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Game 124: Angels @ Twins

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First Pitch: 7:10 PM CDT
TV: ESPN
Radio: Twins Radio Network
Know Thine Enemy: Halos Heaven
National television! We all know what that means...the ESPN crew will mention Brett Favre at least once. They will talk about Torii Hunter and the Twins. They will talk about Minnesota's reputation for fundamentals. If I'm not 3-for-3 in those predictions I will be very surprised.
W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Scott Baker 10-9 24 24 0 0 0 0 144.2 163 79 78 21 31 121 4.85 1.34

After back-to-back starts against the White Sox, I'm sure Baker is looking forward to facing an offense that isn't quite as familiar with him. Having said that, the Angels did take him out early on opening day: 4.2 innings, 5 hits, 3 walks and four runs. He'll need to do better than that tonight in front of a national audience.

Hopefully the Twins got all the bad luck out of their system yesterday.


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Jered Weaver 11-8 26 26 0 0 0 0 168.0 141 65 58 20 43 186 3.11 1.10

In the midst of his best season yet, Weaver is striking out more hitters than ever and allowing fewer hits than ever. Sure, he allowed six runs in five innings his last time out, but in his previous 12 starts compiled 81.1 innings of 2.55 ERA baseball. In that period: 13% swinging strikes, .198 opponent batting average, an an average game score of 64...a number Baker has topped four times all season.Weaver's tends to be much more of a fastball-slider pitcher to right-handers, throwing both his curve and changeup less than 10% of the time. Against left-handers he'll use his curve and changeup along with the fastball, while the slider almost disappears.

Oh yeah, remember when Jered's brother Jeff lost his job as a starting pitcher for the Angels? To his brother Jered? You can't write drama like that.

Lineups

Angels
Abreu, LF
Kendrick, 2B
Callaspo, 3B
Hunter, RF
Matsui, DH
Aybar, SS
Napoli, 1B
Mathis, C
Bourjos, CF

Twins
Repko, CF
Hudson, 2B
Mauer, C
Kubel, RF
Cuddyer, 1B
Thome, DH
Young, LF
Valencia, 3B
Casilla, SS