3. Cold Weather
The Chicago White Sox needs to start seeing the temperatures rise out there.
Some of the White Sox offensive woes can be chalked up to bad luck. There have been times that they hit the ball hard and they have nothing to show for it.
The 2022 White Sox have had four games this season where they have had 6+ balls hit with an exit velocity over 100 mph resulting in an out. They are leading the league in this category.
On Friday, we saw a perfect example of this when Luis Robert tattooed a ball to center field that was tracked down by Mike Trout. Robert’s flyout had an exit velocity of 115 mph making it the first flyout since 2019 to be hit that hard.
Jose Abreu also had a ball that was sent off the bat at 104 miles per hour that was also gobbled up by Mike Trout.
Let’s face it, the weather hasn’t done them any favors either. Hitting a baseball in cold weather is tough, especially in Chicago. It’s windy, and when a hitter gets jammed, they are left with a numb tingling sensation in their hands. The White Sox have been particularly unlucky in regards to the weather.
They have only played one game where the temperature was 65 degrees or warmer at the time of the first pitch.
The weather may be an excuse but given the track record of Jose Abreu, Yasmani Grandal, and Tim Anderson along with the talent of Luis Robert and Andrew Vaughn, they have earned the benefit of the doubt.