28-20: It's Good to Have You Back, Kevin

Rangers @ Twins - Friday, May 28, 2010

(via Fangraphs)

Kevin Slowey finally managed to pitch out of the fifth inning for the second time this season. I guess all he needed was a stern talking-to.  In all seriousness, though, Slowey pitched an absolute gem.  He scattered six hits, struck out five, and walked only one, surrendering just one run in 6.2 innings.  He didn’t give up any homers either, for the first time in any of his home starts (Target Field oddly seems to play like an AL version of Petco for everyone else except Slowey; it’s more like his own private version of the Cell).  I don’t know if this means that Slowey is turning a corner (he looked great in that start against Cleveland, then not so much after that), but he was painting the corners beautifully, so we can only hope.

Best hitter:

Orlando Hudson, .100 WPA. Despite his occasional brain farts in the field, I am really starting to like the O-Dog.

Best pitcher:

Kevin Slowey, .222 WPA.  No kidding.

Most important play of the game:

Joe Mauer’s single to center, scoring Orlando Hudson and the Twins’ first run of the game (.101 WPA).

Tags: Joe Mauer Kevin Slowey Minnesota Twins Orlando Hudson Texas Rangers

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