|ARIZONA ( MCFARLAND )|
MINNESOTA ( COLON )
|927||ARIZONA||+100||Ov 10.5,-105||-105||Ov 10.5,-110|
|928||MINNESOTA||-110||Un 10.5,-115||-105||Un 10.5,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||54-42||+8.6||44-45||4.9||0.254||0.326||0.427||0.754||4.0||0.241||0.304||0.387||0.691|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.4||3-3||2.9||0.217||0.288||0.376||0.664||5.7||0.306||0.366||0.527||0.892|
|vs Left-handed Starters||16-17||-0.4||13-17||3.9||0.245||0.319||0.377||0.696||5.2||0.264||0.326||0.433||0.759|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.2||4-3||5.7||0.317||0.375||0.537||0.912||5.4||0.250||0.310||0.437||0.748|
|8/6/2017||CORBIN(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||SAMARDZIJA(R)||3-6||L||-110||8 un||O||6||6||2||8||6||0|
|8/8/2017||GODLEY(R)||LA DODGERS||MAEDA(R)||6-3||W||+110||9 ov||P||8||6||0||9||5||1|
|8/9/2017||GREINKE(R)||LA DODGERS||WOOD(L)||2-3||L||+100||8.5 ov||U||7||6||0||5||6||0|
|8/10/2017||BANDA(L)||LA DODGERS||DARVISH(R)||6-8||L||+155||9 ov||O||10||7||2||9||6||0|
|8/11/2017||WALKER(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||LACKEY(R)||3-8||L||-120||10.5 un||O||5||5||1||11||7||0|
|8/12/2017||CORBIN(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||LESTER(L)||6-2||W||-115||9.5 un||U||12||9||2||9||11||1|
|8/13/2017||GODLEY(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||ARRIETA(R)||2-7||L||-105||9 ov||P||4||6||1||9||9||0|
|8/16/2017||WALKER(R)||@ HOUSTON||MORTON(R)||5-9||L||135||9 ov||O||9||6||1||16||8||0|
|8/17/2017||CORBIN(L)||@ HOUSTON||FIERS(R)||4-0||W||110||9.5 ov||U||10||4||3||4||5||2|
|8/18/2017||GODLEY(R)||@ MINNESOTA||SANTANA(R)||3-10||L||-110||9.5 ev||O||7||6||0||17||7||1|
|8/19/2017||GREINKE(R)||@ MINNESOTA||BERRIOS(R)||0-5||L||-140||9 ev||U||2||3||1||9||9||0|
|8/20/2017||MCFARLAND(L)||@ MINNESOTA||COLON(R)|| |
|8/21/2017||WALKER(R)||@ NY METS||GSELLMAN(R)|| |
|8/22/2017||RAY(L)||@ NY METS||MATZ(L)|| |
|8/23/2017||CORBIN(L)||@ NY METS||FLEXEN(R)|| |
|8/24/2017||GODLEY(R)||@ NY METS||MONTERO(R)|| |
|8/25/2017|| ||SAN FRANCISCO|| || |
|8/26/2017|| ||SAN FRANCISCO|| || |
|8/27/2017|| ||SAN FRANCISCO|| || |
|8/9/2017||COLON(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||WOODRUFF(R)||4-0||W||135||9.5 ov||U||6||9||0||5||6||1|
|8/10/2017||ENNS(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||DAVIES(R)||7-2||W||140||9.5 ev||U||12||7||1||7||6||1|
|8/11/2017||GIBSON(R)||@ DETROIT||SANCHEZ(R)||9-4||W||-110||10.5 ov||O||16||5||0||9||7||0|
|8/12/2017||BERRIOS(R)||@ DETROIT||ZIMMERMANN(R)||11-12||L||-120||9.5 ov||O||19||11||0||13||3||1|
|8/13/2017||SANTANA(R)||@ DETROIT||BOYD(L)||6-4||W||-125||9.5 ov||O||7||7||2||10||12||0|
|8/21/2017||GONSALVES(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||RODON(L)|| |
|8/21/2017||GEE(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||PELFREY(R)|| |
|8/22/2017||GIBSON(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||LOPEZ(R)|| |
|8/23/2017||SANTANA(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SHIELDS(R)|| |
|8/24/2017||BERRIOS(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||HOLLAND(L)|| |
|8/25/2017|| ||@ TORONTO|| || |
|8/26/2017|| ||@ TORONTO|| || |
|8/27/2017|| ||@ TORONTO|| || |
|ARIZONA: 2016: 69-93, fourth place
Manager: Torey Lovullo (first season)
Who's new? C Chris Iannetta, C Jeff Mathis, IF/OF Daniel Descalso, RHP Taijuan Walker, RHP Fernando Rodney, RHP Tom Wilhelmsen, RHP Kevin Jepsen, RHP Tyler Jones
Who's gone? Manager Chip Hale, SS Jean Segura, IF/OF Phil Gosselin, OF Peter O'Brien, C Welington Castillo, C Tuffy Gosewich, OF Rickie Weeks Jr., RHP Daniel Hudson, LHP Edwin Escobar
Projected lineup: CF A.J. Pollock (.244, 2 HR, 4 RBI in 12 games), 3B Jake Lamb (.249, 9, 29), 1B Paul Goldschmidt (.297, 24, 95, 32 SB), RF David Peralta (.251, .4, 15), LF Yasmany Tomas (.272, 31, 83), 2B Brandon Drury (.282, 16, 53), SS Chris Owings (.277, 5, 49, 21 SB), C Chris Iannetta (.210, 7, 24 with Mariners) or Jeff Mathis (.238, 2, 15 with Marlins)
Rotation: RH Zack Greinke (13-7, 4.37 ERA), RH Taijuan Walker (8-11, 4.22), LH Robbie Ray (8-15, 4.90), LH Patrick Corbin (5-13, 5.15), RH Shelby Miller (3-12, 6.15)
Key relievers: RH Fernando Rodney (2-4, 3.44, 25/28 SV with Padres and Marlins), RH Jake Barrett (1-2, 3.49), RH Randall Delgado (5-2, 4.44), LH Andrew Chafin (0-1, 6.75), RH Kevin Jepsen (2-6, 5.98, 7/11 SV with Twins and Rays), RH Tom Wilhelmsen (2-4, 6.80 with Rangers and Mariners)
Hot spots: Rotation and catcher. The Diamondbacks' rotation was atrocious in 2016, ranking 29th in MLB in ERA. But hey, maybe it wasn't all their fault. In his first year as general manager, Mike Hazen installed a 'pitching strategist' (Dan Haren) and three new catchers (former Angels Iannetta, Mathis and Hank Conger). Meanwhile, nine of the 10 pitchers who started a game for the Diamondbacks last year remain in the organization. It's a bold experiment in how to fix a pitching staff. Iannetta and Mathis can frame all the borderline pitches they want. At some point, the onus will fall on Greinke, Ray, Miller, Corbin and newcomer Walker to perform to their potential.
Outlook: It wasn't long ago that Arizona spent $206 million to coax Greinke to defect from the Dodgers. Now the Diamondbacks feel like a team on the brink of a complete rebuild. Even without Jean Segura, who led the National League in hits, the lineup will score enough to keep Arizona competitive. But what to make of the pitching staff? The rotation beyond Greinke could be anywhere from awesome to abysmal. The ninth inning belongs to 39-year-old Rodney and, if he fails, a who's-who list of failed former closers: Wilhelmsen, Jepsen or J.J. Hoover. The farm system is in poor shape. If things get worse before they get better, Greinke could be the first player traded.
|MINNESOTA: 2016: 59-103, fifth place.
Manager: Paul Molitor (third season).
He's Here: C Jason Castro, RHP Matt Belisle, SS Ehire Adrianza, LHP Craig Breslow.
He's Outta Here: 3B Trevor Plouffe, C Kurt Suzuki, LHP Tommy Milone, RHP Pat Light.
Projected lineup: 2B Brian Dozier (.268, 42, 99, 18/20 SBs), RF Max Kepler (.235, 17, 63), CF Byron Buxton (.225, 10 HRs, 38 RBIs, 118 Ks in 298 ABs), 1B Joe Mauer (.261, 11, 49), 3B Miguel Sano (.236, 25, 66, 178 Ks in 437 ABs), DH Kennys Vargas (.230, 10, 20 in 152 ABs), LF Eddie Rosario (.269, 10, 32), C Jason Castro (.210, 11, 32 with Houston), SS Jorge Polanco (.282, 4, 27 in 245 ABs).
Rotation: RH Ervin Santana (7-11, 3.38 ERA, 149 Ks), RH Phil Hughes (1-7, 5.95, 11 HRs, 11 starts), LH Hector Santiago (3-6, 5.58, 13 HRs, 11 starts after trade with Angels), RH Kyle Gibson (6-11, 5.07, 1.561 WHIP), LH Adalberto Mejia (rookie).
Key relievers: RH Brandon Kintzler (0-2, 3.15, 17/20 saves), RH Matt Belisle (0-0, 1.76 in 40 games for Nationals), RH Ryan Pressly (6-7, 3.70, 1 save in 72 games), LH Taylor Rogers (3-1, 3.96, 64 Ks in 57 games), LH Craig Breslow (0-2, 4.50 in 15 games for Marlins).
