It has officially been one full week of Chicago White Sox baseball in the year 2021. Things have been up and down for this team that expects to be World Series good this year. The west coast trip that they started the season on didn’t go exactly the way that they wanted it to. They don’t play well out there historically so their 3-4 record to start the year shouldn’t alarm anyone.
Now that they are going home, there are some things to look forward to. The White Sox had some players that went above and beyond anything that we would have expected. That is always awesome, especially when the stars on the team are still trying to get their feet under them. These are the three players who surprised us all in the first week of the season:
Jose Ruiz has been one of the best Chicago White Sox relievers so far this season.
The Chicago White Sox have a lot of really good relievers in their bullpen. Michael Kopech, Aaron Bummer, Garrett Crochet, and Liam Hendriks have all been good. Guys like Matt Foster, Codi Heuer, and Evan Marshall are all amazing pitchers but are still trying to get going so far this season. One name that made the roster but is less known is Jose Ruiz.
Ruiz has been amazing so far for the White Sox. Going in, most believed that he was the worst pitcher in a good bullpen but that might not be saying much even if it ends up being true. He has been sensational and we should be talking about him more.
Jose Ruiz has appeared in 3.1 innings so far this season. He has an ERA of 2.70 with a WHIP of 0.30. It is a small sample size but most of the relievers on the team only have a small sample size because there have only been seven games in seven days. The fact that he looks like someone who can be relied upon heavily is surprising and something that the team should welcome. Hopefully, this player is able to continue doing what he has been doing to help the team win.