Aggressive Floyd gears up for season
Sox projected fifth starter pounds strike zone in spring start
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Gavin Floyd faced 23 hitters during the Giants' 4-3 victory over the White Sox on Friday at Scottsdale Stadium. He jumped ahead on the count with 17 of those respective batters.
When Floyd exited after six innings, he had thrown 78 pitches on this balmy, 82-degree Arizona afternoon. Fifty-six of those pitches went for strikes.
If being aggressive on the mound was Floyd's target, then it was Cactus League mission accomplished for the right-hander.
"I just tried to get in a good rhythm," said Floyd, who allowed two runs in the first inning and six hits overall, but didn't issue a walk to go with his four strikeouts. "I felt relaxed and tried not to do too much. I just wanted to pound the zone."
"Real good, real happy with the outing he had," added White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen. "He seems like he's ready for the season, and he's been doing everything we ask."
Floyd will have one more start before the team leaves camp, giving him another chance to solidify his position as Chicago's fifth starter. Guillen previously has pointed out how Floyd has the stuff to be a top-of-the-rotation sort of hurler, but Floyd doesn't get caught up in such platitudes.
"You are the ace that day you start, whether it's two, four, five or one," Floyd said. "You try to give your team the best chance to win.
"I'm just building on each start, each bullpen [session], really every time I throw."
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.