James Gordon | May 25, 2017
A 3-7 road trip often doesn’t have too many bright spots, but despite having that kind of road trip, the White Sox gave fans a lot of things to be happy about. Although the White Sox only won three games on the road, they actually have outscored their opponents 58-50, including a 16-1 victory over Seattle on Saturday night. Prior to this road trip, they were only +1 in run differential. This is a sure sign that the South Side bats are heating up, especially the bats of certain players.
Over the road trip, the Sox shared the lead in home runs (19) with Tampa Bay and totaled an AL-high 58 runs and 57 wRC. A lot of that has been thanks to bats on the team that have been hotter than a grill roasting brats on a Summer day. Jose Abreu seems to have found his mojo again as he continues to launch homers on the road. Tim Anderson has been seeing the seven spot in the lineup more often and with that, he’s getting on base a lot more. Although Avisail Garcia has cooled down recently, he’s still come up big in some games, even hitting 2 homers and 2 doubles in a game against Seattle. Yolmer Sanchez carried a 12 game hitting streak through Sunday with a .333 average. Even Todd Frazier seems to have found a sliver of his absent power stroke, as he compiled 2 homers during the road trip out of his 5 total.
Probably the two biggest players on the road stretch have been Jose Abreu and Tim Anderson. Abreu slugged 5 homers, which placed second in the AL, including career number 100. That added to his league-high in home runs on the road to 10. He also led the American League in hits and was among the tops in extra-base hits. In fact, over the past 31 days, Abreu has slashed a line of .347/.404/.677, hit 20 XBH (10 homers), 22 RBI, and compiled a 192 wRC+. As for Tim Anderson, it appears as if he’s found a new home in the seven hole. When Anderson hit seventh in the order over the road trip, he slashed a line of .526/.526/1.158 and had the highest wRC+ (362) among all batters in the seven spot. That’s a huge improvement for Anderson, who only hit for a .224 average when he leads off. Hopefully, the manager Rick Renteria sees this difference and keeps Anderson at seventh because it finally appears as if he’s starting to play up to his potential.