White Sox: Three players that must step up for playoffs

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Chicago White Sox Nomar Mazara
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Many fans would like to see Edwin Encarnacion on this list. While he is hitting an abysmal .174 he has never been a high average guy in his career. He is paid to hit home runs and the parrot has made an appearance 10 times this year. In a 60-game season that is on par with his usual production. He has done what the White Sox have paid him to do.

One guy that has not done what the White Sox have paid him to do is Nomar Mazara. Nomar Mazara has shown little to no offensive upside the White Sox thought they would be getting when they acquired him from the Texas Rangers. He is batting just .221 with 11 RBI’s and a lone home run. While guys like Luis Robert have produced this season and just need to break out of a slump, Mazara has not produced at all. He has a career-low .578 OPS and a career-worst 31.3 percent strikeout percentage on the season. He is hitting just .192 over his last 15 games.

light. Hot. Who will the White Sox use as the 3rd starter in the playoffs?

Mazara has a couple of games to prove he deserves to remain in the starting lineup, otherwise, his spot could be taken by Adam Engel. Engel is an upgrade defensively and has been much better at the plate.