Six Pack of Stats: Cleveland 8, White Sox 6

Power to the People: Between the two ball clubs, there were three, two-run blasts late in the game. (FanGraphs)

The White Sox’s late-inning blasts are not enough against Cleveland in a suspenseful, drama-filled ending

After a promising to finish to last night’s ballgame, the Chicago White Sox couldn’t carry over their offensive heat into tonight’s baseball game. Instead, Cleveland found the power and ran … until the Good Guys took the power back in the late innings! Unfortunately, the Sox’s power wasn’t enough — and a straight-up robbery by Oscar Mercado certainly did not help — in this 8-6 loss to Cleveland. Although it’s not as much fun to look at the numbers after this almost-win turned loss, there still is a lot of good to come from the game.

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But first, the bad. The 2019 season has not been kind to Daniel Palka. In 53 ABs of the short-stinted season, Palka has a .019 batting average (.152 OPS) — a significant drop-off from his 2018 .240 BA, which consisted of 27 home runs and 67 RBIs for the power numbers.

1

In his first major-league at-bat, Danny Mendick — leading off the top of the ninth inning — struck out. But have no fear, Mendick has a whole lot of upside that he has to showcase for the month of September.

3

Now, the good. A pair of three’s wrote the story for Tim Anderson and Eloy Jiménez. Both players reached base twice via the single and double. For the third time of the night, Eloy reached on a hit-by-pitch in the eighth. TA7 showed some STICK TALK with a two-run blast in the ninth for his third hit of the night!

8

Okay, back to the bad. In their last nine games, the Good Guys have dropped eight of them. Of course, the team does not have any playoff implication, but this needs to be addressed. Abreu has the team contending in 2020, so this team must learn how to consistently win. The South Siders definitely know how to win, but a few ( or a lot, I wouldn’t mind) substantial winning streaks (four-plus games) would be nice to have throughout the next season.

29

Some good! José Abreu continued to rake. TA7 on first and nobody out during the top of the eighth inning, Mal Tiempo launched his 29th home run of the season to left-center field! Bonus Stat: That was Pito’s 400th extra-base hit of his career!

74

A little bit of both: Eloy Jiménez, our beloved No. 74, is awarded another stat in this Six Pack. Unfortunately, not in a beneficial way. With one out and bases loaded in the ninth inning, Eloy crushed a ball just to the left of center field, but Oscar Mercado made a miraculous effort to catch the sinking ball on the fly. Had that ball dropped, it would have been a bases-clearing double to give the White Sox a 9-8 lead. With a tip of The Big Baby’s batting helmet, Eloy will remember this moment and will capitalize on it in the future.

Six Pack of Stats: White Sox 6, Cleveland 5

Crazy eighth: The White Sox used a four-run eighth inning rally to grind out a victory in Cleveland. (FanGraphs)

.531

Eloy Jiménez was today’s MVP by wins probability added. Jiménez added .531 wins to the White Sox thanks to his excellent day at the plate, in which he finished 3-for-4 with two homers and a double.

3

Yoán Moncada was an on-base machine tonight, as he drew three walks. Even though runs were hard to come by, he came around to score after one of those walks. That happened when Eloy Jiménez smashed a double to deep center. Perhaps this number should have been four, because in his fourth plate appearance, the fifth pitch was a called strike.

Moncada swung and missed at the sixth pitch to strike out, but he still reached base three times out of four plate appearances. That will get the job done.

7

The White Sox broke a losing streak of seven, which matched their longest losing streak of the season. With a loss, the White Sox would have matched the length of their longest losing streak last season.

11

Dylan Cease has now made 11 career starts, and he has allowed at least one home run in all of them. It is still very early in Cease’s career, but he will have to limit the long ball. On a more positive note, Cease had a great start despite the home run he allowed to Francisco Lindor. Cease also struck out 11, which is the a career-high.

108.1

Eloy Jiménez’s game-tying home run in the seventh inning left the bat at 108.1 miles per hour, according to Baseball Savant. A cool note about that hit was that Jiménez did that on a slider, a pitch type that has been one of his largest weaknesses this season. The game-tying double that Jiménez hit in the second inning also came against a Clevinger slider.

