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White Sox: Jose Abreu's resurgence

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White Sox: Jose Abreu's resurgence

Lost in the shuffle among Tim Anderson’s potential Player of the Month campaign was the recent surge by José Abreu, who by the way is the last White Sox player to win the AL Player of the Month award (he won in April & July 2014). After homering in two of the first three games this season, he fell into a deep funk where he hit .138 over the next 15 games. But something seemed to click on April 19th at Detroit when he collected two hits and he hasn’t gone hitless since. Abreu has a hit in eight straight games; multiple hits in each of the last four.

Abreu this season

                                                                                PA          Hits        2B           HR          RBI        

First 18                  .174/.266/.348                   79           12           3              3              10                          

Last 8                     .486/.526/.800                   38           17           5              2              14          

 

What changed? One thing that stands out is his ability to hit the fastball, and velocity in general.

Abreu this season

                                                AB ending in fastball                      AB ending on pitches 90+ MPH                 AB ending on pitches 95+ MPH                                            

First 18                                                    5-32 (.156)                                        4-26 (.154)                                          0-3 (.000)

Last 8                                                     10-22 (.455)                                        10-23 (.435)                                        3-5 (.600)

 

This doesn’t mean that he hasn’t been hitting the non-fastballs, because he has been hitting those hard all season long, even if many of them have been outs.

Entering today, Abreu is tied for the MLB lead in hard-hit balls on non-fastballs.

Most hard-hit balls (95+ MPH exit velocity) this season on non-fastballs

22           José Abreu

22           Trevor Story

20           Starlin Castro

19           C.J. Cron

19           Javier Báez

19           Ketel Marte

19           Pete Alonso

And he has been among the league leaders in hard-hit balls in general this season

Most hard-hit balls (95+ MPH exit velocity) this season

51           Cody Bellinger

49           Andrelton Simmons

48           Tommy Pham

46           George Springer

45           José Abreu

45           Trevor Story

45           Christian Yelich

 

All of a sudden, his season slashline has gone from that .174/.266/.348 in the first 18 games to the .279/.350/.500 it is now, which is right in line with his career .295/.353/.516 line he had heading into this season. He’s having his best April since 2015.

 

José Abreu in March/April

                G             HR          RBI         BB              BA/OBP/SLG

2014       29           10           32           9              .270/.336/.617

2015       19           5              15           4              .293/.346/.587

2016       25           3              13           8              .229/.303/.354

2017       22           2              11           6              .280/.344/.439

2018       25           6              12           6              .263/.342/.485

2019       26           5              24           11           .279/.350/.500

He has the highest Pre-May OBP (.350) and walk total (11) of his career. And with Moncada & Anderson producing around him, this should make for a very interesting summer on the South Side. Even if Abreu doesn’t maintain his .486 pace through the rest of the season.

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: White Sox get a big come-from-behind win thanks to José Abreu

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: White Sox get a big come-from-behind win thanks to José Abreu

David Haugh, Jim Litke and Luke Stuckmeyer join David Kaplan on the panel.

0:00- The White Sox get a big come-from-behind win thanks to José Abreu. With signs of light at the end of rebuilding tunnel, should the Sox go for wins now or continue to focus on the future? The panel debates.

15:00- Will Perdue joins the panel to preview NBA free agency and who the Bulls should target when it all begins Sunday.

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Craziest game of the season? This was it

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Craziest game of the season? This was it

It was a game that had just about everything: five runs off Chris Sale, Jon Jay scoring from second on an infield single, a game-winning home run by Jose Abreu in the ninth, and so many other crazy things in between.

Chuck Garfien, Ryan McGuffey, Chris Kamka and Vinnie Duber break it all down. Abreu's heroics and how Scott Podsednik predicted it (2:00), the wizardry of these White Sox and their record (6:10), Yoan Moncada takes himself out of the game after getting hit on the knee by a Chris Sale pitch (10:30), Jon Jay's heads-up dash for home (15:10), Tim Anderson's ankle injury (21:20), what roster changes are coming (24:00) and more.

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