|KANSAS CITY ( KARNS )|
MINNESOTA ( SANTIAGO )
|971||KANSAS CITY||+115||Ov 8.5,-105||-105||Ov 8,-125|
|972||MINNESOTA||-125||Un 8.5,-115||-105||Un 8,+105|
|vs Left-handed Starters||5-6||+0||4-7||2.8||0.218||0.270||0.306||0.576||4.4||0.245||0.306||0.379||0.685|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.4||2-5||5.0||0.280||0.340||0.448||0.788||4.6||0.274||0.331||0.419||0.750|
|vs Right-handed Starters||13-12||+1||12-11||4.4||0.243||0.326||0.402||0.728||4.4||0.246||0.314||0.399||0.712|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.5||3-4||3.0||0.216||0.301||0.369||0.671||3.9||0.207||0.276||0.351||0.627|
|5/8/2017||KARNS(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||SNELL(L)||7-3||W||135||7.5 ev||O||13||7||0||9||9||4|
|5/9/2017||YOUNG(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||ANDRIESE(R)||7-6||W||150||8 ev||O||12||9||0||12||10||1|
|5/10/2017||HAMMEL(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)||1-12||L||175||7.5 ov||O||8||7||1||16||7||0|
|5/11/2017||VARGAS(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||ODORIZZI(R)||6-0||W||110||7.5 un||U||8||5||0||4||2||1|
|5/16/2017||HAMMEL(R)||NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||1-7||L||+105||9.5 ov||U||8||9||0||13||9||0|
|5/17/2017||VARGAS(L)||NY YANKEES||PINEDA(R)||7-11||L||+120||9 un||O||11||6||0||16||8||2|
|5/18/2017||DUFFY(L)||NY YANKEES||MONTGOMERY(L)||5-1||W||+105||8.5 ov||U||5||2||2||7||8||0|
|5/19/2017||KARNS(R)||@ MINNESOTA||SANTIAGO(L)|| |
|5/20/2017||KENNEDY(R)||@ MINNESOTA||WILK(L)|| |
|5/21/2017||HAMMEL(R)||@ MINNESOTA||HUGHES(R)|| |
|5/22/2017||VARGAS(L)||@ NY YANKEES||PINEDA(R)|| |
|5/23/2017||DUFFY(L)||@ NY YANKEES||MONTGOMERY(L)|| |
|5/24/2017||KARNS(R)||@ NY YANKEES||SEVERINO(R)|| |
|5/25/2017||KENNEDY(R)||@ NY YANKEES||TANAKA(R)|| |
|5/26/2017|| ||@ CLEVELAND|| || |
|5/9/2017||SANTIAGO(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||PELFREY(R)||7-2||W||-105||9 un||P||12||7||0||4||6||2|
|5/11/2017||HUGHES(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||HOLLAND(L)||7-6||W||110||8.5 ov||O||6||4||1||8||6||1|
|5/12/2017||SANTANA(R)||@ CLEVELAND||TOMLIN(R)||1-0||W||135||8.5 un||U||6||4||0||3||8||0|
|5/13/2017||BERRIOS(R)||@ CLEVELAND||CLEVINGER(R)||4-1||W||145||9 ev||U||5||4||0||3||4||1|
|5/14/2017||SANTIAGO(L)||@ CLEVELAND||BAUER(R)||3-8||L||155||9 ev||O||9||6||0||13||8||1|
|5/19/2017||SANTIAGO(L)||KANSAS CITY||KARNS(R)|| |
|5/20/2017||WILK(L)||KANSAS CITY||KENNEDY(R)|| |
|5/21/2017||HUGHES(R)||KANSAS CITY||HAMMEL(R)|| |
|5/22/2017||SANTANA(R)||@ BALTIMORE||JIMENEZ(R)|| |
|5/23/2017||SANTANA(R)||@ BALTIMORE||BUNDY(R)|| |
|5/24/2017||BERRIOS(R)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)|| |
|5/26/2017|| ||TAMPA BAY|| || |
|KANSAS CITY: 2016: 81-81, third place.
Manager: Ned Yost (eighth season).
He's Here: OF Jorge Soler, RHP Jason Hammel, RHP Nathan Karns, DH Brandon Moss, LHP Travis Wood.
