The Los Angeles Angels’ offense powered them to 8-4 and 7-5 victories on Tuesday, preventing the Chicago White Sox from matching their longest winning streak of the season. After being swept in the doubleheader, the White Sox have fallen back to last place in the American League Central and are in danger of finishing in last place in their division in back-to-back years for the first time in franchise history.
While White Sox pitching continues to be among the worst in the league, they have one major bright spot in their lineup: Jose Abreu, who is tearing the cover off the baseball, hit his league-leading 26th home run of the year off Garrett Richards on Tuesday. He also heads into Wednesday with a career-best 16-game hitting streak.
Even after an ankle injury sidelined Abreu for 14 games just over a month ago, the Cuban first baseman is still destroying Major League Baseball pitching. He leads all players in home run rate and slugging percentage this season. Not only is Abreu cleaning up for the White Sox in the middle of the order, but he is also doing the same on the diamond. His league-leading range factor at first base is on pace to be the best in the American League since 2006.
Abreu, who hit his first 25 career home runs faster than any player in MLB history, has carried the White Sox offense in 2014 and hopes to continue to do so as the team maintains pace with the defending World Series champions in the wild-card race.