Hot Spot: Starting Rotation. The resuscitation of a team with the worst record in the majors last season must begin with starting pitching that ranked 30th out of 30 in wins (37), ERA (5.39) and strikeouts (655). Hughes, Santiago, Gibson and Berrios will all be counted on to make 2016 the aberration and not the standard. Adding Castro, who has a strong reputation for game calling and pitch framing, probably can't hurt. There's enough depth in the group at least to give the Twins a chance to return to respectability as new baseball chief Derek Falvey continues to try to revamp organizational philosophy and process for the long term. The bullpen appears more vulnerable than the rotation, despite being bolstered by the addition of the veteran Belisle. Three-time All-Star closer Glen Perkins is still working his way back from surgery last year to repair a torn labrum and will likely land on the disabled list to start the season. Kintzler fared well in his place, but doesn't have a track record.
Outlook: The Twins ranked a respectable sixth in the American League in total bases and eighth in OPS despite their abysmal record last year. Buxton's sparkling September, following a second straight frustrating summer, restored his and the club's confidence in the 2012 second overall draft pick. Dozier probably hit his power ceiling in 2016, but if Buxton and Sano can strike out less and get on base more there's the potential in place for a productive offense. Vargas hit his way back into contention for the DH spot with a decent finish to 2016, but the pressure is on him to prove he's worth a spot in the lineup with a strong performance this spring by Park, who struggled badly to adjust to major league pitching in his arrival from South Korea last year.
|Upstart Twins looking for another win vs. Diamondbacks|
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins have seemingly been written off a few times this season, particularly when the team's own front office decided to trade left-handed starter Jaime Garcia and All-Star closer Brandon Kintzler before the trade deadline.
Another win against Arizona on Saturday and Minnesota is not just surviving. The Twins are thriving.
Minnesota has won three straight games and is in a tie for the second wild-card spot in the American League entering Sunday's series finale against the Diamondbacks.
"It's been an interesting month," Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "We've had some changes. We've had to overcome some lesser play at times and still try to find ways to respond, and they've done that.
"We talked about it during the mini winning streak that we were winning games in different fashion. Whether that's Ervin stepping up after having a little bit of a rough start, or the offense having different guys contributing. I do know that it gives us a lot better feeling when the lineup's clicking from top to bottom. We really have been getting a lot of nice production from the bottom three, four guys."
Minnesota made Arizona's Zack Greinke work on Saturday and eventually broke through for a five-run fourth inning. Twins right-hander Jose Berrios controlled the D-backs on the way to seven scoreless innings.
Arizona, which had been led by a big offense, only had two hits.
"I know we're a pretty good offensive team, and we usually bang the ball around with anybody, but it didn't happen today," manager Torey Lovullo said. "I thought we hit a number of balls hard throughout the course of the day. We couldn't get anything rolling. Good approach. I was satisfied with that."
The D-backs still hold their own wildcard spot in the National League, but they are 14-20 since the All-Star break.
"We haven't been playing that good for more than several weeks, but we should turn it around and play better at the tail end," Greinke said. "I think we're better than we've been playing -- I feel like it's been a month and a half at least. It's been a while where we've played .500 ball or under .500 ball. It would be nice to start doing better."
The Twins are drawing confidence off beating good pitching, such as Arizona's Zack Godley on Friday and Greinke on Saturday.
"To have a good night against a pitcher of Greinke's caliber is definitely a confidence builder," said Joe Mauer, who had three hits on Saturday. "So hopefully we can keep it going, and the guys are playing really well right now."
Molitor added: "Win a couple games back-to-back against a really good team and hopefully come out tomorrow and have a chance to sweep the series."
Bartolo Colon (4-10, 6.70 ERA) starts for Minnesota on Sunday. The D-backs had waited to announce their Sunday starter until after Saturday's game. Robbie Ray has been on the concussion disabled list since July 28 and fill-in Anthony Banda had been optioned to Triple-A.
Arizona scratched right-handed starter Braden Shipley from his last minor league start in case he was needed, but made the decision to go with left-hander T.J. McFarland (4-4, 4.14 in 32 relief appearances) as Sunday's starter.
Lovullo waited until the first two games in Minnesota had finished before deciding if they could afford a bullpen game with McFarland as the starter. Shipley was activated from Triple-A and will be available out of the bullpen.
Lovullo said McFarland, who will be making his first major league start since July 1, 2014 with Baltimore, will be able to last about 60 pitches on Sunday. McFarland has faced the Twins three times in his career with a 6.75 ERA but he's never started a game against Minnesota.
McFarland might not have to face Twins slugger Miguel Sano, who left Saturday's game with left lower leg shin soreness.
"We tried to protect him with the DH role tonight, but obviously it's bothering him," Molitor said. "You can see how he ran down to first base. We got him out. We're going to get some tests on him in the morning and see how he's doing."
Colon is 0-2 with a 3.42 ERA in four career starts against the D-backs. He's coming off a five-inning, three-run loss to the Cleveland Indians on Monday in which he gave up three solo homers.
"No, fastball; that's what they all looked for," Colon said through an interpreter after the game. "Obviously those three home runs were fastball. But other than that, my off speed they couldn't hit it tonight."
|Last Updated: 9/24/2017 6:01:46 PM EST|