Jake Burger can definitely help the Chicago White Sox with runners in scoring position.
Against the Yankees and Cardinals, it has been clear that this team is struggling to hit when runners are in scoring position or on base for that matter. In just those six games, the White Sox have been 5-43 with runners in scoring position. That is an average of .116.
In 19 at-bats with runners in scoring position, Jake Burger has seven hits, a double, and two home runs with 10 RBIs. He has also scored six times, which shows that his hitting is contagious. Of those 19 at-bats, nine have come with two outs. He has three hits in those nine at-bats, two of which are doubles.
He is not only driving in runs but extending innings. His teammates then have opportunities to drive him in as well. The White Sox have been struggling this season in keeping the line moving and turning the lineup over.
While his current OPS of .993 is tremendous, his 1.137 OPS with runners in scoring position is one this current Sox team could use. A team will have a hard time winning if they cannot deliver in high leverage situations like capitalizing when runners are in scoring position. Injuries have taken out two of the team’s most significant offensive contributors, so other players need to step up.
Some have stepped up but as of late, this team is falling behind offensively. If Burger continues to come through in the clutch, there is no doubt that he deserves a call-up.