At the beginning of the year, we thought the Chicago White Sox had a young version of Mike Trout in their centerfielder Luis Robert. Then, Robert got hurt early in the year. Of course this probably robbed him of what would have been a 30-30 season in the bank.
However, Robert appears healthy now and he spent the weekend feasting on Chicago Cubs pitching and is not putting the league on full notice. Notably on Sunday, Robert hit home runs 5 and 6 against the Cubs.
This brings his average to .344, with a slugging of .552 and an OPS of .933 in this abbreviated season of his. Clearly, the White Sox have a force on their hand that should contend for the MVP award in 2022. Equally important, Chicago has another middle of the order 5-tool masher on their hands that could propel them to a World Series berth if he keeps this up.
Indeed Robert will cool off at some point, but it appears at the moment that American League teams have forgotten the book on exactly how to get this guy out. When they make a mistake, he’s hitting gaps, green, and seats. It’s enjoyable to watch such an explosive talent become the guy we thought he could be.