So Far So Good – White Sox Starters Are Showing Their Worth
Believe it or not, the White Sox have one of the better starting rotations in the American League and it has kept them near the top of the AL Central Division through the first month of the season. But as the Sox move into the month of May, the question still remains: who is the best pitcher in this rotation?
John Danks, Jake Peavy, Phillip Humber, Gavin Floyd and Chris Sale complete a pitching rotation that appears to be the most complete in all of baseball and gives the Sox five quality starters. The Sox have had the luxury of benefiting from these pitchers through April. Most experts predicted this team to finish last in the division, something that could very well have motivated this team.
What may be more surprising than the White Sox promising start this season would have to be Peavy’s resurgence on the mound. The 2007 NL Cy Young Award Winner and 2012 AL Pitcher of the Month for April has not only become the best starter on this team, but in the AL as well. Peavy, who hasn’t shown much effectiveness since joining the Sox in 2009, has pitched two consecutive complete games for the Sox and is beginning to show why the team gave up so much to get him three years ago.
While Peavy is enjoying a comeback year, Sale may be showing why it was a smart decision for the Sox to take him out the bullpen. Sale, who won his third start of the season on Tuesday, has 29 strikeouts through five starts compared to just eight walks. Sale could very well become a solid starter this season and will need to maintain consistency for the Sox going into the summer.
With Peavy and Sale both leading the team in wins at three, they could easily be viewed as the best starting pitchers for the Sox. That being said, Gavin Floyd has certainly staked his claim to that distinction as well. Floyd doesn’t have the wins the show it (two victories through five starts), but his three losses have come because of a lack of run support. Floyd has 31 strikeouts compared to 11 walks and took a no-hitter into the seventh inning in a win against the Boston Red Sox this past Sunday.
As Floyd hasn’t gotten much run support from his teammates, Danks and Humber have suffered through inconsistency. Humber threw the 21st perfect game in MLB history and then gave up a career-high nine runs to the Red Sox in his next start. If Humber is going to help solidify this rotation, he will need to remain effective on the mound because the Sox have tougher games ahead.
For Danks, his start to the season hasn’t been stellar, but it hasn’t been horrible either, as he’s managed to win two of his five starts. However, Danks has given up too many hits and hasn’t shown that he is the true ace of this staff. In order for the Sox to remain competitive in the division, they will need Danks to have better efforts and to find some rhythm on the mound.
This is a guest post by Etheria Modacure from MidwayMadness.com. Midway Madness is a site dedicated to Chicago sports. It is written by Chicago sports fans, for Chicago sports fans. Etheria is an assistant editor at Midway Madness who is about to graduate from Columbia College. You can follow him on twitter @emod88.
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