Peavy wholeheartedly backs six-man rotation

Peavy wholeheartedly backs six-man rotation

Peavy wholeheartedly backs six-man rotation
BOSTON -- Count Jake Peavy as a major proponent of the White Sox six-man rotation, and his support is not solely about getting that extra day of rest built in coming 11 months after surgery to repair his torn lat muscle.

Peavy's praise is based within the benefits to be derived from the six White Sox starters in the present, and more importantly, later in the season when the South Siders could be pushing for an American League Central crown.

"You have a few extra days to recover, and I think it's obviously beneficial," Peavy said. "You would like to think that it would pay off in the long run. Late in August and September, we would be a little more fresh, because we've had a little extra time.

"You have six deserving guys and six competing at the highest level and doing a good job. Now we've got some help in that bullpen. Things are shaking out just fine. I hope at the end of the day, it works to our advantage."

Factoring in Phil Humber's start Tuesday in a 10-7 victory over the Red Sox, the White Sox have an 8-6 record with a 4.22 ERA in 20 starts since employing the six-man rotation. That number includes the recent struggles of John Danks, who has dipped to 0-8 with a 5.25 ERA.

Manager Ozzie Guillen and pitching coach Don Cooper have not set their rotation past Gavin Floyd on Wednesday and Mark Buehrle on Friday against the Tigers. But Peavy hopes Danks' rough May won't leave the talented left-hander as the odd man out.

"I know Johnny has had a couple of rough runs here lately, but people are quick to forget he was 0-5 or 0-6 and he was arguably the best pitcher on the staff," said Peavy of Danks, who had a 3.83 ERA when he was 0-5. "You've heard some people saying, 'Well, he might be odd man out.'

"There's not a chance. We got to have Johnny Danks. Phil Humber deserves every right to start. I don't see there's much we can do at this point and time.

"Absolutely, I don't think any of us have any problems moving to a five-man [rotation], because it's what we always have done our whole careers," Peavy said. "But all of us at this point and time are fine with the way it is. We can roll with it as long as they want."