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Six Pack of Stats: White Sox 5, Tigers 3

Edwin Encarnación ends cold stretch by going deep twice

MLB: Minnesota Twins at Chicago White Sox
Bash brothers: José Abreu hit the decisive home run, and Edwin Encarnación hit two homers in the 5-3 win.
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Though the White Sox faced a 3-1 deficit after a homer by Jeimer Candelario, they were able to rally in the latter innings. Once again, the White Sox used the long ball to get the victory.

Pulling away late: The White Sox used two home runs in the bottom of the eighth to secure the victory.

Play of the game

In terms of wins probability added (WPA), the go-ahead solo homer by José Abreu in the eighth inning was the most important play of the game. Abreu’s fifth home run of the young season had a sizable WPA of .287.

Strikeout machine

In his major league debut, Dane Dunning lasted 4 ⅓ innings, and he racked up seven strikeouts. Though Dunning allowed a three-run homer in the fifth, he had delivered four excellent, scoreless innings prior to the rough fifth. Had Dunning been removed just a couple of batters earlier, his line would have been fantastic.

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Like Dunning, Tigers starting pitcher, Casey Mize also made his major league debut tonight. Mize pitched 4 ⅓ innings, allowed three runs (all earned), and had seven strikeouts. Dunning had the same number of innings pitched, runs allowed, and strikeouts. As a result of the starters’ similarities, this one came down to the bullpens.

Bullpen slams the door

Sure, Edwin Encarnación hit two homers. Yes, Abreu launched a clutch homer of his own. Also, Tim Anderson and Yoán Moncada came through with RBI singles. But, the relievers had a fantastic game, and it is one that we cannot overlook or take for granted. Matt Foster, Steve Cishek, Evan Marshall, and Alex Colomé combined for 5 ⅔ innings, allowing zero runs on zero hits. Can’t do much better than that. Foster has yet to allow a run, and he is up to 12 13 innings on the season. Colomé has yet to allow a run, as well, and he has given the White Sox nine innings of relief this year.

Looking up

Through 25 games, or about 42% of the shortened 2020 season, the White Sox sit at 14-11. According to FanGraphs, tonight’s victory boosted the White Sox’s odds of making the expanded playoffs to 87.6%.


With a win probability added of .248, Abreu earned player of the game honors. Abreu got the first White Sox hit with a single in the bottom of the first. But, his second hit of the game was far more important. With the game tied 3-3 in the eighth, Abreu stepped up to the plate with the bases empty and one out. Abreu took a 97 mph pitch up in the zone out to right field to put the White Sox ahead by a run. That solo homer turned out to be the decisive run in tonight’s victory.