Eloy Jimenez is the most important hitter on the Chicago White Sox right now.
Eloy Jimenez is the most important hitter in this lineup. When he is at his best, he is a mix of Yoan Moncada, Luis Robert, and Jose Abreu as a hitter. He can do it all with that bat. Missing him for the first 99 games of the season was absolutely devastating. The fact that they had a huge lead in the division without him is a minor miracle. His impact on the offense since his return has been more than noticeable.
So why bat him fifth instead of third or fourth? Well, Jimenez would mash if he was batting ninth which is a testament to how lethal he is. Having Moncada bat third because of his splits is worth dropping Eloy down a spot. He is better-served batting right behind Abreu because it allows Abreu to be more protected. The numbers show that having someone as lethal as Eloy Jimenez bat behind him has really helped Jose Abreu.
Don’t be surprised if Eloy Jimenez goes on to break all sorts of White Sox offensive records. He is one of the best young hitters that they have ever had. With a whole prime career ahead of him, White Sox fans should be really excited. Having him healthy and ready to go into the playoffs is extremely important and he sure looks good in the middle of this lineup.