The Chicago White Sox and the rest of Major League Baseball are not operating right now. The players are locked out by the owners until they reach labor peace. Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Player’s Association have been meeting frequently but to no avail.
It seemed like they were going to reach a deal right before the first deadline to miss games but they failed. Now, as a result, the first two series of the season are gone. We can only hope that more games don’t get canceled but that feels inevitable now.
This is bad for a lot of reasons. In terms of actual baseball, the players don’t get better by not playing in competitive games. There are a lot of players that need reps to reach their potential and they just aren’t getting enough reps in right now.
With all of this in mind, pitchers are going to suffer from this more than hitters. It may take the hitters a few weeks to get back in the swing of things (no pun intended) but it won’t be much more than that. They should be fine once the lockout ends.
The Chicago White Sox need their offense to get going early in 2022.
Having the hitters good to go is important for the White Sox. They won a lot of games on the back of their pitching in 2021 so getting the offense hot will be the difference this year. They are the type of organization that needs to make sure that they give them every chance to succeed when the season comes back.
There were also a few different hitters that missed a good chunk of the season. Guys like Luis Robert, Eloy Jimenez, and Yasmani Grandal all went missing due to injury and would like the opportunity t bounce back in a big way. That is expected of these stars going into 2022.
Knowing that the lockout won’t affect these guys too much is a good thing. It is fair to worry about some of the pitchers (or one in particular) but the hitters will be great. This is a chance for them to dominate games using their bats if they can get them going early and often.