Game 71: Houston Astros @ Minnesota Twins

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First Pitch:  1:10pm CDT
TV:  WFTC29
Radio:  Twins Radio Network
Know Thine Enemy:  Crawfish Boxes

Starting Pitchers


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2009 - Glen Perkins 2-3 9 9 0 0 0 0 53.0 57 30 30 7 13 30 5.09 1.32

In his first start back from the disabled list on Tuesday, Perkins was more effective than he was in the five starts preceeding his time on the DL.  In seven of his nine starts, Perk has struck out exactly four hitters; the other two occasions he retired two and zero.  For Glen to be effective today, it's going to be about limiting the damage:  be stingy with the walks, keep the ball in the park.  Houston will get their fly balls, so hopefully the outfield will be on their game.


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2009 - Wandy Rodriguez 5-6 14 14 0 0 0 0 83.2 83 38 31 9 30 79 3.33 1.35

For a guy with a girl's name, the 30-year old Rodriguez is a pretty good pitcher.  He's come into his own being able to strike out guys the last couple of years, and even better (for the Astros) is that he's cut down on his home run rates as well.  At least until his last three starts, since of the nine home runs allowed in 2009 eight of them have come in his last three starts.  So maybe the homer-happy Twins are getting him at the right time?  Wandy throws a fastball around 90, a 76 mph curveball (he'll throws this a lot, it's a good pitch) and a changeup to keep things interesting.  If Rodriguez is hitting his spots and that curveball is working, he could easily get through his innings without surrending that long-ball, while at the same time sitting down quite a few on strikes.



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