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Pregame: Twins @ White Sox Pitching Preview

The Twins have had more games postponed this week than played. Will they be rusty or well-rested today?

Vance Worley and Joe Mauer were searching for answers in his last start.
Vance Worley and Joe Mauer were searching for answers in his last start.
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That part I just typed above is not a joke. Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday's games were all postponed, while the Twins were only able to play their Monday and Tuesday games. The pro is that the Twins are 2-0 this week. The con is that they've only played two freakin' games in six days. What is this, a playoff series?

The White Sox will send Jake Peavy to the mound, who I cannot believe has been a member of the South Siders since a midseason trade in 2009. It seems like he's been in Chicago for far less than that. Part of that may be that he's had only one healthy season since coming over from San Diego, and that was last year when he was 11-12 with a 3.37 ERA in 219 IP. Every other season, including the year of that trade, he's come in right around 100 IP with varying results. This year, he is 2-1 with a 3.93 ERA. His strikeout (11.78 K/9) and walk (0.49 BB/9) rates look excellent thus far, but he's been hurt by the long ball that's about twice as large as the MLB average (1.96 HR/9).

Opposing him for the Twins is Vance Worley, who has yet to get in gear this season, as he's 0-2 with a 10.50 ERA. He was absolutely disastrous in his last start, throwing only 1 inning with 9 runs allowed. It's a bit early to say if he's struggling with the transition from the NL to the AL, but it's likely in the minds of many right now. Although he isn't striking out many hitters right now, he has been inducing grounders over 50% of the time and he has yet to allow a home run.

If you'd like some additional literature in order to get to know Vance Worley a little better, I recommend this interview with him by FanGraphs.