Don’t make dinner reservations, Paul Molitor was saying before today’s game. Mike Pelfrey is on the mound.
“He’s very deliberate out there,” the Twins manager said of Pelfrey, whose three-year stint with the Twins included some long innings. Pelfrey had an 11-27 record and 4.94 ERA with the Twins, so by the time he left as a free agent last winter, fans had grown impatient with the righthander.
It hasn’t been much better in Detroit, where he signed a $16 million contract for two seasons, but there’s a catch: The Tigers aren’t supporting him. At all.
Pelfrey is 0-4 this season, and his 4.64 ERA isn’t as good as the Tigers hoped. But Detroit has not scored a single run while Pelfrey is in the game, being shut out in all 22 innings he has appeared in.
The Twins would like to extend that amazing streak, and for that, they’re counting on another free-agent signee who hasn’t had the success he expected. Ricky Nolasco has been a pleasant surprise this season, walking just three while striking out 24 so far, great numbers to go with his 3.25 ERA. With the Twins about to embark on a weeklong road trip — and with rookies Jose Berrios and Alex Meyer, who have one big-league start between them, on the mound the next two days — getting a strong start from Nolasco to break the three-game losing streak would be helpful.
It’s a sunny but chilly day at Target Field. Here are today’s starting lineups, with Miguel Sano returning to third base once again:
J.D. Martinez RF
V. Martinez DH