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Game 39: Twins (12-26) at Mariners (16-23)

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First Pitch: 9:10pm CDT
TV: FSN
Radio: Twins Radio Network
Know Thine Enemy: Lookout Landing

The Twins have lost eight in a row. The Mariners have lost six in a row. The Twins are 8-15 on the road. The Mariners are 8-11 at home. The Mariners have scored 27 runs fewer than they have allowed. The Twins have scored 90 fewer than they have allowed, worse than any two other teams in baseball put together. The Mariners have scored the fewest runs in the American League except for the Twins, who have also allowed the most.

Serious question: why are you reading this game thread? Or watching this game? These teams are both terrible and the game will probably stretch on until the middle of the night. I would skip it, but I promised Jesse I'd recap it. So here's your probable pitchers:


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Scott Baker 2-2 7 7 0 0 0 0 43.2 41 18 18 7 15 40 3.71 1.28


Baker walked five guys and got slapped around a little bit in his last start, a 4.1 inning no-decision against Detroit. That said, he had four quality starts in a row before that struggle, so perhaps it was just a one-time fluke. Unfortunately, Baker will probably need to throw a complete game shutout to get the win, given the Twins bullpen and batting order, so if he gives up a run you're probably safe in turning the channel.


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Michael Pineda 4-2 7 7 0 0 0 0 44.1 36 15 14 3 13 45 2.84 1.11


Pineda was all set to pitch yesterday in Cleveland, but the game got rained out, so he'll try again tonight against the Twins. He may be a rookie, but he's started things off right, tossing seven straight quality starts to open his career. He was the AL Rookie of the Month for April, and deservedly so. He's got a mid-90s fastball that occasionally spikes up to 97-98, plus a slider he can throw for strikes. He sounds terrifying.