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Game 70: Twins @ Brewers

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First Pitch: 7:10pm CDT
TV: FSN
Radio: Twins Radio Network
Know Thine Enemy: Brew Crew Ball


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Chris Narveson 5-4 19 10 0 0 0 1 65.1 76 43 42 9 30 54 5.79 1.62

Who?

Narveson is a 28-year old southpaw who's done a bit of everything for the Brewers this year--starting, relieving and blowing a save. He can miss a few bats but allows far too many base runners to be effective, although to be fair some of that has to do with him being unlucky. In spite of a very respectable 16.4% line drive rate, his BABIP is .340. Say what you want about there being no direct correlation between line drive rates and batting average on balls in play, but there's something amiss there. I'm just assuming that even his ground balls (44.9% of balls in play this year) are being hit hard as well.

He throws a pretty unimpressive fastball in the upper 80s, as well as a slider, curve and change. His curve is by far his best pitch, with the 15-mph speed differential playing a big role. The changeup and slider certainly aren't bad, but they haven't been above average either.


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Scott Baker 6-5 14 14 0 0 0 0 85.2 91 42 42 11 19 70 4.41 1.28

Standing in Narveson's way is Baker, who might also decide to stand in his own way if he plays his cards right. Or wrong, as it may be.

His last time out, Baker set a career-high mark for strikeouts in a game with 12 across seven innings against the Rockies. It was his first truly impressive start since May 8. Against a National League team like the Brewers, particularly since the Twins are already so familiar with most of their players, here's hoping Baker and Mauer have worked out a game plan that can ensure a second impressive start in a row.

The keys for Baker are the same as always: locate the fastball, don't be afraid to go to the breaking balls when in trouble, and for all that is good and holy keep the ball in the park.


Lineup

Minnesota Twins @ Milwaukee Brewers

06/22/10 8:10 PM EDT

Minnesota Twins Milwaukee Brewers
Denard Span - CF Rickie Weeks - 2B
Orlando Hudson - 2B Corey Hart - RF
Joe Mauer - C Prince Fielder - 1B
Justin Morneau - 1B Ryan Braun - LF
Michael Cuddyer - RF Casey McGehee - 3B
Delmon Young - LF Jim Edmonds - CF
Danny Valencia - 3B Jonathan Lucroy - C
Nick Punto - SS Alcides Escobar - SS
Scott Baker - P Chris Narveson - P