05/18/10 5:42 PM ET
Guillen: No quick fix required for White Sox
By Scott Merkin / MLB.com
But even with the White Sox sitting at 16-22 following Tuesday afternoon's 6-2 victory over Detroit at Comerica Park, trailing Minnesota by 7 1/2 games, manager Ozzie Guillen still doesn't believe his squad needs a quick fix to be successful.
"Where do we put him? That's my point," said Guillen, when asked about Williams pulling off his trademark big-ticket move. "That's what I say when I talk about this team. I look around and I look at what we need.
"That's my thing. What do we need? Those guys should be fine. If we need a designated hitter or another pitcher in the bullpen, Kenny knows, but this is good enough. That's why it kills me every day."
The White Sox actually are fairly set at every spot, aside from lack of production coming from the left-handed side of the plate. A.J. Pierzynski has the highest RBI total among White Sox left-handed hitters at 11, and of the four hitters scheduled to hit from the left side in Tuesday's lineup, including switch-hitter Omar Vizquel, Juan Pierre's .247 average was the only one above .220.
Instead of making a massive overhaul, Guillen simply hopes his players perform up to their potential.
"I can say, 'OK, let's point this finger to these people.' No, we don't have enough fingers to point at what we're doing, how bad we're playing," Guillen said. "We don't. I thought the pitching staff was pretty good, all of a sudden I look at it and say, 'Wow, hmmm, not that good.' That's why you cannot ... .
"We're playing good, just not winning games, getting the big hit, catching the big break."
Calendar can't flip soon enough for Floyd
DETROIT -- For those White Sox fans discouraged by Gavin Floyd's 1-4 start with a lofty 7.00 ERA over eight 2010 trips to the mound, remember the beginning of June stands just a couple weeks away.
Floyd has found miserable career luck during April and May, posting a 6.30 ERA in April and a 5.82 ERA in May. But those fortunes change in June, when Floyd has a 7-2 record with a 3.12 ERA. It's hard for Floyd to put a finger on a reason for his early struggles, so he has chosen to simply focus on improvement for his next start.
"You can dissect it all you want, but you are not going to get an answer," Floyd said. "So, you just keep on going out there battling and stay positive. I still believe that things can turn around real quick. I've been thinking that ever since the first bad start. So, I just continue to push on.
"I've been trying to battle and get good starts underneath my belt. I'm trying to give my team a chance to win. It's just somehow, someway, it seems like it goes the other way."
Peavy feels for Oswalt's situation
DETROIT -- How would a starting rotation with Jake Peavy and Roy Oswalt at the top play out for the White Sox?
It's an idea which drew an audible laugh from the White Sox right-hander when posed to him in Detroit. While Peavy certainly doesn't have a working knowledge of the Astros' makeup, he has a feeling the Astros ace and his good friend won't be long for Houston.
"We'll see what happens with him," said Peavy, who spoke to Oswalt as recently as Monday night. "It's pretty inevitable he's going to be moved off of a tough situation. They have some holes to fill and trading him will help that organization and be a better situation for him."
Oswalt recently stated how he would waive his full no-trade clause if Houston wants to shop him, as long as he went to a contender. The White Sox haven't exactly proven to be part of that category at this stage of the 2010 campaign, and Oswalt also is due the remainder of his $15 million salary for this season and will earn $16 million in 2011.
There's no question the talented right-hander would be a significant contributor to any ballclub.
"It would be nice to play with him, no doubt about that," Peavy said. "I wish him the best. He has a lot left in the tank."
Third to first
Gordon Beckham will return to the starting lineup Wednesday evening at U.S. Cellular Field against the Angels. Omar Vizquel could have had another start, following his two-hit effort Tuesday, if Wednesday's starter was right-handed. But with southpaw Joe Saunders on the mound, Beckham will be in the lineup. ... Guillen said right-handed-hitting Jayson Nix will get the start at third base Wednesday night.... Guillen, the master of self-deprecating humor, put forth this gem about the Tigers wanting to play Tuesday's game against the White Sox despite heavy rain Tuesday morning. "If I were them, with the way we are playing, I would play against us in canoes out there if they have to," Guillen quipped. ... The White Sox have an American League-leading 45 stolen bases. ... Juan Pierre is hitting .345 with 10 runs scored and five RBIs during his last 14 games. ... Paul Konerko broke an 0-for-13 skid with a run-scoring single in the first.
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.