With few regrets, Guillen eyes strong finish
Chicago (76-81) at Cleveland (64-92), 6:05 p.m. CT
CLEVELAND -- Regrets, I've had a few; But then again, too few to mention.
Those words come from the classic Frank Sinatra song, "My Way." But that basic sentiment of regret was asked of White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen on Monday, in regard to any moves made influencing the South Siders' 2009 regular season, and Guillen could only come up with one.
"The only thing I regret is, I don't think Jose [Contreras] and [Bartolo] Colon were ready enough to help us. That's what I thought," Guillen said. "We brought them up to the big leagues so fast because we were desperate about who was the best guy we were going to take to be a starter.
"That's the one thing. Besides that, we really thought the problem in the outfield would be resolved, the third-base problem would be resolved with Josh [Fields].
"Things didn't go the way they should be. One thing is those two guys weren't ready. Besides that, we just didn't play the way we should."
Even though the White Sox find themselves out of playoff contention and locked into third place in the American League Central as they enter Game 2 of their series in Cleveland on Tuesday night, Guillen has made it clear that his group is not playing out the string. The White Sox gave a strong effort Monday night in a 6-1 victory over the Indians, led by John Danks' first career complete game and a balanced offensive attack sparked by seldom-used reserves such as Dewayne Wise, Josh Fields and Brent Lillibridge.
On Tuesday, rookie Carlos Torres gets his fifth start of 2009 in an attempt to make a more significant impression on the man in charge.
"Well, right now, he has to be better and more consistent if he wants to start in the big leagues," said Guillen of Torres, who is taking the place of Mark Buehrle. "Does he have a shot to pitch in the big leagues? Yes. I think he's good enough to be a long reliever. He has good enough stuff.
"Can he be a starter? I'm 50-50 because that's what he [has] shown me. It's not my fault. Two games he was unbelievable, and two games he was wow."
Guillen figures to give more playing time to the young bench players in this series of two teams who didn't live up to their ultimate expectations or goals. Guillen doesn't regret his club's finish, but he doesn't want to see the group feeling sorry for itself either after coming up short.
"We got to go there and compete," Guillen said. "That's the reason I was [upset] Saturday. It seems like we didn't compete and it was like, 'Ok, let's go through the season.' That's not the way to approach it.
"I'm not going to go through the motions. Right now, we got six games left and we have to win those six games. For what? Who cares. But we got to win those six games or be prepared. We still have people in the stands. We have fans watching the game. No matter what you play, you got to play for something. One thing about it, play for pride and thank God you're playing baseball now."Pitching matchup
CWS: RHP Carlos Torres (1-1, 5.91 ERA)
Torres will get the start on Tuesday in place of Mark Buehrle, who was pushed back once the White Sox were eliminated from playoff contention. In his last outing, Torres pitched in relief against the Twins, going 3 1/3 innings and allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits with three strikeouts and three walks. He last made a start on Sept. 8 against Oakland and had the shortest outing of his young career. The rookie surrendered five runs on four hits in just two-thirds of an inning. He has faced Cleveland once this season, in his second big league start on Aug. 8. In that outing, Torres lasted 3 1/3 innings and gave up four runs with six walks. CLE: RHP Justin Masterson (4-9, 4.79 ERA)
Masterson struggled for the second consecutive start on Wednesday. He couldn't locate his sinker or his change up and had trouble finding a consistent release point against the Tigers. Masterson gave up eight runs -- six earned -- in just four innings of work. He's now given up 11 earned runs in eight innings during his past two starts. He gave up one run in four innings in a no-decision in his only start of the season against the South Siders. Tidbits
Guillen gave credit to the White Sox scouts when talking about Gordon Beckham and Daniel Hudson making contributions at the Major League level this season. Both players were part of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft. "We have two guys here from 2008 on the big league roster playing good, not just being here," Guillen said. ... The last White Sox pitcher to throw a complete game in Cleveland was Mark Buehrle on July 21, 2004. ... The White Sox are 7-3 in their past 10 games against the Indians and have a 31-38 second-half record. ... The White Sox are 6-13 in their past 19 road games. Tickets
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Wednesday: White Sox (Jake Peavy, 8-6, 3.75) at Indians (Fausto Carmona, 4-12, 6.62), 6:05 p.m. CT
Friday: White Sox (Freddy Garcia, 2-4, 4.78) at Tigers (Edwin Jackson, 13-8, 3.36), 6:05 p.m. CT
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.