White Sox Send Bassitt to the Hill in Game 2 vs. Royals
September 16, 2014
White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Chris Bassitt (0-1, 4.73) vs RHP Liam Hendricks (1-2, 5.06) for KC.
Bassitt (pictured above) is set to make his third start and fourth career appearance. He had a strong outing his last time out on September 10 vs. the A’s, his second career start. He allowed just one run and five hits over six innings while getting a no decision in a 2-1 Sox victory.
Plays of the Day
John Danks tossed six shutout innings and extended his unbeaten streak vs. the Royals to 15 games in last night’s tough 4-3 loss to KC…the Sox knocked out 13 hits with eight hitters adding to the total…Adam Eaton led the way with three, including a double, and scored twice. Alexei Ramirez had a pair of singles with a run scored, Jose Abreu singled twice as did Avi Garcia, who drove in a run, and Conor Gillaspie also collected an RBI single.
Jose is the only American League player to rank in the Top 5 in batting average (3rd, 323), home runs (3rd, 35) and RBI (T3rd,102). He is trying to become the first rookie in history to finish in the Top 5 of the Triple Crown categories and the fifth player in Sox history, joining Joe Jackson (1920), Dick Allen (1972), Frank Thomas (1994) and Albert Belle (1998).
The last rookie to finish in the Top 10 of all three Triple Crown categories was the Dodgers’ Mike Piazza in 1993 while the Twins’ Tony Oliva (1964) was the last AL rookie to do so.
When Abreu hit his 35th homer on Sunday to tie Ron Kittle‘s White Sox rookie record (his 102 RBI are third-most by a Sox rookie) he became just the 10th rookie in baseball history to hit 35 homers in a season. He is tied for sixth all-time with Kittle (1983), Piazza (1993), Hal Trosky (1934) and Rudy York (1937). Jose’s 35 homers are the most by a player in his rookie season since St. Louis’ Albert Pujols hit 37 in 2001.
For the record, Abreu also leads the entire major leagues in OPS (.986) and Slugging Percentage (.602).
Quote of the Day
Highly respected baseball writer and broadcaster Peter Gammons on Abreu and the Rookie of the Year award.
“…With a possible exception of the pitching of Chris Sale, the biggest story to come out of the Windy City this summer was the bat of Cuban defector, Jose Abreu. On Sunday, Abreu tied the White Sox rookie record for home runs, in a season that has been labeled a significant down year for power. Moreover, Abreu has straight up produced regardless of the home run numbers. With a .322/.384/.604 slashline (through Sunday), Abreu finds himself ranked atop the major hitting categories (MLB: AVG 3rd, OBP 9th, SLG 1st, RBI 5th, HR 4th). Abreu should run away with the vote…”
Jose Can You See…
Flat Cap Night
This White Sox Irish Flat Cap (presented by Miller Lite) will be given away to the first 20,000 fans 21 and over on September 25 in the opener of the final series of the season.
White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (12-3, 1.99) for the Sox, RHP Yordano Ventura (12-9, 3.25) for KC.
Photo of the Day
Memories. A night game at Comiskey Park 24 years ago in 1990, the venerable ballpark’s final season.