The Chicago White Sox is a team that believes it can make a deep postseason run. They have a lot of depth but the confidence comes from the fact that they have a lot of star players. Each one of them needs to be there in order to have a chance at this thing. Jose Abreu’s presence might be the most important out of everyone.
Abreu did not travel with the team down to Texas ahead of their series with the Houston Astros. He, according to the team, has a bit of the flu right now. They are now certain after multiple tests and protocols that the illness has nothing to do with COVID-19. A decision is still to be made about his status for game one but it sounds better than it did earlier as he is now headed to Houston.
The White Sox needs Jose Abreu. He had 117 RBIs this season along with 30 home runs. He is as important to this team as any player. You know exactly what you are going to get from this guy when the times are the toughest. Knowing that he should be good to go for the game is a huge sigh of relief.
If for whatever reason Abreu can’t go, you can probably expect either Gavin Sheets or Andrew Vaughn to take his spot at first base. Although both of those guys have extremely bright futures, they are a significant drop off from Jose Abreu. Hopefully, the entire team is ready and feeling good by tomorrow’s game one.
The Chicago White Sox needs Jose Abreu there leading the way in October.
The White Sox also announced that Lance Lynn will start game one of the series. They also announced that Lucas Giolito is the guy for game two. We can assume that Dylan Cease is the guy for game three but nothing was confirmed yet. It is a very good squad that has a great chance if they can be healthy for the next month.
With Abreu’s leadership both on and off the field, you’d have to think he is the key to this ship running. With the things that he does with his bat, it is hard to argue. He is also incredible defensively at first base which gives the team a major boost a lot of the time.
When Jose Abreu is accompanied by Luis Robert, Yoan Moncada, Yasmani Grandal, Eloy Jimenez, and Tim Anderson all in the same lineup, they have only lost one time. Having them all there is so nice and we can only hope that it stays that way.