White Sox to bench Gordon Beckham again vs. Cubs
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN Staff Reporter June 21, 2011 4:25PM
Updated: June 21, 2011 7:03PM
Gordon Beckham, a career .359 hitter against the Cubs, was out of the White Sox lineup for the second straight night of the crosstown series and third straight game overall.
Beckham is hitless in his last 12 at-bats and has two hits in his last six games. Omar Vizquel will play second base and bat second in manager Ozzie Guillen’s lineup.
“It’s a not a punishment thing,’’ Guillen said. “Hopefully he puts his mindset together and think about he’s not the man, don’t think about if he’s not hitting we’re not going to win.’’
Hitting coach Greg Walker is trying to get Beckham to simplify things at the plate and to play within himself.
“If he does get a fastball thrown by him he starts doubting his ability like most hitters,’’ Walker said. “I’m not just talking about Gordon. This has been rampant in baseball for 100 years. When you get beat, what do you want to do? You want to do more. He’s in a process of learning to trust his ability and not try to do more.
“Looking back at Gordon’s 2009 tape it was brilliant how simple it was. When Gordon goes bad, his leg kick is bigger, his hand move is bigger and he ends up with bad posture and a loopier, longer swing. We need less of a leg kick, hand move, less of an effort level.’’
Beckham was one of the first Sox on the field Wednesday afternoon, taking extra work in the batting cage with Walker. With Kevin Hickey throwing batting practice to him, Beckham started out by hitting left-handed.
Guillen hopes the days off will help his mindset.
“Try to play like a normal second baseman and hit like he’s supposed to hit,’’ Guillen said Monday. “Don’t believe in highs. Don’t believe you’re that good. You’re not that good. That’s the thing that happens when people talk about you like, wow. Just go out and play the game and don’t worry about what people say and don’t worry the marketing, don’t worry about I was good in college, I was good in Little League. Just play your game. I think right now, mentally he’s not there. That’s why I’m going to give him a couple days.
Said Walker: “He’s a young guy who’s not confident right now but he has to fight through it.’’
The Sox lineup against Matt Garza: Juan Pierre LF, Vizquel, Carlos Quentin RF, Paul Konerko 1B, Adam Dunn DH, Alexei Ramirez SS, AJ Pierzynski C, Brent Morel 3B, Mark Buehrle P.