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Game 149: Detroit Tigers @ Minnesota Twins

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First Pitch: 1:10pm CDT
TV: WTFC-29
Radio: Twins Radio Network
Know Thine Enemy: Bless You Boys


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2009 - Scott Baker 13-8 29 29 1 1 0 0 178.0 165 87 86 25 41 147 4.35 1.16

Early in the year Baker had the problem of running up against his pitch count too early, and he ran into that problem again his last time out. He allowed just three runs but was pulled with one out in the sixth, having thrown 101 pitches and definitely having a day where he didn't have his best stuff. He's already walked 10 this month in three starts, which is far and away the most he's allowed in any three-game stretch this season. With a hungry and more desperate Tigers team taking the field today he can't allow them opportunities they don't earn. Baker's been a much better pitcher the last couple months, but today he needs to epitomize that kind of guy.


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2009 - Nate Robertson 1-2 25 3 0 0 0 0 35.1 39 22 21 2 22 25 5.35 1.73

Robertson has never been a good major league pitcher. His WHIP wasn't too bad in '05 and '06, but his FIP for his career is 4.74 and has never been close to the lower half of that number. He's way to homer happy, and in general he just allows too many base runners. Which is why the Tigers tried to convert him into a relief pitcher. Injuries have forced their hand, and now he's about to make his fourth start of the year. His first three combined have amassed him a rather uninspiring 13.2 innings. It's guys like this we have to be careful of though, because there's nothing worse than being taken down by a guy who would probably beat himself if you gave him the chance. If Robertson can get his slider working and the Twins are too aggressive, it could be an unhappy ending.


Lineup

Detroit Tigers @ Minnesota Twins

09/20/09 2:10 PM EDT

Detroit Tigers Minnesota Twins
Curtis Granderson - CF Denard Span - CF
Placido Polanco - 2B Orlando Cabrera - SS
Marcus Thames - DH Joe Mauer - C
Miguel Cabrera - 1B Jason Kubel - RF
Magglio Ordonez - RF Michael Cuddyer - 1B
Carlos Guillen - LF Delmon Young - LF
Brandon Inge - 3B Brendan Harris - DH
Gerald Laird - C Matt Tolbert - 3B
Ramon Santiago - SS Nick Punto - 2B

Harris getting the DH duties today, meaning Gomez or Morales are denying the start and Kubel stays in the field. Tolbert at third is an interesting option to start at third base, so hopefully he plays well today. Let's get that sweep!