With less than a week away from their first Spring Training game, the Chicago White Sox camp is beginning to get more and more busy. Along with the increased activity, brings enhanced excitement. The heart of the South Siders lineup —Alex Rios, Paul Konerko and Adam Dunn— are now all in attendance in Glendale.
In 2012, the White Sox were somewhat of a one trick pony. Finishing 3rd in the MLB in homeruns with 211, the long ball was the main source of run production for the Sox. The South Siders relying heavily on the homerun has become a trend in Chicago. Since 2000, only once have the White Sox not finished in the top 10 in homeruns in the MLB. And the last time the Sox reached the playoffs, 2008, was also the last time they led the league in round-trippers. So while White Sox manager, Robin Ventura, certainly hopes for a more balanced offensive attack in 2013, the homerun will once again be a big part of the Sox success.
Along with Rios, Konerko and Dunn, Dayan Viciedo and Tyler Flowers figure to be key contributors to the White Sox power numbers this year. With this group of big swingers heading into the spring healthy, anything less than 200 homeruns in 2013 would be surprising. And while the pitching staff has been deemed the strength of the White Sox this year, it shouldn’t shock you if the Sox offense, especially the meat of their order, produces league-leading statistics this season.
As the main components to the White Sox lineup begin to arrive at camp, it’s another reminder that the start of baseball is upon us. Whether your expectations for the Sox offense in 2013 are high or low, the fact that veterans like Rios, Konerko and Dunn seem poised for productive seasons makes for a sense of optimism in Chicago. Add in decent numbers from a few youngsters like Viciedo and Flowers, and that optimism may come to fruition.