A series win? That is what both teams will be looking for today. This afternoon, Robin is sending out the following guys to make sure it is his guys who get it:
Alejandro De Aza CF, Youk 3B, Big Donkey 1B, The King DH, Alex Rios RF, The Cuban Missile SS, The Cuban Tank LF, Tyler Flowers C, O-Dawg 2B.
Jake “Dirt Bag” Peavy will start for the Sox this afternoon. Jake’s last start was against the Twins last week and won against last night’s starter, Nick Blackburn. This afternoon is the third start of the season against the Twins for Dirt Bag as well as fourth at Target Field. In his career against the Twins, Jake is 3-3 with a 3.54 ERA. Jake has nine career starts against the Twins. His last start at Target Field was a loss in June where he allowed three runs on 10 hits in six innings worth of work.
Lately, Jake hasn’t exactly had his best stuff. Over his last 10 starts, he is 2-6 with a 3.23 ERA. Many of those runs are because he suffers from lackofrunsupportitis. On average he has gotten 3.26 runs of support of late. This includes him getting one run or less on four occasions. Hopefully, his team has found a cure for Jake’s lackofrunsupportitis.
Ron Gardenhire will counter Robin’s efforts with the following guys:
Denard Span F, Ben Revere RF, Dandruff Boy C, Josh Willingham LF, Justin Morneau 1B, Ryan Doumit DH, Danny Valencia 3B, Brian Dozier SS, Jamey Carroll 2B.
Scott Diamond will make the start for the Twins today. Scott is having quite a year. Actually, compared to many of the Twins starters this season -the team has used more than 20- Scott has had a tremendous season. So far on the season, he has pitched 100 innings and has a 9-4 record with a 2.88 ERA. His last start was a complete game shutout win against the Indians on July 27. In his career against the Sox, he is 1-2 with a 3.71 ERA in three career starts. This season, he is 0-1 with a 3.00 ERA. He lasted six innings in that start and gave up two earned runs.
*Notes: The King enjoys hitting against the Twins. Entering last night, he was hitting .485 with four home runs and 10 RBIs against them. Josh Willingham had 11 home runs for the month of July. That total tied him for second in Twins history with Harmon Killebrew for the most in month. Killebrew holds the record of 12 which he did in July 1969.