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Game 160: Twins @ Blue Jays

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Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

First Pitch: 6:07

TV: FS-N

Radio 1500 ESPN

The Twins start the last series of the year tonight in Toronto. Esmerling Vazquez will be doing battle with Aaron Laffey.


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2012 - Esmerling Vasquez 0-2 5 5 0 0 0 0 26.0 26 17 17 2 16 13 5.88 1.62


This will be Vasquez's 6th start of the year, and his first five starts, he has averaged only 5.2 innings pitched. He has not been very good in those five starts. He has pitched to the tune of a 5.88 ERA and his FIP only has him marginally better at 5.07, and his xFIP has him worse at 6.44. And all this is done with a BABIP below .300. His problem has been the walks. He is walking entirely to many batters checking in at 5.54 per 9. It doesn't matter if he wins or not tonight. All the Twins want to see is what he can do. And see if he can maybe get into the 7th inning.


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2012 - Aaron Laffey 4-6 21 15 0 0 0 0 95.2 92 52 48 16 37 48 4.52 1.35

Aaron Laffey hasn't been much better than Vasquez. He has pitched to an ERA of 4.52, with a FIP of 5.56. He's given up a whopping 16 home runs in 95.2 innings. That's one home run in every 6 innings. That, combined with his higher than average BB/9, should make for a rather high scoring game.

Lineups after the jump

TWINS

Revere CF

Carroll 2B

Mauer DH

Parmelee 1B

Plouffe 3B

Carson RF

Hermann LF

Butera C

Florimon SS

BLUE JAYS

Davis RF

Rasmuless thans CF

Lawrie 3B

Lind 1B

Escobar DH

Johnson 2B

Hechavarria SS

Mathis C

Gose LF

Notes: Joe Mauer is 2 points behind Miguel Cabrera in the batting race.