Moncada went 1-for-4 with a run scored, extending his hitting streak to seven games in Sunday's 2-1 loss to the Astros.
As is the custom against left-handers, Moncada was dropped to seventh against Houston's Dallas Keuchel. He entered Sunday's game hitting .153 against left-handers before getting a hit in three at-bats against the southpaw. Manager Rick Renteria told Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun Times that he's considering moving Moncada up in the order so that he can get more opportunities as a right-handed batter, but not yet. And there are no plans to restrict him to batting left-handed only. ''My eyes tell me he has the skill set to hit from both sides of the plate. I could be wrong, but I don't even consider eliminating one side at this point at all. It's not even in the recesses of my mind right now. He has plenty of time to figure out how to manage that side," said Renteria.
Moncada went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer and two strikeouts in Wednesday's loss to the Reds.
Moncada 11th home run of the season put the White Sox ahead in the third inning, though they'd eventually fall by a 7-4 margin. The 23-year-old hit just .205 in May and .197 in June, but he's been starting to turn it around since the calendar flipped to July. Over the last three games, Moncada is 6-for-15 (.400) with a homer, a triple, two doubles, a steal and six RBI.
Moncada went 3-for-6 with a walk, a stolen base, a triple and three RBI in Tuesday's 12-8 extra-inning victory over Cincinnati.
Moncada's bases-clearing triple in the 12th inning put the White Sox on top for the first time, completing their comeback from a five-run deficit earlier in the game. This was the second straight multi-hit effort for Moncada, who endured a miserable June in which he hit just .197. Three of his five hits in the last two games have gone for extra bases.
Moncada was thrown out at home plate in the first inning Saturday during a play on which manager Rick Renteria feels the infielder didn't go all-out, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. "If you're asking me if he gave his best effort, no he did not," Renteria said.
The White Sox have had a few incidents this season where a player's hustle has been questioned, but Renteria chose not to punish Moncada by removing him from the game as he had done previously with others. Still, it's another reminder of the young player's worse-than-expected performance (.692 OPS, 35.6 K%, .955 fielding percentage) in 2018.
Moncada went 1-for-6 with a double and struck out four times in Thursday's 2-1 loss to the Twins.
Moncada has hit safely in six straight games (7-for-28), but has also struck out 11 times in 29 plate appearances during that stretch. Therein lies the frustration for fantasy owners. Moncada draws walks and does well when he makes contact (.333 BABIP), but inconsistent bat-to-ball skills prevent him from making a bigger impact. He strikes out 35.6 percent of the time and doesn't get on base enough (.294 OBP) to make his speed work.
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