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White Sox at Cleveland, PPD Rain (and Sheer Doubleheader Fatigue)

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Makeup to come during the final week of the season, so hopefully the South Siders have clinched the top seed by then

MLB: AUG 12 Astros at White Sox

Wipe another four innings off of the official season slate, people: Today’s matinee finale in Cleveland has been postponed due to rain, to be made up at the end of the season, yikes:

Of course, it comes at a good time for the White Sox, who have played 12 games in 12 days and were planning to run Lance Lynn out on short rest. Fuel up a bit, get home for a six-game set against Detroit and Toronto over the next week, and pad that division lead.


So, how are we feeling about this White Sox club, with one-third of the calendar year peeled off of the season?

  • The White Sox are 33-22, 2 12 games up in the AL Central
  • Their magic number, 106, is as low as anyone’s in baseball (tied with the Rays)
  • The White Sox are the second-best in the AL (behind the 35-21 Rays) and fourth in baseball (behind the Giants and Padres)
  • The White Sox have a +79 run differential, second-best in baseball behind the Padres (+80)
  • That run differential projects to a 106-56 final record, best in the AL by eight games (Astros)
  • No other team in the AL Central has a positive run differential, thus they are all tracked by that measure to finish under .500
  • Per run differential, the White Sox would win the ALC by 27 games over second-place Cleveland

Some White Sox position players on the AL Baseball-Reference leaderboards:

  • Yoán Moncada, tied for sixth in WAR (2.8) overall, tied for third among position players, and fifth in offensive WAR (2.3)
  • Yermín Mercedes is tied for seventh in batting average (.304), with Moncada ninth (.301)
  • Moncada is second in on-base (.429)
  • Billy Hamilton is tied for seventh with two triples
  • José Abreu leads with 46 RBIs, somewhat amazing given how hot and productive Vlad Guerrero Jr. has been
  • Yasmani Grandal leads with 42 walks, with Moncada fourth at 38
  • Moncada is tied for ninth with 61 strikeouts
  • Tim Anderson is tied for third with nine steals. He is tied for second with four times caught stealing
  • Nick Madrigal and Mercedes are tied for sixth with 40 singles. Moncada is tied for ninth with 39
  • Moncada is tied for eighth with 38 runs created
  • Moncada is ninth with 14 adjusted batting runs and 1.4 adjusted batting wins
  • Moncada is second with 97 times on base
  • Moncada is fifth with a .744 offensive winning percentage
  • Abreu is fifth in hit by pitches with six, Adam Eaton is tied for sixth, with five
  • Eaton and Leury García are alone and tied for second with four sacrifice hits. Hamilton is tied for ninth, with two
  • Madrigal is first, by a significant margin, with 11.4 at-bats per strikeout
  • Moncada is fourth in base-out runs added (RE24), at 16.64, and base-out wins added (REW), at 1.7
  • Abreu is tied for first with five sacrifice flies

Some White Sox pitchers on the AL Baseball-Reference leaderboards:

  • Lance Lynn is fifth in WAR among pitchers, at 2.1. Carlos Rodón is seventh, with 1.9
  • Rodón is second in ERA (1.98)
  • Lynn is tied for third with six wins. Rodón and Lucas Giolito are tied for ninth with five wins
  • Lynn is third, with an .857 winning percentage. Rodón is tied for ninth, at .714
  • Rodón is second in WHIP (0.823)
  • Rodón is first in hits per nine innings (5.268), while Giolito is eighth (6.750)
  • Rodón is second in strikeouts per nine innings (13.171), with Giolito fifth (11.202) and Dylan Cease sixth (11.195)
  • Liam Hendriks is first in saves (13) and games finished (20)
  • Giolito is tied for 10th with 62 23 innings pitched
  • Rodón is tied for fourth with 80 strikeouts, Giolito is sixth with 78, and Cease is tied for ninth (68)
  • Cease, Giolito and Dallas Keuchel are all tied for fifth with 11 games started
  • Rodón, Cease and Lynn are among just nine pitchers with a complete game, and among eight with a shutout
  • Rodón is third in adjusted ERA+ (220)
  • Cease’s 27 walks are tied for fourth
  • Rodón has 6.154 strikeouts per walk, good for third
  • Cease’s 0.823 home runs per nine innings is seventh
  • Keuchel’s 30 earned runs are tied for eighth
  • Cease’s five wild pitches are tied for eighth
  • Rodón’s five hit batsmen are tied for fifth
  • Rodón is third in FIP (2.62)
  • Lynn is third in adjusted pitching runs (15) and wins (1.7), Rodón fifth (13, 1.4)
  • Lynn in fifth in base-out runs saved (RE24) with 16.64, Rodón sixth (15.84)
  • Rodón is sixth in situational runs saved (WPA/LI) with 1.4, Lynn seventh (also 1.4)
  • Lynn is ninth in championship WPA (cWPA), with 1.0
  • Lynn is fifth in base-out wins saved (REW), at 1.9, Rodón sixth at 1.8