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Six Pack of Stats (ALDS Game 4): Astros 10, White Sox 1

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Till next year, friends.

This is NOT the line you want to see for a home playoff game.
FanGraphs

Welp, it was fun while it lasted. The White Sox fell to the Astros and have been eliminated from the postseason. The energy was drained, Cane Guy was possibly hexed by a higher power, and the offense and fantastic pitching we’ve seen all season were MIA. Tony La Russa’s “Hall of Fame” postseason and bullpen management that was promised was left somewhere in St. Louis, as well.

But let's now dwell on what could’ve been. Here’s the story behind the numbers.


The Starters

Carlos Rodón was solid through two innings, with three strikeouts and unexpectedly high velocity that pushed triple figures. Alas, he got stuck in a jam by walking José Altuve, and Alex Bregman’s double put the Astros in the lead. While the strike zone was a little wild today, Rodón still struggled with his command, and only his slider really did anything for him. Rodón was quickly replaced by Michael Kopech for the last out of the third, and Kopech had his own fires to put out. I won’t go on my Michael Kopech is being grossly misused rant right now.

Rodón’s 56-pitch outing looked like this:

Baseball Savant

Lance McCullers Jr. only seemed to have issues with Gavin Sheets. McCullers walked three but struck out five keeping the White Sox to just one run. Unfortunately for Houston’s future in the playoffs, McCullers left the game after just four innings, feeling forearm tightness.

McCullers’ 73-pitch outing looked like this:

Baseball Savant

Pressure Play

Carlos Correa’s double to left that brought in José Altuve and Alex Bregman, and advanced Yordan Alvarez to third, brought the mood down for the White Sox. The LI was 3.36.


Pressure Cooker

Carlos Rodón faced the most heat during the game, as he started struggling in the third inning and couldn’t finish the frame. His pLI was 1.32.


Top Play

Correa’s double that put the Astros ahead for the rest of the game topped the WPA scales at .204.


Top Performer

José Altuve is technically the top performer with a WPA of 0.12. However, Gavin Sheets was right behind him with a WPA of 0.11.


Smackdown

Hardest hit: José Altuve’s first-inning double left the bat at 107.6 mph.

Weakest contact: Martin Maldonado’s sac bunt only came off the bat at 24.8 mph.

Luckiest hit: Chas McCormick’s sixth inning single had an xBA of only .130.

Toughest out: Gavin Sheets had a line out to first base in the seventh inning that had an xBA of .570.

Longest hit: Gavin Sheets carried the White Sox on his back today. His second-inning home run traveled 408 feet.


Magic Number: 21-11

This is my record for games covered this season. It’s been fun to put together the stats for so many games, and I appreciate everyone reading, commenting, and voting in the polls. I look forward to doing this again next season.


Glossary

Hard-hit is any ball off the bat at 95 mph or more
LI measures pressure per play
pLI measures total pressure faced in-game
Whiff a swing-and-miss
WPA win probability added measures contributions to the win
xBA expected batting average


Poll

Who was your White Sox MVP?

This poll is closed

  • 39%
    Gavin Sheets: Solo HR, 0.11 WPA
    (26 votes)
  • 6%
    Ryan Tepera: 0 ER, 0.02 WPA
    (4 votes)
  • 9%
    The friends we made along the way
    (6 votes)
  • 45%
    The SSS Staff for terrific coverage all season long
    (30 votes)
66 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who was your White Sox Cold Cat?

This poll is closed

  • 31%
    Literally everyone
    (24 votes)
  • 32%
    Tony La Russa’s bullpen management
    (25 votes)
  • 1%
    Sore muscles
    (1 vote)
  • 35%
    All of the above
    (27 votes)
77 votes total Vote Now

South Side Sox Roll Call

It certainly did not match Game 3’s unbelievable, near four-digit gamethread, but today’s season-capper rated 473 comments. steely3000 edged Nello Rubio out for the season’s final comment win, 57-56.


Not a ton of green, as apparently it works when we have a big game and a lot of comments. Mark Liptak and shumway shared honors today, with four recs apiece.

# Recs Commenter Comment Link
4 Mark P. Liptak [no title]
4 shumway I guess you can be both nice and unethical at the same time
3 GrinnellSteve After it went to 5-1 my wife started making a butterscotch pie with an Oreo crust.
3 GrinnellSteve No. Tepera was a separate deal. Bailey Horn, I think.
2 shumway you got that right that you don't know what to tell anybody about anything
2 packpowerfan Drunk at 2pm?
2 Nello Rubio Me and most of Sox fans right now…
2 GrinnellSteve I hate the Astros. I hate cheaters, especially unrepentant cheaters.
2 baines03 i agree. Tony is really good at saving his best pitchers for situations that never come.
2 katiesphil He can play again next Spring.
2 katiesphil But we'd rather he make it 17 or 18
1 Nello Rubio Could have used that before in your last AB, Cèsar
1 Resjr. Overmatched. The AL central flag will fly forever though.
1 Gutteridge70 Would be
1 WIN05 In the house. Later arriving crowd than Sunday. Security line much better.
1 shumway haha, just be a giants fan. they're like the sox were in '05. no one gave them a chance this year
1 Schoolly_D oh give him a break!
1 steely3000 Sox got Tepera for Heuer.
1 SuperMetroid Why are you here?
1 GrinnellSteve I'm so ignant. Enlighten me.
1 Grendel Bruder Okay
1 Grendel Bruder If you hate cheaters . . .
1 WIN05 The fat lady is on her way to the park.
1 squellvine We need Benetti to do a live youtube stream during these
1 DonGutteridge No point in bringing TLR back.
1 SuperMetroid HOLY SHEETS!!!!!!
1 The Lonchair [no title]
1 Nello Rubio He gone! Carlos Rodón with the the high :fire: to get Yordan Alvarez swinging for the huge strikeout and get out of that first inning inning trouble!
1 SuperMetroid Let's hit this guy and his weird Just For Men beard
1 Right Size Wrong Shape Wrong mentality.
1 Brett Ballantini nailed it on the JFM
1 SuperMetroid Los gets out of the mini-jam
1 DuhSox Everyone follow Sheets lead.
1 Brett Ballantini sadly, it is not the world in which we live, no more black and white, right and wrong
1 Nello Rubio BTW Sheets also hit a homer for the first Sox runs in Rodón’s last regular season start nearly two weeks ago!
1 steely3000 Why are fans cheering a HBP?
1 Ozziesox 1917 rematch….
1 Schoolly_D thought I told them "no pickles"
1 ruffster network broadcasters whitewashing "sketchy stuff"
1 packpowerfan "Both sides of this debate."
1 mattcoz 99!!!
1 Pointerbabe Well I’m sad