Friday, May 11, 2012
White Sox 5 Royals 0: Gavin Floyd Would Like Your Attention
When it comes to the White Sox and pitching so far this season, there are three subjects that seem to dominate the conversation. One has been Jake Peavy's brilliance, and that was preceded by figuring out who the closer would be. Then, for the last week it was Chris Sale and his elbow.
Meanwhile, Gavin Floyd has been fantastic and we've hardly noticed.
Floyd pitched another beauty on Friday night, and what was pleasantly surprising about this one was who it was against. In his career against Kansas City coming into the game, Gavin was 3-8 with a 4.53 ERA against the Royals in 14 starts.
Well, now he's 4-8 with a 4.21 ERA against Kansas City after shutting them out for 7.2 innings. Gavin also managed to lower his ERA on the season to 2.53, which gives you a much better idea of how he's pitched rather than his 3-3 record.
As for the offense, they gave Gavin all the runs he'd need in the first inning when Adam Dunn homered for the sixth time in the last ten games. Dunn now has 11 home runs on the season, and yes, he had 11 home runs in all of 2011.
That nightmare is officially over. We should probably stop comparing everything he does now to what he did then.
Let's just focus on his newest accomplishment, like the fact Adam also ended his streak of 36 consecutive games with a strikeout. So congratulations on that, Adam.
And since Adam Dunn isn't the only albatross rebounding this season, I have to point out that Gordon Beckham and Alex Rios combined to go 3-for-8 with 3 RBI tonight as well. Beckham even hit an opposite field double off the wall that sent me in a time maching to 2009.
Then there was Alex Rios' two-run triple in the sixth that broke this one open.
That's three wins in a row for the Sox, and damn it if three-game winning streaks aren't a lot more fun than three-game losing streaks.