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Vol 3: AL Central Weekly Wrap-Up

As week three of the early MLB season comes to an end, the Detroit Tigers sit a half game up on the defending American League Champion Kansas City Royals. Still early in the season the division lead is 6.0 games up from the last placed Cleveland Indians.  While no team in the division ran away with the week while most struggled to hit the .500 mark.  Regardless of the performance...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Twins Go Outside of AL Central Looking for Consistency

The Minnesota Twins had an interesting schedule to start the 2015 season when they opened with 15 straight games against fellow AL Central opponents, allowing them to really gauge where they stand. Despite this, not much was learned as the team has struggled to stay consistent. The Twins have played some bad baseball over the first few weeks of the 2015 season and they’ve also...
Via Baseball Essential
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Daily Pitcher Duels: April 24

The late slate today carries some of the best action, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a few interesting matchups earlier in the day that are worth your time. Check ’em out: Phil Hughes (MIN) vs. Felix Hernandez (SEA) 10:10 p.m. ET There’s no rest for the weary, as Hughes—who has faced David Price, Chris Sale, and Danny Salazar in order—gets another tough matchup...
Via The Sports Post
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Daily Fantasy Baseball Strategy: April 24, 2015

View image | gettyimages.com Below we’ve got a discussion of the starting pitching situation as well as the best teams to use for stacks for Friday’s 15-game slate on DraftKings. We’ve also got projections derived from Dan Szymborski’s ZiPS projections, and we have rankings of the top plays at each position. Pitching Perspective Here are our projections for today’s...
Via The Fantasy Fix
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Twins: No need to panic over Hughes’ slow start

It may not be the results you want, but at least you know what you are going to get out of Phil Hughes in April. Hughes (0-3) and the Twins fell to the Cleveland Indians 4-2 on Saturday at Target Field, snapping a three-game winning streak for the Twins. The starting pitcher was charged with all four runs, as he also gave up his fourth home run of the year. In now 31 career starts...
Via isportsweb.com
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Salazar and Perez a Winning Combo; Indians 4, Twins 2

Did The Tribe Win Last Night? Yes, they did! Danny Salazar had his first Major League start of the year on Saturday and faced Phil Hughes of the Twins. Despite his struggles during Spring Training, Salazar settled in on the mound and delivered strike out after strike out, giving up only two runs – including one home run – in just over six innings of work. Roberto Perez delivered...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Daily Pitcher Duels: April 12

It's the beginning of a new calendar week, but for fantasy baseball purposes everyone is winding down. Have a peek at a few of the matchups we're keeping tabs on for this Sunday (all times Eastern): Phil Hughes (MIN) vs. Chris Sale (CWS)  2:10 PM Hughes's first start was uneven, as he managed to give the Twins six innings with six strikeouts and just one walk. But at the...
Via The Sports Post
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Twins: Opening day observations

The Twins fell to 0-1 yesterday as they lost to the Detroit Tigers 4-0. This marks the seventh opening day loss in a row for the Twins and the first time they have been shut out on opening day since 2000. Here are my opening day observations: David Price was dominant The Twins lineup could not handle David Price. He was perfect through four innings until Kennys Vargas got the first...
Via isportsweb.com
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 2015.1: Twins at Tigers

For behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land. –Song of Solomon 2:14, preferably read in the voice of Ernie Harwell. Well, here we are, it’s Monday, and one of the great days in sports, Opening Day in Major League Baseball (we won’t count that thing...
Via Tigers Weblog
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Phil Hughes looks to continue success vs. Detroit Tigers

The Minnesota Twins and Detroit Tigers are the last two teams that claimed victory in the American League Central, but it’s still been a while for the Twins. Detroit has dominated the division in recent memory, taking the crown each of the past four seasons.  The last time they failed to win it was when they finished with an 81-81 record in 2010; 13 games behind Minnesota who...
Via Baseball Essential
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Daily Pitcher Duels: Opening Day Part 2

Now that Opening Night is in our rearview mirror, it’s time to look forward to Opening Day for the remaining 28 clubs while the Cardinals and Cubs get a much-deserved day off—I kid. As we noted yesterday, there are 19 first-time Opening Day starters—the most in baseball since 2005. Also, these columns are going to be daily, as I try like heck to keep up with that sort of...
Via The Sports Post
21 days ago  |  Discuss

AL Central Preview: Minnesota Twins set to struggle once again

Over the past six months, the AL Central has become the most competitive division in all of major league baseball. Back in October, two teams from the central, the Detroit Tigers and the Kansas City Royals, made the playoffs. The Royals even made a run all the way to the world series before losing to the San Francisco Giants and the historic Madison Bumgarner. Since the end of last...
Via isportsweb.com
24 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB suspends Ervin Santana 80 games for PED use

Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports The MLB announced Friday that Minnesota Twins right-handed pitcher Ervin Santana has received an 80-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance. The suspension of Santana will be effective for the first 80 games of the 2015 regular season. The Twins issued the following...
Via Sports-Glory
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins Preview - Throwers

