Through multiple acquisitions, White Sox general manager Rick Hahn pieced together a team this offseason that has put up big offensive numbers through the first 13 games of the season. First baseman Jose Abreu has been an immediate contributor with four home runs, and outfielder Adam Eaton has been that effective leadoff hitter the White Sox craved last year. Even shortstop Alexei Ramirez has been slugging the ball with a .420 batting average so far.
But the pitching, especially the bullpen, has let down the White Sox early on, leading the South Siders to only a 7-6 record.
So how can they fix the issue?
CSN White Sox Insider Dan Hayes joined Tom Cooper in the AT&T U-verse Lounge and says one of the keys will come down to the health of reliever Nate Jones.
"He's sort of the linchpin of the whole thing," Hayes said. "He's the reason why they were able to trade Addison Reed and Hector Santiago because he's been there for them for two seasons. He's improving. When he gets back in there, he gives them a stabilizing force and everyone kicks back to their normal roles."
See what else Hayes had to say about the White Sox hot offensive start in the video above.