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(WSCR) While White Sox fans have yet to see it, there’s someone out there who thinks Gavin Floyd has All-Star-type stuff.
That’s right – White Sox TV play-by-play man Ken ‘The Hawk’ Harrelson has high hopes for Floyd, who is currently 9-9 with a 4.56 ERA through 23 starts this season.
“Gavin is a work-in-progress, there’s no question,” Hawk told The McNeil and Spiegel Show. “He’s 9-9. I’ll tell you, this guy has 20-game-winner stuff. He’s learning how to compete, as well. That’s one thing I’m proud of Gavin about. The other night, he was just discombobulated. He’s the kind of guy that can run out off 6-out-of-7, 7-out-of-8. It wouldn’t surprise me if he did it. (Pitching coach Don Cooper) will get him back on track.”
LISTEN: Ken ‘The Hawk’ Harrelson on The McNeil and Spiegel Show
If the White Sox plan on making a playoff run, they’ll need Floyd to be more consistent.
As it sits now, the White Sox own a two-game lead over the Tigers for first in the AL Central Division. Hawk believes the thing that will separate the South Siders in this pennant race is their improved defensive play.
“Last year, our defensive outfield was the worst play I’ve ever seen in my career in Major League Baseball,” Hawk said. “It was just atrocious. We couldn’t throw anybody out. We couldn’t keep them from going from first to third on a base hit to left field. This year, Tank has already saved us three or four games with just his arm by hitting the cut-off man. Rios has been spectacular out there and De Aza has been covering center, right-center and left-center. Now, we picked up Dwayne Wise. He’s a terrific pick up. He’s going to fill in nicely for De Aza while he’s on the DL. … In baseball, I don’t care how good your pitching is. I don’t care how good your hitting is. If you don’t catch the baseball, you’re going to lose.”