Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Series Preview- Twins

Philadelphia Phillies (31-33) @ Minnesota Twins (27-33)

Pitching Match-Ups:
Tuesday - C'mon Hamels vs. PJ Walters
Wednesday - Tyler Cloyd vs. Mike Pelfrey
Thursday - Cliff Lee vs. Kevin Correia
8:10 start time for each game

Twinkies Bats:
R - 252 (18th)
AVG - .242 (24th)
OPS - .696 (22nd)

The Twins offense reminds me a lot of the Phillies, with one standout performer (Joe Mauer/Dom Brown) and bunch of other guys that are mediocre or just bad.  Mauer/C is batting .332/.912, but no other teammate has an OPS north of .782, and that's Josh Willingham/OF with a .215 batting average.  

Twinkies Arms:
ERA - 4.36 (24th)
WHIP - 1.42 (29th)

Vance Worley was terrible (7.21 ERA/1.99 WHIP in 10 starts) and was optioned to Triple-A in favor of tonight's starter PJ Walters (3.00 ERA in 3 starts).  Pelfrey has been terrible (6.40 ERA/1.72 WHIP), but Correia has been passable (4.11 ERA/1.32 WHIP).  The staff's strength is in the bullpen where Caleb Thielbar, Jared Burton, Glen Perkins, Ryan Pressly, Josh Roenicke, and Anthony Swarzak all have ERAs 3.38 or better.

What I'm Drinking:
Oskar Blues - straight out of the can baby!  This brewery hails from the beer mecca of Colorado and is constantly churning out high-quality libations.

I've previously professed my love for Dale's Pale Ale, as I truly believe it's the best of its style out there (the New York Times agrees with me).  Well, just so happens Oskar Blues has released a variety case featuring Dale's and two other tasty brews in it.

Mama's Little Yella Pils- this is a good summertime beer that can be found around the concourse at Citizens Bank Park. A crisp pilsener with Saaz hops that satisfies in the heat of June, July, and August.  Unlike mass market “pilsners” diluted with corn and rice, Mama’s is built with 100% pale malt and German specialty malts.

Old Chub- is a lovely scotch ale/wee heavy that has wonderfully sweet malts and a warming 8% ABV.  The cola-colored beer features a dense, tawny head, a creamy mouthful and flavors of caramel, chocolate and lightly roasted malt. Complex and rich, it finishes with a whisper of smokiness that calls to mind a fine single malt scotch.

Honestly, the Phillies should win each game, but they are creative in their attempts at failing, so I say they only take 1 outta 3.


C.M.R. said...

first happ, now vance. seems every young pitcher that does awesome for the phils ends up sucking after they leave.

makes one wonder how bad kendrick or even pettibone would suck if either of them leave the red pinstripes behind...

Anthony said...

The last post was better.

Preserve Jon said...

Twins defense eleventeen, phillies offense 1.

Pj Walters is not cy young. This crew has never ever been able to punish a pitcher when they don't have a good scouting report in him. Pathetic.

Preserve Jon said...

Twins defense eleventeen, phillies offense 1.

Pj Walters is not cy young. This crew has never ever been able to punish a pitcher when they don't have a good scouting report in him. Pathetic.

GM-Carson said...

Mike Adams has been a big disappointment. 4 losses out of the bullpen already and 1 DL stint.

Amaro's additions this offseason have been bad (Lannan, Adams, and both Youngs).

This team is failing to even win against the worst MLB has to offer.

Morak99 said...

This is what happens when you don't rebuild from the ground up with the farm system- your foundation crumbles. Some comparable teams with money to spend get this (San Fran, Atlanta, Boston, and even the Yankees to an extent) seem to get this. Others (Both LA teams)don't. The Phillies most absolutely didn't, and this is the price paid.

Anonymous said...

Freddie Galvis is a SS on a second division team.

GM-Carson said...

A bunch of aging veterans making way too much money that are either injured or not performing up to standard is the problem, and Amaro created that problem.

Cliff Lee and Jonathan Papelbon are the only high-paid guys doing what they should. Paps is still paid too much though, no need to sink that kinda money into a closer.

Adams, Utley, Howard, M. Young, Rollins, and Halladay are the culprits. Chooch isn't too expensive, but he's part of the problem in the way of performance/injury too.

Anonymous said...


Bob D said...

You don't need a closer when you cant score to take a lead in the first place.

My impressions:
Revere - Part time OF/speed/defensive replacement
Galvis - good Utility IF, possible could be a full time starter, but he K's a lot for a smaller/contact type hitter.
Utley - is the best player that should be brought back despite having Galvis & Hernandez. Rather trade Rollins and his low OBP and keep Utley
Howard - just not cutting it enough, he does have decent 2B power but for $25mil & cleanup hitter not really good.
Kratz - before injury was maybe best Catcher (Ruiz unfortunately hasn't been on field enough this year to show 2012 was not a fluke)
D Young - not really impressed
M Young has been good, not great but good.
Adams - worrysome so far
Bastardo - inconsistent but very good at times
DeFratus - good
Brown - very very good

GM-Carson said...

I maintain that Galvis won't ever be a good starting player anywhere. He won't hit for average,has too many holes in his swings (from both sides of the plate), and doesn't take walk. His defense is great, but you're looking at a .225/.250/.300 type hitter, which is complete shit!