Game 152: Twins (63-89) @ Tigers (80-71)

Well, Game 1 was certainly a learning experience for me, at least, but we’ll get into more detail about that in the recap. Now it’s time to focus on Game 2. Drew Smyly will make his first start since August 25th, when he pitched six innings and gave up three runs (one earned) in a 5-3 victory against the Angels. He’s made four appearances out of the bullpen since then, with his best appearance being 2.1 innings of one-run ball against the Indians last Sunday (he would have gotten the win if not for the Valverde blown save). Walks have been somewhat of an issue. He’s issued five free passes in his four relief appearances, and struggled in his last outing, which came on Thursday. He gave up a bases-loaded walk, a hit, and two earned runs and did not retire a batter. He’s made one start against the Twins, which was back on May 25th, where he pitched five innings and gave up four runs (three earned, and if I remember correctly, there were multiple defensive lapses in that game, too, but the Tigers won 10-6).

The Twins go with righty PJ Walters. He’s 2-4 with a 6.39 ERA in ten starts this year. His WHIP is 1.618 (I know that’s not a stat that I spotlight very often, but wow, that’s a lot of baserunners). He’s been prone to the home run ball, having given up 11 in 50.2 innings of work. One of those two wins came against the Tigers back on May 17th. The Tigers did hit three home runs off him, but they were all solo shots (and lest you think this is a case of the Tigers making a struggling pitcher look good, his start right after that was a complete-game win against the White Sox; however, he has not won a game since). He was sent to the minor leagues back in June and then called up again at the beginning of September. His last start was a no-decision against the Indians, where he pitched five innings and gave up four runs (2 earned) in an eventual 6-5 Twins victory.

Lineups after the jump.

Twins (P. Walters – R) @ Tigers (D. Smyly – L)

1. Ben Revere (L) CF
2. Jamey Carroll (R) 2B
3. Joe Mauer (L) C
4. Josh Willingham (R) LF
5. Justin Morneau (L) 1B
6. Ryan Doumit (S) DH
7. Trevor Plouffe (R) 3B
8. Matt Carson (R) RF
9. Pedro Florimon (S) SS

1. Austin Jackson (R) CF
2. Quintin Berry (L) LF
3. Miguel Cabrera (R) 3B
4. Prince Fielder (L) 1B
5. Delmon Young (R) DH
6. Brennan Boesch (L) RF
7. Jhonny Peralta (R) SS
8. Alex Avila (L) C
9. Ramon Santiago (S) 2B

  • RJ

    Un. Fucking. Believable.

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