The Chicago White Sox are in first place despite some devastating injuries to multiple cornerstone franchise pieces. Eloy Jimenez, Luis Robert, and Nick Madrigal are all missing and that is going to derail any offense. Imagine if the Cubs lost Kris Bryant, Javier Baez, and Nico Hoerner all at the same time. They would be so toast and have no chance in their division. Well, the White Sox have treaded water to this point.
The Chicago White Sox needs their offense to wake up in short order.
It isn’t good enough, however. They are in a slump right now and need to break out of it. Guys like Yoan Moncada, Jose Abreu, Yasmani Grandal, and Tim Anderson are relied on to be elite offensive pieces as well. Right now, Grandal is on an incredibly hot run but they all could be doing just a little bit more. Things like this happen throughout a season but they need more.
If the White Sox start to score more runs, they should get back in the win column with relative frequency. It is going to get much better when Robert and Jimenez are healthy but it isn’t going to happen overnight. The pitching has cooled off just a little bit but that was expected. Both parts of the game are important to be champions and the offense isn’t doing its job right now.
Of course, seeing guys like Danny Mendick, Luis Gonzalez, and Bryan Goodwin get regular playing time isn’t ideal but it has to be done. Those guys have been a little bit better than expected at times but they are not going to be players that carry a significant amount of weight offensively.
If they can continue to make some nice defensive plays from time to time, it will be worth noting but the team needs to score runs. Once the team starts to score on a consistent basis, they should be able to match the pitching perfectly.
Yesterday’s loss to the Seattle Mariners was a game where they did not hit well at all. The Mariners deserve credit for the way that they played but the White Sox should be able to beat this team. Lance Lynn is going to go today to try and get them going on the mound but it would be nice to see some runs on the board. If the game gets played (rain), expect some of them to have better plate appearances and drive the ball better than they did a night earlier.