After seeing their five-game winning streak come to a screeching halt last night, the Twins will try to start a new one in Seattle this evening. They'll need to get the bats going in order to do so, as Justin Morneau was the only one pulling his weight in last night's game (as was often the case throughout the month of May).
Let's take a look at the pitching match-up for tonight's game:
#59 / Pitcher / Minnesota Twins
May 04, 1984
|2010 - Kevin Slowey||6-3||11||10||0||0||0||0||56.1||69||26||26||8||14||43||4.15||1.47|
Slowey is looking to build on a strong outing his last time out, when he tossed 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball in a win over the the Rangers. It was just the second time in 10 starts this year that Slowey has been able to complete six frames. His command -- shaky early in the season -- has been better lately as the right-hander has issued only three walks in his past four starts. Slowey induces a lower percentage of ground balls than any other pitcher in the majors, so starting Michael Cuddyer at second tonight wouldn't be the worst idea in the world.
#36 / Pitcher / Seattle Mariners
Aug 30, 1978
|2010 - Cliff Lee||3-2||6||6||1||0||0||0||44.2||41||19||16||0||3||42||3.22||.99|
Keep a close eye on Lee this evening, as I suspect we'll see his name connected to the Twins in trade rumors with increasing frequency as the July 31st deadline approaches. A strike-throwing lefty with an extremely reasonable contract, Lee is just the type of guy that the Twins like to target. He'll come at a hefty price though, especially if he keeps pitching the way he has thus far. Lee is allowing less than a base runner per inning and hasn't allowed a home run in six starts. The Twins are going to have their work cut out for them tonight.