Philip Humber Should Be Out, Hector Santiago In as Chicago's No. 5 Starter

Matthew Smith@@MatthewSmithBRCorrespondent IIIJuly 22, 2012

Once again, Philip Humber proved that he does not belong in the Chicago White Sox' starting rotation.

Sunday, against the Detroit Tigers, Humber allowed six runs on seven hits in just three innings.  The loss, which dropped the Sox 1.5 games back in the AL Central, is the latest example of Humber's struggles.

A 10-pitch walk to Austin Jackson to start the game followed by a Quintin Berry bomb signaled that Tiger hitters were seeing the ball very well against him.  Miguel Cabrera hit two homers on pitches that were left out over the plate, as Humber could not hit his spots while he was pitching.

The man that manager Robin Ventura brought in to control the bleeding, Hector Santiago, struggled with his control as well, but was much more effective in keeping the Tigers off-balance.

Santiago pitched 3.1 innings of shutout baseball against a lineup that thoroughly handled White Sox pitchers this weekend.

The point is that the Sox cannot continue to trot Humber out every five days and expect to return to the winning form they enjoyed for so long.

Humber has seen his ERA hover around 6.00 since May 13, while Santiago's has dropped from 5.25 to 3.79 during the same span.

Granted, the sample sizes are different and the demands on a reliever do not directly equate, but Santiago is better at commanding his pitches than Humber is at the moment. 

In his last 21 appearances, Santiago has given up an earned run only six times, while Humber has given up at least four earned runs in five of his last seven starts.

There is also a very real possibility that general manager Kenny Williams will add another starter before the trade deadline, so Santiago's time as a starter could be abbreviated.

Regardless, as long as Humber takes the bump every five days, Sox fans can expect similar results.

The time is now to give Santiago the ball to start the first.

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