The White Sox aren't fielding, they're not hitting consistently and, although they're pitching well, that alone is not enough to overcome the other two facets of the game.
That's why the club that led the American League Central for more than 120 games a year ago now sits in last place.
"We know we're struggling," Sox first baseman Adam Dunn said. "It's kind of the little things that we're not doing. It's really adding to everything else. There's not a phase, except maybe pitching, that we're doing well at all. I wouldn't say we're doing anything average."
The White Sox are looking to get on a roll and win a series -- their first since taking two of three from Texas from April 30-May 2 -- on Wednesday in the rubber game of a three-game series with the Twins.
Chicago is 23-9 in its last 32 games against Minnesota, including winning six of the last seven at Target Field. Right-hander Dylan Axelrod toes the mound looking to continue that impressive stretch as well as earn his first victory of the season. The 27-year-old righty snapped a string of four straight quality starts his last time out against the Angels, surrendering six runs (five earned) in six-plus innings.
Righty Mike Pelfrey opposes Axelrod as he looks to give the Twins their second series win in their last three. Pelfrey, 29, has made consecutive quality starts.
White Sox: Welcome back, Dayan
• Left fielder Dayan Viciedo is hitting .429 with one home run, four RBIs and four walks in four games since returning form the disabled list.
• Reliever Jesse Crain has tossed 13 1/3 scoreless innings, spanning 14 games.
• White Sox starters have a 2.49 ERA in their last 12 games.
Twins: M&M boys
• Joe Mauer (13 games) and Justin Morneau (10 games) each have active double-digit hitting streaks. When the duo each plays, as they have for 35 games this season, they're hitting a combined .321 with 26 doubles and 41 RBIs.
• With 206 home runs, Morneau is one shy of tying Kirby Puckett for fourth on the Twins' all-time list.
• Minnesota's April 17 postponed game against the Angels has been set for Sept. 9 at 6:10 p.m. CT.
• The White Sox have committed nine errors in their last six games, making at least one miscue in each game.
• With 99 intentional walks, Mauer is one shy of passing Rod Carew for fourth on the the Twins' all-time list.