Chicago White Sox: Breakdown of the Wild Card Series

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - AUGUST 11: Jose Abreu #79 of the Chicago White Sox struck out during the ninth inning of a game against the Oakland Athletics at Guaranteed Rate Field on August 11, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - AUGUST 11: Jose Abreu #79 of the Chicago White Sox struck out during the ninth inning of a game against the Oakland Athletics at Guaranteed Rate Field on August 11, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images) /
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Outfield

Roaming left field for Oakland is Robbie Grossman, who is a serviceable defender and can handle the bat at home plate. Eloy Jimenez has much more power and upside as a hitter but is battling a foot injury that could interfere with his production and hamper him defensively. This could be problematic for the White Sox because the defense is already not Eloy’s strong suit. The health of his foot will be something to keep an eye on this series

The centerfielder this series will feature two slumping hitters. Ramon Laureano finished the season 4-29 over his last 9 games. What he lacks in offense he makes up for in defense. Laureano is an excellent defender who can cover a lot of ground. Luis Robert is a slightly better defender which speaks volumes to how talented the rookie is. He is also struggling at the plate hitting just .136 in September.

Right-field is a weak spot for both teams. Stephen Piscotty is hitting .226 for the A’s while Nomar Mazara has him beat with a less than stellar .228 average. The White Sox may decide to play Adam Engel who has been much better at the plate while providing an upgrade defensively. However, Mazara is one of few lefties in a Sox lineup dominated by righties.

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