How White Sox rookie Mercedes started so hot

‘Keep it Yermín’: How Mercedes began 2021 so hot initially appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

“Keep it Yermín.”

Appears like we may have discovered a catchphrase to go along with the South Side’s latest experience.

Yes, the Yermín Mercedes Program rolled on Monday night. The scene altered from Anaheim to Seattle, however Mercedes continued raking, including 3 more hits to his white-hot start to the season, on base 4 times in the White Sox 6-0 win. He depends on 12-for-18 in 4 video games, with 3 doubles, a crowning achievement, 6 RBIs and 4 runs scored.

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The factoids are beginning to overwhelm as Mercedes rakes his method much deeper and much deeper into the record books.

These were passed along by the White Sox in the middle of the current Mercedes romp:

— His 12 hits are the most by any gamer in the modern-day age over his very first 4 profession starts.

— He is the very first gamer with 3 or more hits in a video game 3 times in his very first 4 profession begins considering that Hall of Famer Roy Campanella in 1948.

— His 12 hits are the most by any White Sox gamer over his very first 4 video games of a season, exceeding Ducky Holmes’ 11 in 1904.

— He is the very first White Sox gamer with 3 or more hits in a video game 3 times in his very first 4 video games of a season.

Mercedes is stepping up huge time, supplying the production the White Sox questioned how they’d get when Eloy Jiménez decreased for 5 to 6 months with a burst pectoral tendon. That Silver Slugger formed hole in the middle of the lineup will be difficult to plug for the whole of a season. However in the project’s opening days, the White Sox are measuring up to their “next man up” talk, thanks to Mercedes.

“Somebody needed to step up,” White Sox catcher Yasmani Grandal stated after Monday’s video game. “We needed to have that next man come up and do their job. Hopefully he keeps it going. We all know he could hit. So it seems like he’s right where he needs to be.”

For as hot as Mercedes is right now, this was not precisely anticipated throughout the spring. Not just did it look like there’d be a lineup crunch at the catcher position that would keep him from the major leagues, however his bat wasn’t rather as fiery throughout Cactus League play. The man who was smoking cigarettes baseballs throughout spring 2020 set up milder numbers this year, with simply a .674 OPS in 21 video games.

However Jiménez’s injury unlocked, and Mercedes hasn’t simply moved his foot because door, he’s kicked it down.

it ends up that’s due, in part, to some handy words from Grandal throughout the spring.

“He talked with me and said, ‘Keep doing what you are doing all the time. Don’t try to change if somebody tells you to change this or change this,'” Mercedes remembered. “He said, ‘Keep it Yermín.’ I’m Yermín, so I don’t want to do another thing. ‘Just be the same guy all the time. Don’t change anything. If you do something, keep doing that.’ That’s helped me a lot. He talked with me and I (said), ‘You are right. I tried to do another thing, and it’s not working much.’ But then I came back, and I do Yermín.”

“It just so happens that an extra spot opened up and we were able to bring him along,” Grandal stated. “Obviously, we work together on a daily basis on the catching side, and even in spring training, even when he was going bad there, I had to kind of put him on the side and kind of give him a kick in the behind, you know, so he could get it going. Because we all know he could hit, and we needed somebody to step up after Eloy, and it excites me that he was the one that kind of took over that role.”

You may question how long this can last, as baseball has actually seen hot starts disappear time and time once again. Mercedes isn’t going to strike .667 with a 1.684 OPS for the entire season — a minimum of I’m quite sure he will not.

However possibly we ought to stop questioning the man who has actually taken advantage of his opportunity after a years in the minors and independent ball.

“That’s me. That’s Yermín,” he stated. “So all the time, when I do this, probably nobody has a chance to (get) me out. That’s Yermín.”

White Sox supervisor Tony La Russa stated prior to Monday’s video game that his strategy was to play Mercedes in the very first 2 video games of the series in Seattle, then offer somebody else a possibility to get some playing time in the series ending Wednesday — unless, possibly, Mercedes handled to bang out 6 or 7 more hits.

Well, after Monday, he’s midway to making another start.

However White Sox fans may most be anticipating getting to see the current fan favorite in action on the South Side. The group returns from its season-opening trip for the house opener Thursday at Surefire Rate Field.

“I know he shouldn’t play the Opening Day at home. I don’t think our fans are excited to see him,” La Russa deadpanned prior to chuckling. “I’d be booed in the introductions.”

So it’s a sure thing Mercedes will be the beginning DH when the White Sox play their very first video game in front of the house fans considering that 2019.

And those fans aren’t the only ones anticipating it.

“I’m so excited,” Mercedes stated. “I want to see my fans over there on Opening Day in Chicago. I want everyone to talk to me. I want to see my people. I want to see the Yermín fans, the Yerminator fans. I’m so excited, I can’t wait.”

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.