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White Sox sim roundups: April 19-21

Dylan Cease had two superb starts on Tuesday, in South Side blowouts

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Solid as a rout: In two Tuesday sims, Cease had his best outing of the year, in White Sox blowouts. His game score at SSHP OOTP was an astounding 95.
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The Out of the Park sim we started at South Side Sox is running over with Brett and his team at South Side Hit Pen — Sports Illustrated.

Yeah, it was too big a row to hoe cramming six writeups into a post last night, so here’s a super-grande nine-pack of games from Sunday-Tuesday.

Baseball-Reference OOTP sim

April 19
Final White Sox 7, Rangers 5
Winning Pitcher Dallas Keuchel (3-0)
Losing Pitcher Lance Lynn (2-2)
HRs Shin-Soo Choo (2), Danny Santana (1), Nick Solak (3), Tim Anderson (7), Yasmani Grandal (7), Nomar Mazara (6)
Standings 17-5, 2 ½ games ahead of Cleveland, best record in baseball

Um, holy crap, Cleveland beat Boston 23-6 today. OK, back to the White Sox: Eloy Jiménez failed to hit a home run, for the first time since we’ve been summarizing the B-R OOTP. The game seems closer than it actually was, as Texas scored four in the top of the ninth to make it a game; someone named Carlos Ramírez, late of the Cubs, gave up three earned while getting just one out in the final frame. Jaycob Brugman, playing center field (!?), went 2-for-4 to raise is average to .150, so clearly the White Sox can do no wrong right now. Also: Evan Marshall, who earned his second save in yesterday’s game, pitched two innings today in relief of Keuchel (six innings, one earned) for his fourth hold. #BullpenManagement

April 20
Final White Sox 6, Royals 2
Winning Pitcher Dylan Cease (1-1)
Losing Pitcher Tyler Zuber (0-1)
Save Aaron Bummer (6)
HRs Whit Merrifield (3), José Abreu (7), Yoán Moncada (6), Nomar Mazara (7)
Standings 18-5, 2 ½ games ahead of Cleveland, best record in baseball

Cleveland has got to be getting pissed off, it’s 16-8 and as good as any team in the NL (tied for third-best in the AL) and can’t sneak an inch closer to the Sox. Cease went just 5 ⅓ innings, but give up only one run, for the quality start. Moncada and Abreu, hitting 1-2 in the order, both went 3-for-5, with two runs and a homer. In both this and the South Side Hit Pen OOTP sim, the Royals are running out openers in some games, including Zuber, who took the loss in just two-thirds of an inning.

April 21
Final Royals 8, White Sox 2
Winning Pitcher Mike Montgomery (1-2)
Losing Pitcher Reynaldo López (2-2)
Save Aaron Bummer (6)
HRs Hunter Dozier (5), Yoán Moncada (7), Edwin Encarnación (5)
Standings 18-6, 1 ½ games ahead of Cleveland, best record in baseball

See, look, I just jinxed it. The two best teams in baseball now reside in the AL Central (Cleveland is tied with the Braves for the second-best record in the game). The loss wasn’t completely López’s fault, as only one of his five runs allowed was earned (Tim Anderson made his second error of the season). Still, ReyLo could only give the White Sox 51 pitches today and couldn’t make it through the fifth. Alex Colomé also got kicked around for two earned in some ninth inning mop-up/practice for closing again work.

South Side Hit Pen OOTP sim

April 19
Final Rangers 5, White Sox 3
Winning Pitcher Lance Lynn (3-2)
Losing Pitcher Carson Fulmer (1-1)
HRs Ronald Guzman (5), Danny Santana (5)
Standings 11-11, third place, 2 ½ games back of Cleveland, tied for 14th-best record in baseball

Reynaldo López was very inefficient, taking 96 pitches to get through four innings. The White Sox kept fighting back, with new call-up Cheslor Cuthbert leading the way with an RBI in the fifth to bring the White Sox within one, then an RBI the next inning to tie the game. But Fulmer, who has been lights-out all season (1.76 ERA), gave up a home run to Santana in the seventh that would turn out to be the game-winner. Leury García, James McCann and Cuthbert all had two hits apiece. The South Siders were swept right out of first place, with four straight losses to Texas, and fell to .500.

