Parent: White Sox not far away from Tigers
BY daryl van schouwen Staff Reporter June 12, 2014 10:15PM
Updated: June 13, 2014 12:23AM
The White Sox are a rebuilding/contending hybrid. They’ve been molded by general manager Rick Hahn for the purpose of being a contender next season and beyond, yet they’ve been just good enough through 21/2 months to look like a team that, with a piece or two added at the trade deadline, might be good enough to make a run at the postseason.
That the American League is full of teams swarming around the .500 mark doesn’t hurt their chances. They entered Thursday night’s game needing a win to sweep the Tigers in a three-game series and get within 11/2 games of the AL Central leaders.
“I don’t think we’re that far away from that club over there,’’ bench coach Mark Parent said. “I’m the guy who doesn’t think about rebuilding. I’m the guy who sits on the bench and thinks about trying to win every day. I don’t really look at it that way [rebuilding]. We can get as hot as anybody else.’’
Adam Dunn said all the Sox want is to hang around and have a chance late in the year.
“That’s all we could ask for,’’ he said.
Parent believes they can do that.
“God forbid somebody gets hurt, but it seems we have just enough weapons to compete on any given night,’’ Parent said.
“If the starter doesn’t have it, we still have the offensive potential with [Jose] Abreu and the way Dunn is going about his business. [Gordon] Beckham is resurging; Alexei [Ramirez] is having a tremendous year; Dayan Viciedo started off really good. They didn’t like the way they performed last year, so let’s face it, it’s a numbers game, and you have to perform to continue to play.’’
The Tigers went into the game five games over .500 and having lost 16 of their previous 22 games. Are they vulnerable?
“You can only stay on top so long; you’re going to get a little bit older,’’ Parent said. “Maybe Miguel [Cabrera] doesn’t get to as many balls as he used to, and that adds up to some runs.
“But for us, all these stats and stuff, it doesn’t matter. Robin [ Ventura ] has to make the right decisions, pitchers have to make the right pitch, the hitters got to select the pitch and hit it, and they have to catch it and throw it. Play it as you go along and hope you win.’’
The Abreu watch
Tigers manager Brad Ausmus on Abreu, who, going into Thursday’s game, had four homers and eight RBI in eight games since returning from the disabled list: “Honestly, I love the way the guy carries himself. He just goes about his business. He’s not flashy. He does his job. He’s been impressive, and certainly he’s hurt us a number of times with his bat.”
Sox acquire Tuiasosopo
The Sox acquired outfielder Matt Tuiasosopo, 28, from the Blue Jays for cash.
A .207 lifetime hitter with 12 home runs and 45 RBI for the Mariners (2008-10) and Tigers (2013), Tuiasosopo will report to Class AAA Charlotte.