White Sox’ Jose Abreu tests positive for Covid-19
By Bob Garcia
The Chicago White Sox received some bad news yesterday (Wednesday) when it was announced that slugging first baseman Jose Abreu has tested positive for Covid-19.
The 34-year-old Abreu led the team with 19 home runs last year. He played in just 60 games due to the shortened MLB season. In a typical full season, he’s good for around 30 dingers and at least 100 RBIs. While the Covid is reported to be a mild case, it’s not the type of news that teams want to hear this time of year.
Here’s a quote from White Sox general manager Rich Hahn (courtesy ESPN.com).
“Other than being frustrated, Jose feels great and, like the rest of us, is looking forward to when he rejoins the club in the not too distant future.”
White Sox one of the AL betting favorites at the ACR sportsbook
Chicago made the playoffs last year for the first time since 2008, ultimately losing in the Wild-Card round to Oakland. Despite making the postseason, the team unceremoniously fired manager Rick Renteria and brought back their former skipper, 76-year-old Tony LaRussa.
There is a big question on how LaRussa will relate to his players at his advanced age, especially all the young, talented ones. However, talent is the key word because there is a lot of it on this squad and it’s reflected in the odds.
Chicago is the -115 favorite to win the AL Central division at the Americas Cardroom sportsbook. They are also +430 to win the American League, which trails only the New York Yankees (+167).