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Six Pack of Stats: White Sox 4, Phillies 3 (15)

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The numbers behind one of the craziest games you’ll see

Getting the job done: The White Sox took advantage of a position player pitching to win in the 15th.

What a game. I’m not quite sure how to react to this one, especially the 14th and 15th innings, but let’s look at some stats from tonight’s thrilling victory.


José Abreu was tonight’s MVP by wins probability added, as he added .460 wins. He achieved this with his two-run homer in the third and his go-ahead RBI single with two outs in the 15th. Matt Skole deserves honorable mention, as well. Thanks to his game-tying RBI single, Skole added .342 wins.


According to Baseball Savant, the expected batting average on Jean Segura’s go-ahead RBI single in the seventh was .040. That Kansas City Special left the bat at 88.4 mph, and its launch angle was a particularly unfavorable -27 degrees. However, Segura hit it where nobody was to drive in a big run.


The White Sox had four extra base hits tonight, which is four more than they had in their previous game. Tim Anderson and Eloy Jiménez doubled, Yolmer Sánchez tripled, and José Abreu homered.


According to FanGraphs, Tim Anderson entered tonight with negative six defensive runs saved. His defense this season has been inconsistent, and this trend continued with his errant throw (his 18th error of the season) in the sixth inning. After his wide throw allowed Bryce Harper to avoid a double play, Jean Segura raced home to tie the game.


Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto has now thrown out 30 baserunners attempting to steal a base this season. Realmuto has only allowed 35 stolen bases, making the success rate against him a paltry 54%. This percentage decreased slightly when James McCann failed to steal third base with one out in the seventh.


When Ryan Goins put down a sacrifice bunt with a runner on first and no outs in the seventh, he had a 138 wRC+ (100=league average hitter). Sure, there was a small sample size of plate appearances (50), but sacrifice bunts are seldom efficient unless the hitter is extremely weak. That bunt did the White Sox no good.