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Six Pack of Stats: White Sox 7, Rangers 2

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And just like that, the magic number drops to four.

No better way to win a finale than with a laffer.
FanGraphs

The White Sox bounced back in their final game against the Rangers. A dynamic fourth inning put the good guys on top and Lucas & Co. prevented the Rangers from ever catching up. A smooth series win is just what the White Sox needed.


The Starters

Lucas Giolito got the start in a day game, and that’s usually a troubling sign. Thankfully, Giolito appeared to be having a good game, even after a long break in the fourth inning and some signs of an emptying tank in the fifth, but he persevered. He predominately threw a fastball, but his changeup yielded more called strikes and whiffs.

Giolito’s 97-pitch outing looked like this:

Baseball Savant

Jordan Lyles started this afternoon and had a great three innings under his belt. But all good things must come to an end, and the White Sox caused a lot of problems in the fourth inning — in the form of five runs, some walks, and loaded bases.

Lyles’ 80-pitch outing looked like this:

Baseball Savant

Pressure Play

With Leury García advanced to second on a wild pitch from Jordan Lyles in the fourth, the pressure was officially on for the Rangers. The LI for the play was 1.86.


Pressure Cooker

Jordan Lyles had a very tough fourth inning against the Sox, allowing five runs. That contributed to game pressure the highest of anyone, as he faced a pLI of 1.11.


Top Play

Yasmani Grandal’s beautiful fourth-inning home run put a big boost in the White Sox’s win chances, with a WPA of .121.


Top Performer

Lucas Giolito’s great performance on the mound landed him in the top spot today with a WPA of 0.18.


Smackdown

Hardest hit: The DJ Peters single in the fifth inning was the hardest hit, at 108.4 mph.

Weakest contact: Leury García’s fourth-inning single only left the bat at 33.9 mph.

Luckiest hit: The Rangers attempted to take advantage of a tired Giolito in the sixth inning, Willie Calhoun being one of the players to do so. His sixth-inning single only had an xBA of .090.

Toughest out: Zack Collins hit a ball in the sixth with an xBA of .880 that ended up as a line out.

Longest hit: Adolis García’s eighth-inning sac fly off Mike Wright traveled 406 feet.


Magic Number: 90

Michael Kopech recorded strikeout number 90 this 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

  • 72%
    Lucas Giolito: 5.1 IP, 4 Ks, 0.18 WPA
    (51 votes)
  • 12%
    Leury García: 2 H, 1 Run, 2 RBIs, 0.09 WPA
    (9 votes)
  • 2%
    Yasmani Grandal: 1 HR, 1 RBI, 0.10 WPA
    (2 votes)
  • 5%
    César Hernández: 2 RBIs, 0.08 WPA
    (4 votes)
  • 5%
    José Abreu: 2 RBIs, 0.07 WPA
    (4 votes)
70 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who was your White Sox Cold Cat?

This poll is closed

  • 33%
    Romy González: 0-4, 1 K, -0.11 WPA
    (22 votes)
  • 10%
    Yoán Moncada: 1 K, 0 Hits, -0.10 WPA
    (7 votes)
  • 56%
    The Yankees: 11-1 loss against Cleveland
    (37 votes)
66 votes total Vote Now

South Side Sox Roll Call

A modest, 163-comment gamethread nonetheless led to a big battle for the top spot. Nello Rubio won that one, with 31 comments.

# Commenter # Comments
1 Nello Rubio 31
2 steely3000 28
3 AnoHito 26
4 baines03 14
5 Right Size Wrong Shape 13
6 Ozziesox 10
7 kinbote 10
8 Schoolly_D 8
9 ruffster 6
10 mrridgman 5
11 WIN05 5
12 bangkokhoosier 2
13 Gutteridge70 2
14 GrinnellSteve 1
15 SuperMetroid 1
16 greenlight 1


Recs were few and far between, with not only no green today, but no comment receiving even two recs: