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Six Pack of Stats: Whiff-o-Rama

The White Sox struck out 18 times on Saturday, and believe it or not, that isn’t a team record

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Perfection: Avisaíl García was one of three White Sox (Omar Narváez, Tim Anderson) who struck out in every at-bat on Saturday night.
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Chicago White Sox batters on Saturday night with no strikeouts: Daniel Palka pinch-hit for Avisaíl García in the to lead off the ninth inning and flew out to left field.


In only two innings did the White Sox strike out only one time: the fifth (Omar Narváez) and ninth (Yoán Moncada).


In two innings (the first and the fourth) did the Boston Red Sox strike out the side — and it was the same trio of batters both times: Tim Anderson, Nicky Delmonico, García.


The top 14 strikeout seasons in franchise history have all come this century — and that includes 2018, which currently ranks No. 3 all time, at 1,320 whiffs, with just 136 games played.


The White Sox record for strikeouts in a nine-inning game is 19, when Randy Johnson beat Chicago with a 5-0 complete game on Aug. 8, 1997.


The 2018 White Sox are just 77 strikeouts short of the all-time franchise record for whiffs (1,397), which was set in — wait for it — 2017. With 28 games remaining, Chicago would have to average less than 2.75 strikeouts per game to avoid setting the record.