789

The combined distance of the back-to-back home runs by James McCann and Eloy Jiménez was 789 feet (418 for McCann, 371 for Jiménez). Those two home runs propelled the White Sox to victory, as they went from down by three to up by one in the blink of an eye.

Six Pack of Stats: Twins 8, White Sox 2

Early turning point: The White Sox’s chances were never favorable after Jonathan Schoop’s first home run. (FanGraphs)


The White Sox lost their second straight game to the AL Central leaders. Let’s take a look at some numbers from tonight’s loss.

.091

The White Sox were just 1-for-11 (.091) with runners in scoring position. José Abreu, king of timely hitting and RBIs, got the only hit in those situations, which was a double in the first. Teams that only manage one hit with runners in scoring position generally do not fare well, which was the case tonight.

2

The White Sox issued two intentional walks early on in this game (one in the third and one in the fourth). Neither of those hitters came around to score, but very seldom is it a smart idea to give an opponent a free baserunner.

5

As a result of Tim Anderson’s 24th error of the season, the Twins scored their fifth run of the game to take a 5-1 lead. Anderson has now made five more errors than anyone else in the majors this season. Errors can be a misleading statistic, and shortstops see a ton of action, but needless to say, that is still not a distinction we want to see him have.

28.4

The biggest play in this game in terms of win probability added was the three-run homer by Twins second baseman Jonathan Schoop. That home run, which came with two outs in the second, increased the Twins’ odds of winning the game from 38.8% to 67.2%, a difference of 28.4 percentage points.

106.25

The White Sox got two doubles in the first inning to grab an early lead. Leury García led off with a sharp liner that left the bat at 103.2 mph, and two batters later, Abreu hit one even harder (109.3 mph) to drive home the game’s first run. The average exit velocity on these doubles was 106.25 mph.

3,960

Tomorrow’s starter for the White Sox will be Dylan Cease, who has allowed eleven home runs in nine career major league starts. The players who hit those homers totaled 3,960 feet rounding the bases. Cease has allowed at least one home run in all of his starts, which is a trend that he will hopefully break tomorrow afternoon.

Six Pack of Stats: Twins 3, White Sox 1

As they say in baseball: Let’s do that baseball! (FanGraphs)


There’s a throwaway gag in Family Guy, where Peter and Lois go to a drive-in movie theater (in a tank, because why not) and watch “The Even Couple” starring Jeff Daniels and Bill Pullman, two mild mannered, evenly tempered actors who you could probably interchange in literally every movie they’ve been in and not notice. This Sox/Twins “thriller” was pretty much like this bit. Two teams performed functional baseball, gave workman-like, professional efforts, and had some moments that moved the needle ever so slightly towards: Meh. Anyway! Here’s your Six Pack of Stats! (brought to you by the number 6)

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Both the Twins and White Sox offenses were relatively quiet for most of the night. The Sox could only muster six hits all night. Five singles sprinkled throughout, and one BIG FLY from our very own Tim Anderson that made the game 2-1 in the fourth inning.

Inner-half fastballs don’t usually get hit 400 feet to right center, but (Dr. Malcolm from Jurassic Park voice) Tim … uh … finds a way.

The Twins also had six singles, however the remaining two hits they got were solo homers off of Giolito in the second inning, which ended up being enough tonight!

203

The number of strikeouts for Lucas Giolito so far in the 2019 season, which for those counting at home, makes this the first 200-plus strikeout season of his career. The soon to be AL Cy-Young vote getter didn’t duplicate his dominant performance from last week, but a quality start and nine K’s make for a fine effort.

6th

With his 200-plus K season, Lucas Giolito became the sixth pitcher in franchise history to achieve this feat! The number of 200-plus K pitchers/convicted drug kingpins on this list remains at one, however.

