White Sox Need to Fix This Glaring Issue Before It's Too Late
After a 93-win campaign last year, playing .500 baseball (21-21) isn't quite what the Chicago White Sox had in mind for the 2022 MLB season. Injuries have played a factor but the on-field product isn't up to the elite standards of South Siders.
Chicago's World Series odds on FanDuel Sportsbook even fell to +2000 after entering the year with the third-best chances to win the title (+1000).
ESPN insider David Schoenfield recently assessed the White Sox' painful slow start, and detailed one glaring issue the team must fix before it's too late.
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It all comes down to a severely-undisciplined approach at the plate. Simply put, Chicago swings "too often and at too many pitches out of the strike zone," according to Schoenfield. The stats back this up and have resulted in a dismal .650 team OPS, ranking 24th in baseball.
By comparison, some of the teams ranking below Chicago include the last-place Baltimore Orioles, the 12-win Cincinnati Reds and the fourth-place Pittsburgh Pirates.
Chicago ranks dead last in walk rate, and second-worst in both swing rate and chase rate. It's a formula that won't succeed in today's power-pitching MLB. Just taking a look at their starting lineup (outside of Tim Anderson), five White Sox hitters own a batting average below .230 and only Anderson touts an on-base percentage above .400.
The White Sox have a clear issue at hand. And, if they're unable to fix it, Chicago fans will continue to suffer through .500 baseball in 2022.
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