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Six Pack of Stats: White Sox 4, Cardinals 0

Carlos Rodon takes the game MVP, with a big assist from Juan Minaya

Decisive? A 4-0 win never feels that dominant, but rarely do we encounter a win expectancy chart that sticks with one team for nine innings. Especially when that team is the 2018 Chicago White Sox.
Brett Ballantini started at South Side Sox in 2018 after 20 years of writing on basketball, baseball and hockey, including time on the Blackhawks and White Sox beats. Follow him on Twitter @BrettBallantini and email your site feedback to

With a decisive 4-0 win against the St. Louis Cardinals, there were a few heroes to celebrate. Let’s crack the Six Pack and take a look.


With four strikeouts in four at-bats, including a gut-punch whiff with the bases loaded, one out and the score 3-0 White Sox, Tommy Pham had the least Win Probability Added (WPA) in Wednesday’s game.


The biggest single WPA play in the game came in the bottom of the seventh, when Tim Anderson doubled home Omar Narváez with two outs, pushing the White Sox lead to 2-0.


Carlos Rodón’s masterful 7 13 innings, giving up just three hits and two walks against seven strikeouts, earned him a .329 WPA for the game, making him Wednesday’s MVP. He faced just six more batters than the minimum, and earned a tidy 80 game score.


The highest leverage play (pLI) in the game was earned by Juan Minaya, for his bases-loaded K of Pham in the eighth. The whiff came on a delicious changeup that dropped off the table. Minaya would face just one batter ... but came through in the sweatiest moment of the game.


With the win, the White Sox climb to just 30 games under .500, one off their season-high mark of 31 games. Chicago is now on pace for a 55-107 (although with their current winning percentage, it’s basically a coin flip between 54 and 55 wins).


Call it the Kevan Smith Factor: Narváez has added 80 points to his batting average, from .200 to .280, in the past month, along with 87 points to his OPS. In just the past two weeks, the catcher has upped his average by 30 points and OPS by 70.