The Indians, after losing a home series to Kansas City, look to get back on track with a series against the AL's worst team. Following this weekend, they'll be playing 19 out of the next 25 games on the road, so this is a key series for the injury-depleted Indians to take.
Team in a Box (click to enlarge)
Even though the Twins have been almost mediocre record-wise in the last month, they still rank near the bottom of the league in many categories, especially in pitching. Although they walk the fewest batters per 9 in the league, that's mainly because the opposition is smacking the ball around the yard before the at-bat even get close to turning into a walk.
Of late, the Twins offense has been more productive, but they still have few power threats. Josh Willingham has been the club's best hitter by far, leading the team in home runs, doubles. slugging percentage, and walks. Yeah, he'd look good in left field for the Indians right about now. Second, short, and third base have been black holes all season for the Twins.
|June 1||Carl Pavano||5.46||59.1||4.7||1.1||10.8|
|June 2||P.J. Walters||2.96||27.1||6.3||3.3||7.2|
|June 3||Scott Diamond||2.27||31.2||6.0||1.1||9.9|
Gone from the rotation is Jason Marquis (8.47 ERA) and Nick Blackburn (8.37), and unfortunately the Indians will not face Francisco Liriano (7.20). Diamond and Walters have both been huge improvements over the pitchers they replaced, accumulating 8 Quality Starts between them in 9 attempts; the rest of the roster has 9 Quality Starts combined in 41 attempts.
The Twins, who for so long have relied on home-grown pitchers, throw out three starters that were grabbed from other organizations:
- Pavano was traded for in 2009 (from Cleveland), and has since re-signed with the club twice.
- Diamond was a Rule 5 pick before the 2011 season.
- Walters was a minor-league free agent signing.
On the Shelf
- RHP Nick Blackburrn (quad) - 15-Day DL
- RHP Scott Baker (elbow) - Out for season (Tommy John surgery)
- RHP Kyle Waldrop (elbow) - 15-Day DL
Unlike the Indians, the Twins have their position players healthy. Mauer and Morneau are both healthy and (relatively) productive, a rare occurrence in recent years.
A Word from Our Sponsor.....
Score deals on Indians games all season long from Let’s Go Tribe & TiqIQ!
With upcoming series against the Twins, Pirates, and Reds; the Indians look to continue improving their standing in the AL Central. With affordable tickets, fireworks, giveaways, and big name stars coming through, each visit to Progressive Field is a unique experience.
Let’s Go Tribe & TiqIQ have taken the hassle out of scouring the web for tickets by aggregating multiple ticket sellers into one format. Whether you want to score seats directly behind home plate, or just get in the door for the least amount possible, TiqIQ has you covered! To see all deals, click here: http://tiqiq.us/B~r
They also have make an offer deals that can't be beat. These seats don't have any pesky service or shipping fees, which can cost up to $15 via other services. So why pay hard-earned money on meaningless fees? Just name your price and avoid the hassle. Check out just a few of the upcoming deals:
- Indians/Twins on June 3rd: Make an offer of $20 for 3-star deals that list for $40. (1st 15,000 fans get a Free Carlos Baerga Bobblehead!)
- Indians/Pirates on June 17th: Make an offer of $43 for 4-star deals that list for $60. (1st 15,000 fans get a free Carlos Santana Jersey!)
- Indians/Reds on June 20th: Make an offer of $37 for 4-star deals that list for $60. (1st 15,000 fans get a free Indians T-Shirt!)