The Chicago White Sox know what they have in #74, but he is showing the Cubs what they traded away every time he plays them.
The Chicago White Sox just finished their fourth and final game vs the Cubs on Sunday and they played a great game. They did just what they needed to do to beat the Cubs. They split the season series with them 2-2. The Cubs are a good measuring stick for the White Sox as they are looking to turn the corner and become as good as the Cubs long term.
The biggest factor in the two wins against them was Eloy Jimenez. He was traded to the White Sox back in 2017 by the Cubs in the Jose Quintana trade. Eloy doesn’t seem to mind anymore as he now mashes against his old team. He probably didn’t appreciate them trading him and he has made them pay in two out of four games.
The White Sox might not have won a game against the Cubs if it weren’t for Eloy. He had the game-winning runs in both wins. He had a go-ahead home run in the ninth inning in their win at Wrigley Field and he put them ahead for good with a two-run home run in their win at Guaranteed Rate Field. It was so great for Sox fans and a glimpse into what this guy can be moving forward.
He went 3/12 which is a .250 batting average in the four-game Crosstown Classic. He had 2 HRS, 4 RBIs, 2 BBs, and two runs scored. Those are some nice stats for the rookie against his old team. He wants to be a difference maker in every single game and he just loves playing baseball. He is truly growing into a great player and has a chance to be one of the best hitters in the world. It is crazy that a guy like that is in the White Sox organization.
Hopefully, he re-ignites the fire in the White Sox-Cubs rivalry and helps the Southsiders come out on top more often than not. So far so good in just one year. Eloy and the Sox are back in action after the All-Star break at the bay when they take on the Oakland Athletics.