White Sox halfway home, with one foot in the grave

Hannah Foslien

Double the hitters' individual stat lines, and it's easy to see just how little they've done

The White Sox reached the halfway point in their season with a 4-2 loss to the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday night, which means it's time to double the numbers.

It puts the season into pretty stark relief -- whether you're looking at rate stats, counting stats, or stats that rely on teammates (runs and RBI), there isn't one position player who is having a good season, which is pretty ridiculous. The pitching staff offers more variety, but when the offense is on pace to score the fewest runs of any team in the Jerry Reinsdorf era, it only goes so far.

Position players

G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG
Tyler Flowers 128 440 40 84 20 0 16 44 0 2 22 140 .206 .259 .373
Adam Dunn 154 640 74 110 16 0 44 110 2 0 80 190 .199 .303 .467
Jeff Keppinger 128 514 34 124 10 2 4 46 0 2 18 46 .252 .276 .305
Alexei Ramirez 162 682 64 180 36 0 2 34 38 8 22 88 .280 .307 .345
Conor Gillaspie 142 468 44 108 16 2 12 42 0 2 40 88 .257 .316 .390
Dayan Viciedo 118 558 38 102 20 4 10 46 0 0 20 94 .237 .271 .372
Alejandro De Aza 156 692 94 162 32 2 20 80 20 8 54 166 .261 .318 .416
Alex Rios 158 678 88 166 36 2 22 74 28 10 52 104 .268 .325 .439
Paul Konerko 134 560 50 126 18 0 15 60 0 0 44 88 .249 .314 .368
BENCH G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG
Gordon Beckham 68 252 26 78 16 0 2 18 6 2 10 38 .331 .360 .424
Hector Gimenez 52 160 16 26 8 0 4 20 0 0 14 44 .191 .275 .338
Team Totals 81 2747 610 1350 242 14 156 592 104 36 404 1240 .246 .299 .380
Rank in 15 AL teams 15 13 14 13 13 8 5 14 8 12 14 13

Five things that jump out at me:

Alejandro De Aza: He turned into a poor man’s Curtis Granderson somewhere along the line.

Alexei Ramirez: On pace to play every inning of the season, but it’s not helping his power production any. Previous low in RBI? 68. Previous high in stolen bases? 20.

Jeff Keppinger: His average line really has never represented the kind of hitter he’s been at any point in the season.

  • Before May 15: .177/.174/.192 over 132 PA
  • After May 15: .336/.384/.431 over 125 PA

The turnaround took place shortly after Robin Ventura removed him from the second spot, which was foreseeable. He went from being the worst thing in baseball to a nice player pretty much over the course of a few days.

Adam Dunn: He’s on pace to set the record for the fewest runs scored by somebody who 1) hit 40 homers and 2) qualified for a full-season batting title. The owner of that record – Juan Gonzalez, who scored just 77 runs while hitting 43 homers for the Rangers in 1992. Gonzalez’s OBP was a point higher than Dunn’s.

The catchers: The playing-time split between Flowers and Gimenez is pretty much the same as it was between A.J. Pierzynski and Flowers last year.

Pitchers

W-L ERA G GS SV IP H R ER HR BB SO HBP WP WHIP
Chris Sale 10-14 2.79 30 30 0 212.2 156 72 66 18 48 228 12 12 0.95
Jose Quintana 6-4 3.97 32 32 0 186.0 176 92 82 22 58 134 2 2 1.26
Dylan Axelrod 6-8 4.57 32 32 0 181.1 202 98 92 30 60 102 6 6 1.45
Jake Peavy 12-8 4.30 22 22 0 134.0 126 66 64 20 30 132 2 0 1.16
John Danks 4-10 4.38 16 16 0 98.2 100 54 48 22 10 72 6 2 1.12
Hector Santiago 6-10 3.50 42 20 0 149.1 134 68 58 16 72 158 14 2 1.31
W ERA G GS SV IP H R ER HR BB SO HBP WP WHIP
Addison Reed 6-2 3.89 70 0 44 74.0 60 34 32 6 18 80 2 4 1.05
Nate Jones 6-8 4.29 70 0 0 84.0 76 46 40 4 30 82 0 12 1.26
Jesse Crain 4-6 0.74 76 0 0 73.1 62 12 6 0 22 92 2 0 1.15
Matt Lindstrom 4-6 3.31 80 0 0 65.1 62 24 20 0 32 46 0 8 1.45
Matt Thornton 0-4 3.04 76 0 0 53.1 46 22 18 8 18 40 4 2 1.20
Team Totals 66-96 3.99 162 162 44 1444.2 1362 712 640 166 500 1282 52 58 1.29
Rank in 15 AL teams
7 6 13 1 7 3 4 6 8 6
7 7

Five things that jump out at me:

Dylan Axelrod: I admire the Battle Axe, but any season in which he leads the team in starts isn’t a season that’s gone according to plan.

Jose Quintana: He was pegged by all surface-level sabermetricians as a fluke, but he’s done a nice job of combating regression by establishing some credible peripherals. If anybody can take only 10 decisions over 32 starts, it’s him.

Matt Lindstrom: He’s never walked more than 26 guys in a season. He’s never appeared in more than 71 games. He’s not exactly what the Sox signed up for, but it’s been effective enough, Wednesday night notwithstanding.

The starters: The last time the top two winners on the staff only combined for fewer than 22 victories? 1989, led by Melido Perez (11-14) and Eric King (9-10).

Chris Sale: He was on pace for 205 innings at the same point last year, so the first 81 games aren’t that big of a difference in terms of workload. However, he’s done a much better job of maintaining his velocity to this point. Also, the White Sox modern-day strikeout record is 215 by Gary Peters in 1967 (Ed Walsh owns the top five spots), so Sale's pursuit of that mark might be one of the few things to watch by the end of the year, if anybody gets there alive.

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