White Sox Tied For Major League Lead in Team Home Runs

TORONTO, ON - APRIL 3: Tim Anderson
TORONTO, ON - APRIL 3: Tim Anderson /

White Sox have hit many home runs since the start of 2018 season although they sit at 2-2 entering Wednesday’s series finale against Toronto.

The Chicago White Sox have lost their last two games to the Toronto Blue Jays after starting the season undefeated at 2-0. On Tuesday, the Sox lost its first lopsided contest of the year 14-5 as Toronto ran away with the game with a seven-run eighth inning.

Although the Sox sit at 2-2 entering Wednesday’s game, the team has gotten off to a quick start offensively. Through four games, the Sox are tied for the major league lead in team home runs with 12. The Sox are tied with the Washington Nationals who also have 12 team home runs.

The Sox offense got off to a good start on Opening Day when they hit a team record six home runs and tied the major league record. With the Sox having a lineup featuring sluggers Jose Abreu, Matt Davidson, and Welington Castillo, they’ve been able to provide fireworks early this season. Castillo hit two solo home runs in the Sox loss on Monday to Toronto.

On Wednesday, the Sox hit three solo home runs but were unable to catch the Blue Jays. Avisail Garcia, Tim Anderson, and Yolmer Sanchez all went deep for the Sox in their loss to Toronto. Anderson’s home run on Tuesday was noteworthy as he also stole two bases in the game, and became the first Sox player with three home runs and three stolen bases through four games according to Christopher Kamka of NBC Sports Chicago.

Anderson is having a solid start to the 2018 season and collected three hits in Tuesday’s game including his solo home run. Garcia hit the longest home run of the year in the majors on Tuesday as it traveled 481 feet at Rogers Centre. It was Garcia’s first home run of the year and the exit velocity on the long ball was more than 116 mph.

With the Sox looking to avoid a sweep in Toronto on Wednesday, they will hope to hit home runs with more runners on base instead. The Sox have hit five solo home runs in their current series. They’ve hit six consecutive solo home runs overall going back to Yoan Moncada‘s home run against the Kansas City Royals last Saturday.

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Last season, the Sox ended 2017 with 186 total home runs as a team. Many Sox fans remember the teams from the early part of the last decade that routinely hit more than 200 home runs in a season. It would be great if this team could surpass 200 home runs this season. However, home runs won’t be the only way the offense can be successful in 2018.