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Game 73: Twins @ Giants

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First Pitch: 2:45pm CDT
TV: FSN
Radio: Twins Radio Network
Know Thine Enemy: McCovey Chronicles

The Giants have a winning record while scoring fewer runs than they've allowed. Aubrey Huff, surprise surprise, isn't earning the stupid paycheck he was given, but their offense has been about an anemic as ours in some ways. But hey, Pablo Sandoval has a stolen base. And that's hilarious.


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Tim Lincecum 5-6 15 15 1 1 0 0 98.1 84 43 37 7 36 101 3.39 1.22

Lincecum is sick. His last three starts haven't been his best, and in fact if you look at his last five starts (6.47 ERA, .838 opponent OPS) he hasn't really been too sharp, but all that means is that he's ready to get back on track. Against the Twins.

His changeup is wicked, going for hits on just 17% of balls in play, and he'll throw is nearly 25% of his pitches. But part of what makes Lincecum so good is that he'll throw any of his pitches to any batter, no matter if they're left handed or right handed. It makes his fastball that much better.


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Brian Duensing 4-6 14 13 0 0 0 0 74.2 88 46 40 6 25 53 4.82 1.51

If you're into that kind of thing, FIP (3.59) and xFIP (3.96) both think Duensing is pitching much better than his 4.82 ERA.

Duensing's fastball isn't too hot of a pitch, so if he's going to go toe-to-toe with Lincecum he's going to need his off-speed stuff to work and his defense to make plays behind him. Two of his last three starts have been good ones, so here's hoping he can continue that trend.