The Chicago White Sox used Adam Engel in the starting lineup and it paid off for them.
The Chicago White Sox have been using Nomar Mazara in right field for most of the 2020 season. He was the hope of that position but this year hasn’t been great for him. His future with the organization is cloudy but for now, they need to keep putting their best foot forward. Using Adam Engel instead is better in every facet of the game. He is hitting better and is a major improvement in the outfield. He needs to be in the lineup every day as the right fielder in the playoffs.
Mazara is a guy that is okay coming off the bench if they have someone cold coming up to bat but that is it. Engel proved in his first-ever playoff game that he deserves this chance. He is the first player in the 120-year history of the Chicago White Sox to hit a home run in his first postseason at-bat. It was big as it put the Sox up 1-0 in the ballgame as well.
Engel was also the first player to hit a home run for the White Sox organization in the playoffs since Jermaine Dye. That name is a name that hasn’t played on this team in a long time now so it is good to end that drought. He also set the tone for what would be a great baseball game. The White Sox just appeared to be a lot more relaxed following that major hit.
A little bit later Jose Abreu followed with a long ball of his own and Yasmani Grandal followed suit late in the game. It felt like once Engel gave them the 1-0 lead, the rest of the offense along with brilliant pitching from Lucas Giolito would get the job done. Engel also added a second hit later in the game as well. Hopefully, he is able to continue providing depth for this team in the postseason.