Daniel Palka started at DH, in place of Matt Davidson. Going 0-for-4 with an RBI and walk, Palka logged a -0.04 WPA for the game. Not to single Palka out, of course; only Yoán Moncada (0.07) and Yolmer Sánchez (0.03) had positive WPAs for the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday.
With the loss, the White Sox are 37-70 — just one game better than the worst start in franchise history (36-71 in 1932).
Home runs Davidson has vs. the Royals in 2018, which is tied with José Valentin and Albert Belle for the most a White Sox player has ever hit vs. Kansas City in a single season. Davidson has played in just 10 of 12 games vs. K.C. in 2018. He has 14 RBIs to go with his eight dingers, and has a slash of .432/.523/1.135.
He did not have a single at-bat on Wednesday, despite going 2-for-3 with two home runs earlier this season against K.C.’s starter, Jakob Junis.
The White Sox franchise record for home runs in a single season against a single team is 11, by Gus Zernial vs. the Browns in 1950. Zernial finished with 30 RBIs and a slash of .381/.417/.763.
Zernial played in 22 games vs. St. Louis that year.
At 37-70, the White Sox have dropped to a season-worst 33 games below .500.
With a .346 winning percentage, the White Sox project to 56-106, which would tie 1970 as the third-worst season in team history.