Cleveland Indians Series Preview: Minnesota Twins, August 12-August 14

The Little Giraffe - Jonathan Daniel

The Tribe embark on their final west coast trip, but start this nine game trip with a stop at Target Field in Minneapolis.

The Tribe make their second visit to the Twin Cities this season to take on the Minnesota Twins. This three game set is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday at 8:10 PM starts, and the Wednesday getaway game is set for 1:10 PM. After the game, the Indians continue westward to Oakland and Anaheim. After a day off on Thursday, the road trip resumes in Oakland.

Scoreboard Watch: Angels ay Yankees, Red Sox ay Blue Jays, Mariners at Rays, Brewers at Rangers, Tigers at White Sox, Marlins at Royals, Orioles at Diamondbacks, Astros at A's

Team in a Box

Minnesota Twins

Offense

AL Rank

Pitching

AL Rank

2013 Record

52-63

Runs/Game

4.0

12th

Runs/Game

4.5

11th

AL Central

4th

OBP

313

11th

H/9

9.7

14th

Last 10

7-3

SLG

384

11th

BB/9

2.9

5th

Last 30

15-15

Steals

38

13th

SO/9

6.0

15th

*all stats through Saturday's games

Since losing our last series with the Twins, they have played decently. They took two of three from the Angels and split a four gamer with the Mariners. They were swept by the Royals, but then swept the Astros. They lost a series in Kansas City and took three of four in Chicago. The lineup still isn't hitting much with only four of the games with six or more runs. The pitching staff has been hot and cold, but right around league average the past fifteen or so games. They still strike out the fewest hitters in the AL. The WHIP has decreased to 1.401, but is still very high. The defense is good, third in fielding percentage and they still lead the league in double plays turned, but again, that might be because of all the baserunners the pitchers allow.

Projected Lineup

Pos

Player

Bats

PA

BA

OBP

SLG

OPS+

2B

Brian Dozier

R

414

243

315

414

99

3B

Jamey Carroll

R

202

230

284

262

52

C

Joe Mauer

L

466

315

399

453

135

1B

Justin Morneau

L

466

265

322

428

104

DH

Josh Willingham

R

313

220

351

402

107

LF

Oswaldo Arcia

L

263

258

312

447

106

RF

Chris Colabello

R

84

213

298

387

87

CF

Clete Thomas

L

212

223

308

340

79

SS

Doug Bernier

R

38

226

333

290

74

The lineup looks improved in a few areas since our last meeting. But I am not too sure on a few of Gardenhire's adjustments. Carroll is getting much more playing time than Tribe-killer Trevor Plouffe (85 OPS+) lately. Maybe Carroll is retiring in the fall. Bernier has also been a bit of play instead of Pedro Florimon (69). At 33, Bernier is not the future. Arcia looks like he will be good going forward and Colabello is getting his shot until Doumit recovers from his concussion. The Twins are only carrying three bench players with Chris Herrmann (111) backing up Mauer and in right.

Edit: Carroll was dealt after I wrote this. Plouffe should be back in the lineup hitting sixth or seventh. Everyone else should move up a spot in the lineup. I expect Eduardo Escobar to be recalled. [And I was wrong, Wilkin Ramirez was activated from the DL]

Projected Starters

Date

Player

Throws

ERA

IP

ERA+

H/9

BB/9

K/9

Aug 12

Andrew Albers (Salazar)

L

0.00

8.1

-

4.3

1.1

2.2

Aug 13

Sam Deduno (McAllister)

R

3.38

88.0

122

8.7

3.4

5.1

Aug 14

Kyle Gibson (Carrasco)

R

6.43

42.0

65

11.4

3.4

5.1

Albers had a fine major league debut against the Royals last week, pitching 8.1 shutout innings, four hits, one walk and fitting with the Twins MO, only two strikeouts. Originally a tenth round pick by the Padres in 2008, he doesn't fit the PTM criteria, but was 11-5 with a 2.86 ERA in 132.1 IP for Rochester in the International League (AAA) this season. His peripherals were decent there, 1.179 WHIP, 8.4 H/9, 2.2 BB/9 and 7.9 K/9. Deduno faced us once earlier this year, June 21, losing to Kazmir, and took the loss after giving up four runs in six innings, six hits, two walks and six strikeouts. He won 2 of 3 starts in 2012 however, with a 3.50 ERA in 18 innings. Gibson is also making his debut this season. This will be his ninth start. He was the Twins first round pick in 2009, twenty-second overall. He was the #68 rated prospect by Baseball America and the #49 prospect by mlb.com before this season. He was 7-5 with a 3.01 ERA in 15 starts, 92.2 innings, a 7.6 H/9. 2.7 BB/9, and 7.7 K/9 for Rochester.

Key Relievers

Player

Throws

ERA

IP

ERA+

H/9

BB/9

K/9

Glen Perkins

L

2.35

46.0

177

6.7

2.0

11.0

Casey Fien

R

2.61

48.1

159

5.8

1.7

10.1

Jared Burton

R

3.06

50.0

136

7.6

3.2

8.3

Since last we met, Perkins has made nine appearances, one win, five saves, one blown save, a 4.82 ERA in 9.1 innings and a 6.8 K/9. He has four saves in four tries against us this year. Fien has been better than Perkins though. He has four holds in eight appearances, a 1.17 ERA in 7.2 innings and a 11.7 K/9. He has a 1-1 record in four appearances against us in 2013, a 3.38 ERA and 13.5 K/9 in 5.1 innings. Burton has been almost perfect since the July series. He has only given up two hits in 6.2 innings with seven strikeouts and three holds in eight appearances. He has appeared in five of the Tribe games this year, allowing one run, three hits, two walks and four strikeouts in 4.2 innings. Other bullpen options include Brian Duensing (99e ERA+), Anthony Swarzak (138), Josh Roenicke (138), Ryan Pressly (102) and Caleb Thielbar (469).

On the Shelf

  • RF Darin Mastoianni (left ankle surgery) - 60-day DL, possibly August, on AAA rehab
  • RP Tim Wood (right rotator cuff strain, biceps tendinitis) - 60-day DL, out for season
  • LF Wilkin Ramirez (concussion) - 15-day DL, possibly August, on AA rehab
  • DH Ryan Doumit (concussion) - 7-day DL, not eligible to return until August 15

Only change since the last series is Doumit swapping places with Willingham. Ramirez was activated after Carroll was dealt.

Almanac

W

L

Pct

RS

RA

Pythag

2013

5

4

556

43

33

619

2012

6

12

333

73

108

328

Last 5*

39

51

433

357

442

404

Last 10*

87

97

473

780

828

473

All-Time

1091

959

532

9427

8818

531

*Does not include 2013 stats

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Let's Go Tribe

You must be a member of Let's Go Tribe to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Let's Go Tribe. You should read them.

Join Let's Go Tribe

You must be a member of Let's Go Tribe to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Let's Go Tribe. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker