Reason 2: A strong middle of the order
While Chicago’s pitching has been clicking as of late, Eloy Jiménez and José Abreu are providing a back-to-back punch in the middle of the order.
Since the All-Star break, Jiménez has slashed .366/.436/.610 with seven doubles, 11 home runs and 32 RBI. He has also 17 games with multiple hits out of the 48 second-half contests the White Sox have played.
Abreu, meanwhile, was slashing .312/.386/.457 heading into Wednesday, leading the American League with 167 hits. His .312 batting average is the third-highest in the AL and, after leading all AL hitters in total hits in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, he’s looking to become the first White Sox player since Nellie Fox to be the league leader in hits in multiple seasons.
With the duo back-to-back in the order, it’s hard for opposing pitchers to work too much around them. And it’s very possible that the White Sox batting order is going to get much deeper in the coming days, which leads us to our third reason to keep an eye on the Sox as October approaches.