Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Week 21 Pitchers Poll: Chris Sale Falls Into First Place


The White Sox set a Pitchers Poll record this week, though it's not the kind of record you want to see being set.

More Sox pitchers scored in the negative this week than in any other week of the season. Congratulations to Jake Peavy, Jose Quintana, Jesse Crain and Francisco Liriano for this small piece of history.

Though when you look at the table, you'll see there were plenty of other pitchers close to joining that foursome.

RANKPLAYER POINTS LW+/-
1Chris Sale 261 2 3
2Jake Peavy 258 1 -2
3Gavin Floyd 149 3 0
4Jose Quintana 125 4 -2
5Phil Humber 85 5 2
5Addison Reed 85 63
7Matt Thornton 82 73
8Nate Jones79 8 9
9Hector Santiago 65 9 11
10Jesse Crain 52 10 -1
11Dylan Axelrod 47 12 10
12Francisco Liriano 39 11 -2
13John Danks  34 130
14Brett Myers 22 15 2
15Zach Stewart 21 140
16Donnie Veal 18 167
17Will Ohman 10 170
18Eric Stults 7 180
19Brian Omogrosso  4 190
20Brian Bruney 2 200
21Leyson Septimo 1 210
21Deunte Heath 1 NA1
23Jhan Marinez 0 220
24Pedro Hernandez -4 230

Honestly, the week Chris Sale overtakes Peavy is the week Sale scores only 3 points in two starts, and gets there only because Jake Peavy lost points in his start. Talk about backing your way into first place.

The only two White Sox starters who didn't crap the bed this week were the two who aren't a part of the actual rotation: Hector Santiago and Dylan Axelrod. If the playoffs were to start today I'd nominate those two to start Games 1 and 2, I don't care the order.

Who's with me?

Last week's rankings can be found here.

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