Know Thine Enemy: Athletics Nation
|2010 - Dallas Braden||9-12||26||26||5||2||0||0||166.2||156||73||66||15||36||99||3.56||1.15|
If Braden had any semblance of an offense he'd have a win-loss record that more accurately reflects his abilities. But since, once again, win-loss records are stupid, we have to look at everything else.
In some ways, he's like Nick Blackburn (when Blackburn is successful). He doesn't strike a lot of guys out, but he limits walks, strands an average rate of base runners and throws strikes. His fastball-changeup combination has been his bread and butter, so expect him to continue to continue with those two pitches tactically. The changeup will be thrown in any count to right-handed hitters, while keeping a bit more with the breaking stuff to compliment the fastball versus lefties.
|2010 - Kevin Slowey||12-6||28||26||0||0||0||0||146.1||160||72||69||19||28||107||4.24||1.28|
Slowey's gone with his fastball less often this year, and with good reason--he's been more successful when going to his off-speed stuff more often. His one job this game: go longer than five innings. Throw stikes against a lackluster offense, make them put the ball in play and hopefully the defense does their job.
09/17/10 8:10 PM EDT
|Oakland Athletics||Minnesota Twins|
|Coco Crisp - CF||Denard Span - CF|
|Daric Barton - 1B||Orlando Hudson - 2B|
|Mark Ellis - 2B||Delmon Young - LF|
|Jack Cust - DH||Michael Cuddyer - 1B|
|Kurt Suzuki - C||Jim Thome - DH|
|Rajai Davis - RF||Danny Valencia - 3B|
|Akinori Iwamura - 3B||J.J. Hardy - SS|
|Chris Carter - LF||Jason Repko - RF|
|Cliff Pennington - SS||Drew Butera - C|