SERIES PREVIEW: Minnesota Twins (6-7) at Chicago White Sox (7-8) – JOSH JOHNSON

Minnesota Twins (6-7) at Chicago White Sox (7-8)

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Vance Worley vs. Jake Peavy

-Worley has never faced the White Sox. He currently has an ERA of 10.50 on the young season. He supposed to bring the Twins ace, so hopefully he thrive going forward.

-2B/3B Jeff Keppinger is the only current Sox to face Worley. He is 1-for-6 with a walk.

-Peavy is 6-3 with a 3.03 ERA in 11 starts against Minnesota in his career.

-Josh Willingham is a stout 0-for-15 in his career vs. Peavy.

-Joe Mauer is 7-for-26 with a homer and four RBI’s against him.

-Chris Parmelee of all people is 4-for-8 off of Peavy with a pair of strikeouts.

-Jamey Carroll is 4-for-19 and he is only other Twin besides Mauer with more than one RBI, he has two.

-Brian Dozier is 3-for-9 with five strikeouts.


Scott Diamond vs. Gavin Floyd

-Diamond is 2-4 with a 5.19 ERA in six starts against the Sox in his career.

-Adam Dunn, Keppinger, Dayan Viciedo and Alex Rios have all taken Diamond deep.

-Alejandro De Aza is 5-for-11 lifetime against him.

-Viciedo is 7-for-16.

-Rios is 7-for-17.

-Floyd is 6-11 with a 5.71 ERA in 18 career appearances against the Twins.

-Mauer is 19-for-43 with three homers eight RBI’s and ten walks.

-Justin Morneau has also hit three homers off of Floyd.

Kevin Correia vs. Dylan Axelrod

-Correia has never faced the White Sox.

-Keppinger is 5-for-11 with a homer and three RBI’s vs. Correia.

-Dunn also has a dong against Correia.

-Axelrod has a 3.86 ERA in two appearances against the Twins.

-Mauer has one hit in three plate appearances with an RBI and two walks.

The White Sox are still led by first baseman Paul Konerko. His ability to always hit for power and average has been remarkable. He has at least 20 homers in every season but one since 1999 (he hit only 18 homers in 137 games in 2003.) He has 425 career homers and 215 of those have come since his 30th birthday.

Chicago has also 13-year veteran OF/DH Adam Dunn who 408 career homers. Dunn thanks 2,050 and counting strikeouts has an unfortunate career batting average of .239.

He does have 1,173 career base-on balls, that boosts his career on-base percentage to .369.

Tyler Flowers is in his first full year as the Sox everyday catcher. He has a lot of power potential as well but he is still a very raw specimen. He has three homers this season but he has already struck out 17 times in 43 plate appearances.

Josh Johnson

Categories: American League Happenings

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