Since returning to the lineup a couple of weeks ago, Robert has contributed to the White Sox offense immediately, hitting .367/.404/.571 with two home runs and seven RBIs. The wheels seem to be back as well, with Robert scoring nine runs and getting a stolen base.
Not looking like he has missed too many steps since returning from his injury rehab on August 9, Robert has hit safely in nine of 12 games since returning from injury, with multi-hit efforts in half of those games.
While the White Sox are only .500 in the 12 games since Robert’s return, they are 5-1 in the games in which La Pantera has had multi-hits and 3-0 in his three-hit games — including Tuesday night’s 5-2 White Sox victory in Toronto, in which he set the table by leading off the game with a hit. By the fifth pitch of the game, veteran slugger José Abreu hit a three-run homer as part of a four-run first. That is some extremely efficient table-setting!
In fact, a year ago manager Ricky Renteria was adamant that Tim Anderson was his leadoff man, despite Luis Robert hitting well in the top spot with TA out injured. It seems Robert is picking right back up with incredible production in the leadoff spot, now holding career marks of .394/.474/.576 — by far his best of any spot in the order — in eight career games leading off.