Sunday’s starting pitching was phenomenal, with the Angels’ Andrew Heaney and Chicago White Sox starter Reynaldo López finishing 1-2 in MVP voting. Heaney’s .468 WPA outpaced López’s .359 by a healthy .109 WPA.
Mike Trout went 2-for-4 with two strikeouts, which actually dropped his season OBP vs. the White Sox to .727 (24-for-33).
The highest-leverage play of the game (7.27 LI) was the final at-bat of the contest, when José Alvarez whiffed Nicky Delmonico.
Over the first six scoreless innings, the White Sox’s win expectancy dipped below 50% only three times, and just barely: 49.8%, 49.8% and 49.7%.
The White Sox pitching staff whiffed 14 Angels but still lost the game, 1-0. Nine times before today have the White Sox struck out more than 14 opponent batters and still lost (without extra innings). One such game came just five days ago, when the White Sox struck out 16 Detroit Tigers but lost, 8-3. Only two of the nine losses (1908 and 1913) occurred last century.
Heaney struck out a career-high 12 batters in today’s game, en route to an 88 game score. His previous high was 10 strikeouts, accomplished four times.
It’s been a glorious 23 days since the White Sox were as far below .500 as they are after today’s loss (56-87).