Gavin Floyd is so encouraged about an adjustment in his delivery that he hates to see the season come to an end. Floyd said Monday he wants to take his turn in the season finale Wednesday regardless of whether the Sox are eliminated from first place by then.
Oddly enough, the tip came not from pitching coach Don Cooper but from bench coach Mark Parent, a former catcher. Floyd (11-11, 4.47 ERA) said he's taking the ball out of his glove sooner, which gets his arm out sooner and brings his release point more out in front of his body.
"I've taken some really good strides mechanically,'' Floyd said Monday. "It's exciting because it's something I've probably struggled with for the last five years.
"Everything is out in front rather than fighting and trying to catch up. Everything feels on time, and it's like kinetic energy going to home plate. It's a good feeling.''
Jake Peavy assumed the ball is coming out of Floyd's hand so much better because of the rest Floyd got while on the disabled list. Floyd, who still has soreness in the elbow, said that was a factor but not as much as the adjustment.
"This is something I'm going to stick with. I feel in rhythm, free and easy,'' Floyd said.
Floyd could pitch his last game as a Sox in Wednesday's season finale. He's on the fourth year of a contract extension signed in March, 2009. The Sox have a hefty $9.5 million club option for him next season. Floyd and his wife like Chicago and Floyd said he'd love to stay if the Sox will have him.
"They haven't approached me about that at all,'' Floyd said. "I don't know if they're going to pick it up, extend anything or if they don't see me in their future. They probably have a lot of things to think about.
"I'm content with whatever happens. It's exciting more than anything to find out whether I'll be here or where the Lord is going to take us.''