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White Sox sim roundup: May 3

Two out of three ain’t bad, as the B-R Sox are back in first and the SSHP Sox hit .500

Chicago White Sox Photo Day
Surprise at 5: González has been solid in all three simulations this season.
Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images

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.

Those B-R White Sox get back in first place after a rough patch, the SSHP Sox are back to .500, and the SoM Sox ... well, the first two recaps are nice enough.

Baseball-Reference OOTP sim

Final White Sox 6, Orioles 2
Winning Pitcher Gio González (3-1)
Losing Pitcher Aaron Sánchez (0-4)
Save Alex Colomé (4)
HRs Austin Hays (8), Tim Anderson (8), Yoán Moncada (13)
Standings 21-13, first place, percentage points ahead of Cleveland, fifth-best record in baseball

Michael Kopech continues to have a rough ride in the B-R sim, as he’s not in the rotation, and isn’t doing much as a reliever. Sunday he made an appearance and got no outs (made an error, though), but also didn’t see his ERA increase from 24.30. González pitched shutout ball for 5 ⅔ innings, ending with a game score of 60. The offense backed him hard, scoring in five of the first six innings and leading 6-0 at that point.

South Side Hit Pen OOTP sim

Final White Sox 6, Orioles 5
Winning Pitcher Kelvin Herrera (1-1)
Losing Pitcher Andury Acevedo (0-1)
Save Alex Colomé (5)
HRs Trey Mancini (5), Anthony Santander (6)
Standings 17-17, third place, five games behind Minnesota, 13th-best in the majors

Every punch Baltimore had, the White Sox counterpunched: The Orioles took a 1-0 lead in the first, 2-1 in the second and 5-2 in the third, and each time Chicago tied in the bottom half. Thus it remained until the eighth, when Yasiel Puig led off with a double and eventually scored on a wild pitch to Leury García.

Sports Illustrated writeup

Strat-o-Matic sim

Final Orioles 8, White Sox 7
Winning Pitcher Kohl Stewart (3-1)
Losing Pitcher Lucas Giolito (1-4)
Save Mychal Givens (9)
HRs DJ Stewart (3), Edwin Encarnación (7), Nomar Mazara (4)
Standings 13-21, fourth place, eight games behind Minnesota, sixth-worst record in baseball

The White Sox went up early, 2-0 in the first, but Baltimore came right back to tie. The game was knotted until the sixth, when the Orioles broke through for three more, in part thanks to shoddy defense (no play-by-play with SoM, but Tim Anderson had two errors in the game, Eloy Jiménez one. While the White Sox did put a four-spot on the board in the eighth, it was too little, too late and fell just short.