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Game 123: Minnesota Twins @ Kansas City Royals

First Pitch: 6:10pm CDT
TV: FS-N
Radio: Twins Radio Network
Know Thine Enemy: Royals Review

Starting Pitchers


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2009 - Kyle Davies 4-8 17 17 1 0 0 0 94.1 103 66 62 15 46 65 5.92 1.58

Davies has been up and down between the majors and minors, but that doesn't make this any less true: since mid-June, Davies has had one good start. And it was against the Twins. It was only a five-inning performance in a blow-out, but the Twins still only managed one run. The good news is that Minnesota's lack of run support was only because they couldn't convert five hits and three walks into anything more than that one run, and the frequency of guys getting on base is a common theme in Davies' starts. Hopefully the Twins can take advantage this time.


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2009 - Brian Duensing 0-1 15 1 0 0 0 0 35.1 36 22 20 5 17 22 5.09 1.50

Brian's only appeared in five games in August, after a busy nine appearances in July. This will be his second start of the season, taking Francisco Liriano's spot in the rotation. The big key for Duensing will be whether or not he can avoid handing out walks; roughly 47% of his pitches are in the strike zone, even though 62% of his pitches have been for strikes. Basically, when he misses the zone with his slider he's getting swings--but when he misses with his fastball people just stop swinging altogether, and he can get himself into trouble. Duensing doesn't have great stuff, but if he can stay aggressive and be successful setting guys up with his fastball and/or curve and off-speed pitch, then he can knock them down with the slider. But he has to hit his spots.