Jose Abreu Ended Home Run Drought
Abreu hadn’t hit a home run since June 23, the longest home run drought of his MLB career. Fortunately for the slugger, he was able to break out of his slump with a two-run home run in the second inning against the Tigers on Thursday. Abreu’s home run was just his 12th on the season and he’s projected to finish the season with 20 home runs.
After hitting 36 home runs in 2104 and 30 last season, this will be steep decline in power numbers for the veteran first baseman. Abreu hasn’t looked like himself at the plate this season, and he was expected to be a catalyst for the White Sox offense. However, Abreu has failed to hit consistently with runners in scoring position. Although he was mired in a home run drought, Abreu still has enough time to turn his season around.
I don’t think Abreu’s lack of production this season is any reason to be alarmed about 2017. Many players have poor seasons and are able to bounce back the next season. Who could forget Paul Konerko’s 2003 season? Abreu will be fine in my opinion, and hopefully Thursday’s game was the first of many games moving forward this season with Abreu hitting a home run.