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Abreu, DiMaggio, and Pujols -- Oh, My!

September 23rd vs. the Kansas City Royals

Sox Office Smash Hit:
The Long Hot Summer
Watching this summer's bullpen is a slow burn. Watching Abreu reach his numbers has made a steadily burning summer.

Short Take: The Sox lost to the Royals, 8-2, as the feckless bullpen put the game out of reach. But Jose Abreu put his Hall of Fame chances within reach with 100 RBIs.

The good news: Jose Abreu got his 100th RBI tonight, putting him in the rarefied company of Joe DiMaggio and Albert Pujols as the only players to get 25 or more home runs and 100 or more RBIs in their first four seasons. We're lucky to be here now to see him at work. Frank Thomas was like that: every at-bat was a clinic, and every accumulating stat reminded us how good he was, and those of us who were able to see him in his prime were truly fortunate. Remember these days -- your nieces, nephews, and grandchildren may ask you one day if you ever got to see Jose Abreu.

The bad news: the 2017 White Sox lost to the Royals 8-2, in a game that was well within reach until the bullpen showed up. Both Sox runs were driven in by Abreu, as the rest of the squad seemed perplexed by KC starter Danny Duffy. Not a bad pitcher, but Duffy is among those you'd nominate for entry in the Hall of Pretty Good.

Duffy was all the Royals needed, though. The Sox sent out Dylan Covey, whose 0-7 record suggests that his greatest virtue is that he's in a major-league uniform and is breathing. He survived six innings against the cowtowners and gave up three runs.

Thereafter the Sox sent a parade of artless throwers who collectively gave up five more runs to put the game out of reach. Check it out: Jace Fry pitched 1/3rd of an inning and was responsible for three runs to raise his ERA to a vertiginous 21.60. He reached that lofty plateau by loading the bases before he was relieved by Al Alburquerque, who promptly yielded a bases-clearing double.

Alburquerque's 2/3rds of an inning was set aside to make way for the feckless David Holmberg, who gave up two more runs in 1/3rd of an inning to bring the score to its 8-2 tally. Chris Beck then came in to pitch the final 1-2/3rds innings, and mercifully did not give up any other runs.

The South Siders scattered eight hits. Tim Anderson extended his hitting streak to 14, which was nice, but the bigger story was Abreu's consistent level of success. I mean, Joe DiMaggio and Albert Pujols! These guys are among the best of the best, and so is Abreu.

The rebuild continues. Yoan Moncada, Matt Davidson, Tim Anderson are here now and look like the can't-miss phenoms we hoped they'd be. The rest of the farm is growing nicely and puts the Sox on a competitive track for 2019.

In the meantime we're subjected to seeing this meatball parade out of the bullpen. Be of stout heart, fellow fans. The bullpen can be strengthened in trades, and the Sox are still stockpiling tradeable strength.

While we wait for that day, close your eyes and think about Abreu: smart swing, consistency, hard work, and poise. Save the Abreu stories so you can tell them in later years. Jose is already sharing the stage with DiMaggio and Pujols and he has plenty of time to go.

Bullpen, bullpen, go away. Bring Abreu here to stay.

submitted by tebman.

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