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White Sox Mon Apr 07 2008
We've seen the White Sox offense show some passion AND swagger during this 5-2 season opening stretch. How good have they been? As of 10PM on 4/7/2008, the Sox were first in the Major Leagues in Run Scored, Runs Batted In, Total Bases, Walks, On-Base Percentage, and Slugging Percentage. Also, they were 2nd in Doubles, 2nd in Home Runs, and 4th in Hits [stats via MLB].
A.J. Pierzienski was named AL Player of the week and is currently 3rd in the AL in hitting. Joe Crede's 10 RBIs lead the AL.
Going into the season, it was a safe bet that Swisher and Cabrera were going to upgrade the team's on-base percentage and situational hitting, and it was fair to assume that the middle of the lineup (Thome - Konerko - Dye) wasn't going to take a big step backward this year.
It's early, but the first seven games of the season might have answered a few lingering questions in the Sox favor:
- Carlos Quentin looks ready to make the jump from highly-regarded prospect to major league contributor
- Joe Crede looks healthy and might be the scariest #8 hitter in the AL
- Juan Uribe has already taken more than 1 walk this season!
My guess is that the Sox offense will continue to be very good as they've got talent, the depth to be able to withstand an injury, and a hitter-friendly ball park. How good do you think the Sox offense will end up? Leave a comment.