I really don't want to do this.  The Twins' pitching has been horrible for years, and even though it might be a little bit better it's still bad and it's also boring.  I guess just dive right in?  Yeah ok.Opening day starter Phil Hughes should be the ace.  The Twins signed him prior to last season on the cheap, hoping he'd be a better pitcher getting out of Yankee Stadium and...
Via Down with Goldy
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Hughes, Buchholz look sharp in Twins-Red Sox 4-4 tie

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) Phil Hughes and Clay Buchholz each had their final spring training tuneups as the Minnesota Twins and a Boston Red Sox split squad played to a 4-4 tie in nine innings. Hughes, slated to start Minnesota's regular-season opener Monday in Detroit, struck out five, walked two and gave up one run and four hits in four innings against a squad that included starters...
Via AP on Fox
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins, Red Sox settle for 4-all tie

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Phil Hughes and Clay Buchholz each had their final spring training tuneups Wednesday as the Minnesota Twins and a Boston Red Sox split squad played to a 4-all tie in nine innings. Hughes, slated to start Minnesota's regular-season opener Monday in Detroit, struck out five, walked two and gave up one run and four hits in four innings against a squad that included...
Via AP on Fox
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Throwback Thursday - Twins Sign Phil Hughes

Prior to the start of the 2014 MLB season, the Minnesota Twins signed Phil Hughes to a 3 year $24 mil deal.  He had a record setting season in his debut, setting the Strikeout-Walk ratio record at 11.63.  Hughes beat out Bret Saberhagen (1994) and Cliff Lee (2010) as the only others to have a ratio of 10 or better.  Curt Schilling's 2002 season was the only other time a starting...
Via We Talk Fantasy Sports
March 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Twins beat Marlins with strong start from Hughes

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- Danny Santana had four hits as the leadoff hitter, Phil Hughes struck out four and the Minnesota Twins beat the Miami Marlins 5-3 on Sunday. Giancarlo Stanton had a long double and Michael Morse a two-run single for Miami. Dee Gordon went 3 for 3 with a run and a stolen base for the Marlins. Hughes pitched 4 2/3 innings in his second strong start. Marlins starter...
Via AP on Fox
March 22, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide: Starting Pitchers You Almost Have to Draft

View image | gettyimages.com I love FIP. Or at least I did until xFIP came along and improved the predictive power of defense-independent pitching statistics (DIPS). Because home run rates generally fluctuate from year to year, xFIP applies a league average home run rate to all pitchers, which makes xFIP better able to tell us what will happen in the future than FIP can. Admittedly...
Via The Fantasy Fix
March 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Marlins chase Phil Hughes early, fall to Twins

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Phil Hughes failed to last two innings for the second time in as many spring outings, and the Minnesota Twins beat the Miami Marlins 7-6 Tuesday. Hughes, who issued just 16 walks all last season, has walked one each time out this spring. He had a four-pitch walk to light-hitting Don Kelly of the Marlins. Hughes, set to start on Opening Day, struck out the...
Via AP on Fox
March 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Hughes struggles as Twins beat Marlins

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) Phil Hughes failed to last two innings for the second time in as many spring outings, and the Minnesota Twins beat the Miami Marlins 7-6 Tuesday. Hughes, who issued just 16 walks all last season, has walked one each time out this spring. He had a four-pitch walk to light-hitting Don Kelly of the Marlins. Hughes, set to start on opening day, struck out the side...
Via AP on Fox
March 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Minnesota Twins 2015 Preview and Prediction

When Phil Hughes signed a three-year, $42 million contract extension just before Christmas, the veteran righthander insisted he could see signs of...
Via Athlon Sports
March 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Phil Hughes expecting bounce back year from Ricky Nolasco

Minnesota Twins manager Paul Molitor told reporters yesterday that Phil Hughes has been “penciled in” as the team’s Opening Day starter this year, but Hughes seemed more excited to talk about last year’s Opening Day starter Ricky Nolasco rather than his role at the top of Minnesota’s rotation. Phil Hughes raved about Ricky Nolasco's 2-seamer after their simultaneous pen...
Via Baseball Essential
February 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Twins have Hughes 'penciled in' as opening day starter

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) The Minnesota Twins have slotted Phil Hughes as their opening day starter. Manager Paul Molitor said Monday that Hughes has been ''penciled in'' to take the mound on April 6 when the Twins play at Detroit, provided the right-hander stays healthy through spring training. That's according to the throwing schedule set up by pitching coach Neil Allen plotted out...
Via AP on Fox
February 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Paul Molitor tabs Phil Hughes as Opening Day starter

getty images Twins manager Paul Molitor told reporters on Monday that Phil Hughes is penciled in as his Opening Day starter. In his first season with the Twins the 28-year-old Hughes performed well posting a 3.52 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and a 186/16 K/BB ratio. He totaled 209 2/3 innings of work. The Twins rewarded Hughes for his efforts giving him a three-year extension worth $42 million...
Via Tireball.com
February 23, 2015  |  Discuss
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