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Game 50: Los Angeles Angels (27-26) at Minnesota Twins (16-33)

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First Pitch: 6:10pm CDT
TV: FOX
Radio: Twins Radio Network
Know Thine Enemy: Halos Heaven

So the Twins are a steaming hot mess right now. That's my in-depth analysis of the state of the team right now.


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Anthony Swarzak 0-2 3 1 0 0 0 0 7.0 11 6 6 2 2 1 7.71 1.86

Swarzak is in a tough spot tonight. The Twins are as down and as beaten as I've ever seen them, and he's taking the slot of Francisco Liriano who has been scratched due to a sore left shoulder.This season, Swarzak has already been hit hard. Part of that is because he's leaving too many pitches right over the middle of the plate (12% of his pitches have been right down the pipe to right-handed hitters, for example), but part of it is also because he's just extremely hittable to Major League hitters. He's thrown just 129 pitches this season, but his BABIP is .367. If that's not good news for an Angels squad looking to rack up a few wins I don't know what is.

Swarzak needs to stop being so predictable. Throw a changeup or two to right-handed hitters. Come inside. Throw something other than a fastball when behind.

Or maybe that's all just shuffling deck chairs on the Titanic.


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Jered Weaver 6-4 11 11 2 1 0 0 76.2 59 21 20 4 18 70 2.35 1.00

Weaver has just been a really, really good pitcher this year. On a better team he'd be getting a lot more attention than he's gotten. But that's where I'll leave my report on him, because I'm just not confident in Minnesota's ability to be anything but terrible right now.The Twins desperately just need a good game right now. From the offense, from the defense, from the starter and from the flaming bullpen.

Angels

Izturis, 2B
Aybar, SS
Abreu, DH
Hunter, RF
Callaspo, 3B
Branyan, 1B
Bourjos, CF
Mathis, C
Willits, LF

Twins

Span, CF
Casilla, 2B
Kubel, DH
Morneau, 1B
Cuddyer, RF
Young, LF
Valencia, 3B
Rivera, C
Plouffe, SS