Chicago White Sox: St. Louis Cardinals

Floyd's struggles no laughing matter

June, 14, 2012
6/14/12
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Gavin FloydJeff Curry/US PresswireGavin Floyd hasn't given up less than four runs in a start since May 11.

Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Gavin Floyd’s problems can likely be fixed.

Floyd has shown in past seasons and even in this one he can consistently retire hitters. He had a string of starts early this season during which he was as good as anyone. There’s plenty of hope he can get back to that.

But while that optimism for Floyd doesn’t have to be altered, the White Sox do seemingly need to make a change with him. He just isn’t giving the White Sox a chance to win right now in the starting rotation. It may be too early to be focused on a divisional race, but these are games that could come back to haunt the White Sox if they remain in the hunt.

Thursday wasn’t any better for Floyd. He allowed eight hits, five runs and five walks and lasted just 4 2/3 innings in the White Sox’s 5-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.

It’s been over a month now since Floyd has been reliable. His last strong outing came on May 11, and he’s since allowed 49 hits and 35 runs over his last six starts. The White Sox have lost five of those games.

In the past month, Floyd’s ERA has gone from 2.53 on May 11 to 5.63 on Thursday. His record is now 4-7.

Despite Floyd’s continued downward spiral, White Sox manager Robin Ventura has stood firmly behind him and remained confident the veteran Floyd will snap out of his funk. Ventura said as much again after Thursdays’ loss.

“He was fine,” Ventura said. “He pitched well, and two guys in their lineup that really hurt him. You have (Allen) Craig and (David) Freese. Other than that, the one (hit) with (Matt) Adams. He battled him earlier in the game, and he’s just gotten into that count, that hitter’s count and knocks in two. His stuff is there, and I think his confidence is coming with it.”

Floyd wasn’t as kind about his own pitching.

“My assessment, when you don’t get the results, it’s tough,” Floyd said. “It’s frustrating. It’s not fun. It’s one of things I’m going to keep on grinding. I’m going to keep on trying to go out there and win ball games. There’s no point in trying to focus on the starts I’ve been not getting results on.

“I’m just going to keep on battling, keep on battling because I know this is going to turn around.”

When that is, Floyd isn’t certain. He just knows he has to continue with the same mentality he’s had throughout his career.

“I can’t look at the long term,” Floyd said. “Obviously I was trying to look at today and try to go out there and do my job. It didn’t happen today. I got to put it behind me and keep on working, keep on working hard, keep on working on things and try to figure this out.

“And the next start go out with the same mentality I did today and the game before. It didn’t matter what happened in the past. You got to keep on grinding, keep on battling and make pitches. One of these days it’s going to turn around, and I’m going to look at this and kind of laugh at it.”

But for now, there is no laughter for Floyd, just a month of disappointing starts.

Rapid Reaction: Cardinals 5, White Sox 3

June, 14, 2012
6/14/12
9:51
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Here’s a quick look at the St. Louis Cardinals’ 5-3 win over the Chicago White Sox at Busch Stadium on Wednesday.

How it happened: White Sox starting pitcher Gavin Floyd again had troubles. He allowed eight hits, five runs and four walks in 4 2/3 innings against the Cardinals. It was the sixth consecutive game Floyd allowed four or more runs. He’s given up 35 runs in his past six starts, and his ERA has risen to 5.63. Adam Dunn got the White Sox within striking distance with a three-run homer in the sixth inning, but they couldn’t pull any closer. It was Dunn’s 22nd home run of the season, and he is now tied with Josh Hamilton for the major league lead.

What it means: The White Sox benefitted from another Cleveland Indians and remained 1 games up on the Indians in the division. The problem is the Detroit Tigers are getting back into the picture. With the Tigers’ win over the Chicago Cubs on Thursday, they pulled within four games. The Tigers have won four out of their last five games.

Outside the box: The White Sox are still five games over .500, but they have cooled off a bit. They’ve now lost their last three series and six of their last nine games.

Up next: The White Sox continue their road trip Friday and travel to face the Los Angeles Dodgers. Chris Sale (8-2, 2.05) will start for the White Sox, and Clayton Kershaw (5-3, 2.65) will start for the Dodgers.

Dunn returns for Sox vs. Cards

June, 14, 2012
6/14/12
5:22
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Adam Dunn will return to the Chicago White Sox’s lineup Thursday against the St. Louis Cardinals after being scratched from Wednesday’s game due to an ankle injury.

Dunn was used as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning Wednesday and hit into a double play. He’ll play left field and bat third on Thursday.

Dunn is hitting .226 with 21 home runs, 47 RBIs, 48 walks and 98 strikeouts. He’s second in the majors in home runs and walks and leads it in strikeouts.

Here’s a look at the White Sox’s lineup against the Cardinals and their starter Jake Westbrook (4-6, 4.25) on Thursday:

1. Alejandro De Aza, CF

2. Gordon Beckham, 2B

3. Adam Dunn, LF

4. Paul Konerko, 1B

5. Alex Rios, RF

6. A.J. Pierzynski, C

7. Alexei Ramirez, SS

8. Orlando Hudson, 3B

9. Gavin Floyd, RHP

Rapid Reaction: Cardinals 1, White Sox 0

June, 13, 2012
6/13/12
9:43
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Here’s a quick look at the St. Louis Cardinals’ 1-0 win over the Chicago White Sox at Busch Stadium on Wednesday.

