Everyone involved with the White Sox organization has their opinions on what’s wrong with Alex Rios. From manager Ozzie Guillen insisting that the outfielder had never been moved to a different team before so tried donning a cape and playing Superman when he came over, to hitting coach Greg Walker talking about a guy that has now become overwhelmed with mechanical problems.
Mechanical problems? Let’s see what Walker does. Ozzie Guillen doesn’t sound thrilled:
”This year has been a very unusual situation. Every time we’re in a slump, it’s everybody. You’re not going to take anything away from the pitching staffs that we’ve faced, but we’ve been facing some pitchers this year, it’s like, ‘Who the [hell] is this guy? They don’t even belong in the [expletive] big leagues, and they just kicked our ass.’ I’m not going to lie. I know who beat us, and I know who should beat us. We’ve faced some guys where they’ve called him up, faced us and get him back to [expletive] Double-A, get the [hell] out of here. That’s how bad we’ve been.”
And with six of their final nine games against the Tigers, manager Ozzie Guillen believes the White Sox can still compete for the division title if his four veteran hitters heat up down the stretch. “We got Carlos [Quentin], we have [Alex] Rios, PK [Paul Konerko] and JD [Jermaine Dye], almost in the same way,” Guillen said. “I think if two out of those four guys get hot, I think it’s going be interesting. Because if we play the way we play right now with those guys hot, that means we can do some damage.”