White Sox look to make noise in 2010 with strong rotation

January 20, 2010

By S.C. Zuba

Sports Columnist

As football season has come to a close in Chicago, it is time to shift the focus onto baseball—and the warm weather that baseball brings.

Spring, anyone?

If there is one thing to be excited about on the South Side this season, it is the starting rotation. White Sox General Manager Kenny Williams has done an excellent job putting together one of the most powerful starting rotations in the league.

Newly-acquired pitcher Jake Peavy will likely be the ace of this rotation.

In 215 games, Peavy has 95 wins, 1,366 strikeouts and a career ERA of 3.26. Oh, and not to mention a Cy Young Award from 2007.

It will be strange for White Sox fans to not consider Mark Buehrle their ace. Buehrle has been a staple on the rotation for years, and is arguably the face of the franchise. Although, if your rotation is strong enough where a pitcher like Buehrle is the No. 2 guy, then that is OK with me.

The third spot on the rotation belongs to the 24-year-old lefty John Danks. Danks has a career ERA of 4.06 and, in his first two seasons with the Sox, has struck out 416 batters. Danks looks to only get better with more time and experience.

The 26-year-old right-hander Gavin Floyd is the fourth man in the rotation, and although his career ERA is 4.67, he has proven to be a solid starter for the back of the rotation.

The fifth, and final, spot on the rotation belongs to the veteran Freddy Garcia. Garcia is 33 years old and is back with the White Sox for the first time since he helped carry the team to the World Series in 2005.

The starting rotation for the White Sox has a healthy mix of both young and experienced players—each of whom has proven he can compete at a high level for all 162 games of the season.

In 2005, it was the starting pitching that brought the White Sox to the World Series, and with this rotation, the team can run away with the division and make some noise in the playoffs as well.

Share your thoughts with S.C. Zuba via e-mail at samuelczuba@yahoo.com.

From the Jan. 20-26, 2010 issue

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