Chicago White Sox Morning BP: Is Jose Abreu a triple crown threat?
Aug 1, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu (79) scores on an RBI double by shortstop Alexei Ramirez (not pictured) in the sixth inning at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports
After Friday night’s 3-for-3 game against the Minnesota Twins, Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu has moved his stats up to where he is in rare triple crown territory.
By the way, this is his first season at the MLB level.
Abreu’s numbers are: .310 batting average, 31 home runs and 84 RBIs in 95 games played this season. Also Abreu is currently on a 21-game hitting streak.
Right now, Abreu leads the AL in home runs and RBIs, holding a two-home run lead over Nelson Cruz (29) and three RBI lead over Miguel Cabrera in RBIs who has 81 and is the last player to achieve the triple crown.
What is going to be the toughest part is the batting average lead, with Abreu’s BA ranking ninth in the AL, 29 points behind Jose Altuve who is batting .339 on the season for the Houston Astros.
So it will be tough for Abreu to pass eight other players, but it will be fun to watch just how close the White Sox rookie can reach that milestone of a triple crown in his very first season in MLB.
Thoughts? How close can Abreu reach that achievement?
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• Pitching coach Don Cooper was back in the dugout after missing 11 games with vertigo writes the Chicago Tribune.
• Jose Abreu moved his hitting streak to 21 games and ESPN Chicago wrote about it.
• The CSN Chicago site also wrote an article on how Hahn was disappointed at the trade deadline.