With another strong start (seven innings of three-hit, one-earned ball with one walk and six Ks), Lucas Giolito notched a .186 WPA, making him the game MVP. The White Sox also swept the place and show in WPA on Saturday: Kevan Smith and his two-run homer clocked in with a .153, Matt Davidson’s two doubles earned him a .081.
Tim Anderson, with 17 homers and 24 stolen bases in the first 129 games of the season, is on pace to become the third player in White Sox history with at least 20 home runs and 30 steals in the same season. Anderson’s pace projects him to 21 homers and 30 stolen bases. If he remains on pace, he’ll join Tommie Agee in 1966 (22 homers, 44 steals) and Alex Rios in 2010 (21 homers, 30 steals) in the 20-30 club.
The White Sox have now won eight of their last 11 games, their best 11-game stretch of the season. During this eight of 11, taking place from August 14-25, Chicago has outscored opponents, 54-43.
Yolmer Sánchez had an off-day on Saturday, but has reached base safely in 13 straight games.
From the very first play of the game — an Anderson leadoff walk — the White Sox had a win expectancy of better than 50%. After the walk Chicago’s WE was 53.5%, and that figure only got bigger as the game went on.