TORONTO|| || |
|KANSAS CITY: HITTING: With Melky Cabrera gone, OF LORENZO CAIN will get first crack at leadoff and centerfield. If he falters, speedster JASON BOURGEOIS, vet MITCH MAIER and prospect WIL MYERS are waiting. Former Brewer YUNIESKY BETANCOURT will start at 2B and has good life in his bat for a middle infielder. OF ALEX GORDON may not hit for average, but his approach and power are there. DH BILLY BUTLER is rock solid, but it's fair to wonder whether his power will ever progress. 1B ERIC HOSMER has MVP-type upside, and he's on the verge of figuring out MLB pitching. OF JEFF FRANCOEUR still chases too many bad pitches, but the organization likes him and he still has some pop and speed. 3B MIKE MOUSTAKAS is too good for the minors, but he still hasn't caught up to major-league pitching. There's a good chance he finds his groove this year. C HUMBERTO QUINTERO will be the main backstop with BRAYAN PENA backing him up. Speedy SS ALCIDES ESCOBAR's bat hasn't caught up to his glove. |
STARTING PITCHING: K.C. once again hopes this is the year LUKE HOCHEVAR puts it all together. His velocity picked up late last year, allowing him to be more than a groundball guy. Lefty BRUCE CHEN's late-career renaissance continues. He'll be a reliable veteran arm in the middle of K.C.'s rotation again. FELIPE PAULINO has the biggest upside in this rotation. He's always had one of MLB's best fastballs. His problem was that, when he missed (which has been often), it was usually belt-high and over the middle of the plate. If he hits his spots as he did late last year, he's got potential. But Paulino will start the season on the DL with a sore elbow. The Royals hope to solve JONATHAN SANCHEZ's command issues. The lefty is a risk, but has legitimate No. 3 potential. Top prospect DANNY DUFFY will get every chance to pitch his way into the Opening Day rotation.
RELIEF PITCHING: JOAKIM SORIA is out for the season with Tommy John surgery, leaving GREG HOLLAND to pick up closer duties. Holland was the Royals' best bullpen arm in 2011 and his stuff has always been nearly unhittable. It's just a matter of whether last year's vastly improved walk rate was for real. JONATHAN BROXTON was a disaster last season, but he'll be given every chance to become the No. 2 guy in this bullpen because of his experience in Los Angeles. AARON CROW was a first-round pick (twice) for his college career as a starter, but wore down late last year, and walked too many batters.
|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 (KANSAS CITY-MINNESOTA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Royals-Twins Preview* ======================
By JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
Kansas City (37-40) at Minnesota (35-41), 2:10 p.m. EDT
After a rare offensive outburst a day earlier, the Kansas City Royals' bats seemingly came back to Earth on Saturday, stymied by a pitcher in his big league debut.
On Sunday, they'll hope Ervin Santana - who has dominated Minnesota in recent years - can give the Twins a dose of their own medicine in the series finale at Target Field.
Kansas City (37-41) connected for a season-high four homers in Friday's 9-3 win, then took its seventh loss in 10 games in a 6-2 defeat Saturday. Minnesota (36-41) starter Kyle Gibson held them in check over six innings, marking the eighth time in 11 contests the Royals have been held to three runs or fewer.
"We got kind of put in a hole early there," Eric Hosmer said of his club, which trailed 5-0 after the first and came up empty handed in a bases-loaded situation in the eighth. "We were trying to inch back, and inch back. Just fell short."
They'll turn to Santana (5-5, 2.74 ERA), who has been one of baseball's best pitchers this month. His 1.56 ERA in June leads the majors as he's limited opponents to 22 hits and one home run over 34 2-3 innings in five starts. However, the right-hander wasn't as sharp in last start, allowing three runs in six innings before leaving without a decision in a 4-3 loss to Atlanta on Tuesday.
Sunday should provide Santana a good opportunity to get back on track, though, as he's won his last three starts against the Twins while yielding four runs over 24 1-3 innings. The most recent - Santana's home debut with Kansas City - saw him toss eight innings of one-run ball in a 3-1 victory April 8.
Scoring the lone run for Minnesota in that game was Joe Mauer, who could again be the Twins' best chance for offense against Santana. His .467 average (14 for 30) off Santana is the second highest by any player with 20 or more at-bats against him. However, Mauer is hitless in three straight games - going 0 for 10 - for the first time since an 0-for-19 skid over five contests in late April.
The Twins had scored three runs or fewer in four straight games - three losses - before Saturday, when Trevor Plouffe and Justin Morneau combined to drive in five runs. Plouffe's two-run homer extended the second-longest hitting streak of his career to 11 games. The .273 hitter is 13 for 43 (.302) during the streak, which began two games after he returned from a concussion and strained left calf that sidelined him for three weeks.
Minnesota will start Kevin Correia (6-5, 3.82), who has been strong over his last three starts, going 1-1 with a 2.55 ERA. The loss came in his last outing, a 4-2 defeat at Miami on Tuesday. Correia threw five scoreless innings before loading the bases and yielding a two-run single in the sixth, his final inning.
"I felt I made one bad pitch that inning and that was enough to give up a couple of runs," he said."
The right-hander faced off with Santana on April 8, giving up three runs in 7 1-3 innings.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 8:34:12 AM EST|