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Tale of the Tape: Twins 8, White Sox 2

by Jordan Lazowski

Ross Detwiler was solid, but was haunted by an inconsistent defense behind him. The offense couldn’t muster up much against Jake Odorizzi while the Twins slugged their way to an 8-2 victory. The White Sox are now 60-72.

W: Jake Odorizzi (14-6) L: Ross Detwiler (2-4)

The Good

Jimmy Cordero: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

Tim Anderson: 2-for-4, 100th career double

Jose Abreu: 2-for-4, sixth consecutive season with 30+ doubles

The Bad

Hitting with RISP: 1-for-11, 8 LOB

Jace Fry: 0.1 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 2 HR

Moment of the Game

The moment of the game in such a terrible game had nothing to do with the players on the field. In fact, it had to do with a fan after Yoan Moncada was called out on strikes on a bad call late in the game. The fan yelled, “HEY UMP, CHECK YOUR VOICEMAIL, YOU MISSED A FEW CALLS!” If you can make me chuckle in the eighth inning of a blowout, you deserve the Moment of the Game Award. Congrats, random fan.

Stats On 35th: Let’s Break this one down By the Number

Tonight’s Numbers:

7.0/-32.8, 0.190, 30, 24, 0.350


Tonight’s MVP and LVP, in terms of Win Probability Added (WPA) are Jose Abreu (7.0%) and Ross Detwiler (-32.8%). Neither of these are surprises, as Jose Abreu drove in the first run of the game, while Ross Detwiler struggled with the long ball in four innings of work. To be fair, his defense didn’t help him too much.


The second inning was not kind to Ross Detwiler. Eddie Rosario popped a ball up to lead off the inning. The ball had an expected batting average (xBA) of just 0.190, but Tim Anderson could not make the play, even as he called for the ball. This left the door open for Jonathan Schoop’s three-run homer later in the inning that proved to be costly.


With his first inning double, Jose Abreu reached 30 doubles for the sixth consecutive season. This is the longest streak in White Sox history, passing Magglio Ordonez’s previous streak of five consecutive seasons with 30+ doubles. Congratulations to Mr. Jose Abreu!


Tonight’s game was not Tim Anderson’s strongest one in the field. He committed two errors – three if you count the missed pop up – to bring his season total to 24 errors. While Anderson has been incredible with the bat and has shown the ability to make the tough plays, his fundamentals haven’t been very crisp this year. This will absolutely be something for Tim to improve on heading into the 2020 season.


Tim Anderson, despite the rough defensive numbers outlined above, has been on a tear at the plate. With an eighth inning double, he reached the 100 double mark for his career. Congratulations to Tim!

The Game Ahead: “Cease” the Losing Streak – Salvage the Finale

Dylan Cease (3-6, 5.76 ERA) vs. Jose Berrios (10-7, 3.53 ERA), 1:10 PM CT

Player of the Game

Lucas Giolito reclaimed sole possession of first yesterday. Will Jose rejoin him tonight? VOTE!

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Aaron Sapoznik
Aaron Sapoznik

For the record, Tim Anderson was “credited'” with one official error in the game along with the botched pop-up in the second inning. His poor defense contributed to four Twins runs, 3 in the second along with his miscue of a double play grounder in the next frame that should have ended the inning. If this persists, Anderson’s monicker of T7 might change to E6! Anderson’s defense has regressed in 2019, especially in regards to routine plays after showing incremental improvement earlier in his career. The White Sox may have an opportunity to rectify this problem in the offseason while… Read more »

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