No shocker in this humdrum game, but Reynaldo López was the Chicago White Sox MVP today, with a modest, five walk-dinged, .78 WPA. José Berrios of the Minnesota Twins was the runaway MVP, with a .362 WPA.
In his last seven starts of the season, López had a 1.38 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, and 3.43 strikeouts per walk.
Per Chris Kamka, three times in history has a White Sox pitcher had a streak of six straight starts of six-plus innings, two or fewer runs, and five or fewer hits. Two came this year, with López to end the year and Carlos Rodón in July-August. The third hurler was Joe Horlen, in May 1968.
The loss ensures that the White Sox will finish in the “Top 10” of worst records in team history. Winning out only improves them to ninth-worst of all time at this point.
Game time temperature was listed as 124˚. The temperature somehow fell 73˚, to 51˚, during the game. At that rate, the nightcap will be below zero.
With another 11 strikeouts in this game, the White Sox now sit nine short of the MLB all-time team record of 1,571 strikeouts, set in 2017 by the Milwaukee Brewers. The nightcap should be a nail-biter!