|TORONTO ( DICKEY )|
MINNESOTA ( PELFREY )
|921||TORONTO||-125||Ov 8,-110||-110||Ov 7.5,-120|
|922||MINNESOTA||+115||Un 8,-110||+100||Un 7.5,+100|
|vs Right-handed Starters||47-57||-7.4||48-53||4.3||0.243||0.312||4.6||0.258||0.318|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+4.2||2-5||4.4||0.228||0.273||2.9||0.222||0.269|
|vs Right-handed Starters||47-59||+4.5||42-59||4.0||0.238||0.305||4.5||0.277||0.333|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+3.6||3-4||4.7||0.268||0.342||3.9||0.260||0.309|
|8/23/2013||REDMOND(R)||@ HOUSTON||LYLES(R)||4-12||L||-140||9 un||O||11||7||1||15||6||0|
|8/24/2013||WANG(R)||@ HOUSTON||PEACOCK(R)||5-8||L||-115||9.5 un||O||9||6||2||8||4||0|
|8/25/2013||BUEHRLE(L)||@ HOUSTON||KEUCHEL(L)||2-1||W||-140||8.5 ov||U||6||9||0||8||8||0|
|8/26/2013||DICKEY(R)||NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)||5-2||W||-105||8.5 ev||U||7||6||1||7||7||1|
|8/27/2013||HAPP(L)||NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)||1-7||L||+105||9 ev||U||10||5||1||12||9||0|
|8/28/2013||REDMOND(R)||NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)||7-2||W||+130||8.5 un||O||10||6||0||5||6||1|
|8/30/2013||BUEHRLE(L)||KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)||3-2||W||+110||8.5 un||U||4||5||0||9||8||1|
|8/31/2013||DICKEY(R)||KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||4-2||W||-115||8.5 ov||U||10||6||0||8||8||1|
|9/1/2013||HAPP(L)||KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||0-5||L||+140||8.5 un||U||3||4||2||9||7||0|
|9/2/2013||ROGERS(R)||@ ARIZONA||MCCARTHY(R)||4-1||W||145||8.5 ev||U||5||2||0||4||2||0|
|9/3/2013||REDMOND(R)||@ ARIZONA||MILEY(L)||10-4||W||135||8.5 ov||O||15||9||2||7||3||2|
|9/4/2013||BUEHRLE(L)||@ ARIZONA||DELGADO(R)||3-4||L||110||8 un||U||5||0||1||9||6||0|
|9/6/2013||DICKEY(R)||@ MINNESOTA||PELFREY(R)|| |
|9/7/2013||HAPP(L)||@ MINNESOTA||CORREIA(R)|| |
|9/8/2013||ROGERS(R)||@ MINNESOTA||ALBERS(L)|| |
|9/10/2013||REDMOND(R)||LA ANGELS||WILLIAMS(R)|| |
|9/11/2013||BUEHRLE(L)||LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)|| |
|9/12/2013||DICKEY(R)||LA ANGELS||RICHARDS(R)|| |
|9/13/2013|| ||BALTIMORE|| || |
|8/23/2013||DEDUNO(R)||@ CLEVELAND||JIMENEZ(R)||5-1||W||150||8.5 ev||U||9||7||0||6||7||1|
|8/24/2013||HENDRIKS(R)||@ CLEVELAND||MCALLISTER(R)||2-7||L||165||8.5 ev||O||5||6||1||9||5||0|
|8/25/2013||PELFREY(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KAZMIR(L)||1-3||L||155||8.5 un||U||9||13||1||7||12||4|
|8/27/2013||CORREIA(R)||KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||1-6||L||+145||8.5 un||U||4||5||1||13||10||0|
|8/28/2013||ALBERS(L)||KANSAS CITY||DUFFY(L)||1-8||L||+110||8.5 un||O||6||5||2||13||8||0|
|8/29/2013||DEDUNO(R)||KANSAS CITY||CHEN(L)||1-3||L||+115||8 ev||U||5||4||0||6||4||0|
|8/30/2013||HENDRIKS(R)||@ TEXAS||DARVISH(R)||3-2||W||265||8.5 ov||U||6||2||1||6||6||0|
|8/31/2013||PELFREY(R)||@ TEXAS||GARZA(R)||1-2||L||210||9 un||U||5||5||0||9||9||0|
|9/1/2013||CORREIA(R)||@ TEXAS||BLACKLEY(L)||4-2||W||185||9.5 ev||U||12||5||0||7||4||1|
|9/2/2013||ALBERS(L)||@ HOUSTON||CLEMENS(R)||10-6||W||-120||8.5 un||O||13||7||0||13||7||2|
|9/3/2013||HERNANDEZ(L)||@ HOUSTON||COSART(R)||9-6||W||105||8.5 un||O||16||13||1||10||4||1|
|9/4/2013||HENDRIKS(R)||@ HOUSTON||LYLES(R)||5-6||L||100||8.5 un||O||7||4||1||12||8||0|
|9/9/2013||HERNANDEZ(L)||LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)|| |
|9/13/2013|| ||TAMPA BAY|| || |
|TORONTO: HITTING: SS YUNEL ESCOBAR brings a little pop and could score runs in bunches atop a solid lineup. OF JOSE BAUTISTA has simply been the best hitter in baseball the past two seasons. 1B ADAM LIND will have plenty of RBI chances, but his average stinks and he faded late last year. 3B BRETT LAWRIE will be a 30-30 candidate in his prime and he's a solid slugger already. Expect big power numbers but a painful average in C J.P. ARENCIBIA's sophomore season. OF COLBY RASMUS should have his head right this year and could see an uptick in power numbers. 2B KELLY JOHNSON improved his dreadful average after being traded to Toronto. He has great potential as a 20-20 candidate. DH EDWIN ENCARNACION raked at home last season and has the position flexibility to stay in the lineup every day. OF ERIC THAMES will start in left field. Thames has 15-15 potential. OF RAJAI DAVIS' speed makes him worthy of staying in the fourth outfielder role. |
