Jon Garland is not happy with the way he’s pitched this year.
The 25-year-old right-hander has not pitched with the consistency Chicago had hoped for this year, splitting 22 decisions. He went 12-12 in 2002 and 12-13 last year, but was looking for a breakthrough campaign before falling into a familiar pattern this season.
“I’m not happy with the way I have thrown the ball,” said Garland, who has alternated wins and losses in his last eight decisions. “I feel I’m a lot better pitcher than I have shown, especially this year. I guess time will only tell how I end up.”
Garland pitched into the ninth inning to lead Chicago to a 5-1 victory over Kansas City on Sunday.
“It was just nice to go out there and give my team a chance,” Garland said. “I haven’t done that lately. I have been putting them in a hole and nothing good could come out of that.”
With a win, Garland will finish with more wins than losses for the first time in his five-year career.
The White Sox assured themselves of at least a .500 record by beating the Royals 9-2 on Thursday.
The Royals, looking to snap a six-game losing streak, will send rookie Denny Bautista to the mound. The 24-year-old right-hander is winless in six major league appearances, including four starts. Bautista was acquired from Baltimore in June for reliever Jason Grimsley.