White Sox: Reviewing the team at the 40-ish-game mark
The Sox can hit. But, they cannot convert hits into enough runs to win.
When it comes to offensive stats as a team, the White Sox rank 17th in the MLB. Sadly, the team is 30th with its win-loss record. So, something is not clicking. The team batting average is .242. The Twins and Phillies have the same team batting averages, but their win-loss records are significantly different.
The Sox are 24th in hits, 29th in runs, 29th in RBIs, and 28th in at-bats. The team is 16th in home runs and 4th in triples. They are 19th in OPS.
The best hitters have been their infielders. Jose Abreu is leading the team with the best batting average, but Matt Davidson has the best overall numbers. Davidson has the most home runs (11), RBIs (28), and walks (25). He also has the best OPS – .917. He has done well cementing his spot as the designated hitter.
Yolmer Sanchez has been a pleasant surprise with his batting stats: .280/.317/.427. And, shortstop Tim Anderson has been an asset on the team. When compared to other shortstops in the MLB, he ranks 7th in home runs, 3rd in stolen bases, and 13th in slugging percentage.
With good pitching, opponents can be defeated. But, it is hitting that wins games. The Sox need to get their hitting more consistent and timely to get more wins.