Around the Horn: The Twins & Target Field
Last week we were in Cleveland. The next stop on our tour has us in the Twin Cities.
The Minnesota Twins saw their season-best five-game win streak come to an end in Tuesday's second contest of its double-header with the Marlins, an 8-5 setback in which I had the "over".
One player you'll want to keep your eyes on is Joe Mauer, as the five-time All-Star is hitting .444 with two home runs and eight RBIs over his last 11 games (that said, Mauer is hitting just .243 vs. his next opponent, going 5 for 30 over his last nine home games in this series).
2012 Park Factor (Park Factor compares the rate of stats at home vs. the rate of stats on the road. A rate below 1.000 favors the pitcher. Higher than 1.000 favors the hitter).
- Runs: 1.044
- HR: 1.031
- H: 1.030
- 2B: 0.989
- 3B: 1.905
- BB: 1.082
Interesting facts about Target Field: Is the Twins' sixth ballpark and third in Minnesota. After 28 seasons at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, the team relocated to Target Field in 2010. An open-air park with over 39,000 occupancy (cost just over a half-billion dollars to construct). Was designed with the purpose of being a "neutral" park as far as favoring neither the pitcher nor the hitter. Built with local limestone, it features heated viewing areas and a heated field. There is no roof, but the top deck is covered in a canopy. The original flagpole from Metropolitan Stadium is located on the right-field plaza. The bullpens are "double-decker" style in left-center field. Home plate is the same that was used at the Metrodome. It has been selected to host the 2014 All-Star Game.
Has home field been an advantage for the Twins since Target Field opened?
- 2010: 94-68 overall. 53-28 at home. 41-40 on road.
- 2011: 63-99 overall. 33-48 at home. 30-51 on road.
- 2012: 66-96 overall. 31-50 at home. 35-46 on road.
(2013 as of writing: 9-8 overall. 5-4 at home. 4-4 on road.
Obviously over the last two seasons, home field has been anything but an advantage for the Twins. They had the big year in 2010, but have soiled the sheets the last two seasons.
In all of my other articles I've taken a look back over the previous five seasons, so to be fair, let's see what Minnesota did in 2008 and 2009:
- 2008: 88-75 overall. 53-28 at home. 35-47 on road.
- 2009: 87-76 overall. 49-33 at home. 38-43 on road.
The Twins' talent level in all phases of the game has dropped considerably overall since 2010, so I think it's safe to say that the book is still out on whether or not Target Field is an advantage for the Twins.
The Twins open a four game series with the Rangers on Thursday the 25th.
Minnesota was 2-8 vs. the Rangers last season, including 0-3 at Target Field.
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- Will Rogers
- June 2, 2016 - 9:00 PM
- Offered at:
- 5dimes @ Over 210 -103
1* free play on CLE@GS to go OVER....
The NBA Finals get underway Thursday, and we'll see a rematch of last year's Finals when the Warriors defeated the Cavs to win the Championship. Last year the Cavs were short-handed, with Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving both sidelined due to injury. With Cleveland at full strength, we could see some higher scores than we saw in the Finals a year ago.
Here are my keys to the game:
1. Three-Point Shooting - The Cavs were not a three-point shooting team during the regular season, but they've been launching a ton of three-point shots in the playoffs. They broke an NBA record for made three-pointers in their series versus Atlanta, and averaged over 40 attempted three-pointers per game against the Raptors. The Warriors live and die with their long range shooting, as evidenced by Klay Thompson's heroic performance with 11 made threes in Game 6.
2. Previous History - The Warriors failed to reach the total in five of seven games versus the Thunder, but the number in those games was an average of 10 points higher than the number for Game 1 versus the Cavs. The last time these teams met, the Warriors won 132-98 at Cleveland. The Cavs have gone over in eight of their last 11 road games.
3. X-Factor - LeBron James is coming off his highest scoring game of the playoffs, totaling 33 points in 41 minutes in Game 6 versus Toronto.
Selection: This is a play on the Cavs@Warriors to go OVER the total (Free)