The White Sox lose their first series against the Twins. And to make matters worse, so many embarrassing errors carried over from yesterday. The pitching was fine, but between cold bats and stupid errors, they never stood a chance in Minnesota.
Lucas Giolito has been good against the Twins in the past. His fastball today was dominant. His velocity was excellent, even as he got to later innings — which is normally the opposite. He only allowed five hits and two walks, striking out seven. Giolito was charged with an earned run, but that’s simply due to poor scorer’s choice on an error. Still, Giolito looked great, probably the best I’ve seen in quite some time.
Giolito’s 108-pitch outing looked like this:
It was a real pitchers’ duel today, as Giolito faced off against Sonny Gray. In five innings, Gray held the White Sox to only three hits, none of which converted into a run. Gray walked two and struck out five. With an arsenal of six pitches, he dominated with his changeup (38% CSW) and cutter (40% CSW).
Gray’s 78-pitch outing looked like this:
Nick Gordon left the bases loaded in the third by flying out to center field in a 3.25 LI situation.
Elvis Andrus went 0-for-3 today with one strikeout. He couldn’t accomplish anything, especially during critical moments, and has an empty 1.95 pLI to show for it.
It pains me to bring this up so early on, but Ryan Jeffers’ triple out to right gave him a .119 WPA. Let’s just show this play.
an xBA of .060. https://t.co/rCC7756EHK— mr. anderson (@Sean_W_Anderson) April 12, 2023
Sonny Gray got the win after pitching five innings and keeping the White Sox off the board. His .275 WPA took game honors, while Lucas Giolito led the White Sox with .148.
Hardest hit: Willi Castro’s RBI double in the eighth was smoked at 107.6 mph.
Weakest contact: José Miranda’s first-inning single was lightly tapped at 65.0 mph.
Luckiest hit: We already know the play: Ryan Jeffers’ fourth-inning “triple” caused a lot of pain for White Sox fans, especially when you realize the xBA was only .060.
Toughest out: Andrew Benintendi’s fifth-inning line out had a .590 xBA.
Longest hit: HEY! We got a good one! Lenyn Sosa’s home run traveled 401 feet.
Magic Number: 3, again
With the 3-1 loss for the third and final game of this series, the White Sox are now three under .500.
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?
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Lucas Giolito: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 7 Ks, 0.15 WPA
Lenyn Sosa: 1-for-4, but 1 HR!
Andrew Vaughn: 1 H, 2 BB, 0.04 WPA
Seby Zavala: 1 H, 1 BB, 0.08 WPA
Who was your White Sox Cold Cat?
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Gavin Sheets: 0-for-4, -0.18 WPA, abysmal defense
Hanser Alberto: 0-for-4, 2 Ks, -0.15 WPA
Elvis Andrus: 0-for-3, 1 K, -0.15 WPA
Aaron Bummer: 2 H, 2 ER, -0.07 WPA