He's Outta Here: RHP Wade Davis, DH Kendrys Morales, OF Jarrod Dyson, RHP Luke Hochevar, RHP Edinson Volquez.
Projected lineup: SS Alcides Escobar (.261, 7 HRs, 55 RBIs), LF Alex Gordon (.220, 17, 40), CF Lorenzo Cain (.287, 9, 56), 1B Eric Hosmer (.266, 25, 104), DH Brandon Moss (.255, 28, 67), RF Jorge Soler (.238, 12, 31 with Cubs; likely to start season on DL with strained oblique), 3B Mike Moustakas (.240, 7, 13), C Salvador Perez (.247, 22, 64), Raul Mondesi (.185, 2, 13).
Rotation: LH Danny Duffy (12-3, 3.51 ERA, 188 Ks), RH Ian Kennedy (11-11, 3.68, 184 Ks), RH Jason Hammel (11-11, 3.83 with Cubs), LH Jason Vargas (0-0, 2.25 in 3 starts after returning from Tommy John surgery), RH Nathan Karns (6-2, 5.15 with Mariners).
Key relievers: RH Kelvin Herrera (2-6, 2.75, 12 saves), RH Joakim Soria (5-8, 4.05), LH Matt Strahm (2-2, 1.23), LH Travis Wood (4-0, 2.95), LH Scott Alexander (0-0, 3.32), RH Chris Young (3-9, 6.19).
Hot Spot: Starting Rotation. Duffy showed signs of blossoming into an ace late last year, but is yet to put it all together for a full season. Hammel was signed after the tragic death of RHP Yordano Ventura in a car accident in the Dominican Republic. Vargas barely pitched last season after coming back from elbow surgery. Karns has intriguing potential, but might end up in the bullpen unless he lives up to it quickly.
Outlook: Royals GM Dayton Moore thinks his starting rotation is the best it has been during his tenure, even if just about every spot is tenuous. He also thinks Kansas City has more power at the plate this year thanks to Moustakas' return from a torn ACL and the signing of Moss. Paulo Orlando (.302, 5, 43, 14 SBs) will replace Soler in right field at the start of the season. But there are plenty of question marks up and down the lineup, not to mention on the pitching staff, and several things must break right for Kansas City to make noise in the AL Central and take a run at its third World Series appearance in four years.
|MINNESOTA: 2016: 59-103, fifth place.
Manager: Paul Molitor (third season).
He's Here: C Jason Castro, RHP Matt Belisle, SS Ehire Adrianza, LHP Craig Breslow.
He's Outta Here: 3B Trevor Plouffe, C Kurt Suzuki, LHP Tommy Milone, RHP Pat Light.
Projected lineup: 2B Brian Dozier (.268, 42, 99, 18/20 SBs), RF Max Kepler (.235, 17, 63), CF Byron Buxton (.225, 10 HRs, 38 RBIs, 118 Ks in 298 ABs), 1B Joe Mauer (.261, 11, 49), 3B Miguel Sano (.236, 25, 66, 178 Ks in 437 ABs), DH Kennys Vargas (.230, 10, 20 in 152 ABs), LF Eddie Rosario (.269, 10, 32), C Jason Castro (.210, 11, 32 with Houston), SS Jorge Polanco (.282, 4, 27 in 245 ABs).
Rotation: RH Ervin Santana (7-11, 3.38 ERA, 149 Ks), RH Phil Hughes (1-7, 5.95, 11 HRs, 11 starts), LH Hector Santiago (3-6, 5.58, 13 HRs, 11 starts after trade with Angels), RH Kyle Gibson (6-11, 5.07, 1.561 WHIP), LH Adalberto Mejia (rookie).
Key relievers: RH Brandon Kintzler (0-2, 3.15, 17/20 saves), RH Matt Belisle (0-0, 1.76 in 40 games for Nationals), RH Ryan Pressly (6-7, 3.70, 1 save in 72 games), LH Taylor Rogers (3-1, 3.96, 64 Ks in 57 games), LH Craig Breslow (0-2, 4.50 in 15 games for Marlins).
