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  • Twins vs White Sox, 07-31-2012, 7:10pm

    Tonight, we can count on at least one thing: the fans at Target Field are going to boo a pitcher.

    Nick Blackburn takes the mound against recently-traded Francisco Liriano for the White Sox. While it's pretty likely that Nick Blackburn will give up a handful of runs in the first four innings, most of the interest will be following the performance of Liriano, who has been a well above-average pitcher for the past two and a half months, despite pitching a complete clunker against the White Sox in US Cellular Field in his last start.

    What do you expect from Blackburn tonight? What about Liriano? After all those years of watching him pitch, how will Twins hitters attack the newly-traded pitcher? Be sure to join the Twins Daily discussion below and rip on your least favorite pitcher today!

    Nick Blackburn

    W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
    SEASON 4 6 7.99 15 15 0 0 74.1 107 66 66 17 0 23 0 33 .336 1.75 1.14
    MLB Totals 43 52 4.83 141 133 5 0 794.1 967 475 426 111 18 199 11 379 .301 1.47 1.33

    Francisco Liriano

    W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
    SEASON 3 10 5.31 22 17 0 0 100.0 89 63 59 12 4 55 4 109 .239 1.44 1.13
    MLB Totals 50 52 4.33 156 130 1 1 783.1 727 400 377 76 29 324 6 788 .247 1.34 1.32

    Twins Offense
    RK Player Team Pos G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
    1 Mauer, J MIN C 94 349 58 114 21 1 6 49 54 53 5 1 .327 .416 .444 .860
    2 Revere, B MIN RF 67 280 35 88 11 3 0 20 14 23 24 5 .314 .349 .375 .724
    3 Span, D MIN CF 94 376 51 109 27 2 3 32 39 48 11 6 .290 .356 .396 .752
    4 Doumit, R MIN C 84 294 33 85 19 1 10 49 22 61 0 0 .289 .340 .463 .803
    5 Willingham, J MIN LF 98 354 62 97 22 1 27 79 55 92 2 1 .274 .386 .571 .957
    6 Morneau, J MIN 1B 79 308 38 81 19 1 13 46 26 60 1 0 .263 .324 .458 .782
    7 Mastroianni, D MIN LF 39 80 11 21 1 2 2 9 10 16 9 2 .263 .344 .400 .744
    8 Plouffe, T MIN RF 74 259 44 67 12 0 19 38 26 57 0 3 .259 .330 .525 .855
    9 Dozier, B MIN SS 72 272 28 65 9 1 4 28 12 48 8 2 .239 .272 .324 .595
    10 Carroll, J MIN SS 93 319 38 76 12 1 0 30 37 47 6 3 .238 .321 .282 .603
    11 Butera, D MIN C 28 74 5 17 5 0 1 4 5 18 0 0 .230 .288 .338 .625
    12 Casilla, A MIN 2B 72 212 21 48 11 2 0 20 10 40 12 1 .226 .262 .297 .559
    13 Komatsu, E MIN RF 15 32 2 7 0 0 0 1 4 3 0 0 .219 .297 .219 .516
    14 Parmelee, C MIN 1B 40 108 10 22 5 1 2 6 9 28 0 0 .204 .283 .324 .607
    15 Hughes, L MIN 2B 4 10 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 4 1 0 .200 .182 .200 .382
    16 Valencia, D MIN 3B 30 111 11 22 6 1 1 14 2 25 0 1 .198 .209 .297 .506

