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Home not so sweet for White Sox

Home not so sweet for White Sox

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Home not so sweet for White Sox
CHICAGO -- With Wednesday's 18-7 loss to the Yankees, the White Sox fell to 3-6 on their current homestand, assuring them of a losing record in what was a crucial 10-game stretch at U.S. Cellular Field.

In fact, winning at home has been a problem all season for manager Ozzie Guillen's club, which sits at just 24-31 at home, despite sporting a 28-26 record in games played away from U.S. Cellular Field.

"We're not playing good here," Guillen said before Wednesday's ugly loss. "I think we play a little bit better on the road, but I don't know why we're not playing good here. Most of the teams, they take home-field advantage. We don't."

White Sox fans haven't seen their team turn in a below-.500 home record since the 2007 season, when the team went just 38-43 on the South Side and finished fourth in the American League Central with a 72-90 record.

Statistically, there isn't much explanation for the subpar home record. Before Wednesday's rout, the pitching staff actually had a slightly lower home ERA (3.66) than on the road (3.79), the offense was hitting .252 at U.S. Cellular compared to .247 in other parks and had hit 62 of its 101 home runs in front of the home crowd.

The White Sox have managed just 208 runs at home though compared to 218 on the road, which although it's a marginal difference, takes on more significance considering the number of close games Guillen's club has been involved in.

"What's the reason? I don't know because we've pitched well here and we pitch well on the road," Guillen said. "I think here, we haven't produced as many runs as we can, like we do on the road."

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