My alphabetical nugget(s)-a-day review of the 2019 White Sox continues with a look at JACE FRY.
—the only Sox lefty to appear in more than Fry’s 68 games in 2019 and not record a save was Neal Cotts with 69 in 2005
—Fry led the Sox in appearances (68) for the second season in a row in 2019. The time that happened was from 2008 to 2010 when Matt Thornton accomplished the feat
—Fry’s six games finished in 2019 were tied for the ninth-lowest in MLB history for pitchers with at least 68 outings in a season
—Fry’s average of 14 strikeouts per nine innings in Sept./Oct. of 2019 are tied for the highest output in Sox history (minimum 11 games). Melido Perez also averaged 14 Ks per nine innings in Sept./Oct. of 1991.
My alphabetical nugget(s)-a-day review of the 2019 White Sox continues with a look at CALEB FRARE.
In 2019, Frare became the 12th pitcher in White Sox history to average double figures in strikeouts while posting a double figure ERA.
The lefty averaged 10.13 strikeouts per nine innings with a 10.12 ERA in his five outings for the 2019 Sox.
He was the first Sox twirler to accomplish this since Frankie Francisco in 2014 (12.27/12.27) and the first lefty to do it since Wes Whisler in 2009 (13.50/13.50).
More on Frare …
—he joins Jim Otten and Cecil Duff as the only natives of Montana to play for the Sox
—he is the White Sox all-time leader among Montanans with 16 games
My alphabetical nugget(s)-a-day review of the 2019 White Sox continues with a look at ADAM ENGEL!
Glove-first Engel was the Sox most potent hitter (minimum 13 at bats) on the first pitch in 2019.
Engel recorded team-bests with a .462 (18-for-39) average and .475 on-base percentage on the first pitch.
Among all Sox players regardless of at bats, Engel trailed only Danny Mendick (.667 avg. and OBP, 2-for-3) and Ryan Goins (.545 avg. and OBP, 5-for-11) in this category.
Swing away, Adam!
One more …
Bat him eighth!
Engel hit .298 while hitting in the eighth spot.
That was the best average of any Sox player hitting eighth who had at least eight games there.
My alphabetical nugget(s)-a-day review of the 2019 White Sox continues with a look at ROSS DETWILER.
In honor of his home state of Missouri, here are some show-me stats on Detwiler, who was born in St. Louis:
In 2019, Detwiler became
…the first Missourian to play for the Sox since St. Charles’ Cody Asche on May 12, 2017
…the first Missourian to pitch for the Sox since St. Charles’ Jacob Turner on Oct. 2, 2016
…the first lefty from Missouri to pitch for the Sox since St. Charles’ Mark Buehrle’s final game with the franchise on Sept. 27, 2011
…the first native of St. Louis to play for the Sox since Lou Frazier on April 19, 1998
…the first native of St. Louis to pitch for the Sox since fellow southpaw Jerry Reuss on July 30, 1989
A couple of more …
—Detwiler and Clayton Richard (2008-09) are the only left-handed pitchers to wear No. 54 for the White Sox
—Detwiler and Joe Hall are the only Sox players who share the same birthday (March 6) as Mr. AND Mrs. @SoxNerd
My alphabetical nugget(s)-a-day review of the 2019 White Sox continues with a look at ORDISAMER DESPAIGNE.
—When Despaigne made his Sox debut on June 10, he became the first Cuban to pitch for the team since … ALEXEI RAMIREZ on Sept. 15, 2015 vs. Oakland.
Despaigne was the first Cuban pitcher to start a game for Sox since Jose Contreras’ finale with the club on Aug. 29, 2009
My alphabetical nugget(s)-a-day review of the 2019 White Sox continues with a look at NICKY DELMONICO.
*Delmonico hit a three-run walkoff homer in the White Sox 6-4 win over Boston on May 2, 2019.
Some details …
—the homer was the last of the 18 he hit with the Sox. Delmonico was released by the Sox on June 10.
—the homer gave the Sox their first walkoff win vs. Boston since Alexei Ramirez scored the deciding run on a two-out error by Xander Bogaerts on April 15, 2014
—the homer was the Sox first walkoff shot vs. Boston at New Comiskey Park/US Cellular Field/Guaranteed Rate Field
—the walkoff homer was the Sox first against Boston since a 7-6 win on Aug. 26, 1985 thanks to a Greg Walker blast in the 10th
—the pinch-hit walkoff homer was the Sox first since Jeff Abbott beat the Twins 4-3 with a two-run shot on May 13, 2000
—the last player whose final Sox homer was a walkoff? Matt Davidson on Sept. 3, 2018
My alphabetical nugget(s)-a-day review of the 2019 White Sox continues with a look at DYLAN COVEY:
Covey’s struggles are well-documented.
It doesn’t take a deep dive into his splits to discover the right-hander is, statistically, one of the worst pitchers in Sox history.
That being said, I’d thought I’d see if I could find any Covey positives from 2019.
Here’s what I unearthed:
*Do you think Covey needs his sinker to be working?
In 2019, Covey limited hitters to a .209 average on ground balls. Opposing hitters were 18-for-86 with one extra-base hit (a double) and a .221 slugging percentage when hitting a ground ball off Covey.
Opponents hit .296 on fly balls and .625 on line drives off Covey’s offerings in 2019.
*In back-to-back starts against A.L. Central contending Cleveland (May 31) and at N.L. champion Washington (June 5), Covey was 1-0 (beat Cleveland) with a 2.45 ERA.
*Covey was brutal on the third hitter in the order, usually reserved for a team’s best batter, in 2019.
Covey held the No. 3 hitter to a .192 average (5-for-26 with no extra-base hits) this season. It was Covey’s lowest number against any spot in the order.
Only Alex Colome at .160 and Aaron Bummer at .167 had lower numbers Sox pitchers (minimum 34 plate appearances) in this category than Covey.
*There were eight games in 2019 where Covey elevated his pitch count between 76-100.
In those games and within that range of pitches, Covey held hitters to a .105 average (2-for-19) with no extra-base hits.