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Game 86: Athletics @ Twins

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First Pitch: 7:10pm CDT
TV: FSN
Radio: Twins Radio Network
Know Thine Enemy: Athletics Nation


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2012 - Francisco Liriano 3-7 19 14 0 0 0 0 83.1 74 50 47 7 50 82 5.08 1.49

Over his last eight starts Liriano has averaged more than six innings per, striking out more than a batter per inning as opponents have hit just .175/.284/.240. If he continues to pitch like that, those GMs who are reportedly "put off" by Liriano's history will start changing their minds. If someone gets desperate enough they might put up what the Minnesota front office will look for in a trade, but it's also possible that Liriano's value will increase in house to the point where they feel they wouldn't be able to get fair value in return. I still think he won't get moved, but I think I was wrong once this other time.


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2012 - A.J. Griffin 0-0 3 3 0 0 0 0 18.0 9 4 4 2 5 11 2.00 .78

The 24-year old right-hander is three starts into his big league career, and it's fair to say he's delivered early. A 13th round pick in 2010, Griffin posted a very good minor league career line: 281.2 innings, 3.10 ERA, 8.7 K/9, 1.7 BB/9, 1.01 WHIP. He offers a 90mph fastball, a changeup around 80, a good and really slow curve in the mid to upper 60s, and a low-80s slider. He mixes control and command with the ability to miss bats, which is somewhat uncommon for a guy who doesn't have a power fastball.