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Six Pack of Stats: White Sox 6, Reds 1

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Enjoy your last day of September — October baseball is coming to the South Side soon!

The White Sox offense is really starting to click.
FanGraphs

With the Reds eliminated from playoff contention and the White Sox coming in hot after a big win last night, it was unclear how the lineup would be constructed and how hard either team would try. Thankfully, the White Sox bats were still hot, and the Carlos Rodón/Michael Kopech pitching combination gave the White Sox eight innings of shutout baseball and an easy final inning for Mike Wright.


The Starters

Carlos Rodón got the start after dealing with arm fatigue as of late. While his velocity peaked at 92.7 mph, Rodón’s slider and fastball looked great. Going five scoreless innings, Rodón also struck out five and allowed just one run in 69 pitches. Nice.

Rodón’s 69-pitch outing looked like this:

Baseball Savant

Sonny Gray took the mound for the Reds. Gray’s season has been average, but he has shown improvement lately. Gray threw a myriad of pitches that allowed him to record six strikeouts. However, the White Sox exposed his weaknesses, with five hits and five earned runs.

Gray’s 86-pitch outing looked like this:

Baseball Savant

Pressure Play

Gavin Sheets had himself a night. With his third-inning, two-run home run, Sheets tipped the scales with an LI of 1.59.


Pressure Cooker

Carlos Rodón faced the most pressure in the game, as he pitched a gem. Five scoreless innings can be tough for many, but he proved that velocity only matters a little when you’re an excellent pitcher. His pLI was 0.88.


Top Play

As mentioned above, the Sheets home run that solidified a win early on was also the top play. He pushed the Sox toward a win with a WPA of .170.


Top Performer

This game goes to Carlos Rodón. While the offense was great at the plate, Rodón dismantled the Reds, only allowing one hit and two walks. His WPA was 0.25.


Smackdown

Hardest hit: Sometimes, a picture is better than words:

The top three hardest hit balls? All La Pantera.
Baseball Savant

Weakest contact: José Abreu’s fifth-inning ground out only exited the bat at 50.4 mph.

Luckiest hit: Leury García singled in the third inning, setting Gavin Sheets up for his first of many RBIs in the game. The single only had an xBA of .140.

Toughest out: Adam Engel came up in the third inning after a single and home run, hoping to keep the momentum alive. Unfortunately, his .850 xBA fly ball to right was caught for the first out.

Longest hit: Gavin Sheets takes the cake for the longest hit. His two-run home run traveled 400 feet.


Magic Number: 22

At what point will pitchers stop hitting José Abreu? This is getting exhausting. Abreu has been ploinked 22 times 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 9/29 White Sox MVP?

This poll is closed

  • 69%
    Carlos Rodón: 5 IP, 0 ER, 4 Ks, 0.25 WPA
    (46 votes)
  • 30%
    Gavin Sheets: 2-3, 1 HR, 3 RBIs, 0.22 WPA
    (20 votes)
  • 0%
    Leury García: 2-4, 1 RBI, 0.11 WPA
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Michael Kopech: 3 IP, 3 Ks, 0 ER, 0.05 WPA
    (0 votes)
66 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who was your 9/29 White Sox Cold Cat?

This poll is closed

  • 4%
    Yasmani Grandal: 1 K, -0.04 WPA
    (3 votes)
  • 89%
    Eloy Jiménez: 0-4, 2 Ks, -0.04 WPA
    (58 votes)
  • 6%
    Adam Engel: 0-3, 1 K, -0.03 WPA
    (4 votes)
65 votes total Vote Now

South Side Sox Roll Call

This 269-comment thread was dominated by Trooper Galactus, with 58 comments.

# Commenter # Comments
1 Trooper Galactus 58
2 Schoolly_D 31
3 steely3000 30
4 1969Vikings 29
5 Pointerbabe 19
6 AnoHito 17
7 NothinbutNets7 17
8 Nello Rubio 14
9 ruffster 14
10 GrinnellSteve 13
11 wissoxfan83 8
12 Lurker Laura 4
13 mattcoz 4
14 greenlight 3
15 the wolf 2
16 David John Craven 2
17 DonGutteridge 1
18 WIN05 1
19 venom truth 1
20 SuperMetroid 1


Nello Rubio, from the game, and Trooper tied for the most recs, with four. But Trooper gobbled up all the other green for the game.