PREVIEW: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Minnesota Twins


Series Begins Monday April 15th

Joe Blanton vs. Mike Pelfrey

-Blanton is 5-4 with a 3.96 ERA in nine career starts against the Twins. Joe has also averaged seven innings a piece in those starts.

-Justin Morneau is 8-for-29 with homer and a stolen base vs. Blanton

-Joe Mauer 7-for-22 against him.

-Trevor Plouffe and Ryan Doumit have each taken Blanton deep.

-Pelfrey is 2-0 with a 4.20 ERA in two career starts against the Angels.

-Albert Pujols 2-for-8 with three strikeouts against Pelfrey in his career.

-Mark Trumbo is 2-for-2 with a homer.

Jason Vargas vs. Pedro Hernandez (not official yet)

-Ex-Mariner Vargas is 2-2 with a 4.64 ERA in eight career starts vs. our dear Twins.

-Morneau, Plouffe and Josh Willingham have all homered off of Vargas.

-Jamey Carroll is 7-for-17 against him.

-Mauer has four hits and four RBI’s in 17 career plate appearances.

-Hernandez has never faced the Angels. Pedro has been very solid for Twins so far. He has instilled Gardy’s confidence in him and he will likely be up till Cole De Vries is ready to come off the DL. No rush Cole, let’s see if Pedro can continue to grow on the job, in the Bigs.

-This season the quality veteran bats of Chris Davis, Adam Jones, Nick Markakis and David Wright are 2-for-9 against Pedro.

-Journeymen John Buck and J.J. Hardy have both poked homers off of Hernandez.

Tommy Hanson vs. Vance Worley

-Both Hanson and Worley have never face the Angels and Twins respectively.

-Carroll is 3-for-6 against Hanson.

-Willingham is 1-for-12 with four strikeouts against him.

-Only Pujols and catcher Chris Iannetta have faced Worley. Pujols has three singles in three at-bats. Iannetta struck out the only time he faced Vance.

The under-achieving Angels have the seventh highest payroll in baseball. Right fielder Josh Hamilton and first baseman Pujols are the big chunk salary guys.

Young budding superstar Mike Trout has ridiculous skills. Trout punched 30 homers and swiped 49 bases a season ago, all while batting .326.

Designated hitter/Outfielder Mark Trumbo has Harmon Killebrewesque power and needs to pitched to carefully.

Josh Johnson


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