The Chicago White Sox made a big splash by trading for third baseman Kevin Youkilis with the Boston Red Sox. But lost in all the comotion of the Youkilis deal was that Jose Quintana has shown that he belongs in the rotation. Yesterday, the 23 year old Quintana threw 8 scoreless innings, giving up 6 hits, striking out 4 and walking none against the Milwaukee Brewers. He came away with a no decision as the White Sox offense didn’t get going at all. So now through 8 games (6 starts), Quintana is 2-1 with a 1.25 ERA in 43.1 innings pitched while giving up 36 hits and having a 24/4 K/BB ratio.
So with Quintana pretty much entrenched in the rotation with “Aces” Jake Peavy and Chris Sale, the question remains, is it Gavin Floyd or Phil Humber who gets booted out when John Danks comes back from his injury? The obvious choice is to move Humber either to the bullpen as the long reliever or to another team in a trade. Gavin Floyd has a history of turning it on and getting hot for a long stretch of time, so with that said, the White Sox need to just hope that he makes that turn soon.
John Danks, who continues to work his way back from injury is said to be shooting to return about a week after the All Star break. The White Sox need Danks to be the guy they thought they would get when they signed him to a huge 5 year $65 million deal before the 2012 season. I also think that the Sox are hoping that having John’s younger brother Jordan Danks on the bench will help settle him down and get back to pitching when he returns.
In the end, if the Sox have a healthy rotation of Peavy, Sale, Danks, Floyd and Quintana for the stretch run, I will have a hard time picking against them in the AL Central.