SERIES PREVIEW: Minnesota Twins (12-12) at Cleveland Indians (12-13) By: Josh Johnson

Minnesota Twins (12-12) at Cleveland Indians (12-13)


Pedro Hernandez vs. Justin Masterson

Pedro Hernandez

Pedro Hernandez

-Hernandez has never faced the Indians before. He did throw five scoreless innings in his last start against Texas.

-Mike Aviles is the only Indians to face Hernandez. He 0-for-2 with a walk.

Justin Masterson

Justin Masterson

-Masterson is 2-7 against the Twins with a 4.38 ERA in 17 appearances.

-Joe Mauer is 7-for-28 against Masterson

-Justin Morneau 8-for-27 with a homer and eight RBIs

-Josh Willingham and Chris Parmeless have also both homered off of him.

Kevin Correia vs. Scott Kazmir

Scott Kazmir

Scott Kazmir

Kevin Correia

Kevin Correia

-Correia lost his only start against the Indians although he only gave one run in 5.2 innings.

-Mark Reynolds is 13-for-44 lifetime against Correia with three homers and 18 strikeouts.

-Aviles is 3-for-3

-Michael Bourn (could come off the DL during this series) is 4-for-16

-Kazmir is 2-4 with a 4.26 ERA in six starts against Minnesota.

-Mauer is for vs. Kazmire

-Morneau is 5-for-14 with a pair of jacks.

Mike Pelfrey vs. Corey Kluber

Mike Pelfrey

Mike Pelfrey

-Pelfrey has never faced the Indians. He is 2-3 on the young season with 7.65 ERA.

-Nick Swisher 3-for-7 against Pelfrey.

Corey Kluber

Corey Kluber

-Bourn is 1-for-6

-Reynolds 3-for-12

-Kluber has given eight runs over 15 innings against Minnesota in three career appearances. He has struck out 12 batters during that same span. He is making just his second start of this season filling in for the injured Brett Myers.

-Ryan Doumit 3-for-8 against Kluber.

-Trevor Plouffe and Morneau have both taken him deep.

One month into the season both these teams are hovering around the .500 mark. A series sweep from either team could propel them forward and be a turning point for the season. It seems Cleveland fans expected their team to be better at this point. After the free agent signings of Mark Reynolds, Michael Bourn and the always controversial Nick Swisher big run totals are expected every night from the tribe.

Josh Johnson

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