OAKLAND, Calif. -- There is no time for feeling sorry yourself and thinking things can't get worse, White Sox manager Robin Ventura said.
Because they can.
"I think anytime you look at this you think 'It can't get any worse,' '' Ventura said before the Sox played the Oakland A's on Saturday afternoon, looking to break a four-game losing streak. "It can always get worse. You can run off 10 in a row like this if you aren't careful. That's one of the crazy things about the game. There's so many games. It's every day. You have to have the mental discipline to be able to put yesterday behind you and look at today optimistically with some sort of offensive production. It's gotta happen.''
Ventura expressed as much frustration as he has after the Sox were shut out by 40-year-old Bartolo Colon Friday night, saying the offense "stinks.'' Dylan Axelrod's stellar start was wasted, and the Sox fell to four games below .500.
Ventura wants his hitters to be proactive and make something happen.
"The more you sit around and think it's not going to happen, you run into stretches where it gets longer,'' he said. "Last year you might have had a stretch where it didn't go well but eventually you got out of it. You just don't want to go down the road of one, feeling sorry for yourself, or thinking you're not going to get out of it because then it will 10 or 15 games.''
Ventura has talked about possibly shuffling the batting order around, but aside from giving catcher Tyler Flowers a day off after a night game, he basically played the same lineup. He has hinted at moving Alexei Ramirez to the leadoff spot, which would move Alejandro De Aza down to the lower third -- unless the left-handed hitting De Aza bats second.
"I don't mind,'' De Aza said Saturday. "I don't mind hitting anywhere in the order. I understand.''
"We're not doing what we're supposed to do but it's not like we're not trying,'' Alex Rios said.
"We have to get out of this sooner or later. It's early, but we're two months into the season and we have to pick it up.''