St. Petersburg, Fla. -- Robin Ventura and his staff continue to attempt to do whatever they can to change the White Sox fortunes.
Sunday’s lineup features shortstop Alexei Ramirez leading off while second baseman Gordon Beckham has been moved from the eighth spot to second.
The White Sox need an infusion of anything positive as their woeful first half continues against reigning American League Cy Young winner David Price on Sunday.
The White Sox enter the finale looking to avoid their seventh series sweep this season. The team is also 16 games under .500 for the first time before the All-Star break since July 6, 1998. On Saturday, the White Sox were shut out for the ninth time this season. They were blanked 11 times in 2012.
“It’s a little bit of a change, I think Alexei even batting at the top, just changing it up,” Ventura said. “When you do stuff like this it just changes the mindset of him and the rest of the lineup. Guys are in different spots just to shake it up.”
Ventura has tried plenty to get his offense going this season.
The White Sox have been aggressive on the bases. They’ve put runners in motion and have given players the green light to steal. The team’s 72 attempted steals is six more than the league average and that’s with a team carrying a .298 on-base percentage, meaning the White Sox have had fewer chances to run.
They’ve also shifted Ramirez from the bottom of the lineup to the top. Though they have struggled Ventura won’t quit even if changes could be around the corner.
“You never get to a point where you’re just giving up,” Ventura said. “There could be a time when direction is a little different. If it ends up that guys do get traded it does become different. With these guys, you don’t quit. It’s still a professional game and they have the obligation of going out there and performing at their best. There’s never any change of just trying to win games. … Any time you get down and you feel like your back is against the wall, that’s the first thing you have to make sure you’re doing is doing everything you can, running hard, because any time you don’t, it kind of adds to the disgust of not doing well.”