Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Week 19 Pitchers Poll: It Wasn't The Best Week


I know it's easy to blame the offense since it's become so home run reliant lately, but the truth is since last week's set of rankings the Sox have outscored opponents 36-33. Going off that and looking at the numbers in the polls this week, it becomes rather apparent that the pitching staff is who should be wearing it for the three losses in Kansas City.

I mean, when you send both Jake Peavy and Chris Sale to the mound in a series against the Royals and can't pick up a win, it's not going to be a good week for your pitching staff.

Just look at these numbers.

RANKPLAYER POINTS LW+/-
1Jake Peavy 248 1 5
2Chris Sale 236 2 3
3Gavin Floyd 148 3 9
4Jose Quintana 124 4 18
5Phil Humber 86 5 7
6Addison Reed 78 76
7Matt Thornton 75 64
8Nate Jones67 8 2
9Jesse Crain 54 9 -2
10Hector Santiago 50 10 0
11Dylan Axelrod 37 11 0
12John Danks 34 12 0
13Francisco Liriano  28 1512
14Zack Stewart 21 13 0
15Brett Myers 18 141
16Donnie Veal 12 187
17Will Ohman 10 160
18Eric Stults 7 170
19Brian Omogrosso  4 190
20Brian Bruney 2 200
21Leyson Septimo 1 210
22Jhan Marinez 0 220
23Pedro Hernandez -4 230

And now for a list of White Sox relievers who outscored both Peavy and Sale this week.
  1. Phil Humber
  2. Addison Reed
  3. Donnie Veal
Obviously, this doesn't happen often, but it's not a good thing when it does. Hell, even Gavin Floyd outscored Jake and Chris this week, though he tried his damnedest to undo that in his start against the Yankees on Monday.

The good news is Jose Quintana seems to be back on track, and Francisco Liriano rebounded from a terrible start the week before. Hopefully that continues and Peavy and Sale can avoid the Royals for a bit.

Last week's rankings can be found here.

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