Plans shift for Jake Peavy, Chris Sale
Sun-Times Media September 25, 2012 11:28PM
The Sox’ Alexei Ramirez reacts to being called out trying to steal second base in the third inning Tuesday. | John Smierciak ~AP
Updated: October 27, 2012 6:26AM
CHICAGO — Hector Santiago will start on Wednesday for the White Sox against the Cleveland Indians, pushing Jake Peavy back one day to give him an extra day of rest.
The insertion of Santiago into the rotation was also going to give ace Chris Sale, who threw 118 pitches Monday, an extra day. But during the course of Tuesday’s 4-3 loss, the Sox changed their mind and said Sale will start on four days’ rest Saturday against the Tampa Bay Rays. That would allow him to pitch in a potential American League Central tiebreaker game next Thursday.
Peavy will pitch the series opener against the Rays, followed by Gavin Floyd on Friday. Sunday has yet to be determined — likely between Jose Quintana, who pitched to two batters in relief Tuesday, or Francisco Liriano.
Plenty of seats available: After drawing a crowd of 13,797 for a rare Tuesday afternoon game, the White Sox are on pace for a season-total home attendance of 1,970,082, falling short of their 2011 total of 2,001,117.
According to White Sox fan and historian Mark Liptak, such a drop would mark the sixth consecutive season in which Sox home attendance has dipped from the previous season. Liptak notes that has happened just two other times in team history — from 1926 to 1932 and from 1965 to 1970.
Entering play Tuesday, the Sox were averaging 24,462 fans for each home game, putting them 24th among MLB’s 30 teams.
Watch and learn: Hitting coach Jeff Manto knows video can be a valuable tool for hitters, but he believes it gets overused when they overstress mechanics and undervalue feel and focusing on the ball.
Adam Dunn’s two-homer night Monday was a case where video paid off. He and Manto looked at some during the game, went to the cage and got things ironed out.
‘‘It was just a balance issue,’’ Manto said. ‘‘He was just rushing out on his legs, and we got him back underneath himself. He had a chance to see himself get down on his legs a little too much.’’
On Tuesday, Dunn looked to be off-balance again. He walked and struck out three times.
‘‘It’s one of those fine lines where you have to really police and make sure these guys aren’t going into the video room just to watch themselves hit,’’ Manto said. ‘‘Some guys, they reinforce bad thoughts and stuff like that. So it’s a pretty delicate balance.’’