Series Preview (Tribe at Twins) 4/22-4/24

Pitching matchups: RHP Fausto Carmona (1-2, 4.74 ERA) vs. LHP Brian Duensing (1-0, 3.60) tonight at 8:10; RHP Carlos Carrasco (1-1, 4.85) vs. LHP Francisco Liriano (1-3, 7.40) Saturday at 1:10 p.m. and RHP Jeanmar Gomez (0-1, 10.38) vs. RHP Carl Pavano (1-2, 5.47) Sunday at 2:10 p.m. The Twins won the AL Central six of the past nine years, but they entered Thursday’s game against Baltimore in last place. Justin Morneau (.417, 10-for-24) and Jim Thome (.313, 10-for-32, five homers, nine RBI) feasted on Tribe pitching last year. Liriano (3-0), Duensing (2-0) and Pavano (1-1) feasted on Tribe hitting. Left-hander Glen Perkins has emerged as a reliable bullpen arm this season, opening with nine scoreless innings and holding opponents to a .179 batting average. First batters are 1-for-7 off him; he got out of an eighth-inning jam Thursday by retiring Luke Scott on one pitch. If he continues to get left- and right-handed hitters out, he could emerge as an eighth-inning setup man, especially with Jose Mijares struggling with his control. The Twins were 12-6 against the Indians last season and have won the season series in each of the past three years. Jim Thome crushed his former team last season, batting .313 with five home runs and nine RBI in 12 games. So far, the Twins are 8-for-8 in stolen base attempts making them the only team in baseball to have not had a base runner caught stealing. Kansas City on Wednesday stole five bases on the the Tribe battery of right-hander Jeanmar Gomez and catcher Lou Marson. If the right Twins get on the bases Sunday, they could have an advantage.

Mike Melaragno

About Mike Melaragno

A 2010 graduate of Lee University, Mike loves writes about the game he loves most-- baseball. From an early age, he learned to live and die with the Tribe-- mostly die. Died a little when they lost the 1997 World Series in extra innings; died a lot when they were one game away from advancing to the fall classic in 2007 but fell to the Red Sox in game seven of the ALCS. He currently resides in Northeast Ohio.