Stone: Forced Six-Man Rotation Not Helping Floyd
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CHICAGO (WSCR) Some teams struggle to find five starting pitchers. The White Sox, however, have six quality starters, and instead of sending one to the bullpen, the team has gone with a six-man rotation since Jake Peavy’s return from the disabled list in May.
There haven’t been many staunch opponents to the six-man rotation. For the most part, the pitchers have still performed well enough to justify it.
But if you look at the numbers, Gavin Floyd had more success before the extra day’s rest.
“I don’t think it’s a physical problem,” Steve Stone said on the Boers and Bernstein Show. “I do believe, and having been a curve ball pitcher myself, I do believe the longer you wait between starts, the harder it is to maintain that pinpoint control that you need. And look, Gavin hasn’t thrown all that badly. The last time out, he just wasn’t that good.”
Peavy returned from the disabled list on May 11, before that point, Floyd was 4-2 with a 3.67 ERA. On the season, Floyd is 6-7 with a 4.31 ERA.
“He’s right at the .500 mark. He’s eaten up some innings. But I think he can do a lot better. I just don’t think the six-man rotation helps a lot of people. But you’re forced into it because you really don’t know the health situation with Jake and how long he’s going to hold up.”