Don’t look now but the White Sox are the most prolific offensive team in baseball! Over the short term the return on investment in Jose Abreu is paying some serious dividends. The White Sox took three of four this weekend against the Cleveland Indians and currently stand just a half game behind the Tigers for first place in the AL Central. The Sox have scored 80 runs so far this year and have the best on-base percentage in baseball at 356%.
The Sox have given a few games away – noting the Twins and Royals series – but for the most part they’ve been playing good baseball and shown that they’re certainly on their way to a much better year then last when they lost 99 games. The Sox pitching staff has been pretty bad, but their two stud left-handers have been as good as advertised; Chris Sale and Jose Quintana are leading the team in all major categories.
The White Sox biggest offseason acquisition has been everything and more. Jose Abreu leads the team in home-runs, runs batted in, and extra base hits while also being second in OPS. Alexei Ramirez has been on fire to start the season, and his biggest contribution so far was yesterday’s walk-off in the bottom of the ninth to give the team their 7th win of the season. Alexei came to the plate with his team down by one and destroyed the first pitch he saw – driving it into the bullpen. The weather had gone from gorgeous to gross by the end of the game, and with the cold bearing down on the south-side faithful, Alexei sent them home happy with the winner.
The remainder of the month will truly test the Sox as they meet the iron of the American League starting tomorrow night when Boston comes to town for a three-game set. The Red Sox are struggling to start the year and are coming off a series in the Bronx where they lost three of four. Boston will probably be without their leader in Dustin Pedroia for this series along with Shane Victorino. After the Red Sox the White Sox spend the next seven games on the road in Arlington, Texas and Detroit. The Sox will close the month out back at home against the Tampa Bay Rays, then a quick two-game series against the Tigers.
If the White Sox can stay above the five-hundred mark through the month of April it’ll be a small miracle, but as long as they keep scoring runs they’ll remain competitive throughout their tough stretch.