Sports Illustrated writeup

April 20
Final Royals 1, White Sox 0
Winning Pitcher Danny Duffy (1-2)
Losing Pitcher Gio González (3-1)
Save Ian Kennedy (4)
Standings 11-12, third place, three games behind Minnesota, 15th-best record in baseball

It was a pitchers’ duel, for sure, with Duffy making just one fewer mistake than González, who has spun two gems in a row (season ERA: 2.54). The game was scoreless until the sixth, with Ryan McBroom had a two-out, RBI double for the game’s only tally Luis Robert and Cheslor Cuthbert both had two hits for the White Sox.

Sports Illustrated writeup

April 21
Final White Sox 14, Royals 0
Winning Pitcher Dylan Cease (1-2)
Losing Pitcher Reynaldo López (2-2)
Save Aaron Bummer (6)
HRs Yoán Moncada (5), Nick Madrigal (3), Nomar Mazara (2)
Standings 12-12, third place, three games behind Minnesota, tied for 13th-best record in baseball

Cease was the Top Star of the day, with 13 strikeouts and just two hits allowed in this shutout. His 95 game score has only been topped 300 times in major league history. And, oh yeah, there was offense, too: Moncada and Luis Robert both went 3-for-5, Moncada and Madrigal both picked up six total bases, and Mazara’s home run was a pinch-hit, three-run shot. What a delicious way to get back to .500.

Strat-o-Matic sim

April 19
Final White Sox 7, Rangers 0
Winning Pitcher Dallas Keuchel (1-3)
Losing Pitcher Mike Minor (0-3)
HRs Tim Anderson (3), Yasmani Grandal (5)
Standings 7-15, last place, 8 ½ games behind Kansas City, second-worst record in baseball

To give you some perspective on how bad Keuchel has been in the early going in SoM, this was not just his first win of the season, but eight scoreless innings lowered his ERA to just 6.33. Fourteen big strikeouts for Keuchel in the win. Eloy Jiménez raised his average to .424 with a 3-for-5 effort; Nick Madrigal, in far fewer ABs, matched Eloy’s season .424 with a 2-for-4 day.

April 20
Final White Sox 6, Royals 3
Winning Pitcher Kelvin Herrera (1-0)
Losing Pitcher Greg Holland (0-1)
Save Alex Colomé (4)
HRs Brett Phillips (1), José Abreu 2 (3,4), Yoán Moncada (4)
Transaction Jimmy Cordero activated from IL, José Ruiz sent to Charlotte
Standings 8-15, last place, 7 ½ games behind Kansas City, tied for second-worst record in baseball

Reynaldo López had a typical ReyLo start, but he’s been pretty great overall for the SoM Sox in 2020. This one was won late, as Abreu dominated the game by cracking two homers, including a three-run shot in the eighth inning.

April 21
Final White Sox 16, Royals 1
Winning Pitcher Dylan Cease (2-2)
Losing Pitcher Jorge López (1-1)
HRs Luis Robert (3), Eloy Jiménez (10), James McCann (1)
Standings 9-15, fourth place, 6 ½ games behind Kansas City, seventh-worst record in baseball

Sorta crazy, but we had close to the same game with SSHP OOTP and this SoM sim, even down to Cease having a great start in a blowout: 11 Ks over seven innings. The White Sox exploded for 16 runs, including an eight-run fifth. The White Sox pounded out 19 hits, moved into fourth place, and won their second straight against the (huh?) division leaders. The White Sox are hitting a ludicrous .297 as a team through the first 24 games.