Six feet

That’s how far Steve Stone’s loved ones would have buried him underground had this fifth inning foul ball off the bat of Twins batter Mitch Garver shot into the Sox TV broadcast booth a few inches lower than it did. Thankfully for him (and not so much for NBC Sports Chicago) the monitor just behind his noggin caught the brunt of the damage. Rob Manfred immediately called for the installation of nets to cover all broadcast booths.

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The game batting average for one Yolmer Sánchez, who went 2-3 and despite them only being singles, had the highest WPA of all Sox players for the game at .118. (The second single came with one out in the seventh inning, which was the only time the Sox had a man in scoring position with fewer than two out.) Naturally, Matt Skole pinch hit struck out and Leury lined out to Sano to end the last Sox offensive threat of the night.

Y-E-L-I-C-H

Let’s make up for the fact that the last stat was barely worth mentioning, but again, not much exciting happened in this game, one that mattered way more to the Twins than the Sox. So I will instead recognize the reigning NL MVP (and six-letter surnamed) Christian Yelich, who was involved in a one-sided twitter owning of some random troll. Yelly will be featured in ESPN’s The Body Issue and some of his tasteful nudes popped up on Twitter (sorry ladies and gents, no peeks at his Wonderbat) and some random Twitter-MAGAbot named @RoxaneJ77 who claimed to be sad in a now-protected tweet because Yelich “didn’t give a thought about all the kids that idolize him before doing his naked photo shoot.”

Yelich responded simply with a two-worded tweet: “Relax Roxane.”

But did our hero let bygones be bygones? NO, dear reader, he most certainly did not, and owned this troll into an early Twitter grave by doing this:

#RIPRoxane

Six Pack of Stats: White Sox 2, Rangers 0

May the odds be ever in your favor: According to the graph, the odds were almost always in the favor of the White Sox, and they made sure to prove the odds true. (FanGraphs)

Mal Tiempo collects RBIs No. 99 and 100

Yesterday, the Texas Rangers had the pitching going for them, and for this afternoon, the tables turned. The Chicago White Sox recorded the one-hit shutout and took the season series from the Rangers (4-3).

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Reynaldo López was firing on all cylinders during this afternoon’s ballgame. He pitched five complete innings, which consisted of 80 pitches. The thrill of that? He threw five shutout AND no-hit innings. Unfortunately, he left the game with signs of dehydration and flu-like symptoms. Wishing for a speedy recovery!

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José Abreu collects RBIs No. 99 and 100. With that, Mal Tiempo is third on the all-time Chicago White Sox list of seasons with 100-plus RBIs.

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The collective pitching effort of the Good Guys only gave up one hit to the Rangers. Recently, the South Siders have had some remarkable pitching efforts by starters and relievers. If the batters can keep complementing the pitchers with overall solid defense, this team will be a legit contender in 2020 as Abreu predicts.

25

With today’s save, Alex Colomé registers his 25th save in 26 opportunities. He definitely lives up to his Players’ Weekend nickname: The Horse.

.607

The South Side pitchers totaled a .607 WPA, and they were absolutely magnificent.

60

Today’s wonderfully-pitched ballgame and simple-hitting baseball equated to the Sox’s 60th win of the season. The South Siders are 60-70 overall.

Six Pack of Stats: White Sox 6, Rangers 1

The comeback kids: Ross Detwiler notched a quality start and recorded a new career-high of eight strikeouts; simultaneously, Yoán Moncada went 2-for-4 with a homer in his first game back from the Injured List. (FanGraphs)

Hakuna Moncada! Ross Detwiler pitches a career game, and YoYo records two extra-base hits in a worry-free White Sox win

Arguably one of his best starts of his career and definitely the best of the season, Ross Detwiler was rolling during tonight’s ballgame. After taking notes from Lucas Giolito’s masterful game yesterday, Detwiler recorded a quality start and set a new career-high in strikeouts. On top of the wonderful pitching, Yoán Moncada and the Good Guys let their bats come to life in what was an excellent game by the Chicago White Sox. Time to go behind the numbers of tonight’s well-executed baseball game:

8

Big Boss Ross had it going for him tonight. Twelve years into his major league career and Detwiler recorded a career-high eight strikeouts. As a lefty without any overpowering stuff, that is incredibly impressive. Hopefully, tonight marks a turning point for the rest of the season!

