Today was a meaningless Sunday day game in Cleveland, so if you’re tuning in after the Bears game or flipped back and forth, I’ve got the numbers for you. I hope Justin Fields met or even exceeded your expectations and Matt Nagy didn’t botch the game with his ghastly play-calling. (I know the latter is a stretch, but I’m trying to be optimistic.)
The White Sox leave Cleveland behind with a series win, season series win, and some happy beer and champagne-soaked memories.
Oh, and Billy the Hitter stole home.
Lucas Giolito had a pleasant start this afternoon. Over six innings he only allowed five hits and one walk, shutting Cleveland down and successfully getting out of a few jams. His slider was often exactly where it needed to be for a called strike. He certainly made the case for why he’ll be the ALDS Game 1 starter.
Giolito’s 100-pitch outing looked like this:
Triston McKenzie has been consistent most of the season, until just recently. He managed to give up as many hits in the first three innings as the Sox could muster up in the whole game during their shutout last night. McKenzie left the game in the third inning, with the bases loaded for the second time and only one out.
McKenzie’s 61-pitch outing looked like this:
Amed Rosario’s fly out to right against Michael Kopech had an LI of 2.91. With no outs and runners on first and third, Rosario had a chance to bring at least one runner home, but was unable to thanks to Andrew Vaughn.
Garrett Crochet replaced Michael Kopech in the seventh inning, and picked him up by escaping Kopech’s jam. The pressure was high, but nothing Crochet couldn’t handle. His pLI was 2.54.
Myles Straw singled to right off Michael Kopech in the seventh, making way for Roberto Pérez to score and Oscar Mercado advancing to third. This gave Cleveland a chance to get back in the game, rewarded with a WPA of .099.
Lucas Giolito exited the game with six scoreless innings. His performance put the White Sox in a good position to leave Cleveland with another win. Gio’s WPA was 0.31.
Hardest hit: Harold Ramirez had a single in the fourth inning that left the bat at 112.5 mph.
Weakest contact: Billy Hamilton’s sac bunt in the sixth inning left the bat at 29.7 mph.
Luckiest hit: Myles Straw’s first-inning double had Billy Hamilton and Andrew Vaughn staring directly into the sun causing both to lose sight of the ball. The xBA for the hit was only .010.
Toughest out: With two outs and two on for Owen Miller in the sixth, there was a chance for Cleveland to catch up . Unfortunately for Miller, he lined out to second, on an .870 xBA smash.
Longest hit: Tim Anderson’s fly out to center in the fourth inning traveled 376 feet. Roberto Pérez trailed him by just one foot with his seventh-inning double.
Magic Number: 62
Yasmani Grandal’s total hits this season (62) surpassed his RBI total (61). If you saw the great Sox Math video, you’ll know why we love Yaz.
If you missed it: It's because he gets on base.
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 your White Sox MVP?
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Lucas Giolito: 6 IP, 0 ER, 6 Ks, 0.31 WPA
Yasmani Grandal: 3 H, 1 R, 0.18 WPA
Leury García: 2 H, 1 R, 1 RBI, 0.09 WPA
Garrett Crochet: 0.2 IP, 0 ER, 0.14 WPA
Who is your White Sox Cold Cat?
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Michael Kopech: 0.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, -0.14 WPA
Andrew Vaughn: 1-4, 2 Ks, -0.08 WPA
Billy Hamilton: 1-4, 2 Ks, -0.06 WPA
South Side Sox Roll Call
Hey, almost 200 comments on Bears Sunday, which even for a toilet bowl of a pigskin game is still pretty impressive. On the other hand, the thread was carried, like last night, by just three: AnoHito, Nello Rubio, and steely3000. Ano emerged triumphant.
Just one comment got green, and it involved GrinnellSteve’s booster shot vs. Covid (or, the Bears?):