KANSAS CITY -- It's obviously been a resurgent year for Alex Rios. But just how important has the outfielder been to the White Sox?
Well, according to Elias Sports, Rios' homer in the seventh inning of Tuesday's 3-2 win was the eighth lead-changing homer he has hit in the sixth inning or later this year. Overall, he's tied with Baltimore's Adam Jones for the most lead-changing home runs in baseball.
"He's been big," manager Robin Ventura said. "I think that's why you have the trust to let him swing 3-0. He's been that good for us. He's done a lot of different things, not just hitting but defense and running the bases. He's a complete player."
Rios is lighting up the stat sheet, leading the White Sox with 88 runs scored, ranking second with a .297 average, 87 RBIs and 22 stolen bases. His 24 long balls rank third on the team and tie a career high set in 2007 when he was with Toronto.
While the White Sox are enjoying Rios' bounce-back season, Rios is enjoying his team's postseason push. He's never played in the playoffs.
"This whole season has been something that I've never experienced," Rios said. "I've never experienced this, and every day when you come to the field it means something. It means that you have to come and do something good to try to win games. It's been a hell of a season."