The White Sox may implement a six-man starting rotation when [if] Jake Peavy returns from his rehab stint. Plus, today marks an awkward day in the life of David Wells.
If all goes well, Jake Peavy coud start as early as eight days from now. Or, if all goes well, Peavy could start in 10 days. It all depends on if the Sox decide to go with a six-man starting rotation, an idea Scott Merkin says the team is considering.
Given that Phil Humber's success appears to be tenuous (.212 BABIP, mainly), the Sox may be best-served to move him to the bullpen before his luck turns. Then again, Peavy's health is tenuous, and the Sox could try to ride out Humber's luck as long as it'll take them while keeping Peavy on an extra day of rest. Then, if [when] Humber's luck runs out, the Sox could move him permanently to the bullpen and go with a five-man rotation. The good news is that there's no wrong option here, so no matter what move the Sox make there will be some benefit.
Ten years ago today: As Chris Jaffe of The Hardball Times notes, today marks the 10-year anniversary of Frank Thomas unfortunately shutting David Wells up. "If you don't have the guts to be out there, you know what, you don't need to be here. . . . Playing hurt will get you a lot more respect from your fellow players," said Wells on April 27, 2001 after Thomas hurt himself diving for a ball at first base. It turns out Thomas couldn't play hurt, because he was really hurt—Thomas' arm injury caused him to miss the entire year. Wells went on to post his worst season in nine years and the Sox went on to mediocrity. Wells has said some profoundly dumb things in his life, but that comment on Thomas may have been the worst.
What's wrong with Adam Dunn? Fangraphs identifies three things that are causing Dunn's slow start to 2011: "a) he has been a victim of the luck dragon; b) he has not found his power stroke; c) his strikeouts are up." Luckily, those are all problems that aren't too worrisome—Wolfersberger seems to think Dunn has struggled to adjust to the American League, but eventually he will. And when Dunn does adjust, he'll be fine. I'm pretty much in agreement with the analysis, but it'd be nice for Dunn to start hitting soon just to get some goodwill on his side.
Extra reading: Colin has a fantastic post looking beyond stats at the White Sox's early-season slump...James wonders if last night's win is sustainable...Cheryl's Monday game review has an interesting picture from the U.S. Cellular Field scoreboard...Fangraphs looked at what's plaguing Francisco Liriano, who will start tonight for Minnesota.