On Monday, the Chicago White Sox defeated the Houston Astros, 4-2, at Guaranteed Rate Field. The White Sox move to 60-56 (with four consecutive wins), two games back of the AL Central-leading Guardians (who split a doubleheader today). The Astros drop to 75-42, now 12 1⁄2 games ahead of the pack in the AL West.
José Urquidy started for the Astros. Urquidy went 7 2⁄3 innings, giving up an earned run on six hits while striking out four.
Urquidy used a four-pitch arsenal in his 94-pitch outing, throwing his 4-seamer 36 times. His curveball had a 52% CSW rate, generating seven called strikes and four whiffs. Urquidy gained velocity on all four pitches and gained velocity on three of four.
Urquidy’s breakdown looked like this:
Johnny Cueto took the mound for the White Sox, going eight innings and giving up an earned run on six hits and a walk while striking out three.
Cueto used a five-pitch arsenal in his 100-pitch start, using his sinker 36 times. While losing spin on all five pitches, he gained vertical and horizontal break on four of five.
Here’s how Cueto’s start shook out:
With the bases loaded, two out in the bottom of the eighth of a 2-2 tie, White Sox third baseman Yoán Moncada singled to center to put Chicago ahead 4-2.
The two-run base hit had a game-high 5.38 LI.
Astros reliever Rafael Montero had a 3.46 pLI while pitching in the bottom of the eighth.
Montero allowed three runs without getting an out.
With two on, two out in the eighth, and the White Sox trailing 2-0, left fielder Eloy Jiménez hit a ground-ball double to left to tie the game.
The two-run double added .389 WPA for Chicago.
Urquidy added .468 WPA for the Astros in his 7 2⁄3 innings of work.
Luckiest hit: White Sox left fielder AJ Pollock hit a .270 xBA single in the bottom of the eighth.
Toughest out: White Sox right fielder Gavin Sheets hit a .730 xBA while leading off the eighth.
Hardest hit: White Sox right catcher Yasmani Grandal hit a 108.4 mph ground out in the bottom of the second.
Weakest contact: Pollock’s eighth-inning single was hit 32.3 mph.
Longest hit: Yoán Moncada’s fifth-inning fly out was barreled 390 feet into center field.
Magic Number: 4
Tonight’s win against the Astros marks the fourth win in a row for the White Sox.
This is the fourth win streak of four or more games for Chicago this season, the longest being a six-game win streak from May 2-8.
Hard-hit is any ball off the bat at 95 mph or more
LI measures pressure per play
pLId 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 the White Sox MVP in the 4-2 win against the Astros?
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Eloy Jiménez: 2-for-4, 2 RBI, K, .355 WPA
Yoán Moncada: 1-for-4, 2 RBI, K, .182 WPA
José Abreu: 2-for-3, R, BB, .080 WPA
Johnny Cueto (W): 8.0 IP, ER, 6 H, BB, 3 K, .077 WPA
Liam Hendriks (S): 1.0 IP, 0 ER, H, BB, .069 WPA
AJ Pollock: 2-for-4, R, .030 WPA
Who was the White Sox Cold Cat in the 4-2 win against the Astros?
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Josh Harrison: 1-for-4, K, -.114 WPA
Gavin Sheets: 0-for-3, -.080 WPA
Leury García: 0-for-3, -.078 WPA
Yasmani Grandal: 0-for-2, BB, -.023 WPA