The Chicago White Sox need Yoan Moncada to keep it up to have a chance.
The Chicago White Sox have had a remarkable season. The final week hasn’t been awesome but they go into the final day with a chance to win their first division title since 2008. They are going to be in the playoffs for the first time since the same year. With that said, there is one thing that has eluded them so far this year. Yoan Moncada is one of their most talented players but he hasn’t had the best season.
In 2019, he was third in the American League in hitting. We thought he would come this year and build on that. The problem for Moncada seems to be the fact that he was sick with COVID-19 earlier this year. He credits the virus with, to this day, draining a lot of his energy. That has been an issue and could be the reason why he hasn’t lived up to what he did last year. We can only hope that he gets better with time and can be 100 percent by next season.
He finally broke through. He hit a home run for the first time since mid-August to give the White Sox some insurance runs. We know how impactful he can be to a Major League Baseball team so seeing him start to hit better is a great sign. The White Sox have a lot of their future stock put into Moncada’s development and he has mostly lived up to it. This is hopefully a year that he can put behind him because he really didn’t have much time to recover and get his game going.
The fact that he was able to get the barrel on such an inside pitch shows the raw talent that he has. We know what he can do but now he just needs to do it. This is a potentially elite player and if he gets hot, that could be bad news for the rest of the American League. The White Sox offense has been amazing without much production from number ten this season so if he starts to hit big, watch out.