|MINNESOTA ( DEDUNO )|
TAMPA BAY ( HERNANDEZ )
|919||MINNESOTA||+140||Ov 8.5,-110||+140||Ov 8.5,+105|
|920||TAMPA BAY||-150||Un 8.5,-110||-150||Un 8.5,-125|
|vs Right-handed Starters||30-39||-0.3||30-37||4.2||0.244||0.313||4.6||0.284||0.336|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-4.5||4-3||3.6||0.228||0.285||6.3||0.283||0.346|
|vs Right-handed Starters||32-30||-3.8||32-25||4.5||0.257||0.325||4.6||0.248||0.306|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+4.4||3-3||6.0||0.287||0.371||1.9||0.191||0.236|
|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)||8-9||L||+100||8 ov||O||9||9||0||13||6||2|
|7/1/2013||DIAMOND(L)||NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)||4-10||L||+110||8 un||O||8||9||2||14||8||1|
|7/2/2013||DEDUNO(R)||NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)||3-7||L||-110||8.5 un||O||9||9||1||10||4||0|
|7/3/2013||WALTERS(R)||NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||2-3||L||+155||8 un||U||8||9||0||4||4||1|
|7/4/2013||GIBSON(R)||NY YANKEES||PHELPS(R)||5-9||L||-125||8.5 un||O||11||7||0||13||4||0|
|7/5/2013||CORREIA(R)||@ TORONTO||BUEHRLE(L)||0-4||L||165||9 un||U||7||7||0||10||8||0|
|7/6/2013||PELFREY(R)||@ TORONTO||DICKEY(R)||6-0||W||185||9 ov||U||7||3||1||4||4||0|
|7/7/2013||DIAMOND(L)||@ TORONTO||REDMOND(R)||5-11||L||155||9.5 un||O||5||7||0||13||8||2|
|7/8/2013||DEDUNO(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||HERNANDEZ(R)|| |
|7/9/2013||GIBSON(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)|| |
|7/10/2013||CORREIA(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)|| |
|7/11/2013||PELFREY(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||MOORE(L)|| |
|7/12/2013||DIAMOND(L)||@ NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)|| |
|7/13/2013||DEDUNO(R)||@ NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)|| |
|7/14/2013||GIBSON(R)||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)|| |
|7/1/2013||MOORE(L)||@ HOUSTON||KEUCHEL(L)||12-0||W||-155||8 ov||O||17||12||0||2||3||0|
|7/2/2013||PRICE(L)||@ HOUSTON||BEDARD(L)||8-0||W||-180||8 un||P||12||9||0||4||3||0|
|7/3/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ HOUSTON||NORRIS(R)||1-4||L||-155||8.5 ov||U||8||7||0||7||2||0|
|7/4/2013||ARCHER(R)||@ HOUSTON||LYLES(R)||7-5||W||-155||8.5 ov||O||9||8||0||5||7||0|
|7/5/2013||HELLICKSON(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||AXELROD(R)||8-3||W||-205||8 un||O||14||13||0||10||7||0|
|7/6/2013||MOORE(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)||3-0||W||-135||7 un||U||6||8||0||6||7||1|
|7/7/2013||PRICE(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)||3-1||W||-230||7.5 un||U||5||4||0||8||5||0|
|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.
|TAMPA BAY: HITTING: OF DESMOND JENNINGS' on-base skills will lead to tons of runs and SBs despite his mediocre batting average. 2B BEN ZOBRIST bounced back from a disappointing 2010, and will continue to produce near the top of the batting order. Though a series of nagging injuries plagued his 2011 season, 3B EVAN LONGORIA slugged 17 HR in his last 53 games. Fully healthy this season, he'll be an elite power-hitter with double-digit SB potential. OF B.J. UPTON's days in Tampa may be numbered. He's an elite athlete, but he just might lose his head if he's traded into a tough situation. After a hot start, OF MATT JOYCE settled in as the productive hitter he is. He should get to play every day in right field. SSs SEAN RODRIGUEZ and REID BRIGNAC will battle for ABs but neither hits on a consistent basis. C JOSE MOLINA was acquired for his defense much more than his hitting. DH LUKE SCOTT can also play some 1B when slugger CARLOS PENA, who is returning to Tampa after hitting 28 homers for the Cubs in 2011, needs a rest. |
STARTING PITCHING: DAVID PRICE was a little more hittable than in 2010, but he increased his already-high strikeout rate while cutting back on walks. His win total should rise from a disappointing 12 last year. JAMES SHIELDS put his 2010 disaster season behind him and became a Cy Young candidate. His peripheral stats and skills weren't all that different the past two years, it was a big swing of luck. Some people are putting out the Bust Alert on Rookie of the Year JEREMY HELLICKSON. He had the league's luckiest batting average on balls in play (.217), but he improved as last season progressed. MATT MOORE may be this year's R.O.Y. after a dominant late-season call up. He'll be among the league leaders in strikeouts for years to come. WADE DAVIS is a mediocre pitcher who eats innings at the back of the rotation.
