The White Sox clubhouse wasn’t exactly beaming with confidence after the team lost its fifth out of six games, but unlike last year when the team struggled early, there’s still a sense of confidence.
“We’re not in any panic mode. We know what we’re capable of doing. It seems like we were all hot at one time and now we’re all slumping at the same time. We’re not swinging the bats like we’re capable of doing. I know it’s cliché to say we have a lot of games left, but we have to get back on track,” Adam Dunn said after the loss.
Dunn is 2 for 19 with 11 strikeouts since returning from having his appendix removed.
“It’s weird. I don’t feel bad. I feel fine, I just stink. I have no reasoning. I look at film and I’m swinging at bad pitches at the wrong time and taking the right ones. I’m not worried. I know we’re going to come around,” he said.
Dunn isn’t alone in his struggles. Gordon Beckham is 2 for 22 in his last six games. Paul Konerko is 3 for 21 in his last five.
Despite those numbers, manager Ozzie Guillen wasn’t concerned.
“In most of the games we were one shot away from winning it, but we didn’t. The beginning it was the bullpen letting the team down. We’re struggling to swing the bat right now. Leaving Chicago, long road trip, those guys will come around and start swinging the bat like we know they can. We’re struggling right now but hopefully when we go to Tampa, New York and Detroit we start swinging the bat like we can so we can try to help the pitching staff.”
Mark Buehrle wasn’t as bad as the box score might indicate today. He’s usually going to give up hits, it’s the big innings that he tries to avoid, and he did so Sunday. He allowed four runs, all in separate innings.
The White Sox are on the road for the next 11 games, at Tampa for four games, at Detroit for a three-game set, then a four-game series at New York, a very hitter-friendly park.