Friday, June 24, 2011

A Few Good Notes-Twins/Brewers

Tonight the Twins are in Milwaukee to kick off the home and home series with the Brew Crew. Here are a few notes heading into this series.

  • The Twins three starters in this series (Scott Baker, Francisco Liriano, and Carl Pavano) are a combined 6-1 with a 1.58 ERA with 56 strikeouts in 68 innings pitched, in each of their past three starts. The Twins will need these guys to continue their hot pitching for the team to have a chance to win the series.
  • The Brewers are a considerably better team at home than compared to being on the road. At Miller Park, the Brew Crew have a better team batting average (.279 at home/.231 on the road), better team OPS (.821/658) and have hit 50 home runs in 37 home games. As before said, the key for the Twins is their starting pitching. If the ball starts carrying out for Milwaukee, its gonna be a long series.
  • Delmon Young has been a hot hitter as of late, hitting .342 (13/38) with 5 RBI and 4 runs scored in his last 10 games. His season average has risen from the .200s all the way up to .254 due to his .321 average in June. And what better team to be playing then the Brewers for Delmon, who carries a career .364/.379/.491 line against them. Look for Delmon to continue his hot hitting this weekend.
  • The Twins got lucky this weekend, and won't be facing the Brewers two best pitchers right now, Zack Greinke and Shaun Marcum. The Twins do face Yovani Gallardo on Saturday, but he has struggled in his past three games going 0-2 with a 6.43 ERA in just 14 innings pitched. In his career against the Twins, Gallardo has a 1-0 record with a 2.40 ERA in just two starts.
  • Former Twin Carlos Gomez, who was acquired in the Johan Santana trade, is struggling mightily lately (Only hitting .077 in past 10 games) and has watched his average drop to .210 on the season, and now has lost his starting CF job to Nyjer Morgan. I think its a safe bet, Gomez will be primarily used as a 4th outfielder for the remainder of his career.
Again, this is another crucial series for the Twins. I would like to see them win 2 out of 3 here, but I think the Brewers are too much of the better team when playing at home, so the more likely outcome will be 1 out of 3. The offense has been absolutely stale since their 8 run first inning on Tuesday against San Francisco, only posting three runs in the following 26 innings. With that said, again its imperative that the Twins pitchers hold the Brewers to three runs or less, or else winning will be hard to come by.

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