3 early red flags from Chicago White Sox hot start to 2022
1. Worst Slash Sline Through Nine Games Since 2015
The Chicago White Sox expect a lot more from their very talented offense.
Through nine games, the White Sox are slashing .228/.276/.384 as a team. Those are the worst totals through nine games for a White Sox team since 2015.
That year the South Siders finished 76-86 and fourth in the AL Central. Coincidentally, that team also had World Series aspirations after adding front-line starter Jeff Samardzija, veteran bats Melky Cabrera and Adam LaRoche, lights-out closer David Robertson, and lefty setup man Zach Duke.
They joined a core of Jose Abreu, Adam Eaton, and Chris Sale. On paper, Rick Hahn thought they would be a World Series contender as well.
Luckily for this current iteration of the White Sox, the 2015 squad started the season 3-6. These 2022 unit has already proven that they are capable of winning the division and gotten off to a fast 6-3 start.
However, a lineup as deep as the White Sox should not be 20th in the MLB in batting average, 28th in OBP, and 15th in slugging percentage. The offense is also 29th in walks. Last season the power numbers took a significant dip from 2020. They also had a tendency to go on dry spells. Fingers crossed the first 5.5% of the season is an outlier.
Inserting Yoan Moncada and AJ Pollock back in the lineup should help.