I was all set to type out, "We have another brilliant pitching matchup," when I noticed maybe we don't. How is Francisco Liriano 0-4? I remember how dominating he used to be before having surgery on his elbow. I think it took a bit out of his slider. So here we are looking at a guy with a 6.04 ERA and 11 walks. Still, I wouldn't expect the worst out of Liriano.
Detroit has the best winning percentage against Central Division opponents so far, at .625, but also the fewest games against Central Division opponents. Edwin Jackson takes the mound today with the Tigers best ERA (2.25) and a low-low 1.03 WHIP. His last outing, the Tigers lost 11-0 to New York after he threw six innings of four-hit shutout ball.
As for the Twins, they are just 3-5 this season when they leave the cozy baggies and homer hankies of the Metrodome behind. Strange as it may sound, the team known for its pitching has allowed nearly as many runs as the Cleveland Indians this season, while scoring the second fewest in the division. Of course, now they have Joe Mauer back, who hit a home run in his first at-bat of the season Friday. So it's hard to judge much based on their record quite yet. They are coming off of a weekend during which they lost two of fhree to Kansas City. Your SBNation Twins blog for this short two-game series is Twinkie Town.
05/04/09 7:05 PM EDT
|Minnesota Twins||Detroit Tigers|
|Denard Span - CF||Curtis Granderson - CF|
|Alexi Casilla - 2B||Placido Polanco - 2B|
|Joe Mauer - C||Magglio Ordonez - RF|
|Justin Morneau - 1B||Miguel Cabrera - 1B|
|Jason Kubel - DH||Carlos Guillen - LF|
|Joe Crede - 3B||Gerald Laird - C|
|Michael Cuddyer - RF||Brandon Inge - 3B|
|Delmon Young - LF||Ryan Raburn - DH|
|Nick Punto - SS||Adam Everett - SS|