Philip Humber has pitched in just 67 major league games over a seven-year span, but compared to eight of his White Sox rookie mound teammates he is a grizzled veteran at age 29.
The big news from last night's 7-5 Sox victory in Boston was Kevin Youkilis's three-run, fourth inning homer against tough lefty Jon Lester and the rest of his former mates. But make no mistake, Humber should share the headlines with the newest South Side folk hero as he looked like a tried and true veteran at a time that the Sox needed a strong pitching performance. Humber, just reinstated from the DL, was credited with his fourth win of the season as he settled down after allowing two first inning runs to hold the Red Sox scoreless the next five innings.
As we all know, the Sox pitching staff is in a bit of chaos these days. As a result of injuries, young pitchers have been up and down from AAA Charlotte and AA Birmingham to fill the void. Tonight, AA pitcher Pedro Hernandez, acquired in the Carlos Quentin deal, is the latest rookie on the Sox roster to make his big league debut as he gets the starting nod at Fenway Park. Jhan "We Hardly Knew Ye" Marinez was shipped out.
The hope is that things will settle down soon. Both Gavin Floyd and Jesse Crain are shooting to come back when the Sox return home to face the Twins on Monday. Crain, especially, will be a welcome sight as he will join Matt Thornton as the only vets in the pen. John Danks? It's still a mystery.
As the Sox continue on this 10-day road trip to Kansas City, Boston and Detroit, they try to hang on to the division lead with their host of rookie hurlers, "old-timers" like Humber and Chris Sale, granddad Jake Peavy and an offense that's been Youkified.