A few things before we introduce tonight's starting pitchers...
- The Rays have claimed reliver Russ Springer off waivers from the Athletics. According to my rudimentary understanding of waivers, this means the Twins didn't claim him. With those home run rates and strikeout rates, I'd definitely have taken a flier.
|2009 - Russ Springer||0-1||48||0||0||0||0||1||41.2||52||20||19||5||14||47||4.10||1.58|
- Let's not talk about the umpiring last night and those miserable calls. No, they didn't lose the game for the Twins, but they didn't help. I just want a fair game tonight, please.
- According to Joe C., Gomez is out with a sore calf and Punto is getting his first shot at third base this season tonight.
- The Twins need to win. That is all.
|2009 - Justin Verlander||12-5||23||23||3||1||0||0||153.1||136||63||56||13||44||180||3.29||1.17|
I really like Verlander. He's just a good pitcher, and from the perspective of a guy who's a fan of baseball it's nice to see him bouncing back after a down year in 2008. It's been a charmed season for Justin. The strikeouts are through the roof, the walks and down and the home runs rates look good. His fastball has come back and is way above average once again, possibly due in part to an increase in velocity. It's averaging 95.4 mph this summer, almost two mph faster than last season...although at that point you're not really getting much less reaction time compared to a 91-mph fastball. Right-handed and left-handed hitters both struggle against Verlander, and he's been a menace when he pitches at home. He dominated us for 13 strikeouts the last time he saw us. It could be a long night. Buckle in, everybody.
|2009 - Carl Pavano||9-8||21||21||1||1||0||0||125.2||150||80||75||19||23||88||5.37||1.38|
Making his Twins debut on regular rest and against the team he's been notoriously effective (how many times have we already heard "Pavano is 3-0 against the Tigers with a 1.93 ERA) against. The good news is that Pavano's peripherals have rebounded a bit this season; he's got a bit of that strikeout swagger back, and he's been stingy with the walks, which we know the Twins like. If he can hit the corners and do some painting with his cheap fastball and get the Tigers to bite on his plus slider, he should be able to give his offense a chance to take down the Tiger Ace.
Denard Span, CF
Orlando Cabrera, SS
Joe Mauer, C
Justin Morneau, 1B
Jason Kubel, DH
Michael Cuddyer, RF
Delmon Young, LF
Nick Punto, 3B
Alexi Casilla, 2B
Curtis Granderson, CF
Placido Polanco, 2B
Clete Thomas, LF
Miguel Cabrera, 1B
Carlos Guillen, DH
Magglio Ordonez, RF
Brandon Inge, 3B
Gerald Laird, C
Adam Everett, SS