A sweep of the tough Tampa Bay Rays, on the road in the Hovering Sombrero no less, proved to be too heady a task for the Chicago White Sox on Sunday. Let’s dig deeper into the numbers behind the loss.
Blake Snell, Rays, LHSP (six innings, three hits, two walks, 10 Ks .228 wins)
Travis d’Arnaud, Rays, C (1-for-3, grand slam, .153 wins)
Yolmer Sánchez, White Sox, 2B (2-for-4, double, triple, RBI, R, K, .077 wins)
Mainly due to just one lousy (second) inning, White Sox starter Dylan Cease was the least valuable player of today’s game, with -.227 wins. Cease went five innings, giving up three hits, four earned and four walks against four strikeouts. His 42 game score was the worst of his career (although the others being 43 and 47 don’t exactly make it a heartbreaker).
The most important play of the game, worth .165 wins, came in that fateful second inning, when d’Arnaud clocked a grand slam to put Tampa up 4-0.
The top leverage in the game (1.21 LI) was faced by White Sox outfielder Ryan Cordell, who spit the bit in the face of it: 0-for-3 with three Ks. Leadoff man Leury García faced the second-most pressure at 1.20 LI, and did similarly little: 1-for-4, with two Ks.
Only two White Sox starters failed to strike out in the game: Adam Engel and Welington Castillo.
Only four White Sox players in the game recorded positive win probability added in this afternoon’s game: Sánchez at .077 wins, Engel (.066), Josh Osich (.041) and Jimmy Cordero (.003).