The Chicago White Sox jumped on the Toronto Blue Jays early on Tuesday night. Luis Robert and Yoan Moncada got things going early with two quick singles. Then, on the fifth pitch of the inning, Jose Abreu put the White Sox ahead 3-0 with a no-dought blast. We knew they had to jump on Jose Berrios early and they did. With all of that in mind, seeing the game that Yoan Moncada had was very important.
A lot of people like to get on Moncada when he struggles. The truth is that those people just have unrealistic expectations and don’t understand the type of player that he is. This hit in the first inning made it 11 straight games where he had one.
In that span, he is one of the best hitters in the league. He also leads the White Sox on the season in on-base percentage. With what he does defensively with his glove, there is no doubt that he is a superstar.
Of course, guys like Abreu, Robert, Eloy Jimenez, and Dylan Cease had amazing games as well but we expect that from those guys. Moncada is someone we expect it from as well but he delivers it in a different way. There are many reasons that he is one of the best players on the team and if this type of offense keeps up, the lineup will be that much more dangerous.
Yoan Moncada is one of the most important pieces for the Chicago White Sox.
The White Sox needed this type of game from Moncada. He has been doing it for a while now but going 3/5 with a run scored showed that it is going to continue against good teams like the Blue Jays. His one run scored was one of five and they needed all of it to hand on to their 5-2 win. We don’t know how this game would have shaken out if that big first inning didn’t happen and Moncada is a big part of it.
Robert and Abreu deserve their shine after this game as well. They each had three hits and combined for three runs scored. Abreu had four RBIs which extended his MLB lead to 96. He is in a good position to lead the league in that category for the third year in a row. With Moncada, Tim Anderson, Eloy Jimenez, Yasmani Grandal, and Andrew Vaughn right there, this lineup has some serious potential.
Expect Moncada to keep this type of stuff up. He is an elite player and it is about time people start appreciating his efforts. With two more games against this tough Blue Jays team, they could use his abilities at his best.