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Game 130: Twins @ Angels

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Pregame

The Twins face their toughest pitcher of the series in Ervin Santana, he of the great fastball/slider combination. Santana owns the fourth-fastest fastball in baseball, averaging 94.3 mph. He's not necessarily a ground-ball or fly-ball pitcher, because he gets a fair bit of both. High strikeout rates, low walk rates and an incredible 3.26 xFIP make him a mean customer.

Kevin Slowey is coming off what could be the best start of his career, where he K'd 12 in seven innings against the A's. Over his last three starts he's logged 18.2 innings and allowed just three earned runs. Stingy on the walks but able to ring up the strikeouts on occasion, Slowey's the proud owner of a 5.35 K/BB ratio...which is just amazing. When his breaking balls are working, Kevin can be as effective as anyone.


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2008 - Ervin Santana 13-5 25 25 2 1 0 0 169.2 149 67 64 17 42 166 3.39 1.13


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2008 - Kevin Slowey 10-8 20 20 3 2 0 0 121.1 112 52 51 16 17 91 3.78 1.06