Britton hasn’t had a start since the beginning of August, on the 4th, against the Royals. He pitched an okay game going 5 1/3 innings giving up 12 hits and 6 runs (4 earned) in the loss. That may not sound okay to you, but compared to one complete inning over 2 starts where he gave up 13 hits and 17 runs (13 earned), that start sounds pretty okay to me. I still have nightmares about those games.
Tonight, he gets his first start since coming off the DL. He comes in with a 6-9 record and a 4.66 ERA to face the Minnesota pitcher Carl Pavano, who has eerily similar numbers: 6-9, 4.52 ERA. So, the pitching match-up looks really good. With that, the Twins have gone 4-6 in their last 10 while the O’s have struggled to a 2-8 mark.
This is actually a very even match-up all around with the Twins sitting at 55-71 on the season and the O’s at 47-77. Tonight is the first of a 4-game set in the Twin Cities. Let’s just hope, since it’s so even, the O’s can split (or dare I say win) the series.
I’m looking for Britton to have a bounce-back outing tonight. 7 innings of solid ball with 5 hits, 1 or 2 runs, and a few strikeouts.