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White Sox Power Outage Holding Team Back From Contention

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Aug 30, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier (21) hits a two run home run in the second inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 30, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier (21) hits a two run home run in the second inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /
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White Sox home run total in bottom half of MLB. The team’s lack of power throughout lineup is another detriment to their quest for success.

The White Sox have had issues over the past few seasons in regards to hitting home runs. Although the team plays in one of the more hitter friendly ballparks in the league, they have experienced a power outage in regards to home runs.

Since 2012, when they hit 211 home runs, the team hasn’t come close to hitting 160 home runs in a season. Even with the arrival of Jose Abreu in 2014, and Todd Frazier this season, the pale hose don’t have many other home run threats on the team.

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With two home runs during Thursday’s game against the Twins, the team has 136 home runs this season. This ranks 25th in team home runs for the season.  If you’re a fan who watched this team crank 200 home runs or more regularly in the early part of this century, this current power outage has to be maddening to witness.

The White Sox home run totals since 2012 are listed below.

2013-148

2014-155

2015-136

If the White Sox expect to contend again, they will need to add more thunder to their lineup. Last season, the person with the second most home runs was Adam Eaton with 14. This isn’t conducive for success when your leadoff hitter is second in home runs. Avisail Garcia was third on the team with 13 home runs. Without any other player than Jose Abreu with more than 20 home runs, it shows how much the team lacked another power bat last season.

Although the front office added Todd Frazier over the offseason, Abreu’s lack of power early this season hurt the team. Abreu hit his 20th home run on Thursday, good for second with the White Sox. Frazier leads the team with 34 home runs as he connected for a solo home run on Thursday. Despite Frazier and Abreu leading the team in home runs, there isn’t another player with the pale hose that will come close to hitting 20 home runs.

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As the White Sox head into the offseason, they should place an importance on obtaining more players that can hit home runs. In order for this team to contend offensively, they have to hit home runs with more regularity. If the front office can’t trade or sign players who can bring more power to lineup, expect another season in 2017 with less than 200 home runs.

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