3

The South Siders only had three pitchers take the mound — not as impressive as Ariel Jurado’s complete game in the Texas Rangers loss — but they only gave up three hits during the span of 27 outs. I am totally behind a whole lot of Sox offense complementing a whole lot of pitching brilliance!

2

In his first game back from the Injured List, YoYo went 2-for-4, which included a long ball. That 112 mph blast went 383 feet and drove in two runs. YoYo pumped up the heat for his second extra-base hit of the game, which was a double hit at 115 mph — the hardest hit ball of Moncada’s short career.

92.7

After Moncada and James McCann went back-to-back on home runs in the third inning, the Sox’s win expectancy jumped to 92.7%. The South Siders made sure to cash that in for their 58th win of the season!

-.243

To give a little love to the Texas Rangers and as mentioned previously, Ariel Jurado pitched a complete game. Having given up six runs in the game, it is a pretty impressive feat for the young righthander. Even though he saved the bullpen for his team, Jurado did accumulate a -.243 WPA in his eight-inning complete game.

998

Looking ahead, José Abreu is two hits away from a career 1,000 hits. A first inning single made No. 998 career hits, so hopefully, No. 1,000 will be here before the Rangers go back to the Lone Star State.

Six Pack of Stats: White Sox 4, Twins 0

Ace of the staff: Lucas Giolito displayed his best stuff — against the best team in the A.L. Central — for a brilliant complete game shutout. (FanGraphs)


When someone shuts out one of the best major league teams of the season, he deserves some glory. For the numbers of the game, it’s all about the masterful Luc-ace G-elite-o!

27

Lucas Giolito, without a doubt, was the player of the game. No. 27 notched all 27 outs in his third complete game of the 2019 season. He now leads the Chicago White Sox in that category, breaking a tie with Iván Nova.

12

Of the 27 outs recorded by Giolito, 12 came via the strikeout.

3

That makes three straight starts with at least 10-plus strikeouts, for a grand total of 36! That is incredible!

2

Today’s scoreless opponent, the Minnesota Twins, joins the Houston Astros as the second team this season (and in his career) that G-elite-o has kept scoreless in a shutout.

0

Per the post game interview with Luc-ace, he claimed that he “didn’t shake [off James McCann] once.” That is some pitcher-catcher wizardry, and I am so here for it!

.380

Ultimately, what do all the above numbers add up to? A series win for the White Sox and an outstanding .380 WPA for Gio. The next-highest of the game? José Abreu’s .194. Lucas simply got the job done, and he did so brilliantly!

Six Pack of Stats: Angels 9, White Sox 2

One swing of the bat: The home run off of the bat of Mike Thaiss (an 81.9% win expectancy) was all the Los Angeles Angels would need to take the series from the Chicago White Sox. (FanGraphs)

Eloy notches his first career triple and tallies home run No. 22 in an ill-fated loss to the Angels

Although the Chicago White Sox couldn’t find the series equalizer, Eloy Jiménez had himself a numbers game this afternoon.

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The Tale of Threes:

Eloy Jiménez recorded his first career triple during the top of the fourth inning. With this three-bagger, Eloy has more triples this season than Tim Anderson.

However, Timmy still has a very admirable batting average well into the three-hundreds.

The worst of the threes is that the Angels take three of four games in this late-August set.

’95

Dylan Cease, born in 1995, threw 95 pitches in his eighth career major league baseball game.

5

In all eight major league outings, Cease has pitched at least five innings. Dylan works to save the bullpen, and if he can keep it up and possibly stretch it to six, the bullpen arms will be as sharp as ever. In a game where long starts are needed, Cease provides a bright spot for the future.

22

One-out in the ninth inning, Eloy hit another opposite-field home run in back-to-back games. Lucky No. 22 lands just above the yellow line on the padding of the right field’s wall.

