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Pitcher Preview: Worley vs. Verlander

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Tonight's Twins versus Tigers match-up includes a totally fair pitching duel between both teams' number one starters. Let's take a look.

Justin Verlander has been all Justin Verlander-y this April.
Justin Verlander has been all Justin Verlander-y this April.
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Twins


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2013 - Vance Worley 0-3 5 5 0 0 0 0 24.0 36 20 17 1 8 16 6.38 1.83

Vance Worley is coming off a couple solid starts for the Twins, but is still looking for the run support to give him his first win. In his last two starts combined, Worley has pitched a solid 12 innings with 3 earned runs, but his season numbers don't look too great because of some early struggles in the frigid Minnesota air. Particularly that time he pitched 1 inning and gave up 7 earned runs to the Mets. That was fun.

Worley did a fair job against the Tigers opening day, giving up 3 earned runs over 6 innings. Hopefully his recent trend of improvement continues and he fairs even better against the Tigers tonight.

Tigers


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2013 - Justin Verlander 2-2 5 5 0 0 0 0 32.1 31 8 7 1 9 33 1.95 1.24

Meanwhile, Tigers ace Justin Verlander has had himself the best April of his entire career. You can look at the numbers above.

However--there is hope! Verlander apparently has had a blister on his thumb that caused him to exit his last start early (after pitching only 7 innings). He noticed it at the beginning of the game but it got worse as the game went on. The blister is supposedly healed enough to allow Verlander to pitch today--but you never know. Someone might start pushing needles into the thumb of their Verlander voodoo doll...

It's also worth noting that Joe Mauer--currently in a career-worst 20 at-bat hit-less streak--has fared okay against Verlander during their respective careerst. That is, Mauer has batted .373 career against Verlander, with 12 walks (the most he has against any single pitcher) and 3 home runs. Let's bring that up to 5 home runs tonight, Joe.