Chicago White Sox fans were hoping the team would fill its opening in the right field with one of the marquee free agents available this past offseason. When that didn’t happen, the team filled the void by trading reliever Craig Kimbrel to the Los Angeles Dodgers for outfielder AJ Pollock. People scratched their heads wondering if this was the best the team could do.
However, fans might like the deal if Pollock can hit like he did on Opening Day against the Detroit Tigers. Forced to take the top spot as shortstop Tim Anderson serves a two-game suspension, Pollock went three-for-five at the plate with a brace, an RBI and a run scored.
Yes, that’s a small sample size, and the chances of it hitting like that every time are slim to none. But for a few days, the White Sox will need him to hold the top spot. Going to the base multiple times for the Electric Bats behind him will work just fine.
Pollock hit a two-out and RBI single in the second inning to give the White Sox a 2-0 lead at the time. Moments later, he scored on a brace from Luis Robert.
AJ Pollock had a good bat but a bad glove for the Chicago White Sox on Opening Day.
Pollock, 34, has a gold glove on his resume, having won it as a center back in 2015 with the Arizona Diamondbacks. This would have been useful on the last play of the match as the ball bounced off his glove which resulted in the winning run to score.
It was not an encouraging sight to see as Pollock’s defense was something the team felt was a plus he would bring to the ballpark. It’s a game he should be doing.
Pollock’s gaffe was not the main reason for the White Sox loss, however. Aaron Bummer and Liam Hendriks failed to hold their own when needed, although it was encouraging to see Barrett Sousa and Kendall Graveman performing well outside the bullpen.
The injury bug needs to go and Lucas Giolito left the game after round four with abdominal tightness. There’s enough talent in this squad to be positive right now. They can overcome this ugly loss. However, they can’t afford to make mistakes like these very often as the split will be tougher this season.