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CHICAGO – One week after using all their energy to save the roster, the White Sox appear to lack the energy it takes to save their season.
Their latest defeat, which gave them five consecutive, was an 18-7 thumping by the New York Yankees on Wednesday.
“Every game we lose is embarrassing,” manager Ozzie Guillen said. “I think you get to the point where it’s like, ‘What’s going to happen next?’”
Less than a week before the trade deadline, general manager Kenny Williams was still unsure about whether to sell off some of the pieces of the current club or keep it largely intact to try and win a weak division.
The White Sox instantly offered a better brand of baseball then and Williams kept the status quo, other than moving Mark Teahen and Edwin Jackson for a little salary relief.
Now the White Sox are 6 ½ games behind the Detroit Tigers in the American League Central with one more game remaining against the Yankees and three at Minnesota over the weekend. They still have 29 games remaining against teams in the division but Wednesday’s showing doesn’t lend hope to those clashes.
“Every game matters; it doesn’t matter division,” A.J. Pierzynski said. “I don’t give a [expletive] who we are playing. Boston, New York, Kansas City, Minnesota, Anaheim, whoever it is, it doesn’t matter. You have to try to win games and it’s at a point now where every game is critical. It doesn’t matter who it’s against. We have to find a way to win some.”
Had Williams known what was coming it’s likely that Carlos Quentin would be a member of the Phillies right now and Matt Thornton would be pitching for the Yankees. Indications are that Quentin was one of the Phillies main targets as the non-waiver trading period was winding down.
Other possible trade pieces included Juan Pierre, John Danks and Gavin Floyd.
Floyd had next to nothing against the Yankees on Wednesday, giving up 10 runs on nine hits in 2 1/3 innings. Floyd went from giving up two earned runs combined in his last three starts to giving up the most he has ever allowed in a single outing.
“I wasn’t sharp with everything,” Floyd said. “A couple of things weren’t working for me. Just try to make pitches, try to throw strikes, try to get some outs. They were just hitting.”
Traded are still possible this month but are complicated by the fact that players must first pass through waivers before they are dealt. Right now, Guillen isn’t thinking in terms of breaking down the roster and starting all over again.
He still wants to push forward until the schedule tells he can’t any longer.
“I think we don’t have the luxury to get way behind them because they have a pretty good ball club and they’re playing pretty good baseball,” Guillen said. “They have confidence right now, they’re playing well and they’re playing against a good ball club and beat them. We just have to worry about us and win the most games we can.”
Guillen didn’t drop a single expletive in his postgame chat with reporters. These defeats are embarrassing for sure, but it’s the games where the club isn’t competitive against a team it should beat that stokes his fire. This wasn’t one of those nights.
“They make you throw the ball over the plate, and when you around the plate they whack it,” Guillen said about the Yankees. “But like I said early, I said our pitching can carry us for how much longer? One mistake here, one mistake there, those guys have been great all year long. I was worried about with those kind of games will happen. They battle all the way through it.
“I said three or four days ago, it’s one day going to snap. Well it’s snapping right now. Hopefully tomorrow [Phil] Humber throw the ball better and hopefully we go on the road and get back where we were.”