Robin Ventura has a worry-free night ahead of him after Tuesday’s game against the Cleveland Indians was postponed by weather.
The White Sox manager, whose team at 7-12 is off to its worst 19-game start since 2001, said he has already spent enough time pondering Monday’s loss. For the second time in three days the White Sox were hurt by a late error in a one-run loss as they fell in the opener 3-2 to the Indians.
Losers of four straight and 10 of 13, the White Sox return to the field at 1:10 p.m. on Wednesday to finish out their series with Cleveland. No makeup date has been announced for Tuesday’s game.
“This is a free night, actually,” Ventura said. “You just wait to play the game and be ready to go tomorrow. For us, it’s one of those, you’re beating yourself right now. You’re giving yourself a lot of opportunities and playing just sloppy is what it is. That’s where guys get frustrated. We all get frustrated. When that gets cleaned up, you’re in games and when that feeling turns you’re going to win games. That’s a big boost of momentum once you get it.”
Pitching coach Don Cooper said the team plans to push its starting pitchers back one day. Tuesday’s scheduled starter, Jose Quintana now goes on Wednesday and the rest of the rotation has been pushed back one day too.
“You can’t mess with Mother Nature,” Cooper said. “We want to come play every day, but it’s not much you can do. We’ll have to play doubleheaders later. I’m not in love with those, but we’ll do what we have to.”
In other news, backup catcher Hector Gimenez took batting practice in the indoor cages and reported that he felt fine, one day after he was hit in the left shin with a pitch. Gimenez was removed for a pinch runner in the seventh inning but walked off the field under his own power after he spent two minutes on the ground. Ventura said he would have run for Gimenez no matter what with the White Sox down a run.
This is the team’s second postponement of the homestand for a weather-related issue. The team’s game Friday against the Minnesota Twins was also cancelled and must be made up later this season.