Aug 16, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu (79) hits a single during the fourth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
The Chicago White Sox have something of a rarity occurring with their batting order this season … they have a chance to have three players who have played in over 100 games finish the season with batting averages of at least .300.
Jul 8, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Chicago White Sox third baseman Conor Gillaspie (12) is congratulated by center fielder Adam Eaton (1) after scoring a run during the fourth inning agains the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports
Those three batters are Jose Abreu, Adam Eaton and Conor Gillaspie, with all playing in at least 100 games this season with 19 games left on the schedule. Here are their averages before games on Tuesday, Sept. 9.
Abreu is leading the way with a .317 average, followed by Eaton at .300, and Gillaspie is batting .294.
All three have a realistic shot at batting over the .300 mark, something no White Sox player did all of last season. In fact, Alex Rios was the last White Sox batter to achieve that feat in 2012 with a .304 average in 157 games played.
In 2011, Paul Konerko batted .300 in 149 games, and he also had a .312 average in 2010 in 149 games.
In 2005, when the White Sox won the World Series, not one player who played in at least 100 games had a .300- or better average.
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Now, for the season, what is the likelihood that the trio of Abreu, Eaton and Gillaspie all bat at least .300?
I’m going to say not likely because Gillaspie isn’t helping his cause with a .125 average in the past 10 games, going 4-for-32 in that span from Aug. 28 to Sept. 8.
Abreu is batting well in his past 10 games, going 14-of-37 with a .378 average, and Eaton is about average, with a .250 batting average in his past 10 games. He is 10-for-40.
On whitesox.com, it has a stat projection for the remainder of the season, and it has Eaton projected to finish at .297 and Abreu at .311. As for Gillaspie, it has him at .289 overall with his batting once the season is complete.
My prediction is Abreu and Eaton will hang on and finish at or over .300 at the plate this season.