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Game 138: Twins @ Blue Jays

Pregame

In Glen Perkins' last four starts he's logged 29 innings, including six quality starts in his last 10 and 12 total on the season. Just like every other starter in the rotation, he boasts a sub-4.00 ERA, and whether he's actually pitching as well as that implies or not that's a pretty astounding feat. The perma-optimist that I am, he hasn't been hit as hard in recent starts, and if he can start getting an additional couple strikeouts per game he can drastically improve his long-term prospects. Perkins has had a very good year, so hopefully he can continue to pitch well tonight. With any luck, he'll have an offense with him.

For David Purcey, here's my take from yesterday's series preview:

In eight starts and just over 42 innings, this 26-year old left hander's middle name is "Luck Sack". Sure, his ERA is a blossoming 5.53 and he's walking 4.46 batters per nine innings and more than 16% of the fly-balls he gives up are homers, but yes...he's still lucky. Opponents are scorching him, scathing line drives around the diamond on 28.2% of balls in play, yet his BABIP is a fantastic .258. Their line reflects a bit of that luck, but still is far from comforting for Blue Jays fans: .239/.337/.439. Purcey throws a fastball (low 90's), curve, slider and changeup.

For the Twins against their seventh consecutive southpaw: Span (RF), Punto (SS), Mauer (C), Morneau (1B), Kubel (DH), Young (LF), Harris (3B), Casilla (2B), Gomez (CF)

And for the scratch-n-sniff Jays I wager: Scutaro (2B), Bautista (3B), Rios (RF), Wells (CF), Barajas (C), Lind (LF), Rolen (3B), Mench (DH), McDonald (SS)


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2008 - Glen Perkins 12-3 21 21 0 0 0 0 131.2 150 60 58 18 33 63 3.96 1.39


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2008 - David Purcey 2-5 8 8 1 0 0 0 42.1 37 26 26 8 21 36 5.53 1.37


Lineup

Minnesota Twins @ Toronto Blue Jays

09/02/08 7:07 PM EDT

Minnesota Twins Toronto Blue Jays
Denard Span - CF Marco Scutaro - 2B
Alexi Casilla - 2B Jose Bautista - DH
Joe Mauer - C Alex Rios - RF
Justin Morneau - 1B Vernon Wells - CF
Jason Kubel - RF Rod Barajas - C
Randy Ruiz - DH Adam Lind - LF
Delmon Young - LF Scott Rolen - 3B
Brian Buscher - 3B Lyle Overbay - 1B
Nick Punto - SS John McDonald - SS