The Chicago White Sox did not do well in the trade that sent Nick Madrigal and Codi Heuer to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for Craig Kimbrel. However, they tried to get the most out of it by trading Kimbrel to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for AJ Pollock.
Pollock’s White Sox tenure didn’t get off to the best start but he is really starting to get hot. Over the last seven games or so, he has been one of the more impactful hitters on this Chicago White Sox team. They need it badly as the rest of the offense is still figuring it out.
On Saturday, the White Sox gave up a moonshot to Aaron Judge. Those kinds of things happen, especially to the man leading Major League Baseball in home runs. The bad part is that giving up one run appeared to be a detriment to the game as the White Sox only had one run themselves.
Tied at one with Aroldis Chapman on the mound, AJ Pollock came up to bat. He hit his second home run of the season 104.2 miles per hour off the bat and gave the White Sox a 2-1 lead. It sparked an inning where the White Sox were actually able to score once more and win 3-1.
The Chicago White Sox needs big hits from A.J. Pollock all season long.
That was as big of a hit as the White Sox have had all season long. They are a relatively low-confidence team right now and it felt like they were going to blow it. That was until Pollock hit that monster home run to get the White Sox back ahead in relatively short order.
With some of the other great bats in the White Sox lineup, Pollock can just be one of the many. He has plenty of protection with this group around him which is something he was used to with the Dodgers. There are going to be other big spots for him to come up clutch as the year goes on.
If Pollock is able to have a strong season, the rest of the White Sox offense will catch up with him. There are some winnable games coming up here for this team and getting the most out of him would really help them score lots of runs.