    White Sox Offense
    RK Player Team Pos G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
    1 Konerko, P CWS 1B 94 349 47 115 17 0 17 52 37 55 0 0 .330 .402 .524 .926
    2 Danks, J CWS CF 22 35 4 11 1 0 0 2 0 10 1 1 .314 .306 .343 .648
    3 Rios, A CWS CF 100 383 61 119 25 5 16 63 18 50 15 5 .311 .345 .527 .872
    4 Pierzynski, A CWS C 84 298 41 85 11 3 17 53 19 46 0 0 .285 .336 .513 .850
    5 De Aza, A CWS CF 98 393 66 112 20 5 6 41 34 79 19 8 .285 .350 .407 .757
    6 Ramirez, A CWS SS 99 382 41 102 15 3 4 48 10 53 14 3 .267 .289 .353 .642
    7 Youkilis, K CWS 3B 29 106 21 27 4 0 6 22 19 23 0 0 .255 .375 .462 .837
    8 Viciedo, D CWS RF 94 326 38 83 10 1 16 50 17 74 0 0 .255 .297 .439 .735
    9 Beckham, G CWS 2B 98 360 45 84 18 0 9 38 23 62 3 2 .233 .285 .358 .644
    10 Dunn, A CWS 1B 101 358 64 76 13 0 31 73 77 150 2 1 .212 .352 .508 .860
    11 Escobar, E CWS SS 36 87 14 18 4 1 0 3 9 23 2 0 .207 .281 .276 .557
    12 Humber, P CWS P 2 5 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 .200 .200 .200 .400
    13 Flowers, T CWS C 33 88 10 16 4 0 2 2 6 39 2 0 .182 .250 .295 .545
    14 Hudson, O CWS 3B 33 101 7 18 3 2 1 11 9 16 1 1 .178 .245 .277 .523
    15 Morel, B CWS 3B 35 113 14 20 2 0 0 5 7 39 4 1 .177 .225 .195 .420
    16 Lillibridge, B CWS RF 49 63 10 11 1 0 0 2 4 26 7 2 .175 .232 .190 .422
    Comments 89 Comments
    1. mikeee's Avatar
      mikeee -
      Liriano's pitch count is going up faster than Blackburn.
      Maybe he'll only go 5 and some change...
    1. Bark's Lounge's Avatar
      Bark's Lounge -
      Quote Originally Posted by snepp View Post
      Is a zero crooked?
      If your trippin on acid or riding the wave of shrooms.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Bark's Lounge View Post
      If your trippin on acid or riding the wave of shrooms.
      Ryan may have been doing both when he agreed to the trade.
    1. Badsmerf's Avatar
      Badsmerf -
      Blackburn is actually throwing alright. He's been lucky a few times, but not bad.
    1. edavis0308's Avatar
      edavis0308 -
      Bert just referenced the pitcher acquired in the Liriano deal as hopefully being a top of the rotation guy.

      Why am I not surprised.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Quote Originally Posted by edavis0308 View Post
      Bert just referenced the pitcher acquired in the Liriano deal as hopefully being a top of the rotation guy.

      Why am I not surprised.
      I think that Bert gets paid extra to say stuff like that.
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      Quote Originally Posted by edavis0308 View Post
      Bert just referenced the pitcher acquired in the Liriano deal as hopefully being a top of the rotation guy.

      Why am I not surprised.
      No he didn't.
    1. crarko's Avatar
      crarko -
      Who else is surprised to see this game 1-0 in the 6th? I'd have thought maybe 6-5. Both men throwing well.
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      Quote Originally Posted by crarko View Post
      Who else is surprised to see this game 1-0 in the 6th? I'd have thought maybe 6-5. Both men throwing well.
      Yeah, if Blackburn can somehow become a decent #5 for this team it would be huge. We are spending the money anyways.
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      I have to say, I'd like to see Mastrionni get some playing time at 2B from time to time.
    1. Rivas#1Fan's Avatar
      Rivas#1Fan -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rivas#1Fan View Post
      Liriano will have an okay 6 innings. Per usual he'll be reaching 100 pitches before the end of the 6th.
      Liriano pitched a little better than I had predicted.
    1. Badsmerf's Avatar
      Badsmerf -
      Quote Originally Posted by SpiritofVodkaDave View Post
      I have to say, I'd like to see Mastrionni get some playing time at 2B from time to time.
      Might as well see if he could cut it I guess. With the new defensive specialist, I doubt Casilla will be with this team next year. No need to have Dozier, Carroll, Casilla and defensive wizard acquired in the Liriano trade.
    1. Bark's Lounge's Avatar
      Bark's Lounge -
      Quote Originally Posted by glunn View Post
      Ryan may have been doing both when he agreed to the trade.
      Could be, but I am guessing he was hitting the crack rock.
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      Why can't Mauer turn on any pitch? This isn't the dome... still.
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      Blackburn had a really nice outing. Wish we would have gotten him some runs there.


      Good game either way.
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      Quote Originally Posted by Badsmerf View Post
      Might as well see if he could cut it I guess. With the new defensive specialist, I doubt Casilla will be with this team next year. No need to have Dozier, Carroll, Casilla and defensive wizard acquired in the Liriano trade.
      I'm guessing that once Plouffe comes back they will trade Carroll or Casilla before the Aug 31st deadline. Escobar will be up at some point as well I imagine. I'd prefer they dump both Casilla and Caroll before the deadline to be honest. Caroll for straight up salary relief (A's could use him) and Casilla for anything
    1. Top Gun's Avatar
      Top Gun -
      The Twins are to cheap to sign Liriano, so how in the hell will they ever afford to sign a free sgent?
    1. mikeee's Avatar
      mikeee -
      blah.
      Jeff Gray.
    1. NorthwestTwinsFan's Avatar
      NorthwestTwinsFan -
      Burton, Perkins, Burnett, and Fien are all apparently unavailable tonight. Can't figure any other reason they put Gray in there.
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      Gray happens
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