After last night's exciting 8-7 victory over the Rangers, the Twins tonight look to at least split the 4 game series with Texas. With the recent starting pitching issues, and the bullpen's shakiness (aside from Glen Perkins and Joe Nathan, apparently), Minnesota is heavily relying on Brian Duensing to pitch deep into the game and keep the talented Rangers lineup off the bases as much as possible tonight.
The good stuff is after the jump.
#52 / Pitcher / Minnesota Twins
Feb 22, 1983
|2011 - Brian Duensing||7-8||21||19||1||1||0||0||113.1||125||63||57||11||37||79||4.53||1.43|
Brian Duensing (who is now on twitter-hooray!) started out the year pretty solidly for the Twins, but lately has run into some troubles with one or two big innings that end up making his starts relatively short. In his career against Texas, the Rangers are only hitting .235 against Duensing. If he can remain effective tonight, he should be able to hold them to minimal runs.
#48 / Pitcher / Texas Rangers
Aug 02, 1979
|2011 - Colby Lewis||10-7||21||20||2||1||0||0||128.1||113||60||56||24||37||109||3.93||1.17|
That picture...hahaha. Anyway, Lewis has been pretty good for the Rangers this year. In his career against the Twins, however, Lewis has not always been as effective, as Minnesota has a .340 BA against him. If the offense can produce some runs tonight, Minnesota has a good chance of winning the game.
Will be posted when available (or, since I won't be around for much of the game, in the comments from one of your super awesome commenty people).
-Not Twins related, but the Seattle Mariners finally ended their epic losing streak today. Congratulations!
-According to Ken Rosenthal, the Nats are still really interested in Denard Span, with Drew Storen as a main trade piece. If this happens, I am quitting the Twins. For good.