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The pitching matchup we always wanted to see! Liriano v Santana!
Pitchers: PIT: Liriano (6-6 , 2.91 ERA) MIN: Not Johan (2-0 , 2.60 ERA)
RF Gregory Polanco (L)
LF Starling Marte (R)
CF A. McCutchen (R)
3B Aramis Ramirez (R)
SS Jung-Ho Kang (R)
2B Neil Walker (S)
DH Pedro Alvarez (L)
CF Cervelli (R)
1B Travis Ishikawa (L)
2B Brian Dozier (R)
CF Aaron Hicks (R)
1B Joe Mauer (L)
DH Miguel Sano (R)
RF Eddie Rosario (L)
3B Eduardo Nunez (S)
SS Eduardo Escobar (S)
C Kurt Suzuki (R)
Plouffe!'s on paternity leave so yeah.
Ugh, Nolasco (3-1, 6.38 ERA, 4.85 xFIP) vs. F-Bomb (1-3, 2.96 ERA, 3.19 xFIP)
I am....not so confident in this matchup other than the fact that Nolasco gets to pitch against an NL team. I don't know, maybe it'll help make him less 'ugh' and more 'meh'?
I haven't paid much attention, but it looks like Liriano is generally pitching pretty well this year, striking dudes out all over the place. He does have a .215 BABIP, though, so he might be getting a bit lucky on the balls that make it out into the field. Hopefully that is the case and that average heads north a bit tonight.
In addition to a mid-season interleague matchup, the Wolves have their annual "playoff" tonight (7:30 on ESPN) in which they participate in a selection of ping-pong balls to determine which crappy team gets the good picks in the draft. This event will set off a solid month of speculating just which incorrect pick Flip will make. Should be fun!
Now that we've gone through how I got here, I'm going to spend the weekend playing things I think are awesome. This video is great because its extremely obvious that, even after 25 years (to that point in 2002. They're still going, although they did split up for a bit in 2009) these guys are clearly still having a blast singing about pirates. This makes for great driving music, by the way.