Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Week 17 Pitchers Poll: Are We Sure This Isn't Just A Two-Man Rotation?


All right, so that headline may be a bit unfair to Francisco Liriano, but Liriano has only made two starts with the White Sox, so it's too early to judge his time here.

My point is that the White Sox have gone from a regular five-man rotation to a six-man rotation and now back to a five-man rotation over the last ten days, and the truth is it's been a two-man rotation all season long.

There's Jake Peavy and Chris Sale, and then there's everybody else.

RANKPLAYER POINTS LW+/-
1Jake Peavy 227 1 16
2Chris Sale 214 2 18
3Gavin Floyd 135 3 2
4Jose Quintana 97 4 0
5Phil Humber 73 5 -3
6Matt Thornton 71 63
7Addison Reed 70 78
8Nate Jones64 8 5
9Hector Santiago 50 9 0
10Jesse Crain 47 10 5
11Dylan Axelrod 37 11 0
12John Danks 34 12 0
13Zach Stewart 21 130
14Francisco Liriano 17 NA 17
15Brett Myers 12 155
16Will Ohman 10 140
17Eric Stults 7 150
18Leyson Septimo 5 170
18Donnie Veal  5 170
20Brian Omogrosso  4 190
21Brian Bruney 2 200
22Jhan Marinez 0 210
23Pedro Hernandez -4 220

Yeah, Jose Quintana has pitched well, but he's hit a wall of sorts. He's at 97 points right now after putting up a 0 this week, but he had 83 points back in Week 13. That means he's scored 14 points over the last month.

Both Peavy and Sale had more than that in their last start.

This week Peavy and Sale combined for 34 points in their two starts. Gavin Floyd, Jose Quintana, Phil Humber and Francisco Liriano combined for 16. Of those 16 points, 17 came from two Liriano starts! Floyd, Quintana and Humber check in at -1 point!

Humber will probably put up more points from his new spot in the bullpen. Well, assuming he's there long considering Dylan Axelrod just got off the disabled list down in Charlotte and Hector Santiago is being stretched out to start.

Last week's rankings can be found here.

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