White Sox Pitchers bred in organization to work fast!

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Chicago White Sox starter Gavin Floyd (7-8) made quick work of the Oakland Athletics on Sunday. He took a perfect game into the sixth inning before allowing just one run and four hits in seven-plus innings, improving to 5-2 with a 1.06 ERA in his last 11 starts. All in under 2.5 hours. The 6-foot-6 right-hander hasn’t allowed more than two earned runs in a game since a loss to Texas on June 2.

And Floyd is like many of the other Sox pitchers, and Sox system pitchers- developed to work with speed and efficiency. I recently was on conference call with Sox minor league pitching coordinator Kirk Champion (for more on Champion’s insights into the Sox organization’s top pitching prospects go here) and he discussed the organizational practices regarding this trait.

By Paul M. Banks

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Hottest Team in MLB? Your Chicago White Sox

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On June 8th, the Chicago White Sox were 24-33, a season low 9 games under .500 and 9.5 out of first place in the AL Central division. Few experts could have anticipated where the Sox would be on July 10th:

47-38, a half game back of the division leading Detroit Tigers, and certifiably the hottest team in Major League Baseball.

Fresh off an 8-2 win over division rival Kansas City, the Southsiders’ sizzling streak reads like this:

Six straight wins, 19-4 in their last 23, 23-5 in their last 28, 12-1 in their last 13 at U.S. Cellular Field.

And it all starts with the starting rotation. Pun intended.

“We’re pitching well, all five guys go out there and do a tremendous job giving us an opportunity and a chance to win,” Sox Manager Ozzie Guillen said.

By Paul M. Banks

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