Robin Ventura has no problem with Sox’ lefty-heavy rotation
BY TONI GINNETTI firstname.lastname@example.org July 27, 2013 11:42PM
Kansas City Royals v Chicago White Sox
Updated: August 30, 2013 6:49AM
Most teams hope to have at least one left-handed starter in their rotation. The White Sox have four in Chris Sale, Jose Quintana, John Danks and Hector Santiago.
It can be problematic against right-handed-hitting teams. But it also could be an enticement to other teams seeking left-handed help.
For now, right-hander Jake Peavy is the starter being talked about most as the trade deadline Wednesday approaches.
“It is unusual,’’ manager Robin Ventura said of having four lefties. “It depends on who you’re facing. If you’re facing a team with a lot of righties, it probably isn’t [an advantage]. If you start running down the teams with a lot of lefties, it’s probably pretty good.
“But we are what we are. These are the guys we want out there because they’re the best guys we have. It doesn’t really matter which way they throw. These are the guys who deserve to be out there.’’
Moving up on the left
Sale is the ace of the Sox’ staff, but Quintana arguably has made the most progress since last season.
His 5-3 record and 3.55 ERA might be better had he received more run support. His 13 no-decisions are the most in the majors, but he is averaging 4.2 strikeouts per game (99 in 21 starts.)
“Quintana’s been awesome,’’ team captain Paul Konerko said. “He’s not gotten the runs and support. He could very well have a great record to go along with the other numbers that are pretty good. It’s nice to see a guy like that who had a good year last year [6-6, 3.76 ERA], came out of nowhere and then he built off of that.
“And he’s a great kid on top of it, so I’m happy for him.’’
The most baffling element of the Sox’ troubles has been the defense, especially because the Sox led the majors last season and set a franchise record with only 70 errors.
They already have surpassed that, committing No. 71 on Friday night when Casper Wells dropped a fly ball in the ninth.
“It’s perplexing,’’ Ventura said. “There’s no other way to express it.’’
Konerko said the defensive problems “kind of got contagious. You certainly didn’t see it coming because we kind of had the same group of guys we had last year and we were one of the best. It shows you in baseball, you never know.’’