As the Chicago White Sox get ready for their 41st game of the season, there is a stat that is worth noting involving the offense.
Sure, while we're only a quarter of the way through the 2021 MLB season, the White Sox, without Luis Robert and Eloy Jimenez, are one of the most-feared lineups in all of baseball. They even did a number on the Twins last night, scoring 16 runs without Jose Abreu.
Fans who thought that the club would struggle after losing two big names had every right to think that way, but the team has shown a next-man-up mentality that has aided in their success thus far. Depth players like Billy Hamilton, Danny Mendick, and Leury Garcia have stepped up when the moment counted to join the rest of the regulars in their clutch at-bats.
Stats, per Baseball Reference, show that teams have an average of .243 with runners in scoring position as of May 18. The White Sox, on the other hand, have an average 44 points greater than that at .287. This stat directly supports their league-leading average runs per game, which is just south of 5.5.
Home run balls are cool and tough, but the Sox are showing that they can make teams pay for allowing them to get on base. Catalysts like Tim Anderson atop the order and Yasmani Grandal walking his way to a high on-base percentage aren't going to waste. Sluggers like Abreu and Yermin Mercedes are cashing in when the opportunity presents itself. Really, the entire lineup should be credited for the aforementioned RISP number.
Will this stat hold up for the entire season? Likely not, but fans are enjoying an offense that isn't throwing away chances at scoring runs right now. The hope is that the Sox manage to find this type of stride come playoff time and can continue their winning ways into postseason baseball.
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