CHICAGO – They’ve not been bashing the ball out of the park at a record rate, but they haven’t been terrible either.
Average would be an apt description of the White Sox power numbers very early in the 2019 season, coming into Tuesday’s game with 18 home runs. That ranks them 19 in Major League Baseball when it comes to the long ball this season.
But on Tuesday night, it was power that helped carry the White Sox to a third-straight victory. Once again, it was Yoan Moncada who provided the majority of it at Guaranteed Rate Field.
Of the four homers belted by the White Sox in the 5-1 win over Kansas City, Moncada had two of them to add to his total of five on the season.
The first got the White Sox on the board in the third, a solo shot that evened the game at one. After Leury Garcia’s two-run homer – his first of the season – put the White Sox up by two, Moncada did it again later in the inning, knocking a blast into the right field seats to make it 5-1.
It extended the White Sox season-high win streak to three games and continues Moncada’s incredible start to the 2019 season. He’s batting .333 for the season with those five homers, which is nearly a third to his total of 17 that he had during the entire 2018 season.
During this quick three-game win streak, Moncada has come up with six hits and five RBI.
Certainly, the start eases some of the fears that fans had about the player that was the centerpiece of the Chris Sale trade in late 2016. Moncada had 271 strikeouts in 578 at-bats (46.9 percent) as he hit .235 in his first full major league season.
So far this year, Moncada has 16 strikeouts in 66 at-bats, a rate of 24.2 percent, with four walks in 16 contests. Oh, and he also has switched from second base to third without a lot of issues, making just two errors in 16 games at the position (.953 fielding percentage).
Add that to his production at the plate, and it’s been a dream start to the season for one of the key players in the White Sox rebuild. On Tuesday, his power was on display for all to see.