.056

Mike O’Brien, Jason Benetti’s partner-in-crime for this afternoon, dons Mark Buehrle as his favorite baseball player. No. 56 inspired Eloy a little as Jiménez recorded the best WPA of the game for Chicago at .056.

25

The South Side pitchers gave up 25 runs in the four-game series. Allowing over six runs a game will be a habit that must be broken in order to contend in the future. It all comes with the growing pains of the game, and I am confident that these young ballplayers are going to go on a very special run.

Six Pack of Stats: Angels 6, White Sox 5

James McCann doubles home two runs, and Eloy Jiménez goes deep for the 21st time this season, but the Angels score late to earn the victory. (FanGraphs)

The tables turned as the Los Angeles Angels — instead of James McCann — put up four late-inning runs to secure the victory

I am beyond excited to finally make my South Side Hit Pen debut! Unfortunately, it comes after a late South Side loss. I will dive into the numbers of the night in hopes to surface with hope for evening the series tomorrow afternoon.

1

Without wasting any time, the White Sox scored the first run of the ballgame. Leury García led the game off with a triple, and Tim Anderson followed with an RBI-groundout for the opening run.

The Los Angeles Angels also used one (1) opener during the game. Noé Ramirez pitched 1 1/3 innings before Jose Suarez came onto the scene.

10

After a 410-foot opposite field home run — hit at 106 mph — Eloy Jiménez ties the former No. 10 Alexei Ramirez for the tenth spot on the White Sox rookie home run list.

80

Héctor Santiago threw only 80 pitches before he was taken out of the game. Amassing 4 2/3 innings, Santiago pitched well. With two back-to-back strikeouts to Mike Trout, that’s a success worth celebrating.

.191

Once again, James McCann keeps rolling. With two RBIs on a third-inning double, McCann had the highest WPA of the South Siders at .191.

-.637

On the opposite side of the spectrum, Evan Marshall had the worst win probability added. Giving up three walks and two runs (unearned), his -.637 WPA led the Sox into the losing direction.

40

The season is coming to a quick close for the Good Guys, as there are only 40 games left to the 2019 regular season. It’s time to really enjoy, but most importantly, learn during the last month-plus of baseball. Besides, I know that the South Siders are looking to avoid back-to-back 100-loss seasons.

Six Pack of Stats: White Sox 7, Angels 2

McCann strikes again: James McCann hit yet another late grand slam to secure a White Sox victory. (FanGraphs)

James McCann and Lucas Giolito came up big again, but Tim Anderson was tonight’s MVP by wins probability added

.253

Tim Anderson won tonight’s wins probability added MVP award, as he improved his team’s odds more than anyone else. Precisely, he added .253 wins for the White Sox. Anderson had two base hits, and though they were both singles, they came at relatively useful times. Anderson’s first single drove in the first run of the game, and his second single set James McCann up for yet another grand slam.

2

James McCann hit his second grand slam in the past three games. Both of those bombs occurred in the eighth inning, oddly enough. Tonight’s grand slam put the game out of reach, as the White Sox led by five after he took reliever Ty Buttrey deep.

4

After his excellent performance tonight, Lucas Giolito has four consecutive quality starts. During that stretch, he has 41 strikeouts in 25 innings of work, good for a K/9 rate of 14.76.

8

Tim Anderson drove in the first run of the game with a single to right. He would get another single later in the eighth to help set up McCann’s grand slam. As a result, he has eight base hits in the past three games. Two of those were doubles, so he has accounted for 10 total bases in those games. No matter how you slice it, he is having a nice stretch at the plate.

33

It has been 33 days since Lucas Giolito had less strikeouts (five) than innings pitched (six) in a start. Though his K/9 rate was a modest 7.50 that game, even that was a quality start, as he allowed three runs in six innings against Kansas City. It’s a good sign when even your rough performances are decent. Giolito is proving that he is good enough to be the ace on a contending team.

35

Héctor Santiago’s game score in his only appearance with the White Sox was 35. He will get an opportunity to improve on that, as he is the White Sox’s probable starter against the Angels tonight.