What if I told you that Jose Abreu after he returned from the IL was basically the exact same player he has been in 2019, 2021, and 2022?
It is a whole new world of hitting for the Astros' Abreu Post-IL.
Here is the table right here with the comparison.
Since 8/23, Abreu has hit
- OPS 0.834- this is BETTER than 2019, 2021, and 2022
- xwOBA 0.413- this is BETTER than 2019, 2021, and 2022
- with an overall exit velocity of 90.5 which is slightly below the 2019/21/22 EV of 92.1
- this has been done with a very unlucky BABIP of 0.220
The biggest jump for Abreu has been in how he is hitting breaking pitches (sliders, curves, sweepers). He is like a completely different ball player than he was before 8/9.
Again, I believe something was done while Abreu was on the IL to improve his eyesight.
Folks, THIS Abreu could lead the Astros charge to the postseason.
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