Johnny Cueto didn’t look good on paper tonight, but he stayed consistent and confused Angels hitters. Cueto’s first and only walk came in the fifth, against five strikeouts. The three earned runs and seven hits might haunt him, but he still had a successful evening, with a quality start. Oh, and he pitched six innings to help the bullpen.
Cueto’s 97-pitch outing looked like this:
Chase Silseth started off hot and had the run support to back him up. His fourth-inning implosion saw him get the hook, and he was charged with three earned runs by throwing strikes perfectly down the middle to Luis Robert. The Angels' pitching went through the wringer while the Sox bats stayed hot, and will likely have a depleted bullpen for Shohei Ohtani tomorrow.
Silseth’s 72-pitch outing looked like this:
In true White Sox fashion, the bases were loaded and there was only one out for Tim Anderson. What comes next, you ask? A ground-ball twin-killing! Anderson’s LI was 1.75 for that play.
This was almost a four-way tie! Aaron Loup, Oliver Ortega, and Elvis Peguero all had a pLI of 0.91, and six earned runs between them. Chase Silseth slivers out with a pLI of 0.90.
Luis Robert sealed the win in the fifth inning with a two-run home run, bringing Tim Anderson in with two outs. The WPA for Robert was .267.
Luis Robert vs Oliver Ortega#ChangeTheGame— Would it dong? (@would_it_dong) June 29, 2022
Exit velo: 110.8 mph
Launch angle: 26 deg
Proj. distance: 448 ft
No doubt about that one
That's a dinger in all 30 MLB ballparks
CWS (5) @ LAA (3)
Luis Robert wins in a landslide with a WPA of .308. Perhaps it was all of those runs he’s responsible for.
Hardest hit: Shohei Ohtani’s first-inning double came sizzling off the bat at 115.2 mph.
Weakest contact: The Angels didn’t seem to be hitting very hard tonight, and Mike Trout leads the pack with a sixth-inning ground out that left the bat at a measly 40.7 mph.
Luckiest hit: Leury García’s sixth-inning double was a fortunate one, with an xBA of just .180.
Toughest out: Mike Trout had an xBA of .790 in the fifth inning, but the ball was only hit at 69.6 mph and ended as a line out.
Longest hit: Luis Robert’s gorgeous fifth-inning home run left the bat at 110.8 mph and traveled 448 feet.
Magic Number: 17
The White Sox had 17 hits this evening, and Cueto and Co. held the Angels to only nine.
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
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Luis Robert: 1 HR, 2 RBI, 0.31 WPA
Cueto/Kelly/Foster/Ruiz: 9 Ks, 4 ER, 9 H
Josh Harrison: 1 HR, 3 RBI, 0 Ks, 0.20 WPA
All of the above + hot bats
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Gavin Sheets: 1 BB, 1 K, -0.06 WPA
Andrew Vaughn: 0-for-6, 3 K, -0.07 WPA
Still Rick/Tony/Jerry despite the win
The foul ball that almost hit Jason and Steve