White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu has been a tough out all year long, but particularly lately as the Cuban slugger hasn’t been retired since the ninth inning on July 30. Since then, Abreu has reached in all five plate appearances two days in a row.
On July 31 in Detroit against the Tigers, Abreu walked, was hit by a pitch, and singled three times with an RBI. Yesterday, at home against the Twins, Abreu singled, doubled twice, and was intentionally walked twice in the seventh and eighth innings. He’s currently on a 21-game hitting streak.
If Abreu is going to keep both streaks going, he’ll have to do it tonight against Twins right-hander Yohan Pino. Abreu will enter the game with a 1.003 OPS along with a league-leading 31 home runs and 84 RBI, all of which puts him in the conversation for American League Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player awards.
Though he has only accumulated just over two years of service time in the major leagues, Cardinals starter Miles Mikolas can become a free agent after the 2019 season due to language in his current two-year, $15.5 million contract. He is open to signing a contract extension with the Cardinals, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Mikolas said, “It’s something that the Cardinals and my agency have to work out – if the numbers work out and everything turns out to be it’s absolutely something that could happen.” His agent, from Octagon, has had discussions with the Cardinals about a framework for an extension.
Mikolas, 30, spent the 2015-17 seasons pitching for the Yomiuri Giants in the Japan Central League. He had great results, which he was able to leverage into a contract back in the U.S. Last season, his first in the majors since 2014, he finished sixth in NL Cy Young balloting and earned a spot on the NL All-Star roster. The right-hander went 18-4 with a 2.83 ERA and a 146/29 K/BB ratio in 200 2/3 innings.
This coming season, Mikolas will be part of a starting rotation that also includes Carlos Martínez, Jack Flaherty, Michael Wacha, and Adam Wainwright.