Jul 30, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Phil Hughes (45) delivers a pitch against the Kansas City Royals in the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

San Diego Padres vs Minnesota Twins Series Preview

The Minnesota Twins are coming off a series with the Chicago White Sox in which they were able to take two out of three games from the AL Central division rival.  After nearly being swept a week earlier, it was a big way to bounce back.  The series finale saw the Twins hang 16 runs on the White Sox, a trend that Minnesota hopes to continue.

Tuesday, the Twins welcome the San Diego Padres in for a short two game set.

During the midweek interleague contests, the Twins will go up against a new look Padres.  After dealing Chris Denorfia and Houston Street before the trade deadline, the Padres now employ Yangervis Solarte, and have welcomed back Everth Carbera.

For the Twins, they have only won four of their last 10 games, an unfortunate trend that has them sitting at 50-60 on the season.  The Padres come in having won six of their last 10 and are 51-60 on the season.

In Tuesday’s matchup, the Padres will start rookie Jesse Hahn.  In his last three starts, he is 3-0 with a 1.42 ERA.  Opposing Hahn for the Twins will be Phil Hughes, who is sporting an 0-3 record and 5.63 ERA over his last three contests.

On Wednesday, the Padres will give the ball to Odrisamer Despaigne.  Having had a rough go his last few starts, he is 0-2 with a 4.76 ERA.  The Twins will send Kevin Correia to face him.  Correia is 0-2 with an ugly 7.76 ERA over his last three outings.

Minnesota finds themselves facing off in the short two game set with a team very much like themselves.  With both clubs struggling to find offense, the Padres look to have the upper hand in the pitching department in the series.

Hahn has been virtually unbeatable since making his debut this year, and Hughes is going to have a tough time doing so.  Correia has been worse than bad for the Twins of late, but I look for Minnesota to split the series and head to Oakland.

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