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.
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.
Most starts in a season with 5+ innings and 1 or 0 hits allowed— Christopher Kamka (@ckamka) September 30, 2021
American League history
5 Carlos Rodón, 2021
5 Blake Snell, 2018
Rodón’s 69-pitch outing looked like this:
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:
Gavin Sheets had himself a night. With his third-inning, two-run home run, Sheets tipped the scales with an LI of 1.59.
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.
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.
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.
Carlos Rodón went 5 IP, H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K, 43 of 69 pitches for strikes, with eight swinging strikes.— James Fegan (@JRFegan) September 30, 2021
He was 90-92 most of the night. He was very effective, but not quite the same.
He recorded a 2.37 ERA in 132.2 IP this season, with 185 K. It was special to watch.
Hardest hit: Sometimes, a picture is better than words:
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.
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 was your 9/29 White Sox MVP?
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Carlos Rodón: 5 IP, 0 ER, 4 Ks, 0.25 WPA
Gavin Sheets: 2-3, 1 HR, 3 RBIs, 0.22 WPA
Leury García: 2-4, 1 RBI, 0.11 WPA
Michael Kopech: 3 IP, 3 Ks, 0 ER, 0.05 WPA
Who was your 9/29 White Sox Cold Cat?
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Yasmani Grandal: 1 K, -0.04 WPA
Eloy Jiménez: 0-4, 2 Ks, -0.04 WPA
Adam Engel: 0-3, 1 K, -0.03 WPA
South Side Sox Roll Call
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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.