RELIEF PITCHING: KYLE FARNSWORTH looked as strong as he has in years, converting 25 of 31 saves in his first season with the Rays. He's the closer again this year, but it won't take much for him to lose that job after an unsteady last third of the 2011 season. JOEL PERALTA may overtake Farnsworth for ninth-inning duties at some point this season. Peralta was 5-for-5 on saves in September when Farnsworth was hurt, and gave up only one run in his final 21.3 innings. Possible future closer JAKE McGEE progressed nicely after a tough start to 2011. He's got potentially lethal stuff. Former Angels hurler FERNANDO RODNEY is looking to bounce back after a wild season (28 walks, 26 strikeouts in 32 IP).
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (MINNESOTA-TAMPA BAY) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Twins-Rays Preview* ====================
By MATT BEARDMORE STATS Writer
Minnesota (37-47) at Tampa Bay (48-40), 7:10 p.m. EDT
Some outstanding starting pitching has sparked the surging Tampa Bay Rays.
Scheduled starter Roberto Hernandez has been far from dominant, but his teammates haven't helped his cause, either.
Hernandez will try to lead the Rays to a fifth straight victory Monday night with the Minnesota Twins in town for the first of four matchups.
With David Price delivering a complete-game in Sunday's 3-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox, Rays starters have a 1.67 ERA during an 8-1 run that's lifted Tampa Bay (49-40) a season-best nine games over .500.
"It's really been dictated by a very strong starting pitching," manager Joe Maddon said. "Yesterday Matt (Moore), then of course today David and we turn it over tomorrow."
The only Tampa Bay defeat during its last nine games came with Hernandez (4-10, 4.95 ERA) on the mound. The right-hander threw six-plus innings of three-run ball in Wednesday's 4-1 loss at Houston. Hernandez has a 5.06 ERA in his last four starts - but he has a 1.69 run-support average in those contests, all losses.
"He has been good," Maddon said. "Velocity is good, slider is good, changeup is good. Everything is good - we just haven't scored any runs for the guy."
Hernandez has faced the Twins 21 times (17 starts) in his career - tied for the most against any team - but none since 2011 while with Cleveland. He is 5-9 with a 5.05 ERA.
The Twins (37-48), a season-worst 11 games under .500, have dropped seven of eight following Sunday's 11-5 loss at Toronto.
Minnesota, losers of 10 of 11 against AL East opponents, continues its 10-game trip with Samuel Deduno (4-3, 3.47) on the hill. The right-hander has been a bright spot on a staff with one of the majors' worst ERAs at 4.50, recording five quality starts in eight outings since being called up from Triple-A Rochester. Deduno allowed three runs in six innings of Tuesday's 7-3 loss to the New York Yankees.
"Deduno gave us an opportunity and I like what he did," manager Ron Gardenhire said.
Deduno has never pitched against the Rays.
He'll face a Tampa Bay team that's batting .290 with 5.4 runs per game in its last nine. Leadoff hitter Desmond Jennings has been a big part over that stretch, leading the Rays with 14 hits and 10 runs.
"He's been drawing some walks, he's been working deep counts, he's getting on base again more often, which means more stolen bases, more havoc," Maddon said. "It's all about him."
Desmond did his part against Minnesota last season, hitting .375 (9 for 24) with two homers and five RBIs as Tampa Bay won five of six meetings, including two of three at Tropicana Field.
First baseman James Loney, whose career-best 16-game hitting streak ended Sunday, is the only active Ray with an at-bat against Deduno. He's 0 for 1 with a walk in that matchup.
Twins All-Star catcher Joe Mauer is 12 for 28 off Hernandez, while Justin Morneau and Trevor Plouffe both have two home runs against Tampa Bay's starter.
The Rays are trying to match a season-best six-game home winning streak, while the Twins have dropped 10 of 13 on the road.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 4:38:22 AM EST|