STARTING PITCHING: He's not really an ace, but RICKY ROMERO is a solid innings-eater at the front of the Jays' staff. He's a low-risk, low-reward starting pitcher. BRANDON MORROW's talent is intriguing. His mid-90s heat and deceptive slider lead to huge strikeout tallies, but also leads to a lot of gopher balls. Questionable conditioning was an issue for BRETT CECIL last year, as he gave up a whopping 37 HR between the majors and Triple-A. He seemed to straighten things out over the second half of last season. HENDERSON ALVAREZ's performance as a 21-year-old gives him an inside track for a rotation spot. He has intriguing upside. DUSTIN McGOWAN returned in September from a 38-month layoff to put himself in the mix for the rotation. His mid-90s gas is still there, giving him 175-K potential. KYLE DRABEK has great potential, but he was a disaster in 2011. He could not command his promising arsenal of pitches, and broke down mentally at times.
RELIEF PITCHING: SERGIO SANTOS has unhittable stuff, but will have to battle newcomer FRANCISCO CORDERO as Toronto's closer. Cordero's strikeout rate dropped down to a putrid 5.4 K/9 last year, but he showed great command with a stellar 1.02 WHIP. CASEY JANSSEN was Toronto's most improved pitcher in 2011. He has a sinking fastball, a pretty good K rate and performed quite well against the AL East last season. Prospect JOEL CARRENO, a starter in the minors, is a closer-in-waiting. He was impressive out of the pen after a late-August call-up, and averaged better than a strikeout per inning, albeit with shaky control, in the minors.
|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 (TORONTO-MINNESOTA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Blue Jays-Twins Preview* =========================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Toronto (64-76) at Minnesota (61-77), 8:10 p.m. EDT
The Minnesota Twins hope the success achieved on their recent road trip will provide them with enough momentum to end their long home slide.
They'll look to avoid an eighth consecutive defeat at Target Field on Friday night against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Though Minnesota (61-77) fell 6-5 at Houston on Wednesday, it took four of six against the Astros and Texas to win consecutive series for the first time since taking three straight July 12-24.
"That's not bad," manager Ron Gardenhire told the Twins' official website. "Any time you go on a road trip and you win more than you lose, that's good."
What would be better is if the Twins can end the seven-game home skid during which they've been outscored 41-13 and held to one run in each of the last four. Minnesota last dropped eight straight at home during a nine-game slide April 27-May 23, 2011.
Facing Toronto (64-76), winner of 32 of 42 against the Twins and 14 of 18 at Target Field, may make snapping that streak difficult.
Minnesota reached R.A. Dickey (11-12, 4.30 ERA) for six runs in seven innings of a 6-0 victory July 6, but the right-hander has allowed four runs over 14 1-3 innings to win back-to-back starts for the first time since June 26-July 1.
He yielded two runs in eight frames of a 4-2 victory over Kansas City on Saturday.
Despite losing 4-3 in 10 innings at Arizona on Wednesday, the Blue Jays have won seven of 10.
"They are doing a nice job, they're playing some pretty good baseball right now," manager John Gibbons told the Blue Jays' official website.
Toronto hopes to continue its solid play without slugger Jose Bautista, who is done for the season with a hip injury. Bautista hit .259 with 28 home runs and 73 RBIs in 118 games but has been on the disabled list since Aug. 21.
"Realistically, a week or so from now when he's ready to go and cranks it up to get back into shape, the season will be pretty much over, so it makes perfect sense to shut him down," Gibbons said.
Minnesota star Joe Mauer has been out since Aug. 20 with a concussion and it's uncertain when he'll return.
The Twins hand the ball to Mike Pelfrey (5-10, 4.86), who's gone 1-0 with a 2.88 ERA in his past four starts. He's allowed two runs in 12 innings over the latest two, but didn't get a decision in either as his teammates totaled a run each time in a pair of losses.
Pelfrey gave up one run and struck out seven in seven innings of a 2-1 defeat at Texas on Saturday.
Though the right-hander is 0-4 with a 5.67 ERA in his last 10 home starts, he gave up three hits in six innings when he opposed Dickey on July 6.
Toronto's Edwin Encarnacion has gone 10 for 23 with three doubles, three homers and six RBIs in his last seven games, but is 1 for 11 with a home run against Pelfrey.
Minnesota's Alex Presley is 7 for 18 with a home run and five RBIs in four games since he was acquired from Pittsburgh in the Justin Morneau deal.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 8:17:12 AM EST|