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Sox hoping Humber, Floyd find consistency


Sox hoping Humber, Floyd find consistency

For as solid as Jake Peavy and Chris Sale have been at the front end of the White Sox rotation this season, Gavin Floyd and Philip Humber have been just as shaky.

Floyd showed improvement in Fridays start in the series opener against Houston, despite taking the loss.

Now Humber gets his opportunity to at least match Floyds effort in a four-hit, four-run performance in Chicagos 8-3 loss. Humber pitches today as the Sox go for the series win in the finale of the three-game, interleague series against the Astros at U.S. Cellular Field.

Humber enters at 2-3 with a 5.68 ERA. Over his past eight starts since throwing a perfect game in Seattle on April 21, Humber is 1-3 with a 7.38 ERA. Yet, hes showing signs of improvement.

Two starts ago he earned the win against Tampa Bay on May 29, allowing two runs on five hits in seven innings. That marked Humbers longest start of the season other than the perfect game.

You know, two starts ago in Tampa, had a good game, then last game a couple pitches cost me a good game (in last start against Seattle), Humber said Saturday. It's about being more consistent and making more quality pitches. I feel good about where I'm at, I feel like I'm close to where I want to be.

Humber has had particular trouble at home where he hasnt won in almost a year. He is 0-6 with a 5.72 ERA in his last 13 starts at U.S. Cellular. He hasnt won on the South Side since June 12 last season against Oakland.

Pitching coach Don Cooper said its a matter of both Humber and Floyd becoming steadier in their starts. The Sox remain confident in their abilities.

Him and Gavin obviously have had some rough stretches, Cooper said Saturday. I thought Gavin was better (Friday) night, but you know, a pitching slump is not like a hitting slump. He limited mistakes (Friday) night, but the ones he made, Gavin got hurt. When a guy is going good, I dont care who it is, hes throwing enough quality pitches.

When you are not, thats not happening. We have two guys that we are trying to bring out of their inconsistency to more consistency. Weve seen them good before and we know what it looks like.

The Sox and their fans hope they see that in Humber today.

The White Sox turned Comerica Park into a Home Run Derby in Saturday's win

The White Sox turned Comerica Park into a Home Run Derby in Saturday's win

Chicks dug the White Sox on Saturday.

The South Siders hit four home runs in their 8-3 dismantling of the Tigers at Comerica Park. Tim Anderson stayed red-hot with a pair of long balls, Jose Abreu went deep in addition to his pair of doubles, and Daniel Palka made some interesting history with his long ball (see below).

We'll let our stat guru Chris Kamka take it from here.

Since their 10-29 start the White Sox are a respectable 6-4. Days at the plate like Saturday sure help.

Charlie Tilson plays in Detroit for first time since getting injured in his MLB debut

Charlie Tilson plays in Detroit for first time since getting injured in his MLB debut

For over two years, Charlie Tilson was starting to look like his own version of "Moonlight" Graham, the player made famous in the movie "Field of Dreams" because he played in one major league game and never got to bat.

The White Sox traded for Tilson just before the trade deadline passed in 2016. Two days later he made his big league debut with the White Sox in Detroit. He got a single in his first at-bat, but left the game with an injury and missed the rest of the season. Tilson also missed all of the 2017 season and his MLB future was starting to come into question.

Back healthy, Tilson started this season in Triple-A Charlotte and hit .248 in 39 games when he got called up to replace Leury Garcia, who was placed on the disabled list. On Thursday, Tilson returned to a big league field for the first time in more than 20 months. He went 0-for-3 in a loss to Baltimore.

Friday marked a return to the site of Tilson's big league debut and the injury that made it such a brief stint. Tilson has now played three big league games, over the course of nearly 21 months, and two of them have been in Detroit.

Tilson went 1-for-4, meaning both his hits are in Comerica Park. The White Sox lost 5-4 after giving up three runs in the bottom of the eighth.