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Game 158: Twins @ Royals

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First Pitch: 7:10 PM
TV: FSN
Radio: Twins Radio Network

Know Thine Enemy: Royals Review


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Luke Hochevar 6-6 17 16 1 0 0 0 97.0 103 59 53 9 34 72 4.92 1.41

Hochevar was a first-round pick for the Royals in '06, and his performance this year is just further evidence that he's not going to live up to the billing. The stuff is there at times, he just never seems to put it all together consistently.

Over the last two seasons he's been mostly fastball-changeup versus right-handed hitters, tossing the changeup maybe once a game and the curve just two or three times. Against lefties he distributes his non-fastball pitches a bit more evenly. His slider can be very effective when he can locate it, so it will be interesting to see when he chooses to use it tonight. If he busts it out early in the count often, he's feeling it.


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Scott Baker 12-9 28 28 0 0 0 0 165.1 180 85 83 22 39 139 4.52 1.32

It would be awesome if the Twins could just win a game again. Over his last nine games Baker has sported a 3.14 ERA, and no doubt he'd like to do everything he can to lower that season ERA. So hopefully he can help the Twins get past this losing streak.

There's really nothing else to say, other than after Kevin Slowey's performance the other night the final pitching spot for the post-season is Baker's for the taking. As long as he pitches better than Minnesota's starters have pitched lately.

No lineups yet, but it looks like Mauer's been running the bases without signs of knee trouble.