On Wednesday night, the Chicago White Sox offense was mostly bad against Tony Gonsolin. The Dodgers pitcher is one of the best in the National League right now as he is sporting a 7-0 record with a 1.58 ERA and a 0.86 WHIP.
It was a dominant performance for him at Guaranteed Rate Field as he went 6.0 innings of one-run ball. He allowed just three hits and one walk while striking out five. It has been a very good season for him so far. He is certainly in National League Cy Young contention now.
The only run that he allowed came off the bat of Jake Burger. He hit one out for his sixth of the season off one of the best pitchers in the world. It got the White Sox into the game but Tony La Russa’s bad lineup construction hindered them from completing the comeback.
Jake Burger has already been sent down to AAA once before this season. That should not happen anymore. He is one of the 26 most important players in the organization right now and that is a fact.
The Chicago White Sox are in desperate need of Jake Burger’s offense.
Sending Jake Burger down when Tim Anderson returns would be the worst decision that this organization can make. He is honestly becoming one of the best hitters on the team right now that deserves to be playing very often.
Burger is now tied for second on the team with six home runs. Jose Abreu is in the lead at seven and he is tied with Luis Robert and Andrew Vaughn. That is not a guy that gets sent down to AAA, especially when the rest of the team is underperforming offensively as a group.
There are plenty of other players that are struggling that should either be DFA’d or sent down to AAA. Gavin Sheets, Leury Garcia, and Josh Harrison are all significantly worse at the plate right now. Jake Burger deserves to stay.
When Tim Anderson returns from injury, they will be getting their best player back but it should absolutely not come at the cost of a player like Jake Burger. His time in AAA should be done forever as he is a Major League Baseball player.