Saturday, May 10, 2014
Extra Bases: Is offense only getting better?
By Doug Padilla
CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox's April production seemed hard to top, but as the weather starts to warm, the offense might actually be getting better.
Even without guys like Adam Eaton or Avisail Garcia, the White Sox just keep on hitting. Their 9-3 victory Friday over the Arizona Diamondbacks was not only the fifth time they have won in the past six games, but they also posted double digits in hits again.
With 15 knocks Friday, they have reached double digits in that department in four consecutive games, the second time they have done that this season. Over the past four games they are hitting .338 (50-for-148) as a team, with five home runs and 27 runs scored. That’s an average of 6.8 runs per game.
With runners in scoring position in that same stretch, the White Sox are batting .354 (17-for-48).
No American League team can match the White Sox’s 18 double-digit-hit games this season. And Friday night, their hitting was as contagious as ever. They had nine hits in a 10-batter stretch, with their seven runs in the fourth inning matching a season high and the nine hits setting a season best for an inning.
Alexei Ramirez and Jose Abreu are leading the charge, but they are not alone in delivering offense. Gordon Beckham has a hit in nine of his past 10 games, while batting .389 (7-for-18) over his past four games with two home runs and five RBIs.
Alejandro De Aza, who had been struggling since hitting three home runs in the first two games of the season, had a season-best three hits Friday.
Read all about it: Here is the Rapid Reaction from the White Sox victory Friday over the Diamondbacks.
Keep an eye on this:Paul Konerko could end up getting his third start of the season at first base Saturday since the Diamondbacks are starting left-hander Wade Miley.
Question of the day: Should the White Sox be playing it safe with Abreu’s sore ankle and give him a day off, or should they let him play through the discomfort?