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White Sox Mon Apr 07 2008

Sox Offense Continues Fast Start, How Good Will They Be?

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.

 

Andy AngelosAuthor Profile Page / April 8, 2008 2:03 PM

Shaz -

I am most excited about the OBP and BBs. Baserunners were the key in 2005 and a missing element in the past two years of homeruns and strikeouts.

Shaz RasulAuthor Profile Page / April 8, 2008 10:50 PM

AMEN!

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