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Perhaps you’ve heard this before, but: The White Sox are bad

Oakland Athletics v Chicago White Sox - Game Two
Hello, I Must Be Going: Joakim Soria has been the best White Sox pitcher this season. He’ll be gone soon.
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It’s been awhile, friends. Some stuff got tweaked.

Leaderboards include all qualifying players (I’m going with anyone who’s played in half of the games this year), which I believe gets us to 13 White Sox pitchers on most lists.

In all applicable cases, I’ve included a highlighted “average” performer for each stat, so you can get an idea of what a league average value is (in this case, “average” is the average for all league qualifiers, which is one inning pitched per game). For stats where “0” is by definition average, I’ve trusted you guys are smart enough to know that a negative value is below average.

Further feedback definitely welcome. If there’s a stat in these reports that should be swapped out for something better, or is redundant, let us know. This is still a work in progress.

If you would like these stats defined, it’s going to be way easier for me to direct you to FanGraphs for either offensive or pitching terms.


So, again, you’re not reading this for my take on the numbers, but holy crap, are they bad.

Lucas Giolito is the worst qualifying pitcher in ERA, FIP, xFIP and SIERA, has the second-worst BB% and third-worst WHIP. Reynaldo López has the second-worst xFIP. There is no single pitcher on the White Sox with more than the average WAR among qualifying pitchers.

On the flip side, Matt Davidson has some pretty kickass pitches ...