By the numbers: Inside the slumps of the Chicago White Sox hitters
By Brian Draus
May 6, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox player Alejandro De Aza runs to third base against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports
The Chicago White Sox, like every baseball team this season, have had their high points and their low points, but the following three players for the White Sox are at some low points of their season.
Those three players are Tyler Flowers, Dayan Viciedo and Alejandro De Aza.
Let’s take a closer look at their numbers and see what is causing their current low points at the plate.
Jun 3, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Chicago White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers (21) in the second inning of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Since the beginning of May, Flowers is 17 for his last 102, a .167 average, with 48 strikeouts.
If you multiplied his hit total (17) by three, you would get 51. That is just three more hits than his strikeout total since May began.
When Flowers was hitting well in April, he was in more of a crouch at the plate. Over the last few weeks, he seems more upright. That could be part of the problem.
Was his April average a fluke? He hit .367, and he was never going to keep that up all season, but maybe a change in his stance at the plate is part of the problem.
Alejandro De Aza:
De Aza has slumped since the beginning of the season minus the first few games. De Aza hit only .170 in April and .161 in May. His strikeout totals were up there as well, as he struck out 21 times in April and 27 in May.
However, it seems as though De Aza may have turned things around a bit in June. While he has only had 26 at-bats, De Aza has 10 hits. That pencils out to a .385 average, even though it is a small sample size.
De Aza is a player that if he doesn’t start hitting soon, could find himself in Triple-A or out of baseball altogether.
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While De Aza may have gotten himself together a bit, Viciedo and Flowers are terrible right now. I don’t know if it is a stance issue with Flowers, or if it is between the ears with Viciedo.
All I know is that all of these players need to hit, because the White Sox have a lot of decisions to make regarding their personnel, both at the minor and major league levels.
Jun 12, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox right fielder Dayan Viciedo (24) reacts after being called out in the ninth inning against the Detroit Tigers at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports
Viciedo is in a massive slump at the plate since May. While he hit .348 in April, his average has plummeted since then.
Viciedo only has 29 hits since May began, which is horrible considering the fact that he has had 157 at-bats. Since the start of June he, has slumped even more, hitting just .083 (4-for-48) with nine strikeouts.
Another concern for Viciedo is while he has a live bat, he only has five home runs this year. That has to change quickly if Viciedo is to be of any value to the White Sox, or anyone else, for that matter.
Without power, Viciedo is virtually useless as a baseball player, due to the fact that he is a horrible defender.