The Chicago White Sox are out. They allowed the Houston Astros to get past them and into the American League Championship Series. There is where they are currently playing the Boston Red Sox. The series is tied at one apiece heading back to Boston. The first two games were in Houston where the Red Sox managed to steal one.
Now, they are headed back to Fenway Park for the next three games. It is going to be a lot of fun seeing these two teams meet back in Boston. The hope is that the Fenway faithful is as hostile as the fans at Guaranteed Rate Field towards the Astros for the cheating scandal. In addition to that, there are some things that the White Sox can learn from the Red Sox so far in this series.
The White Sox had a lot of players reach base in the series. Unfortunately, they didn’t drive the ball enough to produce runs. That is not a good way to play against the Astros because they make their pitches well and play good defense when things are on the line.
The Red Sox has demonstrated the ability to hit the ball in the air and out of the park in this series. This is the number one thing that the White Sox needs to learn for next year. Instead of trying to hit the ball on the ground, driving the ball through the air needs to be the way. They can’t be grounding into double plays after getting two men on with no men out as much next year.
Guys like Xander Bogaerts, Rafael Devers, J.D. Martinez, Kike Hernandez, and Alex Verdugo amongst others have all been hitting home runs with a fair amount of frequency. That is something that the stars on the White Sox like Luis Robert, Eloy Jimenez, Tim Anderson, and Yoan Moncada amongst others can take note of. When you play a team like the Astros, hitting the ball out of the ballpark is a must.
The Chicago White Sox needs to hit more home runs in the playoffs if they want to win.
It has been a learning experience for the White Sox all season long. 2021 was the first year that they had a full season of winning in a long time. There is a long way to go before they can make waves in the playoffs.
They are so close to making a deep run but experience comes into it at one point. They gained some this year and they can learn from watching other teams like Boston. It would be nice to see the Red Sox advance as a result of this playstyle. We can only hope that the White Sox learn a thing or two.