I know there were a lot of White Sox fans upset when the team skipped Chris Sale's last start of the first half to give him some extra rest and allow him to pitch an inning in the All Star Game.
Jake Peavy isn't one of them. It's because of this decision that Jake Peavy is still in first place in the Pitchers Poll. Though the lead Peavy still has is the smallest one available.
Peavy's hanging on by a point.
Now if we were to break this down by inning, Sale would be ahead of Peavy. Sale has pitched 16 less innings than Peavy this season, and is averaging 1.72 points per inning pitched. Peavy on the other hand is averaging 1.51 points per inning.
As for the rest of the pitching staff, Dylan Axelrod was the hero of the last four days, picking up 21 points in his start against Red Sox on Monday night and his extra innings work against Kansas City on Friday.
To put Axelrod's two performances in perspective, he scored 21 points while every other pitcher on the Sox combined scored, yep, 21 points.
Last week's rankings can be found here.