|2009 - Kevin Slowey||9-2||13||13||0||0||0||0||78.2||99||38||37||12||10||61||4.23||1.39|
Slowey hasn't been the dominant ace his W-L record suggests, but he has been a consistant starter for the Minnesota Twins this year. Since giving up 10 runs in his first two starts, Kevin has been remarkably consistant, allowing more than 3 runs only twice and throwing 8 quality starts in 11 tries. The Twins model of extremely stingy control, and racking up just over 6 strikeouts per nine innings, Slowey has been very solid for a 25 year old pitcher without exceptional stuff. The Astros shouldn't prove a daunting tasks for Slowey, as they rank 13 out of 16 in the NL in runs scored. Expect Slowey to keep the Twins in it for 6 or 7 innings tonight.
|2009 - Roy Oswalt||3-3||14||14||0||0||0||0||82.1||88||40||40||13||22||63||4.37||1.34|
Oswalt hasn't been the big-time ace yet this year like he's been in years past, but he's still been pretty solid. Most of his rate stats like K/9, BB/9 and GB% have declined slightly this season, but not enough to call it a huge cliff. ON the wrong side of 30, Oswalt may have seen the end of his best years, but he's still a solid pitcher for the Twins to contend with. Some good news for the Twins, lefties are slugging .470 off Oswalt this season, so Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau, and Jason Kubel will have a chance to feast tonight if they can get their pitch.
06/19/09 8:10 PM EDT
|Houston Astros||Minnesota Twins|
|Michael Bourn - CF||Brendan Harris - SS|
|Jeff Keppinger - 3B||Joe Mauer - C|
|Miguel Tejada - SS||Justin Morneau - 1B|
|Carlos Lee - DH||Jason Kubel - DH|
|Lance Berkman - 1B||Michael Cuddyer - RF|
|Hunter Pence - RF||Joe Crede - 3B|
|Ivan Rodriguez - C||Delmon Young - LF|
|Kazuo Matsui - 2B||Carlos Gomez - CF|
|Darin Erstad - LF||Nick Punto - 2B|
For the Astros, wow, that's not an impressive lineup, but the Astros haven't fielded a solid lineup for several years. Oh, and hey, did you know Darin Erstad was a punter in college?! It's true...