Previewing the White Sox-Brewers Series

The Chicago White Sox are rolling into Milwaukee as one of the hottest teams in Major League Baseball. They just swept the Kansas City Royals to extend their winning streak to four games and have moved above a .500 record.

During the Royals series, the White Sox offense put up 23 runs and amassed a whopping 39 hits in just three games.

The Dugout’s Patrick Flowers wrote more on yesterday’s Sox win and some other highlights in his piece attached and can be read here.

Below are a few things to note heading into the upcoming Milwaukee Brewers series.

Leading Off

Friday evening, Tim Anderson was taken out of the game with a sore hip. The following day, Anderson was put on the injured list with a strained right groin. Yermin Mercedes was recalled from their taxi squad before the next game (and subsequently sent back to Schaumburg this afternoon).

Anderson had been the Sox leadoff hitter to start the season in all seven of the games he’s played in. He’s batting .333 with five extra-base hits and seven runs scored.

His departure opened up the possibility for rookie phenom Luis Robert to step into the leadoff role. Robert’s debut in the role consisted of getting four hits which included two doubles and a home run, scoring twice, and driving in two.

Through two games in the leadoff spot, Robert has a batting average of .500 and has 10 total bases.

Nomar Mazara has Arrived

Nomar Mazara will be joining the White Sox for the first time this season. He will give the Sox another option in the outfield moving forward.

The hope with Mazara is to be a more consistent outfielder defensively. It would also be plus for the Sox if he can return to his 2017 self. That season, he hit .253 with 30 doubles, two triples, 20 home runs, and 102 runs batted in.

Mazara is a career .261 hitter with 253 runs, 95 doubles, 79 home runs, and a .753 OPS in 537 games across four seasons with the Texas Rangers.

Brewers Series

The White Sox begin their one and only series against Milwaukee tonight. The series consists of four games split between Miller Park and Guaranteed Rate Field.

The Brewers are coming into the series with 3-3 record and in second place in the National League Central. Their last series was postponed due to COVID 19 concerns surrounding the St. Louis Cardinals. Those same concerns were enough to convince Lorenzo Cain to sit out the season. Cain was 6-for-18 with two runs scored, a double, two runs batted in, three walks, and only two strikeouts to start the season.

At the plate, Brewers have struggled. They are batting .198 while averaging four runs, 6.5 hits, and 10 strikeouts a game so far. Superstar Christian Yelich is 1-for-27 with a solo home run and a walk to begin the season. They have fared better on the mound. Brewers’ pitching has a 3.91 ERA and has limited opposing batters to a .188 batting average, tied for the best in the MLB.

Mound Matchups

Who’s Hot

  • White Sox Offense: .328 avg, 6 2B, 3 HR, 23 R, 12 BB in KC series.
  • Leury Garcia: 5/6, RBI, R, BB in KC series.
  • Yasmani Grandal: 5/13, 2B, 5 RBI, 3 R, 2 BB in KC series.

Who’s Not

  • Jace Fry– 0.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R/3 ER, HR in KC series

Final Thought

Sox are two games behind the Twins in the American League Central entering this Brewers series. If they can stay hot and have stronger outings from their starters, they can make up some ground in the standings. Brewers have not played since Wednesday, July 28, and just saw their hottest hitter leave.

Feature Photo: Jonathan Daniel | Credit: Getty Images

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