Everybody knows about the Jose Quintana trade between the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Cubs by now. It is a common topic when talking about Chicago baseball these days. The White Sox are clear winners of the trade and it was on full display during the Sunday night victory over the Cubs. Eloy Jimenez and Dylan Cease, for those who don’t know, are the two main pieces that the White Sox got back in the deal.
The trade is lopsided just on Dylan Cease along. He is already a better pitcher than Jose Quintana and he is still getting better. He had an amazing game as he shut the Cubs lineup down. He had 10 strikeouts and only allowed three runs. His recent success is making him look like a lock to see action once the playoffs roll around.
Then, of course, is Eloy Jimenez. He spent the first 99 games of the season on the shelf with an injury he sustained during spring training. He took a few games to find his rhythm at the plate but Friday and Saturday’s game showed that things were turning around. Then, on Sunday, he really hit his stride by burning his old team.
Jimenez had two home runs in this game and that was the big key to the White Sox scoring 9 runs. He had three hits total and five RBIs. That is the type of performance that we can start to expect from him as the season wears down. His bat has been missed but it doesn’t seem like he will miss much of a beat. The rest of the lineup will always look much better with him in it.
Eloy Jimenez is going to be the biggest key to the Chicago White Sox offense now.
The White Sox needs this from Eloy in bunches. He isn’t going to hit two home runs a night but he should be one of the most consistent home run hitters in the league going forward. He has so much power and is so polished with his approach. This series against the Cubs was a big turning point for him.
He was also forced to play left field for all three games as they were at Wrigley Field playing with National League rules. It should shock nobody that his breakout series came with him playing the outfield. He just isn’t ready to be a designated hitter yet. He has made that very clear with both his words and his actions. Regardless of any of that right now, it is good to see that he played such a big role in the White Sox sweeping the Cubs in their building.