Thursday, April 25, 2013
Ventura not committed to set lineup
By Bruce Levine
CHICAGO -- Over the past 10 days Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura and Chicago Cubs skipper Dale Sveum have been questioned about changing their batting order with both clubs off to poor starts offensively.
Going into Thursday's action, Cubs and Sox hitters are hitting under .150 with runners in scoring position.
Adam Dunn, who is batting .100, has been the focal point for the Sox's early struggles. His problems seems more symptomatic of a collective breakdown.
The question of why managers hesitate to change their lineups is always a hot topic when lineups slump.
"It didn't matter to me where I hit," said Ventura, whose Sox open a four-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday. "I batted all over in my career. Yes, the job changes a little bit depending on where you are at in the lineup. As far as our guys, I have not sensed anything about them being upset. Most of them are pretty happy to be in a lineup."
Ventura will not commit to hitters staying in one spot if they are unproductive. At the end of 2012 the entire lineup other than Alex Rios and Alexei Ramirez slumped and Ventura stayed the course with the lineup.
"Things could change and guys could be moved around," he said. "That goes if you are in a lineup that isn't working. You can move them around, sit them down and tell them why."
This season Ventura has already flip-flopped Dunn and Paul Konerko depending on lefty-righty matchups.
"In some instances (hitting in one spot) is their job," Ventura said. "The other part of that is if it is not getting done we have to find somebody to put in that spot and figure out a way to make the lineup work better."