Williams says he's 'not happy' with team

Updated: August 18, 2009, 3:50 PM ET
Associated Press

CHICAGO -- After making two big moves to bolster his team, White Sox general manager Ken Williams is not happy with the play of his club.

Before Monday's game against the Kansas City Royals, Williams showed his frustration with his club, which is 2 games behind the Detroit Tigers in the AL Central.

"I'm not happy with the past road trip. We lost two games that we should've won. That [would've] put us a half game out of first place. We've thrown away a dozen games that way this year," said Williams. "We've deserved what we've got. I'm not happy. I'm not happy with a lot of what I see, we're underachievers, period."

Fresh off the moves of acquiring Jake Peavy and outfielder Alex Rios, the White Sox finished a West Coast roadtrip with a 3-3 record against the Mariners and the Athletics.

White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen also expects more from his team which is 60-58 before Monday's game against the Royals.

"The way Kenny built this ballclub, there's no doubt we're better than .500. Look at our lineup, look at our pitching staff. Don't look at our defense, please. Don't look at that one, we're horrible. But if you look at the team and say this is a .500 team, you have to be wrong," said Guillen.

"Look at those guys we've got on the field, look at the guys we have on the bench. If we want to win this thing, we better get better than .500. Do we have the talent to do it? I think so. Do we have the right people on the field to do it? There's no doubt. But it's up to the players to go out there and perform."

Williams is still waiting for Peavy to make his White Sox debut. He pitched three scoreless innings in his first rehab start and is scheduled make his next rehab start Tuesday for Triple-A Charlotte.

Williams, said Peavy will need at least an additional rehab start before pitching for the White Sox. Williams ruled out that Peavy will make his debut for the White Sox on Sept. 3 at Wrigley Field against the Cubs.

Rios, playing in a crowded outfield with Scott Podsednik, Carlos Quentin and Jermaine Dye has three hits in 19 at-bats since joining the White Sox on Aug. 11.

The White Sox start a six-game homestand with the Royals and Orioles on Monday.

"It's mid-August, it's time to turn it up a notch, if you're going to show you're a playoff team now is a good time as any," said Williams.


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