In a close game without a defining star, a low WPA wins the day. That’s what happened Monday, as José Abreu (2-for-4, homer, two runs, two ribs) was the game MVP with a paltry 0.26 WPA.
Jace Fry, who faced just one batter, striking out Shohei Ohtani with a runner on first and none out in the seventh, faced the highest total leverage in the game, at 3.04 pLI.
Leury García’s sacrifice fly in the sixth inning, giving the Chicago White Sox a 4-3 lead, was the highest-leverage play of the game, at 3.68 LI.
The White Sox’s 62 losses in the first half were the most first-half defeats in in franchise history.
With his round-tripper in the top of the first, Abreu knocked his 14th of the season and 138th of his career. With two more home runs, Abreu would move into Top 10 in White Sox history (tied with Ron Kittle).
That Abreu was also the 322nd extra-base hit of Abreu’s career, tying him with Jermaine Dye for 19th in White Sox history. Abreu’s next XBH will tie him with A.J. Pierzynski for 18th all-time.