The Chicago White Sox are one of the hottest teams in baseball. Winners of eight out of their last 10 games, the Sox are finally making the most of the opportunities the other team presents.
Take their 5-2 victory over the Texas Rangers on Sunday as an example. A two-run error gave the White Sox an early lead. Later, Jeff Keppinger was able to snag a line drive and catch Elvis Andrus in no-man's land, doubling him off third base.
Too many times earlier in the season, it was the White Sox who gave runs away, got doubled off on line drives and ended up losing because of it. And while August has been a refreshing month to this point, the White Sox will need a major facelift before the beginning of next season.
Specifically, a nip/tuck on the basepaths and in the field is in order.
This article will stay away from any conversation regarding what improvements are needed at the plate. We all know that the team’s .252/.305/.381 slash line isn’t going to get the job done. Changes must be made, but that is not a facelift; rather it is a full-joint reconstruction.
There is also no reason to speak about the pitching staff. Their stats—3.83 ERA, .250 BAA, 1.288 WHIP and 75 quality starts as a group entering play on Monday—are among the best in baseball. Pitching is what general manager Rick Hahn will build around in the coming years.
Digging deeper into baseball’s fine print, though, an alarming reality emerges. The White Sox are one of the worst teams in MLB playing the field and are a double-edged disgrace on the bases.
Let’s take a look at how it all breaks down.