The Chicago White Sox walk it off against the Kansas City Royals on an incredible effort from the heart and soul of this team: José Abreu! Let’s see what all went down to make this miraculous moment come to fruition!
Dylan Cease continues to impress this season, and I am here for it. He pitched 5 2⁄3 innings, giving up three hits, three walks, one run, but punched out three. His ERA dips to below 2.50 at 2.41.
His modest 88-pitch outing went like this:
Brady Singer rivaled Cease, throwing 6 1⁄3 innings. He gave up seven hits, but he also struck out seven. The only runs he gave up were off of Adam Eaton’s two-run home run in the fifth inning.
SInger’s 102 pitches break down like this:
With the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the eighth, Nick Madrigal’s 7.91 LI ground out ended a prime scoring opportunity for the Sox, who were trailing, 3-2, at the time. Madrigal is having a tough May compared to his awesome April, but the rookie will turn it around soon.
Wade Davis, giving up the tying run and winning run in the bottom of the ninth, fell to the top game pressure: 4.31 pLI.
Naturally, was the winning play. On a 1-1 count, a wild pitch fluttered away during Yasmani Grandal’s at-bat, with runners on the corners with two outs. Full speed ahead, Abreu recorded the winning run (.365 WPA).
Blowing away the next closest WPA (Adam Eaton, .258), MVPito accumulated a .515 WPA! I’ll have to stat check myself, but initially, that seems to be the highest individual WPA I have seen during one of my Six Pack coverages. Simply outstanding! Retire his number now and build his statue. :) (Harold Baines, any help?)
Hardest hit: Spanky Eaton’s two-run shot to take the lead in the fifth left the bat at 106.8 mph.
Weakest contact: Just about the subdivision speed limit, Nick Madrigal’s half-swing ground out left the bat at an astounding 16.3 mph in the eighth inning.
Luckiest hit: There were not many lucky hits this game, but Kansas City still found a way to notch one for seemingly every game this series. Whit Merrifield’s 50.0 mph single in the seventh inning had an xBA of .220.
Toughest out: Jorge Soler’s 105.5 mph fly out in the sixth was caught by Leury García, but it had an 84% chance of being a hit.
Longest hit: That toughest out was also the longest hit, soaring 391 feet to right-center field.
Magic Number: <3
Not less than three. A heart. Not every number can quantify what we see. Although José Abreu has the stats to support this argument, he also has the heart as well.
“He stands right next to Albert [Pujols] for me” -TLR, postgame interview— Ashley Sanders (@Ashley22Sanders) May 16, 2021
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
Who is this afternoon’s MVP for the White Sox?
This poll is closed
Dylan Cease: 5.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 3 SO
Aaron Bummer: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO
José Abreu: 2-for-4, 1 R scored the winning run two days after a scary collision
Tim Anderson: 3-for-5, 2 R
Which White Sox player is tired of playing Kansas City?
This poll is closed
Codi Heuer: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R
Yasmani Grandal: 1-for-4, 2 SO, 2 LOB
Andrew Vaughn: 0-for-4, 3 LOB
Yoán Moncada: 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 SO, 3 LOB
I love beating the Royals.
South Side Sox Roll Call
An even 100 comments concluded a pretty modest readership series against K.C. The low output made for a nice race, won by steely3000:
There weren’t a ton of recs, but at least someone went green: baines03, spitting venom on Adam Eaton: