The Chicago White Sox defeated the Oakland A’s by a final score of 14-2. It was one of those nights where everything went right for one team and everything went wrong for the other. With the White Sox where they are in the standings, it was a much-needed easy win.
Dylan Cease got the start for the White Sox and his magical season continued. He went 6.0 innings where he allowed no runs on three hits and two walks. Cease struck out nine A’s hitters in this one. The Cy Young is officially in reach.
As awesome as Cease was and has been, the story of the game was the offensive explosion which led to 14 runs scored. Every single player that was in the starting lineup had at least one hit which is amazing as the White Sox had 21 in total.
The player that made the biggest impression was Yoan Moncada. He has had a truly awful season and the White Sox are where they are in part to that. However, Moncada showed some of the tools that made him a top prospect once upon a time.
He went 5-6 with two home runs, five RBIs, and three runs scored. That is a brilliant performance for anyone but it feels extra special for Moncada who the White Sox needs to wake up badly.
The Chicago White Sox needs Yoan Moncada to play well way more often.
If Moncada became a good hitter again, he would be considered one of the best at his position in the game. With how good he is on defense, adding some great offense would make him an incredibly valuable player.
The best third baseman in the league is Nolan Arenado of the St. Louis Cardinals. He is the best defensive third baseman that is MVP-level good offensively.
Honestly, if Moncada stayed where he is defensively and just became a decent hitter again, he would be considered a poor man’s version of Arenado. That would be an amazing compliment for a team looking for the face of their rebuild to rise back up.
You can’t count on this to continue for Moncada after the way that 2022 has gone but it is good to have hope. Every now and again he has these games that very few are capable of having and it makes you wonder if it’s coming. Hopefully, it continues in Friday’s game against Oakland and beyond.