Well, to answer that question, take a look at the following numbers:
10: Number of home runs. That broke a major league rookie record, with Abreu's walk-off grand slam against Tampa Bay on Friday pushing him past the eight home runs Albert Pujols, Carlos Delgado and Kent Hrbek hit as rookies in the month of April.
32: Number of RBIs. Again, Abreu broke a record here, blowing past the 27 RBIs Pujols had as a rookie in April 2001. Those 32 RBIs are the third-most by a White Sox player in any month in franchise history, one shy of Robin Ventura's 33 (July 1991) and Harold Baines' 36 (June 1987).
0: Players with more RBIs entering May than Abreu. Miami's Giancarlo Stanton is second in the majors with 31 RBIs.
.348: Abreu's isolated power, which measures the number of extra bases a player gets per at bat (slugging percentage minus batting average). That .348 mark is only topped by Colorado's Troy Tulowitzki so far. In 2013, only one player had an ISO above .300 -- Baltimore's Chris Davis, who finished the season with a .348 ISO.
.424: The combined number of points Dayan Viciedo and Alexei Ramirez have seen their OPS rise from 2013 to 2014. Viciedo has the second-best walk rate on the White Sox and leads the team with a .410 OBP, while Ramirez broke a franchise record for hits in a month (40). We'll let Robin Ventura take it from here:
"I'm sure there's something to it, since you're seeing guys take different approaches," Ventura said Wednesday when asked about Abreu's impact on Viciedo and Ramirez. "Jose's still a free swinger, but balance-wise and him hitting the ball the other way there has to be a residual effect. I know for Viciedo, it's very easy to see that size-wise the kind of player that they are. Other guys, as players you look at teammates and when they're doing well you try and cherry-pick as much as you can from them, look at how they're pitching them, look at where they're hitting the ball, body position and stuff like that. It has to have some effect."
-- JJ Stankevitz, CSNChicago.com
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