Preview: Twins at Royals
Samuel Deduno vs. Luis Mendoza
-Deduno won is only start ever vs. KC. He tossed 6.1 innings while striking our four and giving up just one earned run on six hits. Deduno is coming off a solid outing that saw him baffle the Brewers for seven innings. He allowed just one earned on four hits.
-Chris Getz 2-for-3 vs. Deduno.
-Billy Butler, Alex Gordon, Eric Hosmer and Salvador Perez are all 1-for-3 against Deduno.
-Lorenzo Cain is 0-for-2 with and RBI.
-Mike Moustakas is 0-for-1 with a pair of walks.
-Mendoza is 2-1 with a 2.67 ERA in five appearances vs. our Twins. He has no record and a 2.16 ERA in his last three starts.
-Chris Parmelee is 4-for-5 lifetime vs. Mendoza with a homer and two RBIs.
-Morneau is 5-for-8 with three RBIs.
-Willingham is 2-for-9 with a homer and three strikeouts.
P.J. Walters vs. Jeremy Guthrie
-Walters has made one start vs. KC and he gave up six earned runs in four innings. He has won his first two starts by going six innings in each.
-Butler is 1-for-3 with two RBIs vs. Walters.
-Perez is 1-for-2 with a dong.
-Guthrie is 5-2 with a 3.55 ERA in 10 career appearances vs. Minnesota. He is 5-3 with a 3.83 ERA on the season. However, he is 0-2 with a 6.87 ERA in last three starts.
-Mauer is 6-for-13 lifetime vs. Guthrie with two homers and three walks.
-Morneau is 5-for-17 with two homers, five RBIs and three strikeouts.
-Doumit and Willingham have also homered off of Guthrie.
Mike Pelfrey vs. Wade Davis
-Pelfrey has made one career appearance vs. KC and he gave up six earned in two innings. He is 0-2 with a 6.92 ERA in his last three starts. I am sure I am not alone in saying, “put him out to stud please.”
-Jeff Francoeur is 6-for-20 with three RBIs and four walks against Pelfrey.
-Alcides Escobar is 2-for-5.
-Cain is 2-for-4.
-Davis is 3-0 with a 4.08 ERA in seven career appearances vs. the Twins. He is 0-2 with a 6.61 ERA in his last three starts. He 3-5 with a 6.16 ERA on the season.
-Morneau is 2-for-10 with a homer vs. Davis.
-Mauer is 5-for-8.
The Royals are one the youngest teams in baseball. There was a lot of hype surrounding them prior to the season. They however have stumble mightily and they have recently fired their hitting coach. Royal legend George Brett was brought in this past week to be interim hitting coach. The Royals best hitter DH Billy Butler is hitting just .256. Young budding third baseman Mike Moustakas is hitting a lowly .177, what is encouraging is that so far Moustakas strike out rate is down and his walk rate is slightly up. This means he is at least hitting the ball. However his batting average on balls in play (BAbip) is a meek .183, this still means he is at least making contact. With Brett’s help Moustakas should straight things out and he will start finding the gaps in defense. Brett has promised to give the Royals a 30 day crash course in hitting. Brett a member who is a member of the 3,000 hit club will hopefully help this team climb out the AL Central. They are also second to last in home runs and total bases.
The Twins should feel fortunate that they are missing starting pitchers James Shields (2.83 ERA) and Ervin Santana (3.33 ERA).