Fun with recent offensive trends

Fun with recent offensive trends
Watch it // Brian Cassella, Chicago Tribune

The last two nights have seen the White Sox post two of their three biggest run totals of the season.  11 runs against Minnesota on Thursday was the highest, 9 against Cleveland Friday was the third-highest.  The second-highest output (10) also came against Cleveland on April 11th.

In their last seven games, the White Sox have hit 19 home runs, which is one-third of their season total of 57.

A.J. Pierzynski's hit eight home runs this season, which is now only one shy of last year's total of nine, with slightly less than two months completed.  That's telling, but home runs are a somewhat irregular occurrence.  Players go through streaks where they hit multiple home runs and also have long outages all the time.

To put Pierzynski's power surge in another perspective; he had 133 hits last season, and 188 total bases.  That gave him 55 'extra bases', or bases that came as the result of extra-base hits.  This year he already has 34 extra bases.

In the past 11 games, Dayan Viciedo has hit six home runs, and is hitting .390/.405/.854.  Better yet, he has only struck out four times in 42 plate appearances in that span, and the .390 average isn't inflated by unsustainable luck on balls in play, it's inflated by balls going over the fence.

Alejandro De Aza has reached based in 39 of the 45 games where he's received a plate appearance.  And hearkening back to that extra-base concept, Juan Pierre had 31 last season, Alejandro De Aza has 25.

Paul Konerko went 1 for 4 Friday to drop his batting average to .381 and his on-base percentage to .458.  Both marks lead the American League.

If the season finished today, Adam Dunn would have the highest slugging percentage and OPS of his career.

 

A limited number of the things listed here are sustainable, which isn't really the point.  The only real purpose here is to stress that the Sox are doing what they should do, annihilate mediocre pitching.

 

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