While the Minnesota Twins have fared very well against the Chicago White Sox this year, Mike Pelfrey hasn't had much to do with that success.
Looking to snap a season-worst four-game losing streak, Pelfrey goes for his first win in four tries against visiting Chicago in the opener of a four-game set Thursday night.
The Twins (53-65) entered this year having dropped 22 of 28 to the White Sox (46-73), but they have beat up on the AL Central's worst team. Minnesota has averaged 5.3 runs in taking nine of 12 in the series, including three of four in Chicago last weekend.
Its only loss during that set came Saturday with Pelfrey (4-10, 5.32 ERA) on the hill. The right-hander allowed five runs and a season-high five walks in that 5-4 defeat, dropping to 0-2 with a 7.80 ERA in three starts against the White Sox this year.
"Too many pitches early, again," manager Ron Gardenhire said of Pelfrey, who needed 98 pitches to get through five innings. "I think 47 pitches ...