Hot Spot: Starting Rotation. The resuscitation of a team with the worst record in the majors last season must begin with starting pitching that ranked 30th out of 30 in wins (37), ERA (5.39) and strikeouts (655). Hughes, Santiago, Gibson and Berrios will all be counted on to make 2016 the aberration and not the standard. Adding Castro, who has a strong reputation for game calling and pitch framing, probably can't hurt. There's enough depth in the group at least to give the Twins a chance to return to respectability as new baseball chief Derek Falvey continues to try to revamp organizational philosophy and process for the long term. The bullpen appears more vulnerable than the rotation, despite being bolstered by the addition of the veteran Belisle. Three-time All-Star closer Glen Perkins is still working his way back from surgery last year to repair a torn labrum and will likely land on the disabled list to start the season. Kintzler fared well in his place, but doesn't have a track record.
Outlook: The Twins ranked a respectable sixth in the American League in total bases and eighth in OPS despite their abysmal record last year. Buxton's sparkling September, following a second straight frustrating summer, restored his and the club's confidence in the 2012 second overall draft pick. Dozier probably hit his power ceiling in 2016, but if Buxton and Sano can strike out less and get on base more there's the potential in place for a productive offense. Vargas hit his way back into contention for the DH spot with a decent finish to 2016, but the pressure is on him to prove he's worth a spot in the lineup with a strong performance this spring by Park, who struggled badly to adjust to major league pitching in his arrival from South Korea last year.
|Twins hope to make home field an advantage vs. Royals|
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins are on top of the American League Central but haven't controlled their own home field.
The Kansas City Royals are just trying to get some momentum at the bottom of the division and haven't played well on the road.
Both teams managed to avoid being swept on Thursday and will look to gain traction when they start a series at Target Field on Friday.
The Twins salvaged the second game of a Thursday doubleheader against the Colorado Rockies as Jose Berrios had the best outing of his short major league career with a career-high 11 strikeouts in a 2-0 win. Minnesota snapped a three-game losing streak with the victory.
"You can't say you're desperate for a win, but you come off a good trip, you let the last one on the trip slip away and you get off to a rough start the first couple games," Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "It's a long day at the park. We all know how doubleheaders work. To be able to salvage that is a credit to (Berrios)."
Kansas City had lost the first two games at home to the New York Yankees before Danny Duffy won for the first time since April 14 as the Royals beat New York 5-1 on Thursday.
"We've been in a little bit of a rut," said Duffy, who struck out a season-high 10 over seven scoreless innings.
The Twins are 5-0 against the Royals this season.
Minnesota leads the AL Central at 20-17 but is 9-12 at home. Molitor emphasized the importance of avoiding any long losing streaks. The Twins have lost at least three games in a row just twice all season.
"It's just like hitting," Molitor said. "You try to stay away from those 0-for-30s. You take your 2-for-15s and things like that once in a while."
Minnesota will have left-hander Hector Santiago (4-2, 3.80 ERA) face Kansas City on Friday. Santiago had his worst outing of the season his last time out, when he gave up six runs in 2 2/3 innings in a loss to the Cleveland Indians on Sunday.
Santiago is 3-3 with a 3.82 ERA in 16 career appearances against the Royals. He earned a win in the second game of the season when he allowed one run in five innings against Kansas City.
Kansas City will start right-hander Nate Karns on Friday. Karns (2-2, 4.46) has won his last two decisions and has given up two runs or fewer in each of his past three starts. He has struck out at least 10 in back-to-back outings.
Karns became the first pitcher in franchise history to strike out 12 batters in just five innings in his last outing, Saturday against the Baltimore Orioles.
"I'm finding success when I'm able to work ahead I can really expand the zone," Karns said after the game. "Today it's a very powerful lineup and I knew I had to keep it down. I had success with it. I guess they weren't picking it up and I kept going with it."
Karns allowed two homers in the game, both to catcher Francisco Pena.
"Great night. What a curveball," Yost told MLB.com. "Made two pitches up in the zone and Franky Pena hit them out of the park. But that was it."
Karns hasn't been successful against Minnesota. He owns a 17.55 ERA in three games, two starts, against the Twins, without recording a win or loss. He has given up 13 earned runs in 6 2/3 innings. However, Karns is on a strong run, and the Royals hope they can build off their Thursday win, as well.
"We're playing like we're playing for our lives," Duffy said. "We want to stick together. It's a huge opportunity to contend for another ring."
|Last Updated: 5/29/2017 12:15:56 PM EST|