Gavin Floyd strong after tweak in his delivery
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN firstname.lastname@example.org October 1, 2012 10:30PM
Chicago White Sox v Cleveland Indians
Updated: November 3, 2012 6:18AM
Right-hander Gavin Floyd is so encouraged about an adjustment in his delivery that he hates to see the season come to an end.
Floyd said Monday that he wanted to take his turn in the season finale Wednesday regardless of whether the White Sox were eliminated from first place by then.
Strange as it might seem, the tip came not from pitching coach Don Cooper, but from bench coach Mark Parent, a former catcher. Floyd (11-11, 4.47 ERA) said he’s taking the ball out of his glove sooner, which gets his arm out sooner and brings his release point more out in front of his body.
“I’ve taken some really good strides mechanically,’’ Floyd said. “It’s exciting because it’s something I’ve probably struggled with for the last five years.
“Everything is out in front rather than fighting and trying to catch up. Everything feels on time, and it’s like kinetic energy going to home plate. It’s a good feeling.’’
Righty Jake Peavy assumed the ball was coming out of Floyd’s hand so much better because of the rest Floyd got on the disabled list. Floyd, who still has soreness, said that was a factor but not as much as the adjustment.
“This is something I’m going to stick with,’’ Floyd said. ‘‘I feel in rhythm, free and easy.’’
Floyd could pitch his last game for the Sox in the season finale. He’s in the fourth year of a contract extension signed in March 2009. The Sox have a hefty $9.5 million club option for him next season. Floyd and his wife like Chicago, and Floyd said he’d love to stay if the Sox will have him.
“They haven’t approached me about that at all,’’ Floyd said. “I don’t know if they’re going to pick it up, extend anything or if they don’t see me in their future. They probably have a lot of things to think about.
“I’m content with whatever happens. It’s exciting more than anything to find out whether I’ll be here or where the Lord is going to take us.’’
Like Floyd, Peavy (11-12) also said he would take his scheduled turn (Tuesday) whether the Sox were dead or alive.
With a $22 million option for next year, it could very well be his last start with the Sox, too. Peavy declined to put odds on his being back.
“I wouldn’t even know,’’ he said. “Haven’t given it much thought, just wanting to stay focus and find a way to get us in the playoffs. That’s all going to shake out in the next few months anyway, so you don’t do yourself any favors trying to figure it out.’’
Peavy is still seriously considering representing himself for his next contract, although he has contacted agents John Boggs and Jeff Berry.
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The Sox finished 45-36 at home after going 36-45 at U.S. Cellular Field last season. They lost 13 of their first 20 at home and 10 of their last 16. They were 32-13 in between.
◆ Outfielder Alejandro De Aza missed his third consecutive game with flu symptoms.