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White Sox: Charlie Tilson Deserving of More Playing Time

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CLEVELAND, OHIO - MAY 06: Charlie Tilson #22 of the Chicago White Sox hits a double during the fifth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on May 06, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OHIO - MAY 06: Charlie Tilson #22 of the Chicago White Sox hits a double during the fifth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on May 06, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /
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White Sox outfielder has impressed since being promoted to the Majors. The Illinois native deserves more playing time as the season moves along.

In Charlie Tilson‘s first major league game with the White Sox in 2016, he recorded his first base hit but also suffered a season-ending injury. It has taken quite some time for Tilson to get back to the majors and stick around.

After just 25 at-bats since returning to the White Sox, Tilson is not only making the most of his playing time, but he’s shown he’s deserving of much more time in the outfield. Tilson essentially replaced Adam Engel in the outfield when he was promoted.

He isn’t the defensive wizard that Engel was in center field, but his defense isn’t bad. Tilson’s offense, however, has been much better than Engel in a short sample size. Through just seven games, Tilson has a .360/.407/.440 slash line with three stolen bases.

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Tilson has been good at the bottom of the Sox order since being promoted, and it would be wise for manager Rick Renteria to keep him there. Having Tilson batting eighth or ninth is good for the Sox as the lineup flips over. Tilson’s speed on the basepaths would help the team score more runs with him on base.

The Sox don’t have many outfielders that are ready for the Majors in their farm system. If Tilson can remain with the team, he should get plenty of playing time throughout the remainder of this season. He’s shown in limited playing time that he’s capable of being a solid outfielder. Let’s hope he can stay with the Sox for a while as he is a feel-good story for the team after the injuries he’s dealt with over the past few years.

Reynaldo Lopez Needs Consistency

Reynaldo Lopez entered this season coming off a successful first full year pitching in MLB. He was the Sox best player in 2018 and figured to be a strong starting pitcher for the team this season. However, that hasn’t been the case on a consistent basis.

Much like the rest of the Sox starting rotation, Lopez has struggled in many of his outings this year. In two of his last three outings, Lopez has posted a quality start but he’s had trouble maintaining consistency. Lopez has also struggled to get much run support. He will look to have another good outing on Monday night as the Sox open a brief two-game series with the Cleveland Indians.

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Through eight starts, Lopez has a 2-4 record with a 6.38 ERA, 47 strikeouts and a 1.75 WHIP. The Sox will need another starting pitcher to step up and perform well alongside Lucas Giolito who continues to get better. If Lopez can be more consistent on the mound, surely the Sox will benefit greatly as they’re still at a better place record wise than they were just a year ago.

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