If the goal for pitchers was to be as inconsistent as humanly possible—to dominate batters and make them look silly one game and then get shelled like a batting practice pitcher the next—Gavin Floyd might have four or five Cy Young awards by now.
When Floyd is at his best, like in his previous start against Kansas City, his curve ball buckles the knees of the best in the game and reminds people why he was a first round pick. Then there are some games, like tonight, where Floyd looks like a lost, inexperienced pitcher without good command.
Floyd gave up seven runs on ten hits over six innings in a 7-2 loss to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (cue all jokes about their ridiculous name). While the Sox offense did collect ten hits, they were 0-4 with runners in scoring position, only tallying two runs against Jerome Williams. Yes, this Jerome Williams.
Albert Pujols – 1/4, R, HR, 3 RBI – His three-run homer in the third, just his second HR of the year, put the Angels back on top 4-2 and Los Angeles didn’t look back
Vernon Wells – 1/3, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI – His two-run homer in the sixth ballooned L.A.’s lead to 7-2 and essentially put the game out of reach for the Sox
Dayan Viciedo – 3/4, 1 R, HR, RBI – His solo shot in the third tied the score at one. In his last three games, “The Tank” is 7/12 with 2 HR and 5 RBI. Hopefully, this is a trend and not an aberration.
Jerome Williams - 8 IP, 10 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K – He never seemed to get in a big jam, because although he did scatter ten hits, he didn't walk a single batter.
Albert Pujols hit a mammoth three-run home run in the third inning that put the Angels back on top 4-2. There are some players that have the power to lift an entire team and Albert Pujols is definitely one of them. As Hawk says, “hitting is contagious,” and when a team’s struggling centerpiece launches a tape-measure home run, his teammates spirits usually become resurrected.
Floyd seemed completely rattled by the Pujols homer, later giving up a home run to another overpaid Angels veteran, Vernon Wells.
Things Would Be Different If…
…Pujols decided to continue his baffling struggles that have plagued him thus far this season. If there is one player who knows what Pujols has been going through, it’s Adam Dunn, who himself had a historically bad year after switching from the National League to the American League. Dunn was caught chatting to Pujols pregame, and whatever advice he gave “The Machine,” it seemed to have worked for Pujols.
Gavin Floyd continues to frustrate Sox fans with his inconsistency in ways that replicate Javier Vazquez. There’s no arguing that Floyd has great stuff, but his continued inability to use those pitches consistently and effectively leaves Sox fans with the familiar feeling of shaking their heads.
While the Sox offense recorded their third straight game with ten or more hits, they weren’t good in the clutch, only plating two. The Sox once again have sunk to a season-low four games under .500.
Team Record: 17-21, 4.5 GB of Cleveland