Just over two weeks into the 2019 White Sox schedule and the team looks a little rough around the edges, with a few bright spots sprinkled in to balance things out.
Most notably is the hot start short stop Tim Anderson has gotten off to. Batting .429 at the time of writing this, Anderson has been a sparkplug for this offense in ways that the White Sox really haven’t seen in recent memory – especially from Anderson, who hit his first career grand slam to cement a series win against the Yankees in New York over the weekend. Obviously this exact pace isn’t sustainable (but it’s fun to pretend like it could be) but if Anderson continues to knock a hit or two per game then the White Sox will be in good shape moving forward.
Paired with the success of Anderson is new (at the position) third baseman Yoan Moncada. Once the top prospect in baseball, the switch-hitting 24-year-old looks like he’s out to prove something this season. He’s attacking the ball at third base, he looks much more comfortable in the right-handed box, and his strikeout total is about average for what the team is trending towards thus far into the year. Moncada currently leads the team in RBI, runs scored, doubles, and people named Yoan.
On the flip side, though, the starting rotation hasn’t been terribly exciting outside of a couple solid starts from Carlos Rodon – really the brightest spot of the rotation so far. Rodon is 2-2 with a 3.27 ERA and has already outdueled Corey Kluber and Masahiro Tanaka this season.
Anders Johanson and Sean Williams touch on these topics plus a few more in this week’s episode of The Word on 35th Street.