Scott Kazmir is good. This, we know. The velocity on his fastball is down about two miles per hour, from 91.7 in '08 to 89.8 according to FanGraphs. He's never been a guy who's stingy with the walks, but he's been a bit more erratic to start the year. This hasn't stopped him from being mostly effective however, and with talent like you get from Kazmir you can never really count on him being off his game. He should give the Twins plenty of things to worry about.
For the Twins it's Nick Blackburn, coming off of a terrific start in Cleveland last week. Not a strikeout guy, Blackburn will need to induce contact on his own terms as much as possible, and keep the ball in the park. Those two things should keep the Twins in the game long enough for the offense to put something together.
Your lineups, as well as stats and nightly nicknames for your starting pitchers after the jump...
04/29/09 8:10 PM EDT
|Tampa Bay Rays||Minnesota Twins|
|B.J. Upton - CF||Denard Span - CF|
|Carl Crawford - LF||Brendan Harris - SS|
|Evan Longoria - 3B||Justin Morneau - 1B|
|Carlos Pena - 1B||Jason Kubel - DH|
|Pat Burrell - DH||Joe Crede - 3B|
|Ben Zobrist - RF||Michael Cuddyer - RF|
|Dioner Navarro - C||Delmon Young - LF|
|Akinori Iwamura - 2B||Jose Morales - C|
|Jason Bartlett - SS||Alexi Casilla - 2B|
Nick "My Dad Is Joe Mauer's Dad" Blackburn
#53 / Pitcher / Minnesota Twins
Feb 24, 1982
|2009 - Nick Blackburn||1-1||4||4||0||0||0||0||24.1||28||13||12||1||6||9||4.44||1.40|
Scott "What Did You Just Call Me" Kazmir
#19 / Pitcher / Tampa Bay Rays
Jan 24, 1984
|2009 - Scott Kazmir||3-1||4||4||0||0||0||0||22.2||18||10||10||3||12||17||3.97||1.32|