the White Sox (49-35) came in tonight with a +39 points differential and an 8-1 record against the twins (35-48). Unfortunately, despite a rally in the seventh round, today was another story as the South Siders failed. Let’s take a look at some of the key numbers from a rare Twins victory over the White Sox.
Dylan Cease got off to a good start in the first set, abandoning all three he faced. The second round, however, was a struggle. Alex Kirilloff started with a double of 391 feet, and Max Kepler followed with a two-run homer of 396 feet.
In the third, a starting walk came back to bite Cease, as a pair of singles drove in that race to make it 3-0. The upside is that the game could have gotten out of hand, but Cease pulled three in a row to avoid further damage.
Stop recovering with strong fourth and fifth innings, but Tony La Russa may have left him in the game a bit too long. With two ons and one in the sixth, southpaw Nick Gordon came to bat, and Cease was 101 shots away. Cease hooked a break ball and Gordon lined up a triple to put more pair on the board. Cease’s last line was: 5 1/3 innings, six runs (all earned), two walks and eight strikeouts.
Here’s a look at Cease’s 107-step performance:
Bailey Ober entered tonight’s game with an 11.05 ERA in two starts against the White Sox. However, he didn’t have a problem tonight, as he held the South Siders in check during his five innings of work. Ober was difficult to resolve, as he pitched five white innings in which he allowed just three hard-hit balls.
Ober may have run out of gas in the fifth inning, as two of the three hard-hit balls he allowed arrived in that inning. After a walk, Tim Anderson hit a single point to put the runners in the corners with two outs. YoÃ¡n Moncada threw a ball deep towards the right corner of the pitch, but he didn’t have enough to get out of the park.
Here is how Ober’s outing in 93 lengths went:
When Adam Eaton struck in the eighth, the tying point was at first base with an out. Eaton hit left-hander Taylor Rogers, and this game had a LI of 2.89.
On average, Billy Hamilton faced the most stressful situations of any player in this game, with a pLI of 2.26. Hamilton came into the game late so he only hit twice and unfortunately he went 0-for-2. One of them was a double play which ended the game.
YoÃ¡n Moncada’s two-point treble in the seventh improved the White Sox’s chances of winning the game by 25.9% (0.259 WPA). Although the White Sox failed to get him to equalize, his triple was the game with the biggest WPA swing.
Most successful player
In terms of WPA, Ober is the best performing at the moment, as his WPA .252 was the highest of any player. His five white innings went a long way for the Twins in this game.
The hardest hit: Miguel SanÃ³’s eighth-inning double left the baton at 110.6 mph, which was just enough to snatch the crown from JosÃ© Abreu’s home run (109.3 mph).
Weakest contact: Andrelton Simmons’ successful sacrifice decay in the eighth left the bat at just 44.7 mph. If we exclude cavities, this distinction goes to Luis ArrÃ¡ez, who pulled out a line of 53.6.
The luckiest move: The luckiest move was Adam Eaton’s brace in the seventh inning. It was a ball flying high along the right field line that Kepler almost caught. This had an xBA of .090.
The hardest : There wasn’t a lot of competition for this prize as the hitters were pretty lucky across the board. But, Jorge Polanco takes the cake, as his first run had an xBA of .460.
Longest stroke: Abreu’s 213th career home run traveled 411 feet.
Magic number: 134
Yasmani Grandal, who left the game due to injury, has an excellent wRC + of 134. Grandal probably should have been part of the All-Star squad, and his production would be very difficult to recreate if he’s out for A long period.
Hard blow Is there a ball off the stick at 95 mph or more
LI measure the pressure per clearance
fold measures the total pressure experienced in the game
Puff a swing-and-miss
WPA the added probability of winning measures contributions to victory
xBA predicted batting average
Who was the White Sox MVP?
YoÃ¡n Moncada: 1 for 5, 3B, 2 RBI, .135 WPA
JosÃ© Abreu: 2 for 5, RH, -0.063 WPA
Tim Anderson: 1 for 3, 2 BB, .104 WPA
Garrett Hook: 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K, .046 WPA
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Who was the White Sox Cold Cat?
Dylan Cease: 5 1â3 IP, 6 ER, 6 H, 2 BB, 8 K, -.224 WPA
Ryan Burr: 1 IP, 2 ER, 2 H, 3 BB, 2 K, -.100 WPA
Billy Hamilton: 0-for-2, -.141 WPA
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South Side Sox Roll Call
Private Galactus was most active tonight, while comments from baines03, dwjm3 and WIN05 were tied in the battle for the most recs.