CHICAGO -- After a second straight blowout loss -- this time a 10-2 drubbing by the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday -- Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said he hopes his team is embarrassed, because he is.
"I have to sit there and watch. You see the way they play! It's pretty bad," said Guillen, whose team lost 12-0 to the Rays on Wednesday. "Are they embarrassed about the way they play? I hope [so] because I am. It's 40-something degrees, and people can't pay to come out and watch this game and they are freezing their [butts] off watching this game. They should be embarrassed to the fans.
"If they don't want to be here they can talk to [general manager] Kenny [Williams] or [assistant GM] Rick [Hahn]. If they don't think they can win here, that's easy. My door is open. Let me know pretty soon before it's too late. We might do something about it."
Jake Peavy gave up seven earned runs and walked seven in 4 1/3 innings against the Rays on Thursday night. Meanwhile, the White Sox hitters continued to slump, managing six hits off starter James Shields and two Tampa Bay relievers.
Guillen has played good cop, bad cop, and even tried the no-cop-at-all approach in dealing with his unproductive 5-11 team. At this point the always irascible Guillen has just about run out of positive spins.
"There's a lot of way you can talk to your players," Guillen said. "You can pep talk them. You can do a lot of things. But if they don't believe that we believe in them they are wrong. It's one thing if the manager believes he has a good ballclub. [It's another] if the players believe they are good. I don't think they believe they are good."
The White Sox had Shields on the ropes in the first inning before allowing him to pitch out of a bases-loaded jam while giving up just one run. That combined with Peavy's erratic start had Guillen wondering if he has the right players after just 16 games.
"To me it's getting old, very old," Guillen said. "I know it's my job but to me I'm getting tired, mentally tired of watching the same baseball game day in and day out. How many games have we played? Sixteen games? I feel we have already gone through the [expletive] All-Star break. That's how I feel about this ballclub right now."
Although Peavy's numbers were awful, the former Cy Young Award winner believes he has turned the corner on a velocity issue that had him wondering for awhile if he had lost his fastball. On Thursday, Peavy consistently hit 93-94 mph on the radar gun. The problem was he had no command of what he called after the game his good stuff.
Bruce Levine covers baseball for ESPNChicago.com.