The Chicago White Sox have scored six runs through their first two games this season. All of the Sox six runs have come by way of the long ball, including home runs by Adam Dunn, Tyler Flowers, Dayan Viciedo and Alexei Ramirez in this afternoon’s 5-2 win over the Kansas City Royals.
Although the White Sox are off to a 2-0 start in 2013, we have seen the whole live and die by the long ball routine from the Sox before, and it hasn’t really worked out in recent years. The Sox finished third in home runs last year, but failed to reach the postseason. Relying too heavily on the homerun for most, it not all, your run production can lead to total offensive disaster.
So, with this in mind, is it time for Sox fans to start worrying?
As of right now, no. We are just two games into the season and the most important thing is that the White Sox are winning ballgames.
However, if this trend of using the home run for all of your offensive output continues, the Sox should be a little concerned. I’m not saying that in order to have a solid offensive attack a team must avoid hitting home runs, but a squad that has just one way of putting runs on the board can usually be shut down by opposing teams.
Moving forward, it will be the White Sox offensive consistency that defines their 2013 success. Obviously if they can hit three or four dingers a game it won’t matter if they can play small ball and are hitting well with runners in scoring position. But realistically at some point the South Siders will need to use other ways of producing runs in order to win.
Like I said before, for now the White Sox should just be happy to be 2-0. I do believe the Sox will have a dynamic offense in 2013, including both homeruns and a decent team batting average. That being said, if the Sox fail to develop the other aspects of their offensive game, it may become a struggle to score runs on a consistent basis this year.