Not a big WPA day for Chicago, as Yoán Moncada and Jeanmar Gómez tied for White Sox MVP with a modest .06 WPA. Yolmer Sánchez (.04) was the only other player on the team with a positive WPA tonight. The game MVP goes to Cleveland’s Michael Brantley, with a .28 WPA.
Michael Kopech of the Charlotte Knights has a 1.89 ERA over his last six starts, and a 2.33 ERA over his last 11 starts.
Daniel Palka represented the tying run when he came up in the ninth inning, with Yolmer Sánchez on first base. After getting down in the count 0-2 (like last night), he worked it full, then crushed (like last night) a curveball (unlike last night) DEEP to center (unlike), for a fly out (unlike). Palka just missed his sixth ninth inning home run of the season, which would have given him the major league lead. As of now, he’s knotted with Giancarlo Stanton of the New York Yankees, with five.
Kopech has 79 strikeouts over his last 10 games (dating to June 20). Abacus consulted; that’s 7.9 per game.
Kopech has a ludicrous 12.5 strikeouts per walk (50 Ks/four walks) over his last six starts.
Schoolly_D wins the gamethread comment battle tonight, with 36, edging out AnoHito, at 31.