9-1, 1.99 ERA. 5-4, 5.59 ERA. One of the sets of stats belongs to an All-Star pitcher. You should know which set is Liriano‘s, and you should know he isn’t an All-Star; yet.

He could still be voted in with the last spot on the roster, but has to go against the likes of fellow rookie ace Justin Verlander, big slugger Travis Hafner, and trash-talking A.J. Pierzynski, among others. Here’s the dirt on a rookie pitcher for a third-place team: His 94 strikeouts puts him 6th in the AL, 5 spots behind Santana. His .203 BAA (batting average against) is first in the AL. His WHIP (walks+hits/innings pitched) of .97 is 2nd in the AL (to the one and only Johan Santana). His 1.99 ERA puts him first in the AL. His winning percentage of .900 puts him 2nd in the AL, to probable All-Star starter Jose Contreras. Pretty amazing rookie season so far.

Yesterday the Twins blanked the Brewmasters 8-0. Liriano pitched an 8-inning 3-hitter, striking out a career-best 12. Morneau hit a monster smash to right field to give him 21 home runs this season. He gives us homer fans hope.

Mike Redmond is an outstanding backup catcher. A .378 batting average for a catcher anywhere would put him in the starting lineup, except here, where the starting catcher’s batting average is .392.

Johan Santana pitches tonight against the Kansas City Royals, who went on a bit of a tear at the end of interleague play, but I’m confident he can pitch good enough to get the W.

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