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CHICAGO, IL - JULY 22: (L-R) Ian Happ
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CHICAGO, IL – JULY 18: Avisail Garcia
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The White Sox’s offense has been bad

As touched on above, the White Sox are free-falling. Losers of their last nine, the White Sox are 19 games under .500. The lackluster effort from the offense and pitching staff has contributed to their horrid record.

The White Sox offense currently ranks 23rd in runs scored, 21st in OBP and 21st in slugging percentage.

While the White Sox may not stack up well offensively against other teams, they have seen productive from some of their stars. In 94 games, Jose Abreu is slashing .296/.350/.509 with 16 home runs and 60 RBI. Abreu leads the White Sox in RBI and hits while Avisail Garcia leads the team with a .311 batting average and .356 OBP.

Tim Anderson, who has played in 84 games for the White Sox, is hitting just .243 on the season. In addition to that, Anderson owns a .266 OBP and has struck out 93 times in 334 at-bats.

Despite having struggled for much of the season, in the last five games the White Sox offense has been solid. Led by Melky Cabrera, the White Sox have slashed .251/.293/.384. In their last five games, they have hit five home runs and recorded 18 RBI, while racking up 10 doubles.

While this season seems to be lost, it would no doubt give White Sox fans hope going into next season if the offense performed well to close out the season.