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Game 73: Twins @ Metropolitans

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First Pitch: 6:05 PM CDT
TV: Fox Sports North
Radio: Twins Radio Network
Know Thine Enemy: Amazin' Avenue

The Twins are coming off an ugly series sweep at the hands of the un-good Brewers, they're just a half game up on the Tigers and a mere 2.5 up on the resurgent, repugnant South Siders, and they now have to deal with the New York Mets and David Pelfrey. Would be a good night to work on that energy level, boys.


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Mike Pelfrey 9-2 15 14 0 0 1 0 93.2 82 28 28 5 34 61 2.69 1.24

Pelfrey has been terrific for the Mets this year, as the above numbers attest . He's been even better at Citi Field, posting a 2010 mark of 5-0 with a 1.87 ERA. He is coming off one of his two losses this year, at the hands of the Yankees. This is his first time pitching against your Minnesota Twins.


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Kevin Slowey 7-4 15 14 0 0 0 0 76.2 93 40 39 12 17 57 4.58 1.43

Slowey followed up Nick Blackburn's terrible start against the Phillies with his own crapulent effort last Saturday, lasting just 1.2 innings. How will he follow up Blackburn's latest bad outing? The 12 earned runs he's given up in his last two starts are not promising indicators.

Lineups, notes, and more common-sense wisdom from the delightful Erma Bombeck after the jump:

Lineups:

Twins (via Joe C.)

1. Denard Span, CF
2. Orlando Hudson, 2B
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Justin Morneau, 1B
5. Michael Cuddyer, 3B
6. Jason Kubel, RF
7. Delmon Young, LF
8. Nick Punto, SS
9. Kevin Slowey, P

Mets (via the WWL):

Jose Reyes, SS
Jesus Feliciano, CF
David Wright, 3B
Ike Davis, 1B
Jason Bay, LF
Josh Thole, C
Jeff Francoeur, RF
Ruben Tejada, 2B
Mike Pelfrey, RHP

Notes:

  • Mets are missing Angel Pagan (back) and Rod Barajas (side) from their regular starting lineup. No word on Mets minor leaguer Cherubim Heretic (thankyoutrytheveal).
  • Is J.J. Hardy alive?
  • The whole Johan Santana mess is just sad. If you'd rather be reminded of something pleasant, the last time Santana pitched in a Twins/Mets regular season game, Bert Blyleven had to shave his head.
  • That preceding link also reminded me that the Twins acquired Drew [redacted] Butera from the Mets in the Luis Castillo trade. I would LOVE Butera even more than I loved him late Saturday afternoon if he gave a trash-talking interview about how the Mets didn't believe in him and look at him now, look at him now*.

Enjoy the game, everybody.

*False. I will never love Drew [redacted] Butera or any other Twins backup catcher more than I loved Butera last Saturday. Even Junior Ortiz.