PREVIEW: Minnesota Twins at Detroit Tigers

Twins-logoMinnesota Twins at Detroit Tigers

BY: Josh Johnson 

Mike Pelfrey vs. Max Scherzer

-Pelfrey is 1-1 in two career starts against Detroit with a 3.60 ERA

-Omar Infante absolutely owns Pelfrey. He is 15-for-30 against him.

-Prince Fielder and Andy Dirks have both taken Pelfrey yard.

-Scherzer is 3-2 with a 5.40 ERA in nine career appearances against the Twins.

-Mauer is 8-for-20 with a homer against Scherzer.

-Morneau is 5-for-10 with three homers and no strikeouts.

-Plouffe is 0-for-7 with five strikeouts.

-Willingham is 4-for-15 with a homer and six strikeouts.

Vance Worley vs. Justin Verlander

-Worley started opening day this season against Detroit. He suffered the loss but only gave 3 earned runs over six innings.

-Torii Hunter and Jhonny Peralta are both 2-for-3 against Worley.tigers

-Miguel Cabrera is 0-for-3 with an RBI vs. Worley.

-Verlander is 13-7 lifetime vs. Minnesota in 24 starts. He has struck out 144 Twins in 159 innings. He faced Worley on opening day and got the win while striking out seven in five scoreless innings.

-Mauer is batting .373 against Verlander with three homers. Joe also a .479 career OBP while facing Verlander thanks to 12 walks in 71 plate appearances.

-Morneau has two career homers off Verlander.

-Chris Parmelee is 2-for-7 with a homer and three strikeouts against him.

Scott Diamond vs. Anibal Sanchez

-Diamond is 1-2 in five career starts vs. Detroit with a 2.67 ERA

-Cabrera is 7-for-14 with two RBI’s against Diamond.

-Fielder is 1-for-9.

-Sanchez who struck out 17 Braves in his last start is 0-1 in three starts against our Twins with a 3.24 ERA.

-Willingham is just 2-for-10 against Sanchez but he has worked seven walks.

-Mauer is 4-for-8.

Detroit was a popular selection to take the AL Central this season and with good cause. The front four in their batting lineup is one of the best in the league. Austin Jackson leads off followed former Twin Torii Hunter, Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielders.

The Tigers lost two of three to start the season at Minnesota. Thanks a suspect bullpen they have exactly been a dominant team early on.

Josh Johnson

Categories: American League Happenings

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