Chicago White Sox: 1 superstar is really heating up
Jose Abreu is a professional hitter. His recent hot streak is a testament to that. After struggling in June, the former MVP has turned it on as of late. This is great news for the Chicago White Sox. He is beginning to heat up at the plate and turn into the hitter that White Sox fans know and love. Over his last seven games, he is hitting .357 with three home runs, nine RBIs, and a .679 slugging percentage.
The Chicago White Sox needs Jose Abreu to stay hot for a long period of time.
This comes after a terrible stretch of games to open in June. Abreu did not look like himself in the box, to the point that Tony La Russa questioned his health by wondering if he was as healthy as he needs to be to play. There are a couple of instances where he had a few days off which he is not used to doing.
Abreu’s month got worse when he was struck in the knee with a pitch against the Seattle Mariners on June 27th. He needed to be helped off the field and was out of the lineup for the second game of the White Sox doubleheader. However, Abreu is tough and does not like days off. He shocked everyone by returning to the lineup two days later. His offensive prowess also returned.
On the final day of June, he muscled a four-seam fastball off Bailey Ober just over the right-field fence. It gave him just his second home run in 30 days but it opened the flood gates. He hit another home run in a two-hit day on July 3rd, then another on July 4th. He collected three hits on Independence day including an RBI single to go along with his three-run shot in the ninth.
He followed that up by launching a mammoth blast into the third deck of Target Field on July 5th. The ball traveled 411 feet and marked his third home run in a three-game streak. He now leads the team with 15.
It was also his 213th career home run, putting him just two behind Carlton Fisk for fourth place in franchise history. He also showcased a nice piece of hitting with a muscled shot to left-center field for a base hit. That brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth inning but his teammates were unable to capitalize.
With injuries decimating the lineup, the White Sox needed someone to carry the load offensively. Abreu realized this and began to press at the plate. It seems like he has reset and is beginning to take better at-bats.