While the White Sox were being clobbered by Detroit last night, Brent Morel continued his clobbering of baseballs in the final month of the season.
Over the course of two Septembers (and a few days in October), Morel has an OPS of .862 with eight home runs. In no other month does he have more than one home run, and in no other month does he have an OPS over .686.
I generally hate to throw out the "randomness" explanation, because often times it's lazy and used in lieu of actually finding the cause of something...but in this case, Morel's September splits seem awfully random. Perhaps it's because he's facing inferior pitching, but last night, his two home runs came off Rick Porcello and David Pauley, two guys who are hardly September call-up material.
That's pretty much the case for the other September home runs Morel has hit in his career -- all were off legitimate major leaguers, albeit of varying effectiveness from Max Scherzer to Brad Penny to Frank Herrmann.
On one hand, it's good to see Morel actually doing something productive at the plate after hitting around the Rios line for most of the season. On the other hand, it'd be mighty nice if Morel could have multiple months like this -- not to say a 10-home run month like he's on pace for -- instead of just in the dying embers of a season.
I'll be optimistic here and say this gives Morel some good video on which to look at in the offseason, and maybe he can parlay this success into some sustained offense next year. That'd be great, because with his defensive ability and no replacement existing in the Sox system, he's penciled in as the third baseman of the future.