First Pitch: 7:10pm CDT
Radio: Twins Radio Network
Know Thine Enemy: Over the Monster
|2009 - Kevin Slowey||6-1||9||9||0||0||0||0||55.1||73||27||26||8||4||39||4.23||1.39|
Kevin is one of the team's front-line starters this season, along with Nick Blackburn. He is to walks what the Soup Nazi is to...well, Jerry. Riding three consecutive quality starts, I'm looking for Slowey to re-assert his strikeout mentality tonight. Even with David Ortiz not having a typical year, it's still a bonafide lineup, and having two consecutive solid pitching performances without striking out a few hitters seems unlikely. More important than the strikeouts though, will be limiting the base runners. Slowey won't walk many, if any, but Boston has a knack for stringing two-out hits together. Closing out innings is a must.
|2009 - Daisuke Matsuzaka||0-2||3||3||0||0||0||0||11.1||19||13||13||4||7||9||10.32||2.29|
Dice-K was no more impressive in his return from the DL than he was before going on it, so he and Boston have to be hoping he can come up with a good performance tonight. This year he's already allowed four home runs, a lot considering how many fly balls he induces, and he's lost velocity on all of his pitches except the curve...which is coming in a couple miles per hour faster. He may still be on a pitch count tonight, and with Boston's bullpen the Twins need to jump on Matsuzaka before he gives way.Lineups
Looks like Joe Crede will return for tomorrow afternoon's game, but in the mean time we get Brendan Harris at third. With Crede out of the lineup again, there's a pretty clear split between the productive half of the order and the other half; somebody in the six through nine spots will need to step up tonight and help the team out. I keep praying that Delmon Young keeps the bat on his shoulder and learns how to recognize a pitch, because he's the best bet to provide offense in the lower half.