Wednesday, August 29, 2012
White Sox 8 Orioles 1: Dylan Axelrod Comes Up Big
Dylan Axelrod wasn't supposed to be starting for the White Sox on Wednesday, but I'm sure glad he did.
Considering the Sox offense put 8 runs on the board -- and without the benefit of a home run -- Axelrod didn't have to be at his best for the Sox to finally pick up a victory in Baltimore, but it's hard to imagine Axelrod pitching much better.
He went 7.1 innings, allowing only 3 hits. He did walk 4, which is high even if it seems low in comparison to other Sox pitchers of late, but he also went through a stretch where he retired 13 straight before walking J.J. Hardy and being removed in the eighth.
After his start tonight, Axelrod's numbers make you wonder if he doesn't deserve a few more turns in the rotation, and not just because Gavin Floyd is on the disabled list. If you take out Axelrod's disastrous start against the Blue Jays in July -- he allowed 7 runs in 3 innings -- Axelrod is 2-1 with a 3.83 ERA in 42.2 innings.
Not a great sample size, no, but certainly enough to warrant further consideration.
Axelrod should get at least one more start before Floyd returns from the disabled list, likely on Monday against Minnesota, and he could possibly pitch twice.
If he has the same kind of success in those possible starts then the Sox might have to seriously consider how to proceed with Gavin.