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Game 105: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim @ Minnesota Twins

First Pitch: 1:10pm CDT
TV: WFTC-29
Radio: Twins Radio Network
Know Thine Enemy: Halos Heaven

Starting Pitchers


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2009 - Glen Perkins 6-6 16 16 0 0 0 0 91.1 107 55 55 11 21 43 5.42 1.40

On the plus side, Perkins has a 0.56 ERA against the Angels in his career. Sadly that's just over two starts. There's some question as to exactly how healthy Perkins is, since he complained of being sore when he lasted just one inning against the A's. Strangely enough he was just fine when he beat the White Sox early last week. On the season he's been much more of a ground-ball pitcher than usual, and that might have something to do with the fact that his slider has been extraordinarily more effective this season. According to FanGraphs it's nearly four runs above average per 100 pitches. Let's hope it's as sharp as it was against Chicago.


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2009 - Jered Weaver 10-3 21 21 3 1 0 0 136.0 121 59 56 17 44 115 3.71 1.21

This is the best Angels' pitcher we've faced this weekend, and it's not even close. Weaver is a 26-year old righty, he's a decent strikeout threat and he doesn't walk an abnormal number of hitters. He's a fly-ball pitcher, with more than 50% of his balls-in-play of the variety, so even though his HR:FB ratio (8.4%) is better than average, the fact that so many of his pitches end up in the air means that he's still giving up a lot of home runs. In addition to that good news, here's more: only three of his last eight starts have been quality, and in July alone he gave up 28 runs in 34 innings. He's come back to earth since his 7-2 start through mid-June, when he had a run of eight starts where he allowed just ten runs. If there's a good time to get Weaver, it's right now.


Lineup

Los Angeles Angels @ Minnesota Twins

08/02/09 2:10 PM EDT

Los Angeles Angels Minnesota Twins
Chone Figgins - 3B Denard Span - RF
Erick Aybar - SS Orlando Cabrera - SS
Bobby Abreu - DH Joe Mauer - C
Juan Rivera - RF Justin Morneau - 1B
Kendry Morales - 1B Jason Kubel - DH
Howie Kendrick - 2B Delmon Young - LF
Gary Matthews - CF Brendan Harris - 3B
Jeff Mathis - C Carlos Gomez - CF
Sean Rodriguez - LF Alexi Casilla - 2B