Monday, May 17, 2004

So Much For Felix Diaz

Another unimpressive start for Felix Diaz tonight against the Toons. He's really getting knocked around in the Majors thus far, after dominating hitters in AAA Charlotte. The jump from AAA to MLB is steep, but not that far. It's more than a little disquieting to see him fail so miserably in two starts.

But, that's the big leagues. Apparently, he's got a straight fastball that tops out in the low 90's. Major league hitters get where they are because they can hit 92 mph straight balls. Look at the troubles Billy Koch is having - mostly because he throws 94 now instead of 98.

The trouble is, it's hard to see who can help down in Charlotte. Arnie Munoz has been lights out in AA Birmingham, but that's an even bigger jump. You'd like to think that Neal Cotts could maybe start soon, but he's not ready to go 6 innings, and likely wouldn't be ready to do so for a while.

So the 5th starter problem rears its ugly head again for the White Sox, with very little relief on the horizon. I guess Jason Grilli and Jon Rauch are possibilities, but we'll have to see.

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