Series preview: Twins at Indians (May 5-8)

John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

The Indians have their first repeat opponent at home in 2014, the division rival Twins.

In a scheduling quirk, the Twins visit Progressive Field for the second time this year before the Indians have even visited Minnesota once.

  • Monday's game is at 7:05 PM (Gibson vs. McAllister)
  • Tuesday's game is at 7:05 PM (Deduno vs. Tomlin)
  • Wednesday's game is at 7:05 PM (Nolasco vs. Salazar)
  • Thursday's game is at 12:05 PM (Correia vs. Masterson)

After the getaway game on Thursday, the Tribe travels to Tampa Bay and Toronto for their next road trip.

Division Watch: Astros at Tigers, White Sox at Cubs/Cubs at White Sox, Royals at Padres.

Team in a Box

Minnesota Twins

Offense

AL Rank

Pitching

AL Rank

2013 Record

14-15

Runs/Game

5.1

4th

Runs/Game

5.2

12th

AL Central

2nd

OBP

341

2nd

H/9

9.9

13th

Last 10

5-5

SLG

376

10th

BB/9

3.5

8th

Last 30

-

Steals

21

6th

SO/9

5.8

15th

*all stats through Saturday's games except overall record

Since taking two of three from the Tribe opening week, the Twins have been streaky. They have had a three game winning streak and losing streaks of three and four games. They were swept at home by the Dodgers and then took two of three from the Orioles in the past week.

The biggest surprise this year is that the Twins offense has been pretty hot. They are fourth in runs scored and second in on-base percentage. But the slugging percentage is only tenth. After signing all those starters for the rotation this winter, they have little to show for it as they are allowing too many hits and are striking out even fewer guys than last season.

Projected Roster

Pos

Player

Bats

PA

BA

OPS

C

Kurt Suzuki

R

89

297

780

1B

Joe Mauer

L

134

298

773

2B

Brian Dozier

R

137

246

830

3B

Trevor Plouffe

R

128

275

815

SS

Pedro Florimon

S

66

121

376

LF

Jason Kubel

L

104

287

760

CF

Sam Fuld**

L

71

246

741

RF

Chris Colabello

R

116

278

772

DH

Josmil Pinto

R

100

198

735

C

Chris Herrmann

L

27

120

305

IF

Eduardo Escobar

S

41

333

819

IF

Danny Santana

S

-

-

-

**Stats include his time in Oakland.

There has been some roster turnover since we last faced the Twins. Both Oswaldo Arcia and Josh Willingham both landed on the DL. Then the other starting outfielder, Aaron Hicks, got a concussion last week and landed on the 7-day DL. Hot-hitting Colabello has taken over in right with backup catcher Pinto assuming DH duties. With all of the injuries, Sam Fuld was claimed off waivers from the A's. Jason Bartlett was given his release.

Dozier has been the biggest surprise as he already has eight dingers, all of them solo shots. Tribe-killer Plouffe is hitting pretty well, but Mauer has gotten off to a slow start. And to top it off, Mauer left yesterday's game with back spasms. He may miss a game or two. Florimon has struggled mightily at the plate and is now part of three man rotation at SS with Escobar and newcomer Santana.

Projected Staff

Player

Throws

ERA

IP

WHIP

K/9

Ricky Nolasco

R

5.82

38.2

1.603

4.4

Kevin Correia

R

6.09

34.0

1.471

4.0

Phil Hughes

R

5.14

28.0

1.393

8.4

Kyle Gibson

R

4.34

29.0

1.552

4.7

Samuel Deduno

R

2.89

18.2

1.554

8.7

Glen Perkins

L

3.75

12.0

1.000

13.5

Jared Burton

R

7.94

11.1

1.853

5.6

Brian Duensing

L

2.03

13.1

1.050

3.4

Casey Fien

R

2.25

12.0

0.750

6.8

Anthony Swarzak

R

5.28

15.1

1.630

4.1

Casey Thielbar

L

2.16

8.1

1.20

5.4

Michael Tonkin

R

2.25

8.0

1.375

6.8

Logan Darnell

L

-

-

-

-

Mike Pelfrey is on the DL; Darnell has been in the minors

The only starter we miss is Hughes, who won yesterday. But as there isn't a lefthander in the bunch, Chisenhall should start at least three, if not all four games. As noted above, the three offseason free agent starters have not lived up to their contracts. Before yesterday, Hughes was the best of the three. Nolasco has been hit hard, and Pelfrey even harder. He landed on the DL last week though. That means Deduno will make his first start of the season against us. The K rates of Nolasco, Correia and Gibson are really bad.

The bullpen has been the bright spot this season with the exceptions of Burton and Swarzak. They may not have a leftie in the rotation but do have four of them in the bullpen currently. Although recent call-up Darnell may get sent down if another bench bat is needed with Mauer ailing.

On the Shelf

  • RF Oswaldo Garcia [15 day DL], on AAA rehab assignment
  • LF Josh Willingham [15 day DL], possible early May return
  • CF Aaron Hicks [7 day DL, concussion], no timetable for return
  • SP Mike Pelfrey [15 day DL], no timetable for return

Almanac

W

L

Pct

RS

RA

Pythag

2014

1

2

333

17

19

449

2013

13

6

684

96

67

659

Last 5*

44

47

484

378

425

447

Last 10*

91

93

495

789

814

486

All-Time

1100

963

533

9497

8871

531

*Does not include 2014 stats

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