White Sox young infield duo having a solid week at the plate, rebounding from offensive woes that plagued them this season.
There are some Chicago White Sox fans who have been impatient throughout this rebuilding process. With the team trading away its best pitcher last offseason in Chris Sale, there were a few fans who felt the Sox didn’t get a good return for him in Yoan Moncada and others.
With Moncada initially struggling at the plate with the Sox upon being promoted, those same fans started to whisper that the young second baseman was a bust. The same was nearly being said about Tim Anderson by those same people. After Anderson received a six-year, $25 million contract extension to start 2017, he had a poor start offensively which went through the second half of this season.
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However, with just two weeks of baseball left in the regular season, both Anderson and Moncada are not only silencing their critics, but their rebounding from their early offensive woes. On Saturday night, Anderson recorded a career-high four hits in the Sox 10-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers. This came two days after Moncada recorded four hits and scored five runs in the Sox 17-7 rout over the Tigers.
The Sox have a chance to win their third consecutive series on Sunday, and they’ve gotten some solid offensive contributions from Anderson and Moncada this month. Anderson has been progressing well since the beginning of August and in September he’s hitting .429/.438/.619 with two home runs and eight RBIs.
Moncada, who was the Sox top ranked prospect at the beginning of this season is starting to look like the player many envisioned him to be. After returning from the disabled list with a bone contusion in his right shin, Moncada is currently hitting .327/.400/.551 with three home runs this month. He’s raised his season average to .233/.350/.420.
Both Anderson and Moncada will need to perform well at the plate for the Sox moving forward, and the infield duo could become cornerstones of the team’s rebuild. With each player rebounding from their initial offensive woes to finish this season, it bodes well for the future and success of the Sox rebuild.