The following numbers equal how long Minnesota's starting pitchers have lasted the past four games: 4 13, 4 13, 4, 2.
The last one should be taken with a grain of salt, as right-hander Mike Pelfrey went just two innings in Tuesday's 5-4 loss to the Atlanta Braves. The game was halted for over an hour thanks to a rain delay and a power failure with the lights.
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said Pelfrey lobbied to go back out for the third inning, but Minnesota's skipper didn't want to take any chances with a guy who is still coming off Tommy John surgery. So Gardenhire instead opted to turn to his bullpen as Anthony Swarzak came in to relieve Pelfrey for the third inning.
"You get to that certain point after him coming off of what he's been through, there's no chance we were going to run him back out there," Gardenhire said of Pelfrey. "He really wanted to go back out, though, said he felt good. We're just not going to press that this early in the season. Swarzy came in and did jus...