Monday, August 9, 2010

AL Central Showdown

Well here we go. Six games in ten days between the Twins and the White Sox. Going into today there is just a half a game separating the teams (this depends on the results of the White Sox game tonight vs. the Orioles). After the next ten days there will only be three more games between these division foes. So this next span of games will go a long way into deciding who will be the 2010 Central Division Champions.

Here is a break down of each of the pitching match-ups that are expected over the next three days.

Game 1 (Tuesday):
Scott Baker vs. Freddy Garcia

Baker 2010 Stats vs. White Sox
(1-0) 1.29 ERA: 7 IP: 5 H: 1 R: 3 K

Garcia 2010 Stats vs. Twins
(1-1) 3.15 ERA: 20 IP: 23 H: 7 R: 8 K

These two starters matched up earlier in the year with Baker out dueling Garcia. Garcia has had a couple other chances to face the Twins and came out on top in one of those meetings. Baker is coming off three consecutive strong outings. His last start against Tampa Bay was his strongest performance of the year.

Game 2 (Wednesday)
Glen Perkins vs. John Danks

Perkins 1st Start of 2010
Career Numbers vs. White Sox
(2-1) 5.22 ERA: 29.1 IP: 31 H: 17 R: 17 K

Danks 2010 Stats vs. Twins
(1-1) 4.74 ERA: 19 IP: 24 H: 11 R: 14 K

With Slowey taking a start off, the Twins will call on Glen Perkins to make a spot start. Perkins is coming off the month of July in which he seemed to be getting back some of the consistency that he had been lacking this year. He was (3-1) in July and his last start on Friday he pitched 6.2 innings and he only gave up 2 ER.

Game 3 (Thursday)
Francisco Liriano vs. Gavin Floyd

Liriano 2010 Stats vs. White Sox
(1-0) 3.29 ERA: 13.2 IP: 10 H: 5 R: 11 K

Floyd 2010 Stats vs. Twins
(0-1) 1.80 ERA: 5 IP: 7 H: 4 R: 5 K

This could be a very important game for Twins. Depending on how the rest of the series goes the Twins might be fighting for their playoff spot. The Twins can't afford to be swept by the White Sox. With Liriano pitching with an extra day rest the Twins hopes might be on the line. Gardenhire said that Liriano was complaining of a dead arm. Hopefully this won't be a factor for the rest of the season.

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