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Six Pack of Stats: Yankees 4, White Sox 3 (13)

José Abreu’s home run in the 10th wasn’t just a game-tying thriller — it put him in some select company

Undulating Curvature: Check out the crack of the whip José Abreu’s game-tying homer in extras created in the win expectancy graph.


With Tuesday’s loss, the Chicago White Sox are now 8-10 in the second half, for a .444 winning percentage. That’s .097 points better than the 33-62 (.347) record the club had in the first half.


José Abreu’s two-out, two-run, game-tying homer in the 10th pushed him to the top WPA on the White Sox on Tuesday (.29), barely edging out Xavier Cedeño (.27) and Reynaldo López (.28). Miguel Andujar, who had the game-winning RBI with a single in the 13th, was the game MVP, with .56 WPA.


Luis Avilán faced the highest pressure in the game, with 2.59 pLI. He didn’t fare too well in the face of that pressure, giving up two hits, a walk, and the game-winning RBI in just two-thirds of an inning.


None of these “no-hit bids” are particularly notable; in fact, they all were broken before even a Hawk Harrelson could have roused the masses. But it is rather keen that the bids all came from different starters, especially given the fact that a total of just nine pitchers have started a game for the White Sox this season.


Abreu’s clutch homer in the 10th was notable beyond the thrill of a game-tying clout in extras. The home run was Abreu’s 20th this season, which according to Baseball-Reference makes him just the sixth player in American League history to hit at least 20 in each of his first five seasons (joining Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, Tony Conigliaro, Eddie Murray and Pete Incaviglia) Just 18 players in baseball history have now accomplished the feat. Additionally, the round-tripper puts Abreu just eight homers behind Carlos Lee for ninth place on the White Sox all-time home run list.


The White Sox struck out 20 times on Tuesday night, led by Yoán Moncada (four), Tim Anderson (three), Abreu (three) and Yolmer Sánchez (three).