Jose Abreu has made quite a turnaround from being a guy who was admittedly lost to bashing the ball like Abreu of old. From April 19th on, Abreu has hit at another level, reminiscent of the performances he put on throughout an eye-opening 2014 campaign in which he was the unanimous American League rookie of the year winner. Over that stretch, Abreu has slashed at an absurd .347/.404/.677 clip with nine doubles, one triple, 10 home runs and 22 RBIs in 136 plate appearances. Earlier this week, Abreu said the run is the product of trusting his tireless preparation. "I struggled in the first few weeks of the season but I kept working," Abreu said through an interpreter. "Now I'm at this point where
Do the Cubs have a World Series hangover? On the latest edition of the Cubs Talk Podcast, NBC Sports Bay Area Giants Insider Alex Pavlovic joins CSN's Patrick Mooney to talk about the World Series hangover, how last year's playoff loss lingered in San Francisco, Johnny Cueto's quirks, the legend of Madison Bumgarner and Jeff Samardzija's ups and downs. Plus Kelly Crull, Jeff Nelson and Tony Andracki break down the Cubs’ defensive struggles this year compared to an historic 2016 and how Ian Happ fits into the Cubs’ lineup in both the short and long term.
Chris Sale has been a strikeout machine for the Boston Red Sox in the 2017 season, but the left-hander didn’t have enough Wednesday night to break a Major League Baseball record. The left-hander entered Wednesday’s contest against the Texas Rangers having recorded 10-plus strikeouts in eight consecutive starts, but the Texas Rangers prevented Sale from rewriting history. Sale only punched out six Rangers in the game and allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits over 7 1/3 innings of work. Ironically enough, this isn’t the first time Sale has just missed out on setting the record. He racked up eight straight 10-plus strikeout games in 2015 with the Chicago White Sox, but couldn’t register the