Freddy Garcia? Really? Assessing the White Sox Rotation

Lucian ChaseContributor IAugust 16, 2009

HOUSTON - OCTOBER 26:  Starting pitcher Freddy Garcia #34 of the Chicago White Sox throws a pitch against the Houston Astros during the first inning of Game Four of the 2005 Major League Baseball World Series at Minute Maid Park on October 26, 2005 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

The White Sox offense seems to be reaching some level of consistency over the last month. Led by Gordon Beckham and AJ Pierzynski, all members all the lineup are contributing actively.

So as we head into the stretch and still 2 1/2 games back from the Tigers, can the Sox finally solidify a reliable five-man rotation?

Lets analyze.


Mark Buehrle: 11-6, 3.70 ERA

Mark continues to be the staff ace. He struggled in his first three starts after his stunning perfect game, but looked to be back on form during his last start, going eight scoreless innings against Seattle.

His next scheduled start against Kansas City should show if this will trend will continue, but he should continue to be very productive for the remainder of the year.

VERDICT: Rotation Lock


John Danks: 10-8, 4.04 ERA

John hasn't been as productive as hoped this year, with his outings being highly erratic. He will continue this trend for the rest of the year but should end up with at least 13 or 14 wins and provide decent supports in the last six weeks. He will recover and be much better next year.

VERDICT: Rotation Lock


Gavin Floyd: 10-7, 3.94 ERA

A similar situation to John Danks, his output has been erratic, but has found solid form recently, getting his ERA below four.

His hits per inning and runs allowed are way up from his superb 2008 campaign, but has worked out of jams well and continues to be a reliable member of the rotation.

VERDICT: Rotation Lock


Jake Peavy: 0-0, 0.00 ERA

Newly acquired Peavy pitched three shutout innings in his first rehab start at Triple-A Charlotte, striking out five of 10 batters he faced.

He brings a genuine ace to the rotation and should be the boost that the team needs for a push to the playoffs. He will build on that to be a huge contributor for years to come.

VERDICT: Rotation Lock.


Jose Contreras: 4-11, 5.40 ERA

After a truly disastrous start to the year, his minor league stint seemed to have cured his problems as he came back and started 2-0 with a 0 ERA.

Since then however, its been back to Jose as usual. He surrendered six runs in his last start, blowing an early 6-0 Sox lead. Don't hold your breath if you want to see him in a Sox uniform next year.

VERDICT: Time to let go, in every sense.


Carlos Torres: 0-0, 6.75 ERA

He has been superb for Charlotte, but this performance hasn't really carried over into the majors. He may be a name for the future, but more likely I think he may be off-season trading bait.

VERDICT: Great effort, but no real South Side future.


Daniel Hudson: 18-9, 2.65 ERA

The 2008 fifth round pick has enjoyed a meteoric rise through the ranks during the last twelve months, going 18-9 with a 2.65 ERA and fanning 240 in 204 innings of work (including a 7-0, 1.60 ERA tear at double-A Birmingham).

Rumour has it he will make his first major league start within days, so we will see if he can continue his phenomenal form very soon.

VERDICT: A genuine prospect for fifth starter spot.


Freddy Garcia: 0-3, 6.35 ERA

The Sox World Series game 4 winner will take the mound for the team on Tuesday for the first time since that famous win.

The move is an attempt by Ozzie and Kenny to rediscover the magic of 2005, but one I predict will fall flat after 17 terrible innings at triple-A.

VERDICT: One and out. Don't expect anything more than nostalgia

As it has been all year, the Sox are so nearly there, but just not quite. At the end of the year and for the start of next, I predict Peavy, Buehrle, Danks, Floyd, Hudson will be the main five guys in Chicago.

That is a force to be reckoned with.