Stone: White Sox Need To Walk More

CHICAGO (WSCR) The success that the Chicago White Sox have had this season has come, largely, becuase of their pitching. The White Sox rank in the bottom half of all of baseball in team on-base percentage and batting average.

Bur at first glance, the White Sox have a lineup that should be among the best in baseball.

“The reality is that we have a lot of guys on this team that just absolutely refuse to take walks,” Steve Stone said on the Boers and Bernstein Show. “I mean, you’ve got Brent Morel, who’s going to be a very good player, but he hasn’t had a walk this year. You can get to three balls on [A.J.] Pierzynski, but he’s going to swing at it if it stays in the ball park. Juan Pierre is a swinging leadoff hitter, he’s not a walking leadoff hitter. [Alexei] Ramirez is very difficult to walk.

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“So we have a lineup full of guys that swing the bat. When they’re hitting the baseball and they’re finding holes, then the team, you know, will put together a lot of hits and a lot of runs. But the teams that have consistently a lot of runs scored, are patient teams who get the starters out of there around the sixth inning because they’re up to 100 pitches because they’ve taken some walks, because they’ve run the counts deep, and our guys, historically, have not taken walks. And when you’re hitting that’s fine. When you’re not hitting, you’re putting a lot of pitchers-pitches in play.”

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  • mathew idicula

    Yeah that is what the Whitesox need a sucky Adam Dunn to take more walks.
    As bad as the Whitesox are at finding offense and as far and wide as Dayan Viciedo is tearing it up in the minors, it just sucks that the Whitesox might go down on their own sword of not trusting in their own farm system.

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