A day after Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Zack Greinke silencedthe White Sox and continued a mini-slump for the offense, hitters said theyrenot concerned with their current dry spell.The same group that last month scored nine or more runsin four straight games -- a first for the franchise since 1938 -- has beenlimited to 26 runs over their last nine contests. Greinke and closer John Axford combined on Friday for athree-hit shutout of the White Sox, who are fifth in the American League with323 runs scored.The shutout was the seventh of the season and second innine games thrown against the White Sox. The team has scored fewer than threeruns in six of its last nine games (the White Sox have won two) and has a .575OPS during the stretch compared with .727 for the season.But one slump wont change how the White Sox go abouttheir business, first baseman Paul Konerko said.Konerko is 6-for-32 in his last eight games with a homerand four RBIs."When we were scoring a ton of runs, no one sits aroundand says, 'Why us?'" Konerko said. "So when you have a bad spell, you dontwant to say that either. Everybodys doing the same thing and when you facesome good pitching, combined with maybe a time youre not feeling great, thatswhat happens. But everything goes in cycles. Well probably have another(spell) or two."Confidence isnt lacking in the clubhouse. Konerko is a five-time All-Star. Designated hitter AdamDunn leads the American League in home runs. And right fielder Alex Rios andcatcher A.J. Pierzynski are both already close to matching last seasons outputbefore the All-Star break.So nine days down isnt going to cause a panic."We have proven we can hit and put up a bunch of runs,"said second baseman Gordon Beckham, who is hitting .298 with 17 RBIs and has an.800 OPS in his last 23 games. "Nine days of just not doing everything we cando to win, like scoring a bunch of runs, isnt not going to really deter usfrom having confidence that we are that type of offense. Offense is going to goin streaks."
In the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle, Jamal Mayers and Charlie Roumeliotis recap Corey Crawford’s season debut after missing nearly 10 months with a concussion.
Mayers talks about the Kitty system that Niklas Hjalmarsson and Vinnie Hinostroza probably dealt with in their returns to Chicago.
The guys also discuss what’s next for Crawford, the upcoming matchup against Artemi Panarin and the Columbus Blue Jackets, and the Blackhawks’ biggest areas for improvement.
On this week’s Daily Line podcast, VSIN’s Sam Panayotovich joins Ryan McGuffey and Paul Aspan to take us inside the scene in Vegas as last week’s Bears-Dolphins line jumped from Bears -3.5 to Bears -7 on the news that Brock Osweiler would replace Ryan Tannehill (3:00). We look ahead to the Patriots (-2.5) at the Bears, discuss what kind of impact Khalil Mack’s injury could have on this week’s spread (6:30) and Sam gives us his best bets of the week (7:30). Joe Ostrowski of the Early Odds podcast also joins the show to discuss the how to get the best of the number (14:00) and whether home underdogs will stay hot. Plus, the guys make their picks for week 7 (18:00) and a quick thought on the Bulls over under. (32:00)
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