The 2022 Chicago White Sox are starting to look like a team that needs a lot of help and luck to be able to win games. They haven’t been able to generate as much offense as anyone thought they would be able to put up this year, at least so far.
The biggest reason the Sox haven’t been able to get that many wins is their offense. Their bats have been cold in nearly every game they have played this season. Whether it’s the weather, injuries, or teams that have better pitching, something has the Sox bats sleeping quietly when it matters most.
Leaders are people that can singlehandedly take something and turn it around. The White Sox have two strong leaders on their team, right now that could help turn this ship around and help get it moving in the right direction. Those two leaders are Jose Abreu and Tim Anderson.
We have all seen how the team reacts to Anderson’s play when he’s on point. When he’s playing well the team usually plays well also. We saw this in their games against the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday and Monday.
The Chicago White Sox expects a lot from Tim Anderson and Jose Abreu.
Tim shined and the rest of the team sort of “fell in line” behind him and did well also. Now, this doesn’t work in every single game but it has worked in a majority of the games where Anderson has had a good start.
Anderson’s good starts need to become much more frequent. Should the good play for him continue, this team should slowly start to catch on fire and play better. The bats will get hot, and the team will start to contribute more offensively.
This must happen or the White Sox are going to find themselves on the outside looking in when it comes to making the playoffs and getting to the World Series.
Abreu was another player on this team that seems to control which way the team goes. When Jose is “on” the rest of the team is as well. He’s a very good baseball player that has been in somewhat of a slump lately. He’s starting to bring himself out of it, however, and the rest of the team should come out of it as well.
Abreu is a quiet leader whereas Anderson is a little more animated and vocal. Together, they make the perfect combination and one that should be able to help bring the White Sox out of the doldrums and back onto a winning track.
We can only hope that these two stay healthy and continue to improve because the rest of the team needs them to be on point in order to have any kind of success.
Will you see a significant difference when Abreu and Anderson start playing better? Yes, you certainly will. Will this team win more games? Of course, they will. They just need a little “kick” from their two most important leaders.