August 14th, 2012
Another day, another hitter in the fifth spot. This time, it’s Jhonny Peralta batting behind Prince Fielder against Twins lefty Brian Duensing, who has allowed a .322 average to right-handed hitters this year compared to .239 from left-handed batters. The OPS difference is exactly 200 points (.834 righties, .634 lefties).
No hitter has done more against Duensing than Peralta, 10-for-22 lifetime off of him with three doubles, a home run and seven RBIs. Most of that damage came last season, when he went 5-for-8 with three doubles and five RBIs.
Meanwhile, Jeff Baker starts in right field in place of Brennan Boesch. Andy Dirks gets the lefty-against-lefty start tonight.
- Austin Jackson, CF
- Omar Infante, 2B
- Miguel Cabrera, 3B (7-for-28, 2 HRs, 5 BB, 6 Ks off Duensing)
- Prince Fielder, 1B
- Jhonny Peralta, SS
- Delmon Young, DH
- Jeff Baker, RF
- Andy Dirks, LF
- Gerald Laird, C (1-for-9 off Duensing)
P: Doug Fister