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Six Pack of Stats: Whiff-o-Rama

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.