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Six Pack of Stats: A’s 10, White Sox 3

The South Siders end a four-game win streak, as they drop the series finale in Oakland

A close game for 4 1⁄2 innings, the A’s finished the fifth with a 96.6% win expectancy.

The Oakland A’s defeated the White Sox, 10-3, at Oakland Coliseum to close the series and Chicago’s road trip.

The A’s improve to 51-90. Chicago drops to 72-69, 2 12 games behind Cleveland for first in the AL Central.

The Starters

Johnny Cueto started for the White Sox and went 4 23 innings, giving up five earned on eight hits, including a homer.

Cueto used a five-pitch arsenal in his 84-pitch outing. He lost velocity and spin on all five pitches.

Cueto’s start looked like this:

Baseball Savant

Cole Irvin threw a quality start for the A’s, giving up two earned over seven innings with five strikeouts.

Irvin used a four-pitch arsenal in his 95-pitch start. He had a 40% whiff rate with his curveball, seeing an increase in spin and velocity on the pitch.

Irvin’s Statcast numbers looked like this:

Baseball Savant

Pressure Play

With two on, nobody out in the bottom of the fifth, A’s shortstop Nick Allen hit a sac bunt to advance runners to second and third.

The plate appearance had a 3.15 LI.

Pressure Cooker

Cueto totaled 1.22 pLI in his 4 23 innings.

Top Play

With one out, runners on the corners in the bottom of the fifth in a 2-2 tie, A’s third baseman Vimael Machin hit a two-run double to right to put Oakland ahead, 4-2.

The double added .185 WPA for the A’s.

Top Performer

A’s second baseman Tony Kemp added .174 WPA for Oakland, going 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBI.


Luckiest hit: A’s first baseman Seth Brown hit a .050 xBA single in the fourth.

Toughest out: White Sox third baseman Leury García hit a .650 xBA line out in the fifth.

Hardest hit: A’s right fielder Ramón Laureano hit a 109 mph homer in the fifth.

Weakest contact: Allen hit a 52.1 mph single in the eighth.

Longest hit: Laureano’s homer went 403 feet.

Magic Number: 4.2

Cueto’s 4 23 inning start marks his shortest of the 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 the White Sox MVP for this doleful drubbing in Oakland?

This poll is closed

  • 69%
    Eloy Jiménez: 2-for-4, 2B, R, K, needs to stop watching his non-homers from the batter’s box
    (16 votes)
  • 8%
    José Abreu: 1-for-3, R, 2B, HBP, RBI, K
    (2 votes)
  • 21%
    Elizabeth Gonzales: taking SSS through a successful road trip and spearheading a cool social media support effort for an Oakland family in need
    (5 votes)
23 votes total Vote Now


Lots more White Sox Cold Cats candidates after this doleful drubbing in Oakland:

This poll is closed

  • 18%
    Romy González: 0-for-4, 3 Ks
    (4 votes)
  • 31%
    Leury García: 0-for-3, K, E
    (7 votes)
  • 0%
    Andrew Vaughn: 0-for-3, R, K, BB, GIDP
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Adam Engel: 0-for-3, general confusion
    (0 votes)
  • 50%
    Johnny Cueto: 4 2⁄3 IP, 8 H, 7 R/5 ER, BB, 3 K, HR, HB, L
    (11 votes)
  • 0%
    Kendall Graveman: IP, 3 H, 2 ER, K
    (0 votes)
22 votes total Vote Now