White Sox looking to get better on road
Manager wants to see better performance outside of Chicago
DETROIT -- If the past seven games played at U.S. Cellular Field serve as any indication, the White Sox should be champing at the bit to start taking their cuts once again in Friday night's 2008 Interleague home opener against Colorado.
Winning at home is important for a top-flight team, as Javier Vazquez pointed out after Wednesday's loss to Detroit. But White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen also wants to see a little more success outside of Chicago from his American League Central leaders.
"We've got to start playing better on the road," said Guillen, prior to Thursday afternoon's series finale at Comerica Park. "We've got a five-game losing streak, and if we want to get where we want to get, we have to win some games on the road, too.
"Home-field advantage, I believe in that in basketball and football, but in baseball it's a little different scenario. I think the ballpark we have is built for this type of ballclub. But we have to chip in and get a little better on the road. You have to win games on the road if you want to make the playoffs."
The White Sox will meet Colorado for just the second time in the history of both franchises. Guillen's crew pummeled the Rockies during a three-game sweep in Coors Field, from June 6-8, 2005, in which they outscored the host squad, 26-9.
On paper, this looked to be an interesting matchup before the 2008 season began. Even with the Rockies battling injuries and sitting 13 games under .500, in last place in the National League West, the White Sox are not overlooking their next home opponent and familiar Spring Training foe.
"It's going to be weird facing them outside of a spring game, but we know what they are capable of doing," White Sox center fielder Brian Anderson said. "Colorado is a good team and those guys slug it out."
"They're struggling right now, but you don't know how it's going to come out," Guillen added. "Hopefully, we'll go back home and keep playing the way we've been playing there and take care of business."
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.