The White Sox lost another game today–a 9-5 decision to the Mariners in Peoria, dropping their spring record to 9-15-1.
I know, it’s spring training, the Sox don’t care about their record and the players are tired of exhibition games and are ready for the season. And for the record, I am not concerned about the overall Sox prospects. In fact, I’m convinced they are going to win the A.L. Central.
That said, I am worried about one significant member of the “All In” Sox–the new, highly-publicized DH. Adam Dunn. The issue was front and center today as the slugger went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts.
We are well aware what we are in for with Dunn being an all or nothing guy. He’s going to frustrate the bejesus out of us with his high strikeout totals and will thrill us with his tape measure homers–especially at the hitter-friendly Cell. We can accept the strikeouts if it’s balanced out by the home runs, but so far this spring Dunn has shown his propensity for the K without a whole lot of long ball.
Why worry? For one thing, this is Dunn’s first foray in the American League where he’ll be facing a whole new set of pitchers. Second, he’s never been a DH on a regular basis. In other words, he’s never had to develop a routine between at bats, something most designated hitters have said is a challenge.
While I’m trying not to overreact and remain hopeful Dunn will adjust, I’ve seen too much of the whiff from him in Arizona and not enough of his home run trot.
Sox Cut Nine, Get Closer to Opening Day Roster
It was decision day for nine players in Sox camp. Outfielder Alejandro De Aza, pitcher Gregory Infante and catcher Tyler Flowers were all optioned to AAA Charlotte. Pitchers Brian Bruney, Jeff Gray, Josh Kinney and Shane Lindsay, infielder Dallas McPherson and outfielder Jordan Danks, all non-roster invitees, were reassigned to minor league camp.
The way it looks now, Philip Humber will assume the fifth starter role until Jake Peavy is ready to go. If the Sox leave camp with 12 pitchers, it seems Jeffrey Marquez will be the seventh man in the bullpen. Lastings Milledge and Brent Lillibridge continue to battle for the final position player spot. Unless, of course, the club decides on an 11-man pitching staff where both Milledge and Lillibridge could make the club.
Sox vs. Dodgers today at Camelback Ranch.