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We have all heard quite a lot about Joe Girardi's famous managerial "book" of matchups, numbers, and A.J. Burnett tattoo ideas.  More often that not, Joe puts his nose in the book and comes to the conclusion that what the game is missing is a little extra Chad Gaudin flavor.  But how would you like to have some of the information that Joe has?

After the jump (in the 100th career post by Pinstripe Alley's own Lord Duggan), we'll take a look at the matchup numbers for some of the most feared hitters on the Minnesota Twins.

Alright, here are the career lines for Joe Mauer, Jim Thome, Michael Cuddyer, and Delmon Young against our starters (CC Sabathia, Andy PettittePhil Hughes, A.J. Burnett) and top relief pitchers (Mariano Rivera, Kerry Wood, Joba Chamberlian, David Robertson, Boone Logan):

Joe Mauer
CC Sabathia: 23 AB .217/.280/.261
Andy Pettitte: 17 AB .294/.333/.471
Phil Hughes: 3 AB .000/.000/.000
A.J. Burnett: 17 AB .412/.500/.647

Mariano Rivera: 8 AB .375/.375/.375
Kerry Wood: 0 AB (1 BB)
Joba Chamberlain: 3 AB .667/.800/1.667
David Robertson: 3 AB .000/.250/.000
Boone Logan: 7 AB .286/.444/.286

Jim Thome
CC Sabathia: 27 AB .148/.233/.593
Andy Pettitte: 28 AB .214/.290/.286
Phil Hughes: 4 AB .250/.500/.250
A.J. Burnett: 30 AB .233/.314/.400

Mariano Rivera: 14 AB .214/.500/.500
Kerry Wood: 4 AB .000/.200/.000
Joba Chamberlain: 4 AB .000/.000/.000
David Robertson: 2 AB .000/.000/.000
Boone Logan: 0 AB

Michael Cuddyer
CC Sabathia: 52 AB .212/.268/.327
Andy Pettitte: 18 AB .389/.421/.667
Phil Hughes: 4 AB .250/.400/.500
A.J. Burnett: 18 AB .111/.200/.167

Mariano Rivera: 6 AB .000/.000/.000
Kerry Wood: 2 AB .000/.000/.000
Joba Chamberlain: 5 AB .200/.200/.200
David Robertson: 3 AB .000/.000/.000
Boone Logan: 8 AB .375/.444/.375

Delmon Young
CC Sabathia: 15 AB .200/.200/.267
Andy Pettitte: 19 AB .579/.579/.737
Phil Hughes: 5 AB .400/.333/.400
A.J. Burnett: 14 AB .214/.267/.286

Mariano Rivera: 7 AB .143/.143/.571
Kerry Wood: 1 AB .000/.000/.000
Joba Chamberlain: 3 AB .000/.000/.000
David Robertson: 3 AB .000/.250/.000
Boone Logan: 3 AB .667/.667/1.667

Well, there you have it.  While this is something of a celebration of small sample size, and needs to be taken with several grains of salt, there were a few recurring themes:  CC Sabathia is nasty.  A.J. Burnett has completely shut down 3 out of the 4 hitters on this list.  None of these four batter have a hit off of Kerry Wood.

100 posts down! (22 fanposts as a commenter, 78 on the front page)  I've enjoyed them all (even three word overflow threads) and hope there are many hundreds more to come.  It is a tad humbling to realize, however, that I'm still only about 7% the man that Jscape is.