Today against Tampa Bay, the Chicago White Sox were going for their first series sweep of the season, but the Rays jumped off to a hot start and didn’t look back. Maybe the Sox should have worn the ’83 jerseys for some better luck.
Vince Velásquez had a rather ambivalent start this Sunday afternoon. Giving up four runs (three earned) in the first, he settled down for a scoreless end of the outing (a total of 4 2⁄3 innings). In fact, three of his five hits and all three walks originated to the first inning. Velásquez did tally five strikeouts, but the damage was done.
His 85-pitch day breaks down like this:
Sharing the bump, J.P. Feyereisen — a reliever by nature — only went two innings, as Tampa’s opener. Three of the six outs he recorded came via the strikeout. In five games this season, Feyereisen owns a 0.00 ERA.
His 28 pitches looked like this:
With the bases loaded for the second time in the game, Yasmani Grandal — Sox down 4-1 in the fifth — popped out to second base on a 3.59 LI play.
Tampa’s Jalen Beeks, notching his first hold of the season, pitched a clean 1 2⁄3 innings and tallied two strikeouts and a 2.13 pLI.
With the bases loaded for the first time in the game during the fourth inning, Gavin Sheets recorded a HBP RBI to trim the lead to 4-1, on this .093 WPA play.
What happens when you can perform well under pressure? You become top performer. Jalen Beeks’ .165 WPA beats out Adam Engel’s .162 WPA.
Hardest hit: Ji-Man Choi’s 107.1 mph line out in the fifth almost beat out Wander Franco’s 107.3 mph line out in the second for today’s hardest-hit ball.
Weakest contact: Manuel Margot’s bunt ground out in the third inning left his bat at 18.1 mph — speeding in a parking lot! Imagine!
Luckiest hit: Wander Franco’s batted ball in the first inning is a hit 8% of the time. Today was that 8%.
Toughest Out: Thinking he got all of it (and he did), Tim Anderson was admiring a home run ball into the left-field bleachers in the first inning, until Josh Lowe snagged it for an out.
Longest hit: Edging out Tim’s out (too redundant?) in the first by a foot, Josh Lowe’s 381-foot fly out (third time!) in the third (wait, didn’t I just say “third?”) inning takes the cake for today’s longest hit.
Magic Number: 5 1⁄3
In his first three games of his MLB career, Tanner Banks has not allowed a run, over a span of 5 1⁄3 innings.
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 today’s MVP?
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José Abreu: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 SO
Adam Engel: 1-for-2, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 SB
Gavin Sheets: 1-for-3, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 HBP, 1 SO
Tanner Banks: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO
Who was the Cool Cat of this cool afternoon?
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Vince Velásquez: 4 2⁄3 IP, 5 H, 4 R (3 ER), 3 BB, 5 SO
Anderson Severino: 2⁄3 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 SO
Luis Robert: 0-for-4, 2 LOB
Josh Harrison: 0-for-4, 2 SO, 3 LOB