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Game 45: Twins (15-29) @ Diamondbacks (22-23)

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First Pitch: 3:10pm CDT
TV: FSN
Radio: Twins Radio Network
Know Thine Enemy: AZ Snake Pit


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Daniel Hudson 4-5 9 9 0 0 0 0 58.0 58 27 26 2 18 54 4.03 1.31

Hudson has a lot working in his favor today. The promising 24-year old right-hander has struck out 17 batters over his last three starts, posting a 1.74 ERA in that stretch. He's riding a hot streak, and so are the Diamondbacks. In his career he's 0-1 with four strikeouts and an equally impressive 1.80 ERA against the Twins.

The former White Sox prospect has already accumulated 1.8 WAR this season, putting him on pace for a 5+ season. He offers a low to mid-90s fastball, a quick slider around 86 and a good changeup in the mid 80s. He used to throw a curveball, but pitchfx hasn't logged one yet in 2011. Over the last two seasons battings have posted a .125 and .180 BABIP on his slider and changeup respectively. Against lefties however, he won't deal that breaking ball quite so often.


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Francisco Liriano 3-5 8 8 1 1 0 0 42.2 33 29 29 5 28 30 6.12 1.43

Like Hudson, Liriano is also riding something of a hot streak. Sort of. He's sandwiched a disappointing three-inning outing against the Tigers with his no-hitter and an even more impressive performance his last time out: 9 strikeouts, 3 hits, 1 run in 7 innings.At some point I'd like to think Liriano will find some level of consistency, much like the Twins as a club, at which point he'll click on all cylinders again. Hopefully he can put together two exceptionally strong performances in a row with a strong afternoon today.