Game 26: Twins (9-16) @ Royals (13-13)

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First Pitch: 6:10pm CDT
TV: FSN
Radio: Twins Radio Network
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Royals Review


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Sean O`Sullivan 1-1 4 2 0 0 0 1 15.0 17 7 7 1 6 11 4.20 1.53

O'Sullivan is a 23-year old right hander who came over last summer when the Royals sent Alberto Callaspo to the Angels. He hasn't been terrible for the Royals this year, and considering how some of our own pitchers have performed you might say he's been pretty serviceable, but he's the kind of guy that the Twins could get something going against.

He offers a fastball in the low-90s, complimenting it with a curve and changeup. Both off the off-speed offerings are his better pitches, and he'll throw any of them at any time whether the hitter is a righty or lefty.

One of the reasons his fastball works is because his changeup and curve both clock in the 70's. With an average differential of 15mph between the fastball and changeup, and then with that solid breaking ball, O'Sullivan can change speeds pretty well and keep hitters off-balance. But he does have a tendency towards fly balls, and more of those flies leave the park than you'd hope for...although he's only allowed one in 15 innings so far this season.


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Brian Duensing 2-0 4 4 0 0 0 0 27.0 26 10 9 2 7 17 3.00 1.22

Brian's been one of Minnesota's better starters this year, and one of their most consistent. None of his four starts have been bad, and only in his first start did he allow more than a pair of earned runs. No doubt the Twins would love to see another performance like that tonight.

It's early, but it's interesting to note that the average velocity on both his fastball (90.1mph) and his changeup (83.1mph) are one mile per hour slower than they were in 2009. Considering how Duensing works that's not really a concern, especially since as I mentioned the season is so young, but it's worth noting.

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