Adam Eaton started the first 19 games of the season for the White Sox before being sidelined for the last three with flu-like symptoms.
Needless to say, the first month of the season has been tough for the fleet-footed centerfielder, who has yet to record a single RBI this year.
Among 180 Major League Baseball players who qualify for the batting title, Eaton is the only one who hasn’t driven in a run this season. The next fewest belongs to several players with three RBIs.
Going back to last year, Eaton failed to drive in a run in his last eight games, bringing his current RBI drought to 27 games and 116 plate appearances.
As a leadoff man, Eaton’s job isn’t to drive in runs, but he should certainly be on pace for more than zero a month into the season.
Eaton’s struggles are compounded by the fact that the rest of the White Sox offense isn’t doing much, either. He’s only had 11 plate appearances with runners in scoring position, and 21 PAs with men on.
The White Sox host the Tigers for a three-game series beginning Tuesday, and Eaton is a noted Tiger-killer. He’s got a career .338/.400/.441 slash line against Detroit with five extra-base hits and four RBIs in 17 games.