The long, and short, of it
There are going to be plenty of times when Alejandro De Aza leads off an inning with a single, steals second, advances to third base on Jeff Keppinger's ground ball out to the right side and scores on Alex Rios’ single or sac fly.
And when either Adam Dunn or Paul Konerko follows with a home run, the White Sox will have the offensive balance manager Robin Ventura is looking for.
For now, a whopping two games into the regular season, the Sox have relied on the HR to score all 6 of their runs.
Naturally, the White Sox are already being pegged as a team that is incapable of manufacturing runs.
Inside the clubhouse, there is a much different opinion.
“It's nice to hit some balls out of here,” Paul Konerko said after the White Sox went deep four times in Wednesday’s 5-2 win over the Royals. “Early on, it's tough sometimes to string together a bunch of hits. We hit them in the right spots. The ball wasn't really going anywhere out there today.
“We hit some balls to the middle of the field and a couple of them just died. The ones we hit we did pull to left and they'll still go if you hit them there I think. I think we'll manufacture them more as we get going, but it is what it is. We'll take it and move on.”
In the American League last year, only the Yankees and Orioles relied more on homers to score runs than the White Sox.
Keppinger is the only new face in this year’s Sox’ lineup. He is good with the bat and should help generate some runs by “moving the ball around.”
But when it’s all said and done, the White Sox’ offense is still going to rely on home runs, especially at hitter-friendly U.S. Cellular Field.
"That's the way we've done it since I've been here,” starting pitcher Jake Peavy said. “We're going to live and die with the longball and probably do it again this year.”