The results haven’t been spectacular, but the only way to find out whether Gavin Floyd can cut it is to keep him pitching.
A balanced team knows how to win and grow at the same time, and Gavin Floyd's spot on the roster is the only spot where the Phillies are rolling the dice to find out what a young player is made of. Unfortunately, they're neither winning, nor seeing much growth from their troubled prospect.
Fragile Floyd punches in for the fourth time this season. He’s 1-1 with a 6.75 ERA and it wouldn’t hurt if he could generate something positive tonight. As L.A. would say, he needs to clear his head and let talent take over. Let everyone else do the thinking. (And what we're thinking is this is an important start in the young career of Gavin Floyd).
He’ll face former Phillies prospect Miguel Asencio (0-0, 0.00 ERA), a player I’ll bet the Beerleaguer senior correspondent doesn’t remember. He pitched in Clearwater in 2001. Anything lower than Double-A ball is largely beyond our realm.
Winnable game. Good game for Floyd to toughen up and become the same pitcher who bulled his way into the starting rotation.