The nighttime site outage prevented a proper recap, so here is this:
Thanks to all the successes of Don Cooper, perhaps no fan base in the sport is as susceptible to excitement over a report of a small mechanical adjustment than this one.
Just Floyd's wording, the wording that makes no sense at all removed of context...
"I worked on something small, and it feels amazing," Floyd said. "It's something that was able to free me up, and I feel real good about it."
...brings back memories of Edwin Jackson's first bullpen session after coming over in 2010, and the torrid streak that followed.
Instead, Gavin Floyd had every bit as bad of a start as he's had all season (4.2 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, HR). He wasted an unhittable night for his curveball (10 whiffs) with poor fastball command, and walked the opposing pitcher twice,
Anyone who got excited about Gavin's mechanical adjustment was left feeling like victims of false advertising. Floyd induced 14 swinging strikes while facing 25 batters, threw first-pitch strikes to 14 of those batters, and even kept up a commendable groundball rate....and yet, he still put together his sixth-straight non-quality outing.
It's the longest drought of Floyd's career--even when he was bombing out in Philly he never went past five--and goes past the point where calls for patience are going to find any sympathetic ears. Gavin has to tools to thrive, and keeps going out and failing in spite of them.
The merits of Floyd continuing unmolested are irrelevant, however. John Danks reported more soreness while playing catch in the wake of his rehab outing, and now has his manager leaning toward another rehab start.
Until that's resolved, the merits of replacing anyone with Jose Quintana's possibly reliable ability to bust righties inside don't come into play, possibly for the best. Obviously the best-case scenario is for Floyd--fully healthy, still getting great results from his primary breaking pitches, suffering from no velocity loss--to snap out of it, and save the Sox from having to jumble their roster around in response to the unlikeliest of scenarios--a White Sox team capable of contention brought down by their starting pitching.
More starts are coming for Gavin, if he doesn't deserve them. Hopefully he can come up with a new reason to be excited in time for the next one.