Wow. Don't give up on the Twins, eh? Or if you do, don't give up on them in the 7th inning, when you've already invested just under two hours in the game. I mean, the Orange is the New Black finale was good, but...
Anyway, today, we've got Alfredo Simon taking on Phil Hughes. Simon has crafted an acceptable followup to his AllStar campaign last season, whereas our man Phil seems to be pitching quite a better better as of late (though those strikeout numbers are still down. Get 'em up, Phil!)
Prediction: Twins 7, Tigers 1
Twins on Leaderboards!
Offensive rWAR: Brian Dozier - 9th (3.2)*
Slugging Percentage: Brian Dozier - 10th (.521)
Games Played: Joe Mauer - t-6th (86)**
Games Played: Brian Dozier- t-6th (86)**
At Bats: Brian Dozier - 2nd (340)
Plate Appearances: Brian Dozier - 3rd (384)
Runs Scored: Brian Dozier - t-1st (66)
Total Bases: Brian Dozier - t-4th (177)
Doubles: Brian Dozier - t-2nd (26)
Doubles: Trevor Plouffe - t-7th (22)
Triples: Danny Santana - t-10th (4)
Home Runs: Brian Dozier - t-7th (19)
Singles: Joe Mauer - t-9th (65)**
Runs Created: Brian Dozier - 9th (61)
XBH: Brian Dozier - 1st (48)
Sacrifices: Danny Santana - t-1st (6)***
Sacrifices: Brian Dozier - t-6th (5)****
Intentional Walks: Joe Mauer - 3rd (10)**
Double Plays Grounded Into: Trevor Plouffe - 1st (15)
Double Plays Grounded Into: Joe Mauer - t-4th (12)**
Power/Speed: Brian Dozier - 4th (12.2)*****
Outs Made: Brian Dozier - t-2nd (263)
WPA: Joe Mauer - 7th (2.0)**
Brian Dozier. Not an all star.
* He's 8th in the AL in fWAR. Neither Fangraphs, nor bbref seem too keen on his defense.
*** Interesting bit, there. The major league lead for sacrifices is 7. There's a good chance that the record for fewest sacrifices by the league leader will be broken two years in a row. (The record is 13, set last year)
***** I have always loved this stat. It's fairly stupid, and doesn't tell you a great deal, but it's fun.
rWAR For Pitchers: Kyle Gibson - 8th (2.8)*
BB/9: Phil Hughes - 1st (0.887)
Games Pitched: Blaine Boyer - t-1st (41)
Games Pitched: Aaron Thompson - t-1st (41)**
Saves: Glen Perkins - 1st (28)
Complete Games: Phil Hughes - t-5th (1)***
Home Runs Allowed: Phil Hughes - 1st (21)
Hits Allowed: Phil Hughes - 2nd (127)
K/BB: Phil Hughes - 3rd (6.09)
HR/9: Mike Pelfrey - 5th (0.546)
Losses: Trevor May - t-7th (10)
Hit By Pitch: Mike Pelfrey - t-5th (7)****
Games Finished: Glen Perkins - 2nd (33)
* He's the Twins' leader in fWAR, too...but he's 36th in the league with a 0.9. Smoke and mirrors...
** Not for long
*** Lame. I hope he throws a complete game today. One complete game can't get you on a leaderboard.