with Justin Verlander Relegated to the