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White Sox set weekend rotation

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White Sox set weekend rotation

MINNEAPOLIS -- Gavin Floyd will pitch Saturday against the Los Angles Angels, White Sox manager Robin Ventura announced Tuesday.

Chris Sale has also been listed as the White Sox starter for next Tuesday against the Kansas City Royals.

Beyond that, little is certain about how the White Sox will align their rotation after Wednesday, when Jake Peavy faces the Minnesota Twins.

Its all over the place right now, Ventura said.

Theres a plan in place, Ventura said, but it could change easily.

Philip Humber might pitch on Friday against the Angels. But Humber is also the teams designated long man on Tuesday and Wednesday and wouldnt start against the Angels if either Francisco Liriano or Peavy needs to be bailed out.

The plan also suggests Jose Quintana could go on Sunday.

Or not.

The third day (Sunday) could be Q, Ventura said. We might come back around the next day (Monday) against KC with Q. Im just focused on today.

Sales appearance next Tuesday would come 10 days after his last start in Texas on Friday.

The White Sox want to give their first-year starter a breather after he admitted to fatigue after Friday. Sales fastball velocity averaged 90.2 mph and he topped out at 92 mph in a 109-pitch effort.

Sales average velocity for the season is 92.1 mph, according to fangraphs.com.

ESPN.com ranks White Sox MLB's worst rotation

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ESPN.com ranks White Sox MLB's worst rotation

On Wednesday morning, ESPN.com released their rankings of all 30 MLB team's starting rotations. The rankings were a nod to the current structure of the rotation, as well as how they were likely to perform in the future. And that is why the Chicago White Sox being ranked dead last in the league is somewhat alarming. 

Overall, the White Sox rotation is 28th in WHIP and 29th in strikeouts. 

Lucas Giolito is currently the team leader in wins with four, but his ERA sits at an unsightly 7.19. James Shields has been decent in spurts, but a general lack of run support has limited his effectiveness. Carlos Rodon has been a mixed bag since returning, but was able to reach the seventh inning in his last start. This is encouraging considering that he hadn't made it that far in any of his previous three starts. And Reynaldo Lopez continues to rack up quality starts—much like Shields—but has two wins to show for it. 

Veteran players like closing pitcher Joakim Soria and Shields are sure to be hot names on the trade market, and that could go a long way towards bringing in additional prospects to build up the White Sox farm system, and lead to a much improved rotation in the future.

So the White Sox obviously deserve to be ranked lowly until they can groom their minor league starter prospects into MLB-ready staff members, something that looks like it could take longer than originally expected. Flame-throwing top prospect Michael Kopech is still amassing high strikeouts numbers, but he is walking over six batters per outing, showing an obvious issue with control. 

White Sox fans can take their mind off of ESPN ranking the team's rotation 30th in the league by turning their attention to Eloy Jimenez. He has been absolutely crushing it in Double-A Birmingham, and will likely be making his debut with the Triple-A Charlotte Knights on Saturday. That game will be live on NBC Sports Chicago. So sit back, relax and look forward to the future, wherever it may take White Sox faithful. 

White Sox Talk Podcast: Ask Us Anything Part 2

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Ask Us Anything Part 2

In Part 2 of "Ask Us Anything" we answer the following questions: Who will be the biggest free agent the White Sox sign this off-season? What are the chances they trade Avi Garcia before the deadline? What's your assessment so far of Luis Robert?  Who's on your all-time busted prospect list? Is Omar Vizquel the next White Sox manager? Would the 1994 White Sox have won the World Series if there wasn't a strike?  What's the long term plan at third base? These questions and many more on this edition of the White Sox Talk Podcast.

If you missed Part 1 of 'Ask Us Anything', you can listen to the full episode here 

Listen to the full Part 2 of 'Ask Us Anything' at this link or in the embedded player below: