The Twins have been playing better as of late but still sit in last place in the Central (8.0 GB) and continue to own the worst record in the AL at 26-39. Tonight at 6:05 CT they take on the Pittsburgh Pirates (34-31) with ace Scott Diamond (5-2, 2.13) taking on Kevin Correia (2-6, 4.43).
Joe Mauer may or may not be in the lineup tonight as he is suffering from a bruised right quadriceps. He has been hitting well lately with a .406 BA over the last 9 games. Joe is currently 2nd in overall voting for AL catchers with over 1.2 million votes and is trailing Texas catcher Mike Napoli who has over 2.2 million votes.
Trevor Plouffe has been homerless in two straight games after having hit one is four straight. He is leading the team with 14 homers and has been probably the most exciting Twin to watch as of late. Over the last 10 games Plouffe is hitting .371 with 10 homers. It will be interesting to see how he does after pitchers start to figure him out.
Scott Diamond is no doubt the ace of this stumbling, bumbling pitching staff which isn't saying much but, unlike any other pitcher in the rotation, he's at least fun to watch pitch. Diamond will be looking to bounce back after a loss to Philly where he went 6 innings and surrendered 4 ER. For any other pitcher in the rotation that would be a good outing but Diamond is looking to go deep into the ballgame tonight to give the tired bullpen some rest.
I still think that if the Twins are to make any move toward contention, they have to get an established ace pitcher which could involve trading the likes of Denard Span or Josh Willingham.