May 14, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Kevin Correia (30) looks on after giving up a double in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports
The Minnesota Twins venture out to San Diego to start a quick, 5 game West Coast road trip tonight. The Twins enter this two game series at .500, the latest in a season they have been .500 or better since 2010.The Padres enter the 2 game series at 21-24 and 7 games back in the NL West, just like the Twins are in the AL Central. Kevin Correia will be taking the mound, looking to rebound from some atrocious starts in hopes to lower his ERA from 6.80 and get his second notch in the win column. He will be facing his old team from 2009-10 where he went to 22-21 over two seasons. Taking the mound for the Padres tonight is Ian Kennedy, who is 2-5 with a 3.60 ERA this year.
The Twins will be looking to win their 4th series in a row, after taking series from 2013 World Series champs Boston Red Sox, 2013 AL Central champs Detroit Tigers, and most recently, the Seattle Mariners. In 2011 was the last time these two teams met, with the Twins sweeping a 2-game series at Target Field.
Brian Dozier will look to extend his hitting streak to 10 games, as he has ripped the cover off of the ball as of late. Trevor Plouffe will look to hopefully snap out of a skid he has been in and get back to his offensive ways. Plouffe, however, is 2nd in the majors with 17 doubles, and Petco Park could be a great opportunity with the spacious outfield.
Correia will have a decent chance to bounce back tonight as the Padres as a whole, are batting .222 and are dead last for runs per game and batting average. It will be very important he takes command of the game early and gets into a rhythm, otherwise it could prove costly for the Twins and Correia tonight.
The Twins and Padres will take the field at 9:10PM.