First Pitch: 12:10pm CDT
Radio: Twins Radio Network
Know Thine Enemy: Viva El Birdos
|2009 - Todd Wellemeyer||6-7||17||15||0||0||0||0||86.1||107||55||53||11||36||53||5.53||1.66|
|2009 - Kevin Slowey||10-2||14||14||0||0||0||0||84.2||102||39||38||12||14||67||4.04||1.37|
Seven of Kevin's last eight starts have been of the quality variety. His last time out he allowed just three hits over six innings, but he did walk four. As a team the Cardinals are taking the fewest walks per game in the National League (just three per contest), but let's be honest: you never want to do anyone any favors. Slowey's traditional ERA (4.04), FIP (4.02) and xFIP (4.37) are all within close range of each other, which tells me Kevin is pitching pretty much at the level we're seeing on the field. No smoke and mirrors. That will have to continue this afternoon; a few strikeouts, one or two walks and using all of his pitches for strikes. If he can avoid the long ball, all the better.