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Chicago White Sox: Yermin Mercedes doubles down on Saturday

ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 03: Yermin Mercedes #73 of the Chicago White Sox celebrates as he crosses home plate after hitting a solo home run against pitcher Alex Cobb #38 of the Los Angeles Angels during the second inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 3, 2021 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 03: Yermin Mercedes #73 of the Chicago White Sox celebrates as he crosses home plate after hitting a solo home run against pitcher Alex Cobb #38 of the Los Angeles Angels during the second inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 3, 2021 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) /
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The Chicago White Sox has seen Yermin Mercedes become a pleasant surprise so far this season. We knew that he could hit but he has come in and had a record-breaking start to the season. In his first game, he went five for five which was one of the best “first starts of a career” in the history of Major League Baseball. In his second game, he doubled down and really made people excited about what he might be able to do.

Yermin Mercedes has been amazing so far for the Chicago White Sox in 2021.

Mercedes started the second game because he deserved it. He started the game 3 for 3 which meant that he started 8 for 8 to begin his season. He became the first player since 1900 to start a season with eight consecutive hits. It is an incredible start for a guy who is so fun to root for. With his incredible journey to where he is right now, it is a really nice story.

Yermin Mercedes’s incredible second day included his first career home run. He also had two RBIs and one run scored. His streak came to an end at 8 as he was put out in his final at-bat at the game. He received a bit of a standing ovation from the Angels crowd who was gracious enough to acknowledge something so special.

Now, Mercedes isn’t going to keep up his .889 batting average or 2.333 OPS. It is going to come back down to earth a lot but he is capable of being a productive baseball player. If he can be a good designated hitter while Andrew Vaughn plays left field in place of Eloy Jimenez, the White Sox will be very well off with their decision to have him on the team.

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The rest of the offense hasn’t even been that good yet. We know what they are capable of based on the names on the roster so if they can come around while Mercedes is hot, this league is in even more trouble than we thought. Yermin deserves a lot of credit for the way he has played and it is exciting to know that he is earning even more playing time.

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