Understandably, morale was low among the fan base after one of the worst off-days in recent memory. Fans were hungry for a big game to put the bad news behind them, and my goodness, they got a big game and then some. The White Sox dominated from start to finish in a 9-0 victory over the Reds to improve to 16-12.
Has Dylan Ceased turned a corner? It is probably too early to give a definitive answer. However, Cease has been extremely difficult for opposing hitters to solve in his last two starts (including this one). In addition, Cease was oddly efficient with his pitch count in those starts. Tonight, Cease racked up 11 more strikeouts in six innings, as he continued to miss opposing bats. In fact, Cease got 17 swings-and-misses from the Reds’ hitters, and he allowed exactly zero hard-hit balls.
By contrast, things were not so easy for Reds starter Jeff Hoffman, who allowed four runs (all earned) in only 2 1⁄3 innings. Hoffman threw 63 pitches, and the White Sox were not fooled by many of them. Hoffman got six whiffs from the White Sox, but he allowed the same number of hard-hit balls. It is not a surprise that he struggled in this game.
There was not much competition for this distinction, as the White Sox had a solid lead throughout the majority of the game. However, with a LI of 2.62, Tim Anderson’s two-run single takes the cake. In the top of the second, Anderson batted with the bases loaded and two outs, which are both factors that boosted the LI. In addition, it was still a close game, with the White Sox having a 1-0 lead at that point.
With a pLI of 0.89, Hoffman found himself involved in some of the situations that made the biggest impact on the game. This was largely a result of the fact that after Hoffman’s appearance was over, the White Sox had a convincing lead. Hoffman was on the losing end of most of these key plate appearances, which set up the White Sox’s big night.
In terms of WPA, Anderson’s two-run single was the largest boost to either team’s win probability (.154). José Abreu’s solo home run to put the White Sox up by a score of 1-0 came in second place (.103). Rounding out the top three was a double by ... Dylan Cease (.040). This was the second of three hits by Cease.
For obvious reasons, today’s top performer was Dylan Cease, whose excellence on the mound and at the plate propelled the White Sox to a one-sided victory. With .163 WPA as a pitcher and .071 as a hitter, Cease ran away with this award.
That clutch Anderson single in the second inning left the bat at 108.2 mph, making it the hardest-hit ball of the game. There was a lot of competition for this one, and most of the top contenders were by White Sox hitters.
Magic Number: 6 of one, 1 of another
This was the sixth time this season that a White Sox pitcher struck out at least 10 batters in a game. It is the first time this season that a White Sox pitcher got more hits at the plate (three) than he allowed on the mound (one). No matter how one slices it, Cease had a monster performance.
Who was the White Sox’s MVP of Tuesday night’s win over the Reds?
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Dylan Cease: 6 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 3 BB, 11 K, 3-for-3, 2B
José Abreu: 2-for-4, HR, 3 RBI
Tim Anderson: 2-for-5, 3 RBI
Who was the White Sox’s Cold Cat of Tuesday night’s win over the Reds?
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Adam Eaton: 0-for-3, 3 K, HBP, -.01 WPA
Leury García: 1-for-4, BB, GIDP, +.03 WPA
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