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Game 154: Twins @ Tigers

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First Pitch: 6:05 PM CDT
TV: Fox Sports North
Radio: Twins Radio Network

Know Thine Enemy: Bless You Boys


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Jeremy Bonderman 8-9 28 27 0 0 0 0 162.2 172 97 89 22 54 109 4.92 1.39

Bonderman is still just 27, but even after turning in what has amounted to his first healthy season in three years it's beginning to look like he'll never match (much less beat) 2006 his which he was worth +6.1 WAR. But at least his slider has been good again, and he's certainly still young enough to bounce back next year--a full season removed from the injury-truncated '09 campaign.

He's still the same as he's ever been: almost exclusively a fastball-slider pitcher. And that's even more pronounced versus right-handers where the changeup barely shows up at all...which is part of what makes it so effective, as opponent average is just .160 on the pitch. In two-strike counts, and when Bonderman's ahead, he'll lean on that slider.


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Carl Pavano 17-11 29 30 7 2 0 0 210.0 207 86 84 21 36 112 3.60 1.16

If I've done my math right, Pavano has two starts left. As worthless as wins are for a pitcher, I'd get a real kick out of getting him 19 wins on the year. His single-season high is 18, from 2004.

Interestingly, Pavano's only struck out seven in his last four starts (28 innings), which has played some part in his lowest strikeout rate (just 4.8 K/9 since his injury-shortened seasons in New York.

Twins

Span, CF
Hudson, 2B
Young, LF
Cuddyer, 1B
Kubel, DH
Valencia, 3B
Hardy, SS
Repko, RF
Butera, C

Tigers

Jackson, CF
Kelly, LF
Damon, DH
Cabrera, 1B
Peralta, SS
Boesch, RF
Inge, 3B
Avila, C
Santiago, 2B