Dylan Cease was just okay, but Griffin Canning was much better, stifling the White Sox offense over seven innings for the 9-1 victory. The White Sox head to Minnesota after dropping three of four in Anaheim.
W: Griffin Canning (5-6) L: Dylan Cease (2-6)
Tim Anderson: 2-for-4, 2B
Eloy Jimenez: 2-for-4, 3B, HR, 2 RBI
The Rest of the Lineup: 3 H, 1 BB, 10 K
Pitching (Cease/Detwiler): 8 IP, 15 H, 9 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 4 HR
Moment of the Game
Well, I couldn’t pick one from this game, so let’s focus on the future. Luis Robert homered today!
Stats On 35th: Let’s Break this one down By the Numbers
5.6/-23.9, 8, 10, 24, 21
Today’s MVP and LVP, in terms of Win Probability Added (WPA) were Eloy Jimenez (5.6%) and Dylan Cease (-23.9%). Eloy’s 2-for-4 effort resulted in him being the only player to positively contribute to his team’s chances of winning. Cease struggled in the WPA department and with his control, but overall, it was an okay start.
Dylan Cease has struggled to keep the ball in the ballpark to start his career. He has given up 10 home runs in just eight career starts – making up 44 innings. When your HR/9 number is up near 2.0, it’s never a good thing. Look for Cease to improve upon this number as the season goes on.
Tim Anderson has been on an absolute tear in August. In just 17 August games, Anderson has 10 multi-hit efforts. He has brought his season average back up to .331 in the process.
When it rains, it pours for the 2019 White Sox. With the six-run loss this afternoon, the White Sox suffered their 24th blowout loss (5+ runs) of the season. In these “blowout” games, the White Sox are 13-24 on the season.
The White Sox scored 21 runs this series. They leave Anaheim with a 1-3 record. These are the types of performances the White Sox will have to avoid moving forward into 2020 in order to remain competitive. When a team scores 5+ runs in a game, they should win more often than not.
Series Preview: Heading to Twinkie Territory
Monday: Ivan Nova (8-9, 4.51 ERA) vs. Kyle Gibson (11-5, 4.28 ERA), 7:10 PM CT
Tuesday: Reynaldo Lopez (7-10, 5.29 ERA) vs. Michael Pineda (8-5, 4.20 ERA), 7:10 PM CT
Wednesday: Lucas Giolito (13-6, 3.41 ERA) vs. Jake Odorizzi (13-5, 3.50 ERA), 12:10 PM CT
Player of the Game
Well, this one stunk. Not many great choices here, but hey, make your vote count!