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Game 113: Kansas City Royals @ Minnesota Twins

First Pitch: 7:10pm CDT
TV: FS-N
Radio: Twins Radio Network
Know Thine Enemy: Royals Review

Let's keep in mind two things from last night:

  • Even after last night's offensive output, the Royals' lineup still only boasted two guys who hit better than .270.
  • There are still two games left in this series to ensure the outcome is what it should be: a Twins series victory.

And a couple other things, in case you haven't read them yet:

  • Jeff Manship will don number 49.
  • Francisco Liriano is still starting tonight, as far as I'm aware.
  • Kevin Slowey was moved to the 60-day disabled list to make room for Manship.

Starting Pitchers


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2009 - Francisco Liriano 4-11 21 21 0 0 0 0 118.1 127 79 74 18 55 106 5.63 1.54

One of Liriano's last four starts has been of the quality kind, and with this rotation on the edge of an abyss now would be an ideal time for him to step up and deliver a masterpiece. Not just for his own sake, to keep him in the rotation, but for the team. The Twins need Cisco, at this moment more than any other time in the season. Kansas City is a talented team, but a team Minnesota should still be able to beat. If the prospect of "the playoffs start now" hasn't come up yet, it needs to.


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2009 - Brian Bannister 7-8 21 21 0 0 0 0 127.0 126 67 56 11 42 80 3.97 1.32

Early in the season I called Bannister Kansas City's number three pitcher. Well, after the numbers he's been giving them over the duration of the summer and a disappointing year from Gil Meche, I'm happy to say than Bannister is the number two guy. It's been an up-and-down season for Brian, and while he's never really been unhittable for any stretch of time he's still had periods where he's pitched very well. He's coming off a start where Oakland lit him up, so no doubt he's looking to bounce back. More than half of his balls in play have been grounders so far, thanks to a good cut fastball and a seriously effective changeup. Look for him to try and tie up Minnesota's left-handed hitters with that cutter.

Lineups

Royals
David DeJesus, LF
Willie Bloomquist, 2B
Billy Butler, DH
Miguel Olivo, C
Alberto Callaspo, 3B
Mark Teahen, 1B
Mitch Maier, CF
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS
Josh Anderson, RF

Twins
Denard Span, CF
Orlando Cabrera, SS
Joe Mauer, C
Justin Morneau, 1B
Jason Kubel, DH
Michael Cuddyer, RF
Joe Crede, 3B
Delmon Young, LF
Alexi Casilla, 2B

I'm glad to see the Royals offense still sucks. I'm also glad to see that Gardy is giving Delmon another night to hit, considering he's blasted two homers in his last two games; might as well ride him while he's hitting. It's also nice to see Crede's name on the lineup card again. First pitch in two hours!