Ozzie’s starting pitchers have wilted in September
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN firstname.lastname@example.org September 16, 2011 11:44PM
Sox starter Philip Humber went six innings and gave up nine hits and six runs, five earned, Friday against the Royals. | Ed Zurga~Getty Images
Updated: November 18, 2011 12:22AM
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The six-man rotation was supposed to make White Sox starters stronger in September, when meaningful games were expected. But neither is happening.
The Sox are playing for second place. Mark Buehrle is 0-3 with an 8.85 ERA this month. John Danks is 0-3, 10.91. Gavin Floyd is 0-1, 5.06. Jake Peavy pitched 61/3 scoreless innings in his only September start, then shut it down for the season.
Pitching coach Don Cooper and manager Ozzie Guillen had numerous meetings mapping out the six-man set, primarily used to protect Peavy but also to keep the others fresh.
“We put those guys in the best situation,’’ Guillen said. “We thought we were going to be in the pennant race all the way to the end and thought it would help them.’’
Viciedo’s dose of reality
Guillen couldn’t resist taking a poke at those who questioned why it took so long for Dayan Viciedo to be brought up from Class AAA. Viciedo, who hasn’t hit a home run since his first game of the season on Aug. 28 at Seattle, was hitless in his last 12 at-bats and didn’t start Friday.
“Right now ‘The Tank’ is going through a tough time, our savior,” Guillen said. “Remember the guy who was going to take us to the top? He’s had a tough time. I’m going to give him a break.”
Viciedo was batting .286 with five RBI in 18 games.
Frasor hoping to return
Righty Jason Frasor has a club option for next year and is hopeful it gets picked up by the Sox, who acquired him with Zach Stewart from Toronto in the three-team deal for Edwin Jackson and Mark Teahen.
“I want to stay,’’ said Frasor, who’s 3-3 with a 3.62 ERA for the Blue Jays and Sox. “I don’t want to be one of those guys who bounces around from team to team.’’
Frasor, an Oak Forest High School and Southern Illinois graduate, visited with his uncle, former Eisenhower High School coach Bob Frasor, in Kansas City after Thursday’s game. Frasor’s son is former North Carolina guard Bobby Frasor.
Frasor, 34, played 71/2 seasons in Toronto. He has embraced coming home.
“I’m very comfortable here now,’’ said Frasor, who’s 1-2 with a 4.02 ERA with the Sox. “It was hard changing teams, especially in the middle of the year. Coming to my home city, these six weeks have been great.’’