Win or lose, the best game in the early going of the 2020 season was tonight’s 6-4 White Sox win. Pito had the key hit, doubling Chicago’s offensive output with one, mighty, 3-0 swing, tying the game 4-4. The pitching, after Carlos Rodón departed after two with neck/shoulder pain, was pretty fabulous, with special citations for Matt Foster, Ross Detwiler and Alex Colomé.
Well, Rodón was a mess. He lasted just two innings, and his velocity was down from the get-go. It’s another of those “shoulder inflammation” things, and we should know more tomorrow. The southpaw did leave after two innings, with a 2-1 lead. But the fear is Rodón may have thrown his last pitch for the White Sox.
Brett Anderson opposed the White Sox and lasted just three innings and 52 pitches, with two earned, five hits and two Ks.
Wow. The Leury García wild pitch was a 5.59 LI play, which is beyond intense. A four-pitch walk to Nick Madrigal was made so much worse by a terrible effort from catcher Manny Piña.
David Phelps faced the most pressure in the game, at 2.54 pLI. His outing was fairly awful, loading the bases on singles and then throwing a wild pitch that brought García home with the eventual winning run.
The MVP might elude Pito, but his home run to tie the game was a .270 WPA play, making it the most value-added for the game.
Avisaíl García, by virtue of being virtually the only Brewer providing any offense, actually topped Pito for game MVP, with .309 WPA fueled by going 2-for-4 with three RBIs. Abreu was close, at .276, and Leury made it a super-García game, finishing third at .200.
Magic Number: 4
The vaunted four Cubans at the top of the order (Luis Robert, Yoán Moncada, Abreu and Yasmani Grandal) combined for seven of Chicago’s 12 hits, five of the six runs scored and all five RBIs.