The Chicago White Sox didn’t have their offense going on Saturday night. They are normally very good but it wasn’t clicking on Saturday night for whatever reason. The night before on Friday, they exploded for eight runs so this was really confusing against a bad Texas Rangers team.
Lance Lynn, Garrett Crochet, Michael Kopech, and Craig Kimbrel were very good. Between them all, they only gave up two runs. That is normally enough for the White Sox offense but Saturday night was just a dud at the plate.
Despite the group as a whole not getting it done, Yasmani Grandal and Yoan Moncada stayed hot. Each of them had big hits in the game but it wasn’t enough to put the team on their back. Grandal was most notable as he had a solo home run which tied the game at the time. That was his one hit, RBI, and run scored. He also walked twice which will improve his already elite on-base percentage.
Yoan Moncada didn’t have a hit but he also walked twice. Like Grandal, he is an on-base specialist so this was another very good game at the plate again. He hit a ball to the warning track at Globe Life Field which would have been a home run in most ballparks. That isn’t an excuse really but the power is clearly almost all the way back. With a runner on first, it would have given the White Sox the lead. It would have likely stuck as the lead.
The Chicago White Sox needs their stars to get hot and stay hot to end the year.
Luckily, these two are going to stay hot and the rest of the lineup can only be better. Without Tim Anderson, this team does struggle to find their mojo but he will be back later today. Most important, he will be back for the playoffs. He is one of the more important players on the roster, especially with Moncada and Grandal taking at-bats like this.
It isn’t fun when the offense is sleeping like this but it happens from time to time. The pitching is great and has been all year. We know bigger things are coming for Eloy Jimenez and Jose Abreu as well which would be great for the group. Hopefully, they are able to hit today and take the series over a bad Texas Rangers team. If they are able to do that, clinching the AL Central Division title should follow later this upcoming week.