Just a note: We'll also have an open thread for the first round and supplemental round of the draft tonight, which starts at 6pm and is televised on the MLB Network. If the Twins are losing, maybe head over there.
This is the first of three in Cleveland, the final series of a ten-game road trip. The Twins come home Thursday to begin a ten-game homestand, beginning with four against Texas.
The Indians dropped four straight against Texas over the weekend, and haven't scored a run since Friday. After their blazing start, they've cooled a bit, losing nine of their last twelve.
|2011 - Scott Baker||2-4||11||11||0||0||0||0||67.2||65||29||29||10||23||66||3.86||1.30|
Baker's last outing was a loss against the Tigers, which was mostly down to one moment of lunacy when he walked the two batters in front of Miguel Cabrera and then gave up a three-run homer. He's winless in his past five starts - though one of those was a game where he threw seven shutout innings against Anaheim and the bullpen blew it. Over that period, though, he's walking far too many batters (13 in 28.1 innings) and paying the price to the tune of a 5.08 ERA.
|2011 - Josh Tomlin||7-2||11||11||0||0||0||0||71.2||57||27||26||11||11||41||3.27||.95|
Tomlin's made five starts at home this year, and is 4-0 with a 2.53 ERA. He was pretty dominant over his first nine outings, not allowing more than three runs in any of them and finishing six innings each time, but his last two have been shakier - four runs on ten hits against Tampa, then six runs on eight hits against Toronto. He doesn't walk many, allowing just five free passes in his last 58 innings.