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Game 145: Royals @ Twins

Pregame...formatted for your viewing pleasure

Minnesota hasn't won back-to-back contests since August 21 and 22, which to me means they're due. With Kevin Slowey starting things do look good, as he's 2-0 in two starts against the Royals this season, including a complete game and a combined 1.23 ERA. In fact, since July 28 his ERA is just 2.61, which is an impressive feat over eight starts, even considering that ERA is a poor judge for a pitcher on its own merits. One interesting tidbit about Slowey: every pitch he throws has more velocity to it this year as compared to 2007...except his curve (-0.9 mph). Fastball (+0.2), slider (+1.9) and change (+2.0) are all quicker.

For the Royals tonight it's Kyle Davies, who turned 25 yesterday. After some early success this season (3-0 in his first four starts, 24.2 innings, 1.46 ERA) opposing hitters have caught up with him, but in spite of that he might just turn in his best season as a pro yet. In his fourth year, Davies will likely set career bests in innings pitched, ERA and maybe even wins if things go his way the rest of the month. But with his track record including walks, hits and endurance, the Twins hopefully won't be giving him too much help in those departments. The righty offers a decent fastball, a slider, curve and modest changeup.

My guess for the KC lineup: DeJesus (LF), Aviles (SS), Guillen (RF), Butler (DH), Teahen (3B), Olivo (C), Gload (1B), Callaspo (2B), Gathright (CF)

For the Twins, it'll be the same lineup for the fifth time in a row: Span (RF), Casilla (2B), Morneau (1B), Kubel (DH), Young (LF), Buscher (3B), Punto (SS), Gomez (CF)


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2008 - Kevin Slowey 11-9 23 23 3 2 0 0 139.1 136 59 58 19 18 109 3.75 1.11


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2008 - Kyle Davies 6-6 17 17 0 0 0 0 86.1 102 50 44 9 39 49 4.59 1.63