The competition for the third starter spot should the White Sox make the playoffs hasn't really been much of a competition, unfortunately. Right now the leader for the spot is Gavin Floyd and he's miles ahead of both Francisco Liriano and Jose Quintana.
And while I'm not exactly upset to see Gavin pitching well. While his ERA this month is a typical Gavin 4.58, in his three starts since returning from the disabled list he's walked 3 batters in 17.2 innings while striking out 18.
I'll take that 6-to-1 strikeout ratio anytime.
Not a great week for the pitching staff point wise, as Gavin and Chris Sale did the majority of the damage. Though both of them did make two starts, which lessens that performance a bit.
Still the concern is that Jake Peavy, Jose Quintana and Francisco Liriano combined for a whole 5 points between them. Nate Jones had 6 points just working out of the bullpen.
That's going to have to change if the Sox not only want to hold off the Tigers, but also if they want to actually accomplish something during the postseason.
Last week's rankings can be found here.