Searching for any kind of spark for his lineup, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen is using Scott Podsednik in the leadoff spot tonight against the Rangers. It's the first time It's the first time since Sept. 28, 2007, the Sox have used Podsednik in the leadoff spot.
''We're trying to get something going,'' Guillen said. ''[No. 2 hitter Josh] Fields isn't swinging the bat too good right now. Try to get something going early, so hopefully that works. When things don't work, we try to do a lot of different things to see how we react. Hopefully, that helps us to get better offensively.''
The lineup against Rangers right-hander Kevin Millwood features Chris Getz, who previously led off, in the No. 2 spot, where Guillen prefers he hits. How long Guillen sticks with this one-two punch depends on whether the success have success with the lineup tonight.
''The worst thing about it, when you start changing the lineup every day, I don't like to do that,'' Guillen said. ''But you have to do what you have to do. I hope we can keep the same lineup for the rest of the season, what we thought early in the season. But right now, everybody's struggling.''
Guillen wasn't kidding when he was saying after the loss Friday how the Sox have been on and off all season. Look at these numbers: In their 13 wins this season, the Sox have hit .309 with 87 runs, and Sox pitchers have combined for a 1.92 ERA. In their 15 losses, they have hit .208 with 34 runs, and pitchers have combined for a 6.87 ERA,
''We're on and off, on and off, on and off,'' Guillen said. ''When we're on, we just destroy people. When we're off, like last night was kind of weird because I think the pitching set the tempo of the game. We were down 3-0 and the game was slow. That game wasn't fun to watch for me. It was like a slow-motion baseball game. Look at how bad we're playing and we're only 3-4 games out. It's going to be a fight and I think whoever survives the best mentally will win.''