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Six Pack of Stats: Cardinals 5, White Sox 1 (opener)

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The White Sox offense has disappeared!

Well, it’s been repeated so many times already, but the White Sox sure did look like the team who was off for the entire month of August.

Lucas Giolito threw another subpar game, this one pretty much over in the first inning, while the White Sox offense could muster just three hits, all from rookies (Danny Mendick two, Luis Robert one) in a 5-1 opener loss.

The Starts

Lucas Giolito was ... bad. Certainly bad for a staff ace.

Adam Wainwright was much better. Perhaps not as worthy as Ricky Renteria felt postgame, but he outdueled Giolito, to be sure: a 60 game score, throwing five innings and allowing just a run on two Mendick hits.

Pressure Play
Ha, you know you’re covering a crap game when the biggest leverage comes in the first inning. It was then that both Matt Carpenter’s bases-loaded HBP (making it 1-0) and Dexter Fowler’s 0-2 single (making it 3-0) shared the highest leverage of the game, at 2.74 LI.

Pressure Cooker

At 1.11 pLI, Fowler faced the greatest total pressure in the game as well.

Top Play

Fowler did not remained tied with Carpenter when it came to the most valuable play of the game, earning .160 WPA for his two-run single vs. Carpenter’s (second-best) .095.

Game MVP

With .173 WPA for the game — pretty much that opening-inning single — Fowler takes game MVP honors from Wainwright and Carpenter. Giolito, at -.316, was by far the least valuable player of the game.

Magic Number: 98

While Giolito did improve after an atrocious first inning, he still couldn’t smooth things out subsequently to keep himself in the game past five innings, taking 98 pitches to get there.