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Jose Abreu has reached base in each of his last 10 plate appearances

Aug 2, 2014, 12:45 PM EDT

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White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu has been a tough out all year long, but particularly lately as the Cuban slugger hasn’t been retired since the ninth inning on July 30. Since then, Abreu has reached in all five plate appearances two days in a row.

On July 31 in Detroit against the Tigers, Abreu walked, was hit by a pitch, and singled three times with an RBI. Yesterday, at home against the Twins, Abreu singled, doubled twice, and was intentionally walked twice in the seventh and eighth innings. He’s currently on a 21-game hitting streak.

If Abreu is going to keep both streaks going, he’ll have to do it tonight against Twins right-hander Yohan Pino. Abreu will enter the game with a 1.003 OPS along with a league-leading 31 home runs and 84 RBI, all of which puts him in the conversation for American League Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player awards.

  1. Jeremy Fox - Aug 2, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    Had to go look up the record for most consecutive plate appearances reaching base. It’s 17, but if you restrict attention to post-1900 it’s 16 by Ted Williams:

  2. spyder9669 - Aug 2, 2014 at 1:22 PM

    Way to go Giants. Your unwillingness to spend money on nothing but homegrown talent leads to another great miss for the franchise. Could’ve had a steal. Instead another year of sad offense.

    • twinfan24 - Aug 2, 2014 at 1:30 PM

      Yep, because no one else was bidding, so it was merely inattentiveness on the Giants part.

    • thatsnuckinfuts - Aug 2, 2014 at 1:59 PM

      Two Championships in the past 4 years and you’re complaining?
      Shut up

    • Jason @ IIATMS - Aug 2, 2014 at 2:31 PM

      Fans of all other 29 teams could say the same thing.

  3. Detroit Michael - Aug 2, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    Abreu is more than “in the conversation” for AL Rookie of the Year. Barring an injury, he’s a shoe-in to win the award. His competition is George Springer, Jake Odorizzi and Dellin Betances.

    • esracerx46 - Aug 2, 2014 at 2:45 PM

      Abreu could get hurt now (knock on wood) and still win AL ROY He was talking about being in the conversation for the MVP. Who else for AL MVP right now?

      • zs123 - Aug 2, 2014 at 3:21 PM

        Trout in a land slide, then a group of Abreu, Adam Jones, Miggy, Bautista.

      • esracerx46 - Aug 2, 2014 at 3:41 PM

        Trout defensively better than Abreu. Offensively as of right now Abreu has him beat.

        Trout has 30 more at bats, and has fewer home runs, and Rbis. Trout has also struck out 21 more times than Abreu. Trout is second in strikeouts by the way. While hitting for a lower average. Trout has the better OBP. And has 2 more doubles, with the 30 extra AB. Trout is not ahead by a landslide. Could put a good argument together for him being behind Abreu at this point

  4. esracerx46 - Aug 2, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    Let’s not forget, during g the Abreu sweepstakes. A lot of people were on the fence about how he would translate to the majors. Saying his bat speed might not be quick enough. He was billed as a slugger. He’s far more than that. He’s a hitter who also happens to hit home runs. He’s a mature guy who happens to be a rookie. He’s married, has a kid, and if you’ve read anything he’s said about his approach to the game its absolutely fascinating and a breath of fresh air.

    Also, at the time the Sox were criticized for possibly overpaying. Last week when Frank was going to the hall I heard talk of Frank’s 15 consecutive streak. Now its Jose. He’s gone from a .265 hitter to .300+ since coming off the DL. Hopefully this brings fans to the cell!

  5. earpaniac - Aug 2, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    Yes, let’s not say now everyone knew he’d be this good. There were serious questions if he’d hit, I even read Dave Kingman as a comparison.

  6. ahrmon - Aug 2, 2014 at 5:36 PM

    Now *that’s* a Cubano Robusto.

  7. papacrick - Aug 2, 2014 at 6:35 PM

    Who cares if Trout is better defensively? I’ve been watching baseball a long time and never was defense a factor when determining the MVP until Trout came along and people were grasping at straws to find a way to give him the award. It’s about hitting and always has been. Now it’s derp derp what does the word valuable mean derp derp. Get a life losers

    • kcroyal - Aug 2, 2014 at 9:07 PM

      You’re an idiot.

  8. stlouis1baseball - Aug 4, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    It’s becoming apparent this Abreu kid is good at Baseball.

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