Saturday, May 23, 2009

Gavin Floyd and the struggling Southsiders

Alright, a little inside baseball stuff (literally).  Trying to forget the embarrassing 20-1 loss from two nights ago and last night Gavin Floyd pitched a gem with a wicked curve ball that found the zone and confounded righties and lefties alike. He got first-pitch strikes on most batters... for a change.

This has been a tough year for my White Sox which is made even worse by the fact that I bleed black and white.  Even with Jay Cutler getting fitted for a Bears uniform, I'm not ready to give up on the baseball season just yet.

Kenny Williams is trying to get another starter to replace either Bartolo Colon, who is a complete disappointment, or Clayton Richard, who is not quite ready for prime time.  Jake Peavey, the NL Cy Young winner from last year, wants to stay in San Diego and is exercising his no-trade clause despite the Padres 100-loss season last year.

Danks, Buehrle and Floyd are secure in the Sox rotation although Floyd has struggled.  Last night, Gavin pitched a no-hitter into the 5th inning with excellent command of all four of his pitches.  Let's hope this is the beginning of a trend.  Look at this curve ball:

Hard to believe his ERA is 7.74.  The Sox are last or second to last in the three major categories: pitching, hitting and fielding.  My rational self says this is just a bad baseball team... but unbelievably they are still in the hunt and seem to be improving.

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