A 5th starter we can believe in

A 5th starter we can believe in

"Oh what? You didn't think I could snap off a plus curveball up in this piece!?!?" There is minimal chance that this is the way Humber actually talks // Nuccio DiNuzzo, Chicago Tribune

I'm fantastically late on this, but it would morally (yes, morally) reprehensible to not acknowledge the work Philip Humber did by getting through 6 innings while only allowing one run on Saturday as the Sox defeated the Rays 4-1. 

6 IP, 4 H, 4 K, 2 BB, 85 pitches.  That's not a superstar line, bu to say it'll do is being very reserved.

I can't imagine that Saturday's game can actually be typified as important as there have been less than 10 games played and the Sox have won most of them, but Humber's simultaneous dismissal (I'm assuming) of the temporary 4-man rotation and swift eradication of the stink of Friday's night 9th-inning horrorcore concert represents quite frankly--more than I ever expected Philip Humber to contribute to the 2011 White Sox. 

Most of the early season optimism for Humber (what little there was) was
washed away by a Spring Training start on March 24th against the Cubs
where he mixed wildness with hittability.  Subsequent sub-par relief
performances convinced most that Don Cooper was wasting his time shining
something that never had much sparkle (this is cleaned-up version of
what I originally wrote)

J.J.--as he is known to do--busted out the PitchFX data
and confirmed what our eyes were already strongly hinting; Humber found
the best time possible to trot out a superb curveball.  Not a
change-up, not the cutter that Don Cooper was supposed to have taught
him, but a curveball.  The same curve that's been in his repertoire his
entire career.

If Gavin Floyd's career has been hampered from reaching true greatness
by inconsistency in his curveball, from the looks of the way Humber's
career has played out, I would imagine having a plus-curve is an
occasional happening for him as well. 

But with Peavy's mending process going relatively smoothly, Humber
doesn't need to keep it going that much longer, and he's certainly
rolling at the moment.

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  • OK - accepting that I had an irrational hatred of Humber out of spring training...

    Now I am wondering if anyone would take on 80% of Peavy's contract and part with a prospect or two.

    If Humber really can provide 6 innings of .500 ball every 5th day, why are we all still on the Peavy train? Let's dump the guy. He's going to be injured for the rest of his contract here.

  • In reply to MatthewWeflen:

    Heh, maybe Peavy could be moved if WE were willing to take on 80% of his pay, otherwise...

    I don't see a move like that happening this year. The team going .500 in Humber starts is pretty much a best-case scenario, and for all of his problems Peavy has a much-higher ceiling than that. Next season if the team underperforms and they're trying to cut into what could be come a monstrous payroll, maybe they ask around, but in 2011 they're going for it, and trading Peavy to make room for Humber doesn't much jive with that...cost-effectiveness be damned.

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