White Sox to Continue Pitching Unconventional Six Man Rotation

phil humber

After the sweep over everyone’s preseason champion Boston Red Sox, the Chicago White Sox now have a 9-6 record with a 4.22 ERA in 21 starts since employing the six-man rotation. Manager Ozzie Guillen confirmed today that the Sox will stick with the unconventional plan. The White Sox are 18-25 while using a five man rotation.

Maybe this will catch on across the major leagues? Or is this just a fluky nuance like Tony La Russa batting St. Louis Cardinals pitchers eighth? As of now, the Sox will continue to go put Mark Buerhle, Gavin Floyd, John Danks, Edwin Jackson, Phil Humber and Jake Peavy out there.

But if they do revert back to a traditional five man rotation, who would drop out?

There are three candidates among the six.

By Paul M. Banks

[Read more…]

White Sox Gavin Floyd is DEALING Now

Should the Sox have any confidence in Gavin Floyd?

gavin-floyd

In 2008, the Chicago White Sox won the AL Central largely because of their young pitching staff. A crucial part of that solid starting rotation was Gavin Floyd, 25 years old at the time, and seemingly reaching his prime. He led the team in wins with 17, also good enough for 6th in the American League. Additionally, he was eighth in winning percentage, 5th in starts and tenth in innings pitched.

In 2009, he improved upon his WHIP (good for 5th in the AL) and greatly augmented his strikeout-to-walks ratio, despite his win-loss record falling to .500 and a slight rise to his ERA.

In 2010, the wheels have come off completely.

By Paul M. Banks

[Read more…]