The Chicago White Sox are being forced to use someone not named Andrew Vaugh as the DH because of the unfortunate injury to Eloy Jimenez. With injury comes opportunity and that is what the White Sox have. Leury Garcia and Vaughn seem to be pegged as the guys to play left field while Jimenez is out which leaves that DH spot open. Zack Collins and Yermin Mercedes made the roster in order to try and fill that void.
Well, Zack Collins didn’t win anybody over in his season debut. He had a magnificent spring training but that didn’t carry over into his first game of the season. He wasn’t so bad or anything like that as it was only one game but he didn’t do anything to guarantee himself sticking in the lineup. Yermin Mercedes, on the other hand, did that.
Yermin Mercedes was so awesome in his first start with the Chicago White Sox.
In 2020, Yermin Mercedes made one plate appearance and didn’t do anything with it. That is why starting as the DH in Friday night’s game was actually more of his actual MLB debut. This came after a long time of trying to work his way into the Major Leagues and it all paid off for him. He was good in the spring as well which got him to this point.
Mercedes had one of the best debuts in the history of the team as he went an astonishing 5/5 on the night. He had five hits with one run scored and four RBIs. You couldn’t ask for a better start to the season for a guy who was hitting in the eight-hole. This is the type of performance that gets you back in the lineup again sometime soon. Don’t be surprised if he is right back in there for more on Saturday night.
That isn’t going to be the reality for him every single night but the man has proved that he can hit. He deserves to continue being in the lineup as long as he is productive at the plate. This team needs extra offense without Eloy and he can bring it. He also brings some personality which is something that is sorely missed without Eloy either. This is a fun player to have and we can only hope that he keeps it up this year.