On Tuesday night, the Minnesota Twins will begin a three-game interleague set against the Philadelphia Phillies at Target Field. Despite sitting in the cellar of the American League's Central Division, the Twins have won six of their last eight and will look to build upon that with some wins against the Phillies who are struggling mightily as of late. Coming off back-to-back, walk-off extra inning losses at the hands of the Baltimore Orioles, the Phils have lost eight of their last nine and sit eight games out of first place in the National League's East Division.
The projected starters for Tuesday night are Nick Blackburn for the Twins and Kyle Kendrick for the Phillies. Blackburn is 2-4 with a 7.75 ERA in 38.1 innings pitched over eight starts this season. After being tagged with the loss in four of his first five starts, Blackburn has registered wins in two of his last three.
Kendrick is 2-5 with a 4.44 ERA in 52.2 innings pitched over 13 appearances this season (eight games started). He has a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 34-to-19 and has one complete game shutout in addition to being 2-2 in his last four starts.