The White Sox got back to work Thursday night at the G-Spot, and this time, they played longer than the 5 or so innings played on Wednesday, further proof that nature is healing.
Edwin Encarnacion. The White Sox signed him to do one thing. Hit dingers. He did that twice on Thursday night off of Carlos Rodon, showing the added thump to the middle of the order the Sox will need to compete with the power that the Twins have.
Nick Madrigal. He’s gonna make it hard to keep him off the big league roster this year if he continues to play the way he did Thursday night. He deftly grounded a ball through the right side of the infield on a hit-and-run play. He followed that up by smartly tagging up on a deep fly ball to center to get to 2nd base with one out in the inning. He’s showing very good baseball instincts early on, which should make Ricky Renteria happy.
Dylan Cease. The other part of the return from the Cubs in the Jose Quintana deal looked good too. He struck out 8 over 4.2 innings of work, only allowing 3 hits and one run against. His stuff was sharp, and nowhere was that more evident in the 4th, when he struck out the side.
Carlos Rodon. He wasn’t terrible, but I’m sure he’s glad Encarnacion is on the same team as he is for the regular season. Tim Anderson tagged him for another home run. He’ll need to do a better job of keeping his off-speed stuff down in the zone to avoid getting hammered by teams like the Twins.
Yoan Moncada. We finally learned why Moncada was away from the club the last couple days, as the Sox announced that he tested positive for COVID-19. Thankfully, his case was rather mild, with Moncada saying that he only really dealt with loss of smell and taste for a day or two. But it’s still scary to think that one of the most important pieces of the puzzle for the Sox did test positive. Ricky Renteria did say that Moncada may not be game-ready for the season opener on the 24th. Hopefully he will be, because in a 60 game season, each individual game will take on additional importance, and the other options for third base don’t exactly inspire confidence.
The outfield bleachers. They may need to replace some of the seats out there with the pummeling they are likely to receive from the home runs the Sox are projected to hit this year, with the addition of Encarnacion, Yasmani Grandal and Luis Robert.
The Sox are back in action Friday afternoon just after 1 p.m. Chicago time. Keep it Soxy, kids, and use protection. Yes, that includes wearing a mask!