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Game 148: Athletics @ Twins

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First Pitch: 7:10 PM CDT
TV: Fox Sports North
Radio: Twins Radio Network

Know Thine Enemy: Athletics Nation


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
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.


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
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.


Lineup

Oakland Athletics @ Minnesota Twins

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