Game Time: 6:05 PM CDT
TV: FS-N, MLBtv
"Big" matchup tonight of two teams who have disappointed.
The Twins come into today's game 7-9 while the Indians come in 6-10. Both teams had pre-season aspirations of a division title and are looking to get back on the right track. Fortunately for both, the division leading three headed monster in Chicago, Detroit, and Kansas City are only a lukewarm 8-7, leaving plenty of opportunity for anyone to take the reigns in the division as April ends.
Nick Blackburn goes tonight for the Twins. He's been alright for the team this year, and I'm convinced he's pitched better than his ERA in a couple of his starts, but he's still getting more air outs than ground outs and sporting a walk rate almost doubled from last year. That is not a recipe for success for a pitcher like Blackburn, and like many starters on the Twins young staff, he needs to turn things around quick and start killing worms if this team is going to take off.
Meanwhile, Fausto Carmona has had a rough time this year and all the back to his sizzling breakout 2007 campaign. Carmona has also bit the walk bug, with a BB/9 over 5 the last two years. Almost nobody can be successful with that kind of a control problem, and Carmona isn't one of the rare arms that can survive giving that many free passes.
If you see lots of ground balls in the first few innings, we may in line for a pitchers dual from two very capable young pitchers. If we start to see a few walks or too many fly balls, this one could become a shootout quickly.
#53 / Pitcher / Minnesota Twins
Feb 24, 1982
|2009 - Nick Blackburn||0-1||3||3||0||0||0||0||17.1||22||12||11||1||6||5||5.71||1.62|
#55 / Pitcher / Cleveland Indians
Dec 07, 1983
|2009 - Fausto Carmona||1-2||3||3||0||0||0||0||16.0||18||14||14||4||10||8||7.88||1.75|
04/24/09 7:05 PM EDT
|Minnesota Twins||Cleveland Indians|
|Denard Span - CF||Grady Sizemore - CF|
|Alexi Casilla - 2B||Mark DeRosa - 3B|
|Justin Morneau - 1B||Victor Martinez - C|
|Jason Kubel - DH||Travis Hafner - DH|
|Joe Crede - 3B||Jhonny Peralta - SS|
|Michael Cuddyer - RF||Shin-Soo Choo - RF|
|Delmon Young - LF||Ryan Garko - 1B|
|Jose Morales - C||Ben Francisco - LF|
|Nick Punto - SS||Asdrubal Cabrera - 2B|