By Spencer Impellizzeri @Spence_I on April 21, 2014
The Chicago White Sox went into rebuilding mode this offseason. Gone are starting pitchers Gavin Floyd and Hector Santiago, as well as closer Addison Reed. The White Sox brought in replacements, but they have had mixed results. Some struggles can be expected with rebuilding and that's exactly what has happened. Here are early grades for the pitching staff.
As the ace of the staff, Chris Sale has done exactly what he needs to do for the White Sox. He is 3-0 with a 2.30 ERA in four starts this year, limiting hitters to a .168 average. Sale has done a great job going deep into games, throwing at least seven innings in three of his four starts. He has been helped by some good run support and has kept the opposition to three runs or less in each of his starts.
Jose Quintana has been inconsistent this season, but has posted solid numbers, going 1-1 with a 3.75 ERA. He has shown some signs of promise, but needs to show more consistency to yield better results.
John Danks has quietly put together a solid 2014 season, going 1-0 with a 3.32 ERA in three starts. He would have another win to his name if not for the bullpen's epic collapse against the Boston Red Sox. Danks has went at least six innings in each of his starts and has yet to allow more than three earned runs in a game, but he has struggled in the walk department and will want to limit those as the season progresses.
Erik Johnson has consistently improved as the season has progressed. He lasted just 4.2 innings in his first start, allowing seven earned runs, but posted his best start in his last, allowing just one hit over five innings. Johnson has a 1-1 record with a 5.32 ERA on the season, but his progresses hints at a bright future for the second-year man.
Four starts, 35 hits, 23 earned runs, 12 walks, 14 strikeouts, a .389 BAA, a 11.29 ERA and an 0-2 record. That's Paulino's stat line on the season and those numbers speak for themselves. Paulino has himself on the DL and the White Sox have summoned Andre Rienzo to take his place.
The bullpen has been horrible for the White Sox this season. Closer Matt Lindstrom is just 1-for-4 in save opportunities, Ronald Belisario and Scott Downs both have ERAs over 8.00 and Nate Jones, one of the trusted options in the bullpen, gave up four earned runs without getting an out before heading to the DL. Some answers need to be found quickly or things could get ugly.
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