Todd Frazier was an important offensive piece heading into 2017. The third baseman is off to a tough start hitting only .195 for the White Sox.
Offense has been a major concern for the Chicago White Sox. They have played pretty well over their first 30 games, but they struggle to score runs. Needless to say, this team probably wasn’t expected to be 15-15 after 30 games. The fact remains, they would be in a much better position if they could get consistency from their offense. One piece of the puzzle is Todd Frazier. If this team is going to score runs, he needs to start hitting.
Frazier is hitting an abysmal .195 and has an .300 OBP. Now he was never going to hit for average, but he is a career .249 hitter. That you don’t mind if the guy is a power guy who can hit 40 home runs and drive in 100 runs a season, like Frazier. However, he is off to a rough start, with just three home runs and 10 RBI’s.
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Frazier is a really important part of this offense and they won’t go anywhere without his bat. With a lineup as offensively challenged as this, they can’t afford for him to go cold for long stretches. Aside from Jose Abreu, the White Sox don’t have many threats in the lineup. That was always going to be an issue for this team, but it gets magnified when one of your best offensive weapons isn’t hitting.
This team wasn’t really supposed to compete this season, so a 15-15 record doesn’t seem bad. If anything, they are playing above expectations. Offense will continue being their weakness and it doesn’t seem like that will change soon. A better offense would surely mean they have more wins this season but they have played well overall.
If Frazier’s bat wakes up then this offense should definitely get better. He doesn’t need to hit for a high average, he just needs to hit home runs and drive in runs. If he can have as good of season as last year, then this team will greatly benefit from it. Frazier is definitely a key to this offense. And if he’s producing, it gives the White Sox another weapon.