Jose Abreu, Alexei Ramirez: Offensive Leaders
By Joe McCarthy
Jun 2, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu (79) is congratulated by left fielder Dayan Viciedo (24) and second baseman Gordon Beckham (15) after hitting a two-run home run in the fourth inning as Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Drew Butera (31) watches at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Coming into the fourth game of a four game series with the Tigers, the middle of the line-up for the White Sox has been strong – namely first baseman Jose Abreu and short stop Alexei Ramirez.
Abreu holds the top spot in the American League slugging percentage at .627, and third place with 19 home runs. The rookie has continued his impressive year through a tough series with the Tigers. Abreu knocked in RBI number 50 in last night’s contest to add to his .270 average.
While playing at home, Ramirez has the best average in the AL. Hitting .370 while playing at the Cell. Having a .312 average and knocking in 36 runs, the Sox have created a strong middle of the line up, that includes Conor Gillaspie – with a team-leading .348 average – Abreu, Adam Dunn – with a .242 average, but holding 68 strikeouts – and Ramirez, rounding out the middle.
Through 66 games, the White Sox have knocked in 298 runs, hit 68 home runs and have a team average of .257; the White Sox are in the top five for the AL in several major hitting categories.
The White Sox look to continue their strong offense against the Tigers at home with Chris Sale starting on the mound.