Although both Paul Konerko and Alex Rios homered, the Chicago White Sox dropped last night’s series opener to the Washington Nationals by a score of 8-7. Not only did the Sox lose the ballgame, but they also lost their second baseman, Gordon Beckham, for at least tonight’s contest, and possibly even longer.
Gavin Floyd, on the other hand, will be in the Sox lineup today. Although he received a loss in his first outing of 2013, Floyd pitched well enough to win, throwing six innings, allowing two earned runs and striking out five. Floyd will try to put up similar numbers in his start tonight.
There are really two keys to Floyd’s success. The first one is his control. In his 12 wins last year, Floyd averaged 1.9 walks. In the righty’s 11 losses, he averaged 2.6 walks. When Floyd is able to keep runners of the bases and avoid high pitch count at-bats, he can usually find a way to win.
The other key for Floyd is to snap off his good curveball. When his curveball is breaking 12-to-6 and getting hitters to chase, Floyd is one of the better pitchers in the game. However, when he’s hanging his curveball, he becomes average at best.
If Floyd is locating his pitches and has his curveball working tonight, the White Sox will have a great opportunity to bring their interleague series with the Nationals to a 1-1 tie.