Gordon Beckham’s hitting will affect possible Gold Glove
By DAryL Van Schouwen firstname.lastname@example.org July 18, 2011 10:46PM
KANSAS CITY, MO - JULY 18: Kansas City Royals relief pitchers watch as Juan Pierre #1 of the Chicago White Sox chases a fly ball during the game on July 18, 2011 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) R:\Merlin\Getty_Photos\119336723.jpg
Updated: July 19, 2011 2:12AM
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — With one error, White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham has thrust himself into the Gold Glove picture. Oddly enough, he’ll have to improve his offensive numbers to get votes from managers and coaches while keeping his dependable defense up.
“I’m definitely hitting the ball better,’’ said Beckham, who went into the game against the Royals on Monday night batting .255 with seven home runs and 11 doubles. “Sometimes you have to crawl before you walk and walk before you run. Right now I’m doing that.’’
Beckham extended his hitting streak to nine games Monday with a single and was batting .404 in his last 14 games. He has one homer and four doubles since June 5.
“I’m just taking steps driving the ball, but I can’t try to force homers and doubles; you have to just let it come,’’ Beckham said. “So right now, I’ll keep battling and getting these knocks with 3-2 counts and stuff like that and hope it snowballs.’’
Beckham is a .291 hitter over the second half in his three seasons, .238 in the first half.
He leads American League second basemen with a .998 fielding percentage. Robinson Cano, who won the Gold Glove for second basemen last season, made three errors while batting .319 with 109 RBI. Cano already has six errors in 2011. But the voters also take offensive stats into consideration for the Gold Glove, which doesn’t make sense.
Just win, baby
Jake Peavy is taking general manager Ken Williams’ suggestion for all players not performing at career norms. He’s blocking that hefty 5.27 ERA out of his mind.
“Numbers for me right now are thrown out the window,’’ said Peavy, who will start against the Royals tonight after an eight-day rest.
“Give us a chance to win on the fifth [or sixth] day, whether it’s 1-0 like it has been in the past or 6-5,’’ Peavy said. “That’s the mentality I have to have coming off the surgery. Things are not normal for me.’’
Peavy said that the extra rest should make him stronger after pitching at what he called “70 percent” his last three starts. He’s 1-3 with an 8.06 ERA over his last five.
“Feeling better,’’ he said. “I needed the break, and I expect I’ll feel quite a bit better [tonight] than I have the last three times out.’’
Like son, like father
Sergio Santos is growing a Mohawk, replacing the loss of Jesse Crain’s in the bullpen.
“My [6-year-old] son wanted one, so I got one, too, so he wouldn’t feel so alone,’’ Santos said.
Santos said the cut isn’t meant to give him some sort of tough-guy edge.
“The attitude thing? No, you can’t do beards because those are taken,’’ he said. “Can’t do goatees. So we’ll see what the Mohawk does. [Crain’s] wasn’t growing on top too well, so he had to retire his Mohawk.‘’