As previewed yesterday, our daily writeups here will take a little turn, with the 2020 OOTP sim we’ve been running heading over to Brett and the team at South Side Hit Pen at Sports Illustrated.
With our sim running pretty well, with the White Sox battling for first; the B-R OOTP sim with the White Sox firmly in first; and Strat-o-Matic running with the White Sox in last, we’ll have some interesting summaries each day.
Baseball-Reference OOTP sim
Final White Sox 4, Rangers 2
Winning Pitcher Steve Cishek (2-0)
Losing Pitcher Joely Rodriguez (0-2)
Save Alex Colomé (3)
HRs Ronald Guzman (3), Tim Anderson (6), Eloy Jiménez (1)
Standings 14-5, 2 ½ games ahead of Cleveland, second-best record in baseball
Reynaldo López had a 63 game score and López, Cishek and Colomé combined on a four-hitter to shut down Texas. López had 13 Ks in just 5 ⅔ innings, and the staff combined for 17. Danny Santana was fitted for a golden sombrero, with whiffs in all four of his at-bats. For some reason, Texas starter Kyle Gibson went only 1 ⅔ innings, forcing the Rangers to burn through seven pitchers. A great way to start a four-game set. Anderson doubled and homered, and Jiménez singled and homered.
Oh, and catching up with the lunatics at B-R, here is a list of White Sox players B-R has released this season: Bennett Sousa, Carson Fulmer, Zach Thompson, Craig Dedelow, Vince Arobio, John Parke, Blake Battenfield, Jacob Lindgren, Taylor Varnell, Tayron Guerrero and Jimmy Cordero. Seriously, the only player I can identify among the 25 players dumped is RHRP Tony Cingrani. The hell?
South Side Hit Pen OOTP sim
Final Rangers 6, White Sox 2
Winning Pitcher Kyle Gibson (1-1, 60 GS)
Losing Pitcher Dylan Cease (0-1, 33 GS)
HRs Ronald Guzman (4), Rougned Odor (3), Nick Solak (1), Eloy Jiménez (3)
Standings 11-8, second place, ½ game behind Cleveland, tied for seventh-best record in baseball
Luis Robert went 3-for-4 with a double and a stolen base, but Dylan Cease was crushed for five runs over the first two innings and the game wasn’t close. Odor was 2-for-5, Guzman 3-for-4. Ambidextrous reliever Pat Venditte, claimed off of waivers from Miami, made his Sox debut with three Ks in a scoreless 1 ⅔ innings. Kelvin Herrera also had a scoreless 1 ⅔.
Final Rangers 9, White Sox 5
Winning Pitcher Rafael Montero (2-0)
Losing Pitcher Aaron Bummer (0-1)
HRs Shin-Soo Choo (4), Todd Frazier (8)
Standings 5-14, last place, 8 ½ games behind Kansas City, second-worst record in baseball
Choo provided much of the offense, with three hits, incluidng a double and homer. The White Sox outhit the Rangers, 15-12. Luis Robert, Nick Madrigal, Eloy Jiménez and Tim Anderson all had two hits for the White Sox, while Nomar Mazara had four. Robert is hitting .347 on the season, Anderson .288, Jiménez .423, Madrigal .478 and Mazara .328. So offense doesn’t seem to be a big issue. However, the South Siders left 14 on base.