Weather: 78 deg (WOW!), partly cloudy, 14 mph wind from ESE (in from RF, I think?)
After last night's extra innings loss, the Twins again find themselves with the worst record in Major League Baseball. Then again, the Twins were in the same position a week ago entering a two game series with the Chicago White Sox, which was swept. The good news is that the Detroit Tigers come into town tonight for a short two game series (seriously, what's with all the two gamers? Seems like a waste), and the Twins have been better (not saying a whole lot) against their AL Central opponents, sporting a 5-4 record within the division, with all four losses coming against the Kansas City Royals. Go figure. The bad news is that the Tigers are red hot, 6-1 over their last seven games after taking the last three games at home against the New York Yankees and three out of four in Toronto. Pitching has been the key lately for the Tigers as they have given up only 17 runs over this stretch.
|2011 - Francisco Liriano||2-4||6||6||1||1||0||0||32.2||27||24||24||4||24||20||6.61||1.56|
The big story tonight is Francisco Liriano's first start since last week's no hitter. His start was delayed by a couple days due to flu-like symptoms, so hopefully Liriano is ready to go tonight. In the no hitter, Liriano managed to walk six batters against only two strikeouts. Goes without saying that he's going to have to turn this around soon or he can kiss any chance of a big contract goodbye, not to mention any chances the Twins might have to make the playoffs.
|2011 - Rick Porcello||2-2||6||6||0||0||0||0||36.2||44||16||16||3||9||26||3.93||1.45|
Rick Porcello is no longer 20 years old. What will national TV announcers say about him now? After a rough start to the season, two losses and 10 runs allowed over 10 innings, Porcello has four straight quality starts and has allowed only 4 runs over 26.2 innings (1.35 ERA) over this stretch. As a sinker-ball pitcher, the key for Porcello is ground balls. Over his last four starts, he has induced 47 ground balls versus only 32 fly balls and has a 1.71 GB/FB ratio on the season.