Jose Abreu can be 'even better' in second half

Chris Crawford analyzes Jose Abreu's impressive offensive numbers since June 1 and explains why the White Sox veteran could be primed to continue his strong production rest of season.

Video Transcript

- You can admit it. There were some of you out there who were a little worried about Jose Abreu after the first couple of months of the season. After all, this was a player on the wrong side of 35 who was hitting just 244 with a 739 OPS at the first-base position.

To say that concerns were unwarranted is quite the understatement, as all he's done since June 1 is hit 362, 433, 537, while driving in 26 runs. And now, there's no way he's going to keep hitting at a 362 clip. That's ascension to the mean, if such a thing exists. There's reason to believe Abreu can be even better in the second half.

For one thing, he's registered just a 672 OPS at home, and there's no way that's going to last. He's also in the 94th percentile in expected slugging, and he's just too strong and good at barreling the baseball to believe he's not going to go on a major power run, and soon. There's nothing wrong with the 304, 387, 470 hitter, but managers should be excited that there's very likely more to come out of Abreu in 2022.