White Sox: Robin Ventura doesn't want DH in NL

White Sox: Robin Ventura doesn't want DH in NL
May 31, 2014, 2:15 pm
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Jose Quintana is hitless in 10 career at-bats, though he'll get a chance to change that Monday night in Los Angeles.

Unfortunately for Quintana, he's squaring off against two-time NL Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw -- so chances are, Quintana's at-bats will be futile.

White Sox manager Robin Ventura, though, would rather have it that way -- not with his pitchers making outs, but with his pitchers hitting in National League parks.

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"I think there's a uniqueness that the National League has in having pitchers hit," Ventura said. "It's good for your team. I actually like the National League game as far as a team concept of it because everybody needs to be ready, you never know with the double switches when guys are going to go in and play. I don't think the bench gets as stagnant as they do in the American League because guys are always in the game."

Since interleague play began in 1997 a White Sox pitcher has picked up a hit in 31 games, with the most recent a Dylan Axelrod single last April against Washington. Philip Humber was the last Sox pitcher to drive in a run (2012) while only two pitchers have homered -- Jon Garland in 2006 and Mark Buehrle in 2009.

With interleague play spread out over the course of a season, Ventura said it's harder to get pitchers mentally prepared to hit than it was in the past, when American League teams generally would have games at National League parks bunched together.

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While Ventura would rather not have everyone use a designated hitter, he did admit effectively going from nine to eight hitters in a lineup isn't ideal.

"It is a bit of a disadvantage for American League teams," Ventura said, "but it's just part of the deal."