Floyd's dominance going unrewarded

Floyd's dominance going unrewarded

CHICAGO -- Count Atlanta third baseman Chipper Jones as one opposing player surprised by Gavin Floyd's 2-7 record, especially after watching the right-hander two-hit the Braves over seven innings on Thursday.

"I think his only two wins are against National League teams. So that tells me he's 0-7 against the American League," said Jones of Floyd. "With that stuff, it's just a number I don't understand. I know he didn't get the win [Thursday]. But we had just one chance to score off him, and it was impressive."

Floyd actually has one win against the Marlins and one win against the American League, when the White Sox beat Texas on April 29 behind his seven strong innings. During the team's 13-1 run entering Friday's opener against the Cubs, Floyd had suffered the only setback. In that June 13 game, though, Ted Lilly came within three outs of no-hitting the Cubs and Floyd took a no-hitter into the seventh.

An 0.93 ERA produced by Floyd over his past four starts would seem to lead to at least two victories. Unfortunately for Floyd, the White Sox have produced just three runs of support during that time frame.

"He has pitched great his last three starts and doesn't have anything to show for it," White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski said. "I feel bad for Gavin, but it's one of those things that it's just the way it works out."