The White Sox finished a five-game road trip 2-3, but they head home on a two-game win streak, knocking on the door of .500 with a 31-33 record.
There were a lot of fun facts to unearth over the past week; the biggest story is still Lucas Giolito, so let’s start with him.
Giolito keeps getting better
Giolito has a 0.88 ERA and 0.677 WHIP over his last seven starts. He’s allowing a slashline of .145/.200/.185 over that span. Not surprisingly, he’s also 7-0 in those games.
What’s even more impressive? Two things involving the number five.
Giolito has gone 7-0 in his last seven starts despite the White Sox not scoring more than five runs in any of those starts. They have put up only 23 runs (3.29 per game) over that winning streak, and Giolito went 7-0 anyway. The last White Sox pitcher to get a win in seven straight starts despite the offense scoring no more than five runs in any of them was Eddie Cicotte, who did it in 11 straight starts (he made two relief appearances over that span, but I’m only counting the starts) to begin the notorious 1919 season. The 11th and final game of that remarkable streak was June 10, 1919, – 100 years ago today. Cicotte went on to win a 12th straight start… but the White Sox scored a “gaudy” six runs in that game.
Furthermore, Giolito has not allowed more than five hits in any of the seven straight wins. And he’s the only pitcher in White Sox history to win seven straight starts with five or fewer hits allowed in all of them (thanks to the Elias Sports Bureau for research assistance).
Reynaldo López’s biggest fan
López has made 14 starts this season. Yoán Moncada has at least one hit in all 14.
In fact, Moncada is hitting .444/.492/.907 with seven home runs (7 of his 12 HR on the season) and 15 RBIs in those 14 games, including a 4-for-5 performance Sunday.
Eloy Jiménez hit his eighth home run of the season on Sunday (it traveled 471 feet!!). All eight of his career home runs have been on the road!
There are 125 players whose first eight career home runs all came in a White Sox uniform.
Of those 125, only three hit their first eight on the road.
Jiménez (2019), Nellie Fox (his first nine – 1951-54) and Johnny Mostil (his first eight – 1921-22).
Jiménez currently boasts these odd home/road splits:
Jiménez is the first White Sox player to hit his first eight home runs of a season on the road since José Abreu hit his first 13 away from Guaranteed Rate Field in 2017.
His first career home run in Chicago will be quite an event. Stay tuned for that.
That’s what opposing hitters are saying when he enters the game. How good has he been this season?
This good: 446 pitchers have faced at least 50 batters this season. Of those 446, here is where Aaron Bummer is ranked:
|Opponent Batting Avg.||.100||2nd|
* - Tied with Alex Colome
You’ll get nothing and like it
Evan Marshall finally allowed a run Wednesday in Washington.
But it was unearned!
He now has 14 appearances and 14 innings… with an ERA of 0.00. He has twice as many appearances as anyone else in the Majors with a 0.00 ERA this season.
Here’s a list:
Most appearances this season among pitchers who still have a 0.00 ERA
|Evan Marshall||White Sox||14||14|
Marshall has been one of the pleasant surprises for the White Sox this season.
White Sox debut
On the hill tonight is Odrisamer Despaigne, making his White Sox debut. I’ll close this column with a few of my favorite Despaigne tidbits…
- The name Odrisamer Despaigne contains the letters of the team for which he made his MLB Debut. San Diego Padres.
- Despaigne was the first Cuban-born pitcher with 7-plus scoreless innings in his MLB Debut (June 23, 2014 – Tim Anderson’s 21st birthday) since Luis Tiant of the Indians 7/19/1964 (game 2 of doubleheader)
- An anagram for Odrisamer Despaigne is “desperado enigma, sir”
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