MINNEAPOLIS -- Gavin Floyds timing is impeccable.
The natural assumption has been that with Philip Humber and John Danks both on the disabled list, the White Sox starting rotation is bound to suffer. Combined with the emergence of Jose Quintana, who has a 1.25 ERA this season in eight appearances (six starts), Floyd has helped to stabilize the White Sox rotation with two straight gems.
Floyd followed an extremely rough stretch by not allowing a run in his last 13 1 3 innings and has won consecutive starts for the first time since last August.
In their last seven starts, White Sox pitchers have a 1.63 ERA as they have allowed nine earned runs in 49 2 3 innings.
For (Floyd), its the command, Ventura said. He was able, with his curveball and changeup, to spot it and put it where he wanted to.
Floyd thinks he has benefitted from a living in the present. Whether its by the pitch, inning or start, Floyd said he tries to focus on what is in front of him.
Prior to victories over the Cubs and Minnesota Twins, Floyd was hit hard in his previous six starts. He was 1-4 with a 10.38 ERA, allowing 35 earned runs in 30 1 3 innings.
But Floyd said he worked hard to shake off his struggles.
Try and have a short-term memory, Floyd said. When things were going not my way, I didnt dwell on it.
Jose Quintana has not started his 2017 campaign as many White Sox fans had hoped or expected.
Through nine games the 2016 All Star has posted just two wins and watched his ERA climb to 3.92 after Wednesday’s loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
This past offseason, Quintana was frequently mentioned as a possible trade piece for the White Sox who if moved might have brought in other key pieces for the retooling South Siders, much like Chris Sale and Adam Eaton did.
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Have Quintana’s early season struggles impacted his trade value?
White Sox play-by-play announcer Jason Benetti weighed in while appearing on Wednesday’s edition of SportsTalk Live.
“Somebody's trade value isn’t contingent necessarily on what he’s doing right now,” Benetti said. “I mean general managers are smart enough to know Jose Quintana is worth X over the course of time and a lot of what trade value has to do with, is what other teams need. So as injuries continue to pile up to other pitchers, if we’re talking about the value of a starting pitcher, the market has as much to do with that as his performance in one specific game.”
Listen to what else Benetti had to say in the video above.
There's a lot of buzz around the future of the White Sox.
White Sox announcer Jason Benetti joined SportsTalk Live on Wednesday to discuss the team's exciting young prospects and how soon they'll be making their way to the South Side.
Also joining Pat Boyle on this episode of the SportsTalk Live Podcast are the Tribune's David Haugh, Pro Football Weekly's Hub Arkush and WGN Radio's Sam Panayotovich.
The guys also react to Mike Glennon's recent comments and Kevin White’s uncertain status at OTAs.
Plus, they wonder if Kyle Schwarber has finally found his spot in the Cubs' lineup.
Take a listen to the latest episode below: