Adam Dunn: It’s pressing, not pressure
BY TONI GINNETTI firstname.lastname@example.org September 24, 2012 10:02PM
Gordon Beckham falls over Jason Kipnis after throwing to first to complete a double play in the fifth. | Tom Cruze~Sun-Times
INDIANS AT SOX
The facts: 1:10, CSN, 670-AM, 97.5-FM.
The starters: Corey Kluber (1-4, 5.36 ERA) vs. Francisco Liriano (6-11, 5.24).
Updated: October 26, 2012 2:18PM
‘‘Pressure’’ isn’t the right word to describe what the White Sox are feeling, Adam Dunn said.
‘‘I don’t know how to put it,’’ Dunn said. ‘‘There’s no pressure. What’s going to happen will happen.’’
Players are trying too hard to not feel pressured, he said.
‘‘You start tensing up,’’ Dunn said, ‘‘and I think that’s what a lot of people are doing. A lot of people want to do so well and they are trying so hard, me included, that you stink.
‘‘This game, you can’t try so hard because if you start doing that, you’re going to try to do stuff you aren’t capable of. It just doesn’t work that way.
‘‘There’s no pressure. We play good baseball like we have been, and we’ll be fine.’’
Change in plans?
Manager Robin Ventura is leaning toward delaying Jake Peavy’s scheduled Wednesday start to Thursday to open the four-game weekend series against the Tampa Bay Rays.
‘‘We’ll see how tonight goes,’’ Ventura said before the game Monday against the Cleveland Indians. ‘‘There’s a possibility depending on how tonight goes. We might push him to Thursday.’’
Ventura said he would choose a spot starter for Wednesday if Peavy is held back.
No juggling act
The Sox might be tired, but that makes them no different than any other team. And it doesn’t mean the lineup should change, Ventura said.
‘‘I think everybody’s tired,’’ he said. ‘‘The other teams are tired. It’s understandable because it’s a long season, and that’s part of what makes it difficult.
‘‘We have a lot of guys who have done a lot for us this year. All the way through the year, you’ve got guys you’ve counted on. We have a lineup that we’ve used most of the year. We do have options, but you’re going with guys who have already been through slumps and things like this before, so you just continue to play them.
‘‘We’ve gotten to this point by playing a certain way, and you don’t necessarily want to change everything because we run into a skid. We’ve done that before and continued to play.
“There are times to do it and times to just let them go play.’’