The Seattle Mariners now have a minus-five run differential, despite being 19 games above .500. Their Pythagorean record heading into Saturday’s action was a full 10 games worse than their record (49-49).
The Mariners were so thoroughly dominated in this two-hitter, only four players (Mitch Haniger, Nick Vincent, James Pazos and Chasen Bradford) had positive WPAs, totaling .06.
Dylan Covey and Avisaíl García’s dominant games made José Abreu, with a run, a walk and two HBPs, the third-most valuable player of the game, with .07 WPA.
Covey’s masterful 8 1⁄3 innings, giving up two hits and two walks while whiffing five, earned him the game MVP, with a .32 WPA. García’s three-run homer to give the White Sox a 3-0 lead made him the runner-up, with .24 WPA.
Entering Saturday’s action, Omar Narváez led all major league catchers with a .672 slugging percentage since June 10. He upped that figure in the win, going 2-for-3 with a double.
With Covey falling two outs short tonight, the streak of White Sox starts without a complete game has hit 274 games.