If you asked the average Chicago White Sox fan “Who has pitched the most innings for the South Siders over the past five years?” the most common responses would most likely be Mark Buehrle or John Danks. Some may even say Jake Peavy, who hasn’t even been in Chicago for five seasons. However, none of these names would be correct.
Surprising to most, since 2008, Gavin Floyd has thrown the most innings for the White Sox. Managing to always remain healthy, Floyd has pitched a total of 947.4 innings in the past five seasons. The reason many overlook Floyd as an “innings eater” for the Sox is because most of those 947.4 innings thrown in the past five years have been somewhat mediocre.
Making his MLB debut in 2007, Floyd has never emerged as a top ace for the Sox. His career numbers — 70-66 win-lose record, 4.46 ERA, 1.33 WHIP— are nothing to write home about. But quietly Floyd has been the most consistent pitcher for the White Sox since joining their rotation in 2008. When I say Floyd has been the most consistent arm for the White Sox, I don’t mean he’s been consistently great, or even consistently good. Simply put, the 30-year-old hurler has been consistently average.
Other than a fantastic 2008 campaign —17 wins, 3.84 ERA, 33 GS— Floyd’s production has remained steadily average. Take a look at his statistics from 2009 to 2012.
2009: 11 wins/4.06 ERA/30 GS
2010: 10 wins/4.08 ERA/31 GS
2011: 12 wins/4.37 ERA/30 GS
2012: 12 wins/4.29 ERA/29 GS
Floyd’s stat lines from the previous four years are almost identical, which is why I’ve given him the nickname of Mr. Consistency. His unchanging play hasn’t exactly won the hearts of Sox fans however. Talk of the White Sox dealing Floyd has heated up in recent years, and most people in Chicago welcome the thought of Floyd being dealt. I myself have been one of Floyd’s biggest critics. Although most, including me, would have no objection to Floyd departing from the Sox, I don’t see it happening in 2013.
The White Sox understand that a pitcher like Floyd can be very valuable. Given the injury history of some of the aces on the Sox staff, Floyd provides the South Siders with a certain level of comfort. Being able to stay healthy and winning double-digit games every year as a starter has kept Floyd in a White Sox uniform. And unless the Sox are offered an outstanding deal for him come the MLB Trade Deadline, the always average Floyd will stick around for at least another season in Chicago.