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Six Pack of Stats: Royals 7, White Sox 2

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A disastrous third inning swayed the game in Kansas City’s favor, burying the South Siders in too big of a hole

The game shifted toward the Royals, and stayed there after the third inning.
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Yikes.

Another Dallas Keuchel start went haywire. Not even a two-hour rain delay, or Stacey King gracing the broadcasting booth, could change the lefthander’s fortunes. The White Sox fell, 7-2, to the Royals on a late Friday night/early Saturday morning.


The Starters

Keuchel’s velocity is “mild” on Stacey King’s Hot Sauce Heat Scale, but even that would be too endearing of an adjective to describe this last outing.

A sweet start, with a 1-2-3 first inning, quickly turned sour as seven hits and two walks over the next two-plus innings begat a 6-0 Royals lead, which could’ve been worse if Yasmani Grandal didn’t throw out Michael A. Taylor trying to steal second base. Keuchel’s only strikeout (a battle back from a 3-0 count to get Carlos Santana looking) gave Keuchel a chance to strand the bases loaded in the third inning, but a third batted ball of 105+ mph drove in three runs and ended Keuchel’s night early. Keuchel surprisingly came out for the fourth inning, and proceeded to give up a double.

Keuchel conceded two hits with his cutter, changeup and sinker. He finished with a game score of 32.

Baseball Savant

It was an efficient night for Carlos Hernández, who rode an early lead to a quality start in a six-inning outing. He held the South Siders to five hard-hit balls, as he worked around five hits and three walks in a two-run start.

Hernández had a strikeout via the slider, 4-seam fastball and sinker, though also gave up two singles with his 4-seamer. The White Sox didn’t record an extra-base hit during their quiet day at the plate. Hernández had a game score of 57.

Baseball Savant

Pressure Play

Keuchel came a strike away from escaping the third inning without allowing a run, but on a 3-2 pitch, Adalberto Mondesí drove a sinker up the middle for a two-RBI single that left his bat at 105.4 mph. A third run scored on Luis Robert’s fielding error to give the Royals a 5-0 lead.

Mondesí’s bases-loaded at-bat garnered a 1.97 LI.


Pressure Cooker

No one faced more pressure than Mondesí (0.87 pLI), who delivered with his only hit of the game clearing the bases.


Top Play

Mondesí’s bases-clearing hit in the third inning earned a .150 WPA.


Top Performer

Hernández had the highest WPA at .181, as he allowed two earned runs on five hits and three walks in a six-inning start.

Yasmani Grandal had the highest WPA (.038) on the White Sox, finishing 0-for-2 with a walk before being pulled for Seby Zavala.


Smackdown

Luckiest hit: Andrew Benintendi hit a cutter into right-center field, which Andrew Vaughn over-ran as the ball died once it hit the wet grass. Benintendi ended up on third base with a triple, despite possessing a .030 xBA.

Toughest out: Leury García flashed his hops in the first inning, jumping to rob Nicky Lopez’s 93-mph liner with his outstretched arm. Lopez had an .840 xBA.

Hardest hit: The Royals crushed the ball all night, but Carlos Santana had the hardest-hit of all, at 107.4 mph, with a line-drive single into right field in the fifth inning.

Weakest contact: Whit Merrifield’s 58.3 mph ground out to lead off the bottom of the first inning didn’t foreshadow the hard hits that spelled doom for Keuchel later in the contest.

Longest hit: Merrifield flew out in the eighth inning, the ball traveling 376 feet.


Magic Number: 33

Over his last eight starts, Keuchel has given up 33 earned runs in 37 13 innings. His 2021 campaign has become a train wreck in the second half of the season, giving the White Sox another hole in their starting rotation alongside the absences of injured Lucas Giolito and Lance Lynn.


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 the White Sox MVP during their loss to the Royals?

This poll is closed

  • 5%
    Yasmani Grandal: 0-for-2, BB, R, .039 WPA
    (2 votes)
  • 2%
    Eloy Jiménez: 1-for-3, BB, K, .038 WPA
    (1 vote)
  • 91%
    Leury García: 2-for-4, RBI, leaping catch, -.020 WPA
    (34 votes)
  • 0%
    Gavin Sheets: 1-for-4, RBI, K, -.068 WPA
    (0 votes)
37 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who was the White Sox Cold Cat during their loss to the Royals?

This poll is closed

  • 97%
    Dallas Keuchel: 3 IP, 6 R (5 ER), 7 H, 2 BB, K, -.297 WPA
    (41 votes)
  • 2%
    Luis Robert: 0-for-4, K, fielding error, -.057 WPA
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Andrew Vaughn: 0-for-4, -.075 WPA
    (0 votes)
42 votes total Vote Now

Poll

On the Hot Sauce scale, how would you rate Stacey King’s performance in the booth?

This poll is closed

  • 44%
    Mild
    (11 votes)
  • 24%
    Saucy
    (6 votes)
  • 20%
    Spicy
    (5 votes)
  • 12%
    HOT
    (3 votes)
25 votes total Vote Now

South Side Sox Roll Call

In a 230-comment gamethread, 1969Vikings ran away with it, from halfway across the globe.


No green at all tonight, and in fact just one comment earned more than one rec, so seven11 takes the crown: