Dunn and the White Sox try to conclude a difficult season on a positive note Wednesday, when they look to sweep a three-game home series from the Toronto Blue Jays for the first time in 16 years.
Chicago (79-82) is finishing with a losing record for the third time in five seasons, and will undergo a managerial search after releasing Ozzie Guillen from his contract Monday. Guillen is expected to take the helm of the Florida Marlins.
“They have a lot of decisions to make, a lot of pieces they can trade, a lot of guys they can get back,” Buehrle said.
Chicago has a chance to sweep three games from the Blue Jays at home for the first time since winning three contests Sept. 1-3, 1995.
Dunn hasn’t done much to help the White Sox achieve that feat, striking out in all five of his at-bats in this series.
The designated hitter is in an 0-for-22 slump as the worst season of his career comes to an end. Despite going 2 for 4 with a homer and four RBIs in his White Sox debut on opening day, Dunn has a .159 average with 11 homers and 42 RBIs.
His 177 strikeouts broke a team record that had stood since 1963. He is unlikely to eclipse Rob Deer’s record .179 average in 1991 as the worst qualifying batting average, as he needs six plate appearances.
Dunn, who vowed last week to “never talk about it again” after this season is over, doesn’t appear to have a good chance to raise his average in the finale. He is 1 for 19 with 13 strikeouts against Toronto (80-81).
Phillip Humber (9-9, 3.86 ERA) has been enduring his own issues of late, going 1-5 with a 6.15 ERA in his last 10 starts. The right-hander is 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA in his most recent two outings.
“It’s frustrating,” Humber told the team’s official website. “It’s probably a good lesson for me learning to deal with adversity. I obviously want to finish the season strong, but at the same time, I can’t try too hard.”
Humber allowed one run in 7 2-3 innings but didn’t get the decision in a 3-1 win over the Blue Jays on May 26, his only career start versus Toronto.
The Blue Jays’ Brandon Morrow(notes) (11-11, 4.78) will try to continue his longest shutout streak as a starter. The right-hander has won back-to-back starts while tossing 15 scoreless innings, allowing six hits and striking out 17.
The dazzling stretch has followed a dismal five games in which he went 0-4 with a 9.47 ERA.
Morrow held Tampa Bay to two hits and struck out nine in seven innings of a 5-1 road victory Friday.
“I’m trying to finish strong,” Morrow told the team’s official website. “It’s a little frustrating to come to it now, but like I said, when you go through that (rough) stretch all you can do is learn from it. That’s what I tried to do and I think I came to the realization that that’s the approach I’m going to take.”
Morrow is 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA in three starts against the White Sox. He opposed Humber in May and yielded one run in seven innings, not getting a decision.
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