Stock watch: Abreu's charge continues

Jose Abreu reached 25 home runs in fewer games than anyone in major league history. AP Photo/Jeff Haynes


StreakingJose Abreu, first base: Nearly three months into the season and the rookie continues to look like a veteran. Abreu is currently riding a 14-game hitting streak, with six home runs and 13 RBIs over that stretch. He is also batting .351 (20-for-57) over that time. Entering Sunday’s game he was the only player in major league history to hit 25 home runs over his first 68 big league games.

Left-handed bats: Leadoff man Adam Eaton has delivered a hot streak to coincide with Abreu’s run, batting .375 (21-for-56) over his last 15 games, with a .462 on-base percentage. Neither Alejandro De Aza or Adam Dunn started Sunday in Toronto against Mark Buehrle, but De Aza is batting .365 (23-for-63) with six doubles over his last 20 games, while Dunn has four home runs and 10 RBIs in his last 19 games.

Hector Noesi, starting pitcher: The right-hander heads into Monday’s start against the Los Angeles Angels with a 2-1 record and a 3.44 ERA over his last six outings. He has pitched at least seven innings three times over that stretch. All this from a pitcher who was claimed off waivers in April as a reliever. Since the White Sox acquired him, Noesi has lowered his ERA from 14.21 to 5.07.


SlumpingFifth starter: An 8.87 ERA over his last five starts got Andre Rienzo kicked out of the starting rotation and into the bullpen. His replacement, Scott Carroll, didn’t fare much better. Carroll took a spin in Rienzo’s rotation spot on Thursday at Toronto and gave up five runs on nine hits over five innings. The last time the White Sox won a game with Rienzo or Carroll starting was May 20.

Ronald Belisario, relief pitcher: Since taking over the closer role on May 20, the right-hander has posted an 8.76 ERA over 14 appearances (12 1/3 innings). Just how hard has Belisario been getting hit since switching into his new role? Opposing hitters have a .457 batting average on balls in play against him since his move to closer. Before the move, that number was .250.

Conor Gillaspie, third base: The lone lefty bat not delivering of late, Gillaspie has gone hitless in his last 12 at-bats. He got a much-needed break against the lefty Buehrle on Sunday. Gillaspie is also 1-for-17 over his last four games, but still will carry a .317 batting average into the homestand. It has been one of his few dry spells this season after already delivering hitting streaks of 11, 10, eight, seven and six games.