The Chicago White Sox used their entire roster against the Boston Red Sox. They used three really good starters, their entire bullpen, and every position player in order to win two of three games. All three games were one-run contests that had the entire series feeling playoff-like. One player, however, stood out above everyone with the way he played and that is Luis Robert.
Robert made many spectacular plays in the outfield which is something he is becoming known for. He is a Gold Glove-caliber player out there which is a luxury in a position like centerfield. He is also an elite hitter which makes him one of the best players in Major League Baseball. He looks like an absolute superstar out there now and nobody should expect that to change any time soon.
Against Boston in particular, he was brilliant. He had 14 plate appearances and he made them count. He went 6/13 with five RBIs and a run scored. He does everything needed for this team at the plate. In the Saturday game, he went 4/5 with three doubles. He almost single-handedly allowed the White Sox to come back from their 7-2 deficit.
That ended up being the only game of the series that the White Sox lost but they had a chance to win because of Robert. In the series finale, he had the only White Sox RBI that wasn’t the game-winning home run by Leury Garcia. It also all comes while playing that aforementioned elite defensive centerfield.
The Chicago White Sox are so lucky to have Luis Robert back in the lineup.
Robert missed a lot of the season due to injury and that really hurt the team’s chances of being the top team in the American League. They won’t be the top team in the American League this year but they will come close. It is interesting to think about what would have been if both Robert and Eloy Jimenez were healthy for the full season. They probably would have clinched by now and would have home-field advantage on the mind.
We are getting to the point where Robert is looking like one of the best players in the league. There is going to be a time really soon where he is mentioned amongst the best players in the league like Fernando Tatis Jr, Juan Soto, and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. With a 2021 slash of .344/.381/.538 for an OPS of .918 and a Gold Glove already on the mantle, it is hard to argue that he isn’t already there. Hopefully, he stays this hot going into the playoffs.