Astros hope to get Jose Abreu untracked vs. White Sox

Jose Abreu visited the injured list only twice during his nine seasons. Chicago White Sox, On seven occasions, he played in more than 93 percent of the team’s games.

now with Houston Astros, Abreu remains strong but still struggles. The first baseman enters Friday’s series opener in Chicago with more rest than most of his teammates, before the team’s travel day Wednesday off as he works to find a groove.

“He’s very calm and internalizes everything,” Astros said manager Dusty Baker. “I know it’s killing him not to be helping this team and not performing.

Abreu is batting .218 with no home runs, 14 RBI and .525 OPS in 36 games. Houston was left out of the lineup for the first time on Wednesday since signing with the club in November.

Baker said he thinks Abreu is “a little bruised somewhere, but he’s not saying because he’s such a fighter.” Abreu has served as Houston’s cleanup hitter 31 times this season.

Houston beat the Los Angeles Angels 5-4 on Wednesday in Anaheim, California, to clinch the series win, and improve to 3-3 on a nine-game road trip that ends this weekend. white sox

“We held,” said Baker. “You never know which run is going to be the winning run, and it feels good to win a one-run game on the road.”

The margin of victory in eight matches has been two runs or less Astros games and nine of their last 10

It is not uncommon. In the season-opening, four-match series split against the visiting white soxThe defending World Series champions defeated Chicago, 17–16.

white sox 13 games under .500 since then, and they’re coming off an uneventful, 3-4 road trip to Cincinnati and Kansas City

Freddy Firmin dropped a squeeze bunt past Chicago pitcher Reinaldo López to score the winning run in the ninth inning on Thursday as the Royals won 4-3. Kansas City, which had won just three home games entering the series, took three of four.

Chicago manager Pedro Grifol said, “We had some momentum coming and we got out.”

white sox Thursday lost catcher Yasmani Grandal to right hamstring tightness in the fourth inning, but they look forward to the return of third baseman Yoan Moncada (back), who is expected to be reinstated from the injured list before Friday’s game.

JP France, a 28-year-old rookie right-hander, is set to make his second career start for Houston on Friday. France (0-0, 0.00 ERA) earned a no-decision in his major league debut at Seattle on Saturday, pitching five scoreless innings amid three hits, one walk and five strikeouts.

Right-hander Michael Kopech (1-3, 5.97 ERA) gets called up to Chicago. Kopech picked up his first win of the season on Sunday in Cincinnati, hitting four solo home runs in six innings of a 17-4 rout by the Reds. white sox romp

Kopech is 0-2 with a 5.25 ERA in three career appearances against Houston, including two starts, with seven strikeouts in 12 innings.

– Field Level Media

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