Good thing Cleveland is the best team in the AL Central right about now, huh?
Anyway, this afternoon could belong to Glen Perkins if he's able to come through. A win tonight would guarantee that no matter what happens tomorrow, there's no way the White Sox win the division outright. It's one step at a time, and today's step is simple: JUST WIN.
For Perkins, they key today is to do exactlly the opposite of what he's done over the last month: pitch well. He lasted two-thirds of an inning his last time out in Tampa, and just before that in Baltimore he logged just three innings. When his breaking balls actually break, he has no command, and when they don't break, well, the lack of command doesn't matter. Indeed, it's the curve/slurve/sliders that he's had absolutely zero confidence in recently. It's probably good this season is almost over, because Perk needs to rest his arm.
Gil Meche, on the other hand, is having a very good year. He's thrown seven quality starts in his last ten, but one of the three that wasn't was in Minnesota back on August 10th when he walked seven Twins. But on most occasions Meche has pretty decent command, and he's also picked up career-high marks for strikeouts in a season. Hitters can usually put decent wood on the ball when given the opportunity (22.1% LD), but he still manages to log good innings. Unless lighting strikes twice and he walks two handfulls of hitters again, this won't be an easy game. But then again, with the Twins, it never is an easy game when you think it could be, is it?
|2008 - Glen Perkins||12-4||25||25||0||0||0||0||146.0||179||80||73||25||39||70||4.50||1.49|
|2008 - Gil Meche||13-11||33||33||0||0||0||0||204.1||197||96||92||19||70||176||4.05||1.31|