Floyd a Cut above the Rest

Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), August 2, 2010 | Go to article overview

Floyd a Cut above the Rest


Byline: Lindsey Willhite lwillhite@dailyherald.com

If you're seeking a poster child for the White Sox metamorphosis, look no farther than Gavin Floyd's tousled hair and overpowering right arm.

In Floyd's first 11 starts this season, he muddled through with a 2-6 record and a 6.64 ERA. Not coincidentally, the White Sox suffered through a 24-32 beginning.

But in his most recent 11 starts, Floyd owns a 5-2 record and an absurd 1.06 ERA.

Not coincidentally, the White Sox own 35 wins in their last 48 games during Cy Floyd's renaissance.

Floyd wrapped up his second set of 11 starts by retiring the first 15 Oakland batters he faced Sunday afternoon.

After losing his perfect game, no-hitter and shutout in the sixth when he allowed a walk and 3 consecutive singles, Floyd powered his way out of a bases-loaded jam and went on to earn the win in the White Sox's 4-1 victory that closed out a 6-1 homestand.

"He has great stuff, and we all know that," Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "When he throws strikes, he can be very nasty."

Nastier than everyone else in the bigs.

Floyd's 1.06 ERA since June 8 ranks as tops in the majors -- San Diego's Mat Latos is next at 1.40 -- but he claims his confidence hasn't wavered

since Opening Day.

"Whatever happens, happens a whether they hit a home run or swing and miss," Floyd said. …

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