The Chicago White Sox are becoming a team that makes a habit of playing close games. Both Friday and Saturday’s games were very close and went right to the end. The difference-maker in Friday night’s game was Jake Burger while Jose Abreu saved the day for the White Sox on Saturday as the Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2.
Coming into Saturday’s contest, Abreu had yet to go yard through the first seven games of the season. He had been held in check for the most part and was off to a slower than normal start. But great players step up when it’s needed most and Abreu stepped up big time today.
His first home run of the year came in the bottom of the 4th with one runner on and one out. Abreu connected on the ball and it landed in the first few rows of the stands. With Tim Anderson on base, the White Sox took a 2-1 lead on the big blast.
As mentioned before, we have seen Abreu be much better than he has over the last week in terms of power. There has been a lot of bad luck so hopefully, this turns the tides. Coming into the game, he was slashing .192/.276/.269. In those 29 plate appearances, he had just two RBIs and five hits.
His season wasn’t starting out the way that he had hoped. Maybe his home run on Saturday will help get him going and moving in the right direction. Abreu is the heart and soul of this White Sox team.
Jose Abreu means so much to the Chicago White Sox organization in 2022.
He’s their inspirational leader so to speak and the one that many of the guys look up to. When he’s hot, this team can be hot. And while this team has won six games and lost only two, his bat has been somewhat cold along with the bats of a few other guys.
Once these bats heat up, the wins are going to come in bunches and this team will punch their way into the playoffs in a resounding fashion.
It’s always great to see Abreu do well. Hopefully, he will be able to build upon this two RBI effort and keep on knocking in runs in bunches as the season moves along. This home-run moment just might be the start of a great season for Abreu.