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Game 151: Indians at Twins

First Pitch: 1:10pm CDT
TV: FSN
Radio: Twins Radio Network
Know Thine Enemy: Let's Go Tribe

First thing's first: thanks to you guys for proving once again what a fantastic community this is yesterday. I had a bit of a situation with the dog yesterday that was a bit unexpected. In most circumstances I would have made arrangements to have somebody pick the thread up for me, but yesterday was just one of those days where it wasn't on my mind.

So: a massive, massive thank you to John_Locke for picking up my slack. I think he's probably earned game thread privleges for the future, don't you?

Pitchers and lineups after the jump.


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Carl Pavano 8-12 30 30 2 0 0 0 200.0 242 114 100 21 38 90 4.50 1.40

In his last ten starts Pavano has posted an ERA of 5.06, which shouldn't be much of a surprise. In spite of that, those last ten starts also include the following performances:

August 6: 8 IP, 1 ER
August 12: 7.1 IP, 1 ER
August 17: 7 IP, 3 ER
September 2: 6.2 IP, 3 ER
September 7: 5.1 IP, 1 ER
September 13: 7 IP, 3 ER

It's another microcosm of the issue with Twins pitching not just this season, but going forward if Baker and Liriano can't get healthy and find consistency: each Minnesota pitcher is capable of pitching well...but they're also capable of completely imploding. And every pitcher across the league is going to experience both sides of that coin. The focus has to be on how often a guy should be expected to pitch well, and how often he tends to get knocked around. Pavano, Blackburn, Slowey, Duesning, Swarzak - all of these guys are going to have a high ratio of "knocked around" games to "pitching well" games.


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Justin Masterson 11-10 32 31 1 0 0 0 205.1 199 82 73 10 58 151 3.20 1.25

Masterson pitched incredibly well most of this season. He's slowed down over the last few weeks, but he's also a 26-year old who's pitching more than 180 MLB innings for the first time in his career. A little bit of slow down should probably be expected. Over the last week or so he should pick up at least another ten innings pitched, putting him around 215 or so for the season. That means he'll be pitching about 120% of his previous career high in MLB innings.

Indians

TBA

Twins

Ben Revere, CF
Trevor Plouffe, SS
Michael Cuddyer, DH
Chris Parmelee, 1B
Luke Hughes, 3B
Brian Dinkelman, 2B
Joe Benson, LF
Jason Repko, RF
Drew Butera, C