Deep thoughts: White Sox win games when they hit home runs

                                                                                                                                                                                                   
  • Chicago White Sox's Jose Abreu, right, celebrates his three-run homer off Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Brady Singer with Eloy Jimenez during the third inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022, in Chicago.

    Chicago White Sox's Jose Abreu, right, celebrates his three-run homer off Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Brady Singer with Eloy Jimenez during the third inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022, in Chicago. Associated Press

  • Chicago White Sox's Jose Abreu swings into a three-run home run off Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Brady Singer during the third inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022, in Chicago.

    Chicago White Sox's Jose Abreu swings into a three-run home run off Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Brady Singer during the third inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022, in Chicago. Associated Press

 
 
Updated 8/3/2022 6:23 PM

The White Sox didn't get Juan Soto by Tuesday's trade deadline.

They didn't get Shohei Ohtani, Trey Mancini, Joc Pederson or any other power hitter.

 

Still, general manager Rick Hahn is convinced there is enough thunder in the lineup to significantly increase the Sox's low home run total.

Tapping that power could very well be the difference between making the playoffs or going home after the final game of the regular season.

"I'm a simple guy, ball goes far, team goes far," Hahn said. "That's kind of how it works a lot of the time. We know there's that element in there. Hopefully, we see more of it."

In two games since the trade deadline, the long ball has definitely benefited the White Sox.

Jose Abreu and Gavin Sheets went deep in Tuesday's win and Abreu struck again with a 3-run homer Wednesday afternoon in the Sox's 4-1 win over the Royals at Guaranteed Rate Field.

The game was delayed 1 hour and 5 minutes by rain.

The White Sox are 38-25 in games where they hit 1 home run. They are 17-3 when they hit 2 or more homers.

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"You see guys with at-bats where we're pressing, we're expanding the zone, we're chasing, we're going outside of our offensive approach and that's not a recipe for winning," Hahn said. "I fear that's in some ways a byproduct of guys trying to do too much themselves and trying to take it all on the individual. One through nine, we've got a talented lineup out there."

A proven talent with the bat, Abreu was hitting just .207 in late May. He's been on a lengthy tear and is now batting .302 with 14 home runs and 55 RBI.

"He's a phenomenal hitter," Andrew Vaughn said. "Seriously, one of the best in the league. Just to watch him go day in and day out, he struggled the first month of the year and everybody is like hold on, just wait. It's Pito. He's going to come back.

"He's just doing his thing."

Lance Lynn is also coming back nicely from a slow start following knee surgery.

The White Sox's right-hander went 6 innings against Kansas City Wednesday and allowed 1 run on 4 hits.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

For the second straight start, Lynn had 8 strikeouts and no walks.

"You have to take them one at a time," Lynn said. "Last start, gave up a couple homers. Today I gave up a homer, too. Stuff's there. Not walking people, just have to keep on competing."

While they are still running third in the AL Central behind Minnesota and Cleveland, the Sox (53-51) have somewhat quietly won 12 of their last 18 games and are 2 games over .500 for the first time since April 20, when they were 6-4.

"It just looks like we're benefiting from staying the course and the confidence that we're good enough," manager Tony La Russa said. "We have to prove it from here to the end. We've got a shot, a legitimate shot. That's part of the fun. We've just got to capitalize."

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