After a trio of games lost due to weather, Minnesota's 10-inning victory over Chicago on Saturday night has brought them back to .500. It hasn't been easy, and it sure as hell hasn't been pretty, but after 14 games the Twins have found a way to make it happen. Here's what's on tap for today.
#58 / Pitcher / Minnesota Twins
Jul 30, 1986
|2013 - Scott Diamond||0-1||1||1||0||0||0||0||4.1||8||4||4||1||0||1||8.31||1.85|
Diamond was shellacked in his first start back from the disabled list. There isn't a lot you can say about him at this point, other than you hope that his command is stronger today. If the Twins want to stay around .500 this season they're going to need Diamond to be the guy he was in 2012.
#34 / Pitcher / Chicago White Sox
Jan 27, 1983
|2013 - Gavin Floyd||0-3||3||3||0||0||0||0||15.2||22||12||11||3||7||18||6.32||1.85|
Picking up strikeouts hasn't been a problem for Floyd this year, and I'm sure he'll pick up half a dozen today. But he has been tres hittable over his last two outings, allowing nearly three base runners per inning as batters have hit .429 and slugged .857.
- Joe Mauer has hit .442/.556/.791 of Floyd in his career, spanning 43 at-bats.
- Jamey Carroll has had 22 at-bats versus Floyd and has put together a triple slash of .364/.440/.455.
- The only other Twin with more than 20 ABs against Floyd is Justin Morneau, who has hit particularly well but has notched a trio of home runs in 31 at-bats.
- Against left-handed hitters, Floyd stays away quite often but will try to challenge hitters up and in from time to time. This year he's been unable to regularly hit his spots low in the zone against them.
- Against right-handed hitters you can draw a line from up-and-in to down-and-away, and that's where he'll be throwing the ball. He will come inside from time to time, going away with breaking and off-speed pitches.
- For Diamond, his approach against lefties is uniform: down-and-away, down-and-away, down-and-away. He'll mix it up a bit more against right-handed hitters, but his game plan is pretty clear. Down and away.
- As a team, the White Sox who have seen Diamond have hit .302/.325/.491 over 116 at-bats. Alejandro De Aza, Alex Rios, and Deyan Viciedo have had the most success, each posting a 1.000+ OPS in at least ten at-bats.