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Thursday, April 20, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL CRISIS POINT: JOSE ABREU 1B CHICAGO WHITE SOX

When your a hulking slugger known for your power and RBI potential, trying to square up to bunt is certainly an eye-opening way to try and get on base.  This is what unfolded for Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu after he struck out in his first two at-bats against fireballing New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino Wednesday.  For the game Abreu went 0-for-4 to drop his season average to 157 and even worse, he has zero home runs and a grand total of 5 RBI.  All this from a guy who has been a stalwart 25-30 home run/100-RBI bat since coming to the major leagues in 2014.  In digging in on Abreu, surely this is an ugly slump and there is no way to sugarcoat it right now.  As bad as Abreu has been however, this is a guy who looks like a classic buy low to this peanut stand and keep in mind last April he batted just .229 with 3 home runs before hitting .300 or better in 3 of the following five months.  The fact of the matter is that Abreu is simply in a slump and he has shown a tendency to get off to cold starts before rallying.  Remember that in three MLB seasons, Abreu has gone over 100 RBI each time and his home run totals have come in at 36, 30, and 25.  While Abreu has chased his phenomenal rookie debut the last two years, this is still a guy who is a stable source of power and RBI and his average has never been below .290.  The strategy now is to go to your Abreu owner and make a low-ball offer.   He may just take it and then you have a steal on your hands.


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