The Chicago White Sox sweep the Kansas City Royals this Mother’s Day weekend! Every White Sox player recorded at least one hit, except Yasmani Grandal, but walks are the new hits for him, and he walked today, so basically every White Sox player notched a hit!
Let’s break down today’s numbers.
Lucas Giolito did not have his best stuff today, but the ace labored through an inning shy of a quality start. He even threw almost the same amount of sliders as changeups to help himself out, and he did not do too shabby of a job.
Lucas pitched five innings, and he only gave up a first-inning run, with four hits, two walks, and just two strikeouts. As prefaced, that changeup was not working like it usually does, but the slider helped induce some outs.
Giolito’s 93-pitch outing went like this:
That slider can prove lethal in the playoffs ... (yes, I know it is May; a girl can dream!)
Mike Minor, who broke the Sox’s winning streak against lefty starters back in April, could not do what Lucas did without his best stuff. While Minor also gave up four hits through five innings, those hits brought in five runs, as he also walked two. The strikeout was working for Minor, with seven of them, but it was too little of an impact, surprisingly.
Minor’s 91-pitch afternoon looked like this:
In the bottom of the sixth with the bases loaded, Codi Heuer faced Michael A. Taylor. Taylor crushed a 2.12 LI ground ball that a diving Yoán Moncada not only was able to keep in the infield BUT get the force out at second base. The runner on third did score to trim the lead to 6-2, White Sox, but it was a fantastic play to even record an out. Had YoYo not gotten it, the complexion of the game would have changed.
As the pressure play tends to do, Michael A. Taylor cooked under pressure. His 1.14 pLI barely beat Codi’s 1.09 pLI, but Heuer got out of the inning, and Taylor recorded a fielder’s choice.
The top two plays were .001 apart, and they both came from Yermín Mercedes. Top of the second inning, Mercedes recorded an RBI triple, for .146 WPA, which tied the game 1-1 at the time.
In his next at-bat, the Yerminator cleared both runners on base with a double (.147 WPA), and he advanced to third on the throw, making it 5-1 in the third inning.
Yermín Mercedes does it again! pic.twitter.com/slMTy4vUdo— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) May 9, 2021
Yermín Mercedes loves his mother and is making Eloy Jiménez proud! The Yerminator had a 2-for-5 day, driving in three runs and scoring a run himself! His .287 WPA blew away the next closest (Lucas Giolito, .123 WPA).
Hardest hit: Jorge Soler’s force out in the first was smoked at 109.0 mph.
Weakest contact: In the sixth inning, Evan Marshall forced Salvador Pérez into a 69.8 mph ground out.
Luckiest hit: That dang Whit Merrifield recorded a single against Lucas Giolito in the third inning that had just a .180 xBA.
Toughest out: Carlos Santana’s blazing 105.1 mph line out in the fourth is a hit 73% of the time!
Longest hit: Whit Merrifield’s first-inning, 369-foot double in the first was today’s longest hit. (Mercedes got an extra base at only 362 feet!)
Magic Number: 1
Sticking to the theme of today, Yermín Mercedes recorded his first-career triple this afternoon! Is there anything he can’t do? Whether or not there is, he remains incredibly fun to watch!
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
Which White Sox player is Mom’s MVP today?
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Lucas Giolito: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 2 SO
Aaron Bummer: 1.2 IP, 0 R, 3 SO
Yermín Mercedes: 2-for-5, 1 R, 3 RBI, 1 SO
Andrew Vaughn: 1-for-3, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 Gold Glove worthy catch
José Abreu: 2-for-4, 1 R, 3 RBI, 2 SO
Which White Sox player is looking to be Dad’s MVP in June?
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Evan Marshall: 0.1 IP, 1 R, 2 BB
Codi Heuer: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB
Yasmani Grandal: 0-for-4, 1 BB, 3 SO, 3 LOB
Tim Anderson: 1-for-5, 1 R, 3 SO, 2 LOB
South Side Sox Gamethread Stats
In a 119-comment Mother’s Day battle between AnoHito and steely3000, our two returning champions, Ano eked it out, 26-24.
It was cherry-picking for DuhSox, but he went green with a thread-high four recs for stating the obvious about Angel Hernandez:
Happy Mother’s Day, Mom and to all the South Side Sox mothers!