White Sox: Steve Stone explains Jose Abreu's cold snap

White Sox: Steve Stone explains Jose Abreu's cold snap
April 18, 2014, 8:30 pm
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Jose Abreu has cooled off.

After batting .300 with four homers through his first 10 games, the rookie first baseman had just one hit in the following six games.

So what's up with Abreu? Well, CSN White Sox analyst Steve Stone has the answer.

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"As far as Jose Abreu is concerned," Stone said on Friday's SportsTalk Live, "what they're doing with the advance scouts is they're taking advantage of his eagerness and his youth and his relative inexperience to throw some pitches six inches inside, six inches outside and he's hitting with a 27-inch plate. If you go with the 17 inches that the plate really is, I think he can hit just about anybody. But the league has made an adjustment to him. It's up to Jose to make an adjustment back to the league, and that's what this game is. It's a constant game of adjustment. The real good hitters do adjust to what the pitchers are doing on a daily basis. ... He's facing some better pitchers than he's ever faced before, and the advance scouts have gotten to him. He's 1 for his last 22."

For more of Stone's analysis on the South Siders, check out the video above.