With all the trade deadline talk the past few days it might be easy to overlook that Chicago White Sox rookie Jose Abreu is currently on a 19-game hitting streak.
In their game preview for Thursday’s game, the official White Sox web site wrote of Abreu looking for hit No. 20 today:
“White Sox slugger Jose Abreu extended his hitting streak to 19 games Wednesday night with a seventh-inning single. He has hit in 37 of his last 38 games — the lone hitless contest in that stretch coming on July 5 against Seattle.”
Even if the White Sox make a trade, I don’t think there was any offseason move or any trade within the past month that has equaled what the White Sox did when they gained the services of Abreu this past winter.
Abreu is not the cornerstone of the White Sox franchise, and along with Chris Sale they will build an eventual winner around those two players. I honestly believe that.
This season, Abreu is batting .299 this season with 31 home runs and 83 RBIs before the Thursday afternoon game with the Detroit Tigers. His on-base percentage is .348.
In his past 10 games, Abreu has raised his batting average from .291 to .299 with 15 hits (five doubles, two home runs) and 10 RBIs. He has also walked twice in that span of games.
Abreu has been a burst of fresh air this season, and it will be fun to see where his numbers end up once the season is complete.
In other White Sox news:
• The White Sox lost to the Detroit Tigers, 7-2 on Wednesday. Here is what the official White Sox site wrote of the game.
• The Chicago Sun-Times says White Sox “seem unlikely to pull trigger at trade deadline.”
• Two White Sox players are on rehab assignments writes CSN Chicago.
• ESPN Chicago also wrote about the White Sox and the trade deadline.