How it happened: The White Sox couldn’t figure out Cardinals starting pitcher Lance Lynn. He allowed three hits and no runs in 7 1/3 innings. The White Sox’s best opportunity against Lynn came in the fifth inning when Alex Rios opened the inning with a triple. He would remain there as Lynn struck out the next two batters, intentionally walked a hitter and then struck out a final hitter. Lynn had 12 strikeouts, improved his record to 10-2 and lowered his ERA to 2.42. White Sox starter Jake Peavy was nearly as good. Peavy gave up four hits and one run in seven innings. His one major mistake came in the third inning when Carlos Beltran took him deep. Beltran had three hits on the night. The White Sox had an opportunity for a late rally, but Paul Konerko grounded in to a double play with runners on first and third.

What it means: The White Sox were shut out for just the second time since they began their upward swing during the past month. Wednesday’s loss didn’t hurt their lead on the Cleveland Indians in the American League Central. The Indians lost again Wednesday, and the White Sox kept a 1 -game advantage.
Outside the box: The White Sox had their seven-game road winning streak snapped with the loss. It was their longest streak since winning 12 in a row in 2000.

Play(s) of the game: Beltran robbed Alejandro De Aza of extra bases when he made a diving catch in the sixth inning, and White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez then took away a hit from Dave Freese when leaped and snatched a liner in the air during the bottom half of the inning.

Up next: The White Sox starter Gavin Floyd (4-6, 5.38) will look to improve on his recent struggles when he returns to the mound on Thursday. Jake Westbrook (4-6, 4.25) will start for the Cardinals in the series finale.



Peavy tries to continue NL dominance

June, 13, 2012
6/13/12
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Jake Peavy owned the National League when he pitched in it, and that hasn’t changed since he’s left.

During his eight years in the NL, Peavy was 92-68 with a 3.29 ERA and won the 2007 Cy Young. Since joining the Chicago White Sox in 2009, Peavy is 6-0 with a 1.81 ERA against the NL.

Peavy will take his immaculate interleague record to the mound Wednesday to face the St. Louis Cardinals.

Here’s a look at the White Sox’s lineup against the Cardinals and their starter Lance Lynn (9-2, 2.66) on Wednesday:

1. Alejandro De Aza, CF
2. Gordon Beckham, 2B
3. Adam Dunn, LF
4. Paul Konerko, 1B
5. Alex Rios, RF
6. A.J. Pierzynski, C
7. Alexei Ramirez, SS
8. Orlando Hudson, 3B
9. Peavy, RHP

Rapid Reaction: White Sox 6, Cardinals 1

June, 12, 2012
6/12/12
9:59
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Here’s a quick look at the Chicago White Sox’s 6-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on Tuesday.

How it happened: White Sox rookie pitcher Jose Quintana continued to build a case for why he should remain in the team’s rotation when John Danks returns from the disabled list. Quintana allowed 10 hits against the Cardinals, but he gave up just one run and no walks in 5 1/3 innings. He improved to 2-1 on the season. He’s allowed six runs in four starts in Danks’ place. Orlando Hudson provided some early offense with a two-run triple in the second inning. The White Sox added four more runs in the eighth inning. Adam Dunn (21 home runs) and A.J. Pierzynski (12 home runs) each had a home run in the win. Pierzynski and Paul Konerko (.373 average) had three hits.

What it means: The White Sox extended their lead in the American League Central to 1 games over the Cleveland Indians with Tuesday’s win. The Indians lost to the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday.

Outside the box: The road has been good to the White Sox. They improved to a major league best 18-9 on the road with Tuesday’s win. They also have an eight-game winning streak on the road.

Up next: Wednesday’s game between the White Sox and Cardinals has the making of a pitchers’ duel. Jake Peavy (6-1, 3.05) will start for the White Sox, and the Cardinals will counter with Lance Lynn (9-2, 2.66).

Dunn in LF for Viciedo vs. Cardinals

June, 12, 2012
6/12/12
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Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura is put in a bind whenever his teams play a National League team on the road and is without a designated hitter.

Ventura had to wrestle with the decision who to sit against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field last month, and he chose to bench Dayan Viciedo and place Adam Dunn in left field. Viciedo ended up starting the last two games of the series after Paul Konerko was hit by a pitch in the face.

With the White Sox facing the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium beginning Tuesday night, Ventura had to deal with the same dilemma. And he again will remove Viciedo and move Dunn, who has 20 home runs and 46 RBIs, to left field against Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright.

Viciedo’s move to the bench does provide Ventura a valuable pinch-hitter. Viciedo is hitting .263 with 12 home runs and 29 RBIs.

The time off could also benefit Viciedo. He removed himself from Friday’s game because of tightened hamstrings and then missed Saturday’s game before playing on Sunday.

Here’s a look at the White Sox’s lineup against the Cardinals on Tuesday:

1. Alejandro De Aza, CF
2. Gordon Beckham, 2B
3. Dunn, LF
4. Konerko, 1B
5. Alex Rios, RF
6. A.J. Pierzynski, C
7. Alexei Ramirez, SS
8. Orlando Hudson, 3B
9. Jose Quintana, LHP



What to watch for as the White Sox battle the defending World Series champions under the lights on Wednesday at Busch Stadium.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Chris Sale
WINS ERA SO IP
3 2.66 19 20
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Ramirez .390
HRA. Ramirez 4
RBIA. Ramirez 14
RA. Eaton 15
OPSA. Ramirez 1.099
ERAJ. Quintana 2.37
SOC. Sale 19