2022 has been a miserable year for the Chicago White Sox. They came in with expectations that winning the World Series was possible. Now, they are unlikely to even make the playoffs as a Wild Card team.
The only reason they have a glimmer of hope is that they play in a weak division right now. There have been a lot of reasons for their demise this season but the biggest on-the-field reason is the offense. They have struggled to score runs all season long.
The biggest issue with them is the fact that they don’t have a lot of power. The fact that they have a lot of guys who have displayed power in the past all of the sudden going dry tells you that their approach is wildly flawed.
That falls on the shoulders of a few people but Frank Menechino has to be blamed. He has not done a good job helping the White Sox modernize their approach. Everything they hit seems to be on the ground. They like to hit singles and into double plays.
The Chicago White Sox desperately needs a new hitting coach for their team.
Winning the World Series requires a lot of power. Home runs and doubles are a lot more valuable to teams these days. Their pitching has been pretty good this season so adding more runs would probably have them above the playoff line right now.
This style might have worked years ago but every team in the league lives and dies with the home run now. Jose Abreu’s power has gone away and he has a really good batting average. That has hindered his ability to be a game-changing player. Menechino is first in line for the blame.
Tony La Russa also deserves blame for this because all of this negativity is happening under his watch. He needs to go too but we have known that for a long time and the lack of offense isn’t the only reason.
Getting a fresh voice in there that has experience with power-hitting would do this group so good. Nobody needs to see Abreu along with Eloy Jimenez, Luis Robert, and Yoan Moncada trying to hit for contact. It is all about power so Menechino needs to go away with this approach that they have.