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Clutch hitting big reason for disappointment

Clutch hitting big reason for disappointment

Clutch hitting big reason for disappointment
CHICAGO -- Manager Ozzie Guillen knows there are players in the White Sox clubhouse that didn't live up to expectations this season, but he also knows his team still had its opportunities in spite of that.

While admitting he wasn't a "stats guy" -- evidenced by the lack of any papers or a computer on the desk in his office -- Guillen pointed to the team's inability to drive in baserunners as one of the main reasons why the White Sox have spent just three days in first place, all of which came in the first week of the season.

And even though Guillen doesn't know the specific numbers, they certainly back up his case. Entering play Thursday, the White Sox were hitting just .213 with runners in scoring position and two outs, 12th in the American League. They are also the only team in the American League with an on-base percentage less than .300 in those situations (.299).

"I think we are paying for the circumstance of not scoring from third base with less than two outs," Guillen said. "We have men on second and third and we only score two runs. When you are getting over the hump, you score two and have two more on base, you bring those guys in. We have been pretty bad about that all season long."

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