|MINNESOTA ( DEDUNO )|
SEATTLE ( HARANG )
|971||MINNESOTA||+125||Ov 8.5,+100||+135||Ov 8,+100|
|972||SEATTLE||-135||Un 8.5,-120||-145||Un 8,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||35-46||+0.5||33-46||4.0||0.240||0.305||4.4||0.279||0.334|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+3.5||2-5||3.3||0.211||0.258||3.7||0.251||0.306|
|vs Right-handed Starters||33-36||-1.4||34-32||4.1||0.249||0.312||4.4||0.256||0.308|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+1.5||3-4||4.7||0.223||0.299||3.7||0.240||0.293|
|7/13/2013||DEDUNO(R)||@ NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)||4-1||W||135||8.5 un||U||6||3||0||8||8||0|
|7/14/2013||GIBSON(R)||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||10-4||W||187||8.5 un||O||14||9||1||10||9||2|
|7/22/2013||DEDUNO(R)||@ LA ANGELS||BLANTON(R)||4-3||W||150||8.5 un||U||12||10||0||9||10||1|
|7/23/2013||GIBSON(R)||@ LA ANGELS||HANSON(R)||10-3||W||150||8.5 un||O||15||7||0||10||8||0|
|7/24/2013||PELFREY(R)||@ LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)||0-1||L||215||7.5 ov||U||2||5||0||7||7||0|
|7/25/2013||CORREIA(R)||@ SEATTLE||IWAKUMA(R)||2-8||L||182||7.5 un||O||8||11||0||11||5||3|
|7/26/2013||DIAMOND(L)||@ SEATTLE||HERNANDEZ(R)||3-2||W||225||7 un||U||8||6||1||12||11||0|
|7/27/2013||DEDUNO(R)||@ SEATTLE||HARANG(R)|| |
|7/28/2013||GIBSON(R)||@ SEATTLE||RAMIREZ(L)|| |
|7/30/2013||PELFREY(R)||KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)|| |
|7/31/2013||CORREIA(R)||KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)|| |
|8/1/2013||DIAMOND(L)||KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)|| |
|8/3/2013|| ||HOUSTON|| || |
|7/13/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)||6-0||W||-110||7 ev||U||11||6||0||7||6||0|
|7/14/2013||IWAKUMA(R)||LA ANGELS||BLANTON(R)||4-3||W||-115||8 un||U||7||8||0||8||6||0|
|7/19/2013||SAUNDERS(L)||@ HOUSTON||NORRIS(R)||10-7||W||-115||8.5 ov||O||11||10||0||16||11||0|
|7/20/2013||IWAKUMA(R)||@ HOUSTON||BEDARD(L)||4-2||W||-135||8 ov||U||1||3||0||7||7||0|
|7/21/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ HOUSTON||LYLES(R)||12-5||W||-200||7.5 ov||O||13||8||2||9||9||1|
|7/30/2013||SAUNDERS(L)||@ BOSTON||WORKMAN(R)|| |
|7/31/2013||IWAKUMA(R)||@ BOSTON||LACKEY(R)|| |
|8/1/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ BOSTON||DEMPSTER(R)|| |
|8/2/2013||HARANG(R)||@ BALTIMORE||FELDMAN(R)|| |
|8/3/2013|| ||@ BALTIMORE|| || |
|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.
|SEATTLE: HITTING: C/DH JESUS MONTERO was brought over from the Yankees to hit in the heart of the order. At age 22, his offensive potential is scary. OF ICHIRO SUZUKI is entering the twilight of his career, but he might still have another .300 season left. 2B DUSTIN ACKLEY is the kind of line-drive hitter who fits well in Safeco, but he needs to catch up to MLB pitching. 1B JUSTIN SMOAK has disappointed, but he's making strides and has 30-HR upside. OF CASPER WELLS could play everyday. He won't hit for average, but has the power Seattle needs. MIKE CARP figures to at least grab early at-bats against righties. He'll strike out, but has lots of power. OF FRANKLIN GUTIERREZ is out for at least a month with a pectoral injury, but will reclaim his starting gig based on his defense. Seattle would love to see OF MICHAEL SAUNDERS step up to replace Gutierrez, but he's shown no signs of being able to handle MLB pitching. C MIGUEL OLIVO still has solid power, but he's an all-or-nothing hitter. 3B CHONE FIGGINS isn't quite done, but he's close. He'll have to battle line-drive hitting KYLE SEAGER for a job. SS BRENDAN RYAN will stick around for defense, but his bat is barely good enough for a regular gig. |
STARTING PITCHING: FELIX HERNANDEZ had a touch of bad luck last year, but he's one of the few pitchers in baseball who's a lock for 200 strikeouts. JASON VARGAS just keeps throwing strikes and letting his defense make plays. He'll get by fine again in spacious Safeco. BLAKE BEAVAN doesn't have a strikeout pitch, but he'll make few mistakes and get some outs thanks to a strong defense. HECTOR NOESI, who also came over from New York with Montero, isn't a big strikeout pitcher, but has good control and is savvy enough to get his shot in Seattle's rotation this year. 37-year-old journeyman KEVIN MILLWOOD will fill out the fifth spot in the rotation after a solid spring. Top prospect DANNY HULTZEN could break into the bigs in 2012. The lefty has the polish of a big leaguer right now, though his ceiling is more good-not-great.
RELIEF PITCHING: Like many rebuilding teams, the Mariners will continue to shop their closer. BRANDON LEAGUE will pick up saves in Seattle, but he's more of a groundball pitcher than a strikeout artist. He'd likely be ticketed for a set-up role elsewhere. If League is traded, the closer role is wide open. SHAWN KELLEY came back from Tommy John surgery late last year and looked as good as ever. If he picks up where he left off last year, he'd be an obvious choice for ninth inning duties. CHANCE RUFFIN, part of the Doug Fister trade, has a strong minor-league track record. He could carve out a big role in this bullpen if he can improve his command.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (MINNESOTA-SEATTLE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Twins-Mariners Preview* ========================
By MATT BEARDMORE STATS Writer
Minnesota (44-56) at Seattle (49-54), 4:10 p.m. EDT
The Seattle Mariners' push for .500 took a step back, but their starting pitching continues to make positive strides.
Aaron Harang would like that trend to continue Saturday against the Minnesota Twins.
Since Mariners starters allowed 20 runs in three games against Boston from July 9-11, the rotation has yielded 18 earned runs during the team's 9-2 run. After Hisashi Iwakuma tossed six scoreless innings in Thursday's 8-2 victory over the Twins (44-56), ace Felix Hernandez was two outs from a shutout Friday when Trevor Plouffe's RBI single helped send the game to extra innings.
Rookie Chris Colabello's first career homer - a two-run shot - in the 13th was the difference as Minnesota snapped a six-game losing streak at Seattle (49-54) with a 3-2 victory.
"The last couple days I've been feeling a lot better in the box," said Colabello, who was 5 for 37 in his first 13 games. "I was putting a lot of pressure on myself to help the team and do what I could to be successful, and obviously something like that is pretty special. I'll remember it for a long time."
The Twins now will try to win for the eighth time in 11 games as they face Harang (5-8, 5.06 ERA) for the second time this season. Making his first start against Minnesota in 10 years, Harang threw six innings of two-run ball in a 5-4 road win June 1.
The right-hander is hoping for another strong outing after watching Iwakuma and Hernandez roll through the Twins' lineup.
"You kind of want to match what the guy did the night before and that's how you get on good streaks," he said after giving up one run in seven innings of Monday's 2-1 victory over Cleveland. "It's that competitiveness in the clubhouse, but we're also going out there trying to help our team win."
Samuel Deduno (6-4, 3.50) has the same goal in mind as he attempts to match a career high by winning a third consecutive start.
After holding the Yankees to a run over seven innings right before the break in New York, the right-hander allowed two runs in seven Monday to help Minnesota open its seven-game trip with a 4-3 victory over the Angels.
"Sammy was unbelievable against a very tough lineup that can do a lot of things with the bat, and he made pitch after pitch," manager Ron Gardenhire said.
Deduno, who's pitched at least six innings in seven straight outings, made both of his starts against the Mariners last season. He went 1-1 with a 1.38 ERA in those contests, which included a 5-1 loss at Seattle on Aug. 19 as he walked a career-worst six.
If he runs into any problems Saturday, Gardenhire should have no reservations about turning to his bullpen. That group has surrendered just three runs in 12 2-3 innings this series - including a solo homer by Kendrys Morales in the 13th inning Friday - and owns a 1.86 ERA over the last 14 games.
Joe Mauer won't be behind the plate for the Twins until at least Tuesday as he remains with his family after his wife gave birth to twin girls this week.
The Mariners could be without rookie catcher Mike Zunino for the rest of the season after he was placed on the disabled list Friday with a broken bone in his left hand. Seattle signed veteran Humberto Quintero to help fill that void, but Henry Blanco should get a majority of the work behind the plate.
"We're going to lean on him quite a bit here on out," said bench coach Robby Thompson, who's serving as acting manager with Eric Wedge recovering from a minor stroke suffered earlier this week.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 6:10:39 AM EST|