Monday, June 4, 2007
We are now expecting a first pitch around 6:20 pm due to the rain. They do forecast a window that will allow us to get this game in …
Owens, CF; Iguchi, 2B; Thome, DH; Dye, RF; AJ, C; PK, 1B; Mack, LF; Uribe, SS; Crede, 3B. Garland pitching.
Ozzie reinforced that his new look lineup wasn’t meant to punish anyone, but to give Paulie and Joe a chance to relax and put together good at-bats. Once they do that, then he’d move them back to their normal spots in the order. "They just need to relax," Guillen said.
He also stressed that Aardsma’s and MacDougal’s demotion to Class AAA Charlotte was not punishment either.
"They need to go down and work on things," he said, "and we can’t afford to have them work on their problems here with us."
GM Kenny Williams also met with the media before the game and said any blame should be his.
"I’m the one responsible. I put the roster together."
He reinforced that he still believed in the talent and character of the players in the clubhouse. When asked where he expected to be after the first two months of the season, he did not hesitate. "First place."
Williams joked that he is always looking for "one more move" to make a team better.
"I even thought that after we won the World Series," he said. But that one more move isn’t necessarily always a trade, he said, pointing to the acquisition and then promotion of Bobby Jenks in 2005.
But as for possible trading a veteran for prospects, Williams challenged, "that’s not what we’re about. We’re trying to win."
Williams did say he is making the rounds, calling other big league clubs and admitted he made more out-going calls than there were incoming. "But it’s always like that."
And when asked about Ozzie Guillen’s self-critical comments during the road trip, Williams said:
"He can’t fire himself.
"When Ozzie talks about managing, AJ talks about catching or Buehrle talks about pitching, then listen," he said laughing. "Otherwise, ignore them."
Would you believe …
That before the game on May 8, our bullpen ERA was 3.29? It’s 5.57 now.
That despite our struggles, we are only three games out of the wild card in the loss column …
The White Sox are in the beginning of a stretch where they play 34 consecutive games (from 5/31-7/5) against teams without a winning record … the Phillies, who are 28-28, are the only opponent during that stretch with at least a .500 record.