White Sox: A complete breakdown of Jose Abreu’s 200 home runs
Ever since Jose Abreu became a member of the Chicago White Sox, things have gone very well for him. The franchise stayed loyal to him and he stayed loyal to the franchise when they went through that hard rebuild from 2016-2019. Now, he is widely considered one of the best players in the league. His 2020 American League MVP Award tells you what you need to know about him. The White Sox are lucky to have him as they look to take their next step as a winning organization.
Jose Abreu is becoming one of the all-time greatest Chicago White Sox players.
On Tuesday, Jose Abreu hit a grand slam which just so happened to be his 200th career home run. It was his second home run of the season which was also his second grand slam of the season. He went into the year needing two home runs to reach this milestone and got them both with the bases loaded. If his next home run is a grand slam as well, he will be the first player in MLB history to have three grand slams as his first three home runs in a season.
When you look at all of the homers that Abreu has hit throughout his career, there are some interesting things. His first career home run came at Coors Field against the Colorado Rockies. He wasn’t done after that either because his second came in the very same game.
Of his 200 home runs, 96 of them have been at home and 104 have been on the road. That is a pretty nice split down the middle as it shows that Abreu isn’t just someone who dominates at home but doesn’t show up elsewhere. In fact, he has eight more home runs on the road than he does at home. His most recent home run, the 200th, came in Seattle against the Mariners.
The crazy thing is that Abreu is a right-handed hitter so it may surprise you to learn that 150 of his home runs have come against righties. The other 50, of course, have come against lefties. Abreu is pretty consistent in every month of the baseball season but he seems to like the month of August the most as 46 of his 200 home runs have come in that month. July is his lowest total at 24.
113 of Jose Abreu’s home runs have come in games that the White Sox win and the other 87 in losses. Abreu has only ever played first base or DH in his career with the White Sox. 172 of his home runs came as a first baseman and the other 28 as a designated hitter. He has led off an inning with a home run 39 times.
Abreu has six career home runs batting second, 153 batting third, and 41 batting fourth. He has never hit a home run in any other spot in the order. It is clear that he is meant to be a power bat in the middle of a lineup. It is even better when there is good talent before and after him.
Home Runs By Team:
24 – Cleveland Indians
23 – Detroit Tigers
21 – Kansas City Royals
20 – Minnesota Twins
14 – Los Angles Angels
10 – Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs
9 – Baltimore Orioles, Oakland Athletics, Seattle Mariners, Tampa Bay Rays
7 – Texas Rangers
5 – Toronto Blue Jays, Houston Astros
4 – New York Yankees, San Francisco Giants
3 – Arizona Diamondbacks, Los Angeles Dodgers
2 – Cincinnati Reds, Colorado Rockies, Philadelphia Phillies
1 – Miami Marlins, Milwaukee Brewers, Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals, Washinton Nationals
It should surprise nobody that the four teams that Abreu has hit the most home runs against are the teams in his division. The Indians, Twins, and Royals have had to deal with him for a long time. He has at least four home runs against every team in the American League.
The Cubs are the National League team that he has hit the most against by a lot. He has also hit one (or more) against every team in the NL Central. The only three teams (besides the White Sox) that he still needs to hit one against are the San Diego Padres, New York Mets, and Atlanta Braves. He won’t get a chance at any point this season. He will have a chance at the Mets and Braves in 2022.
The career of Jose Abreu has been fascinating to watch as a Chicago White Sox fan so far. With all of these individual statistics looking good for him, it would be nice to see him have some playoff success with this team. He has given them so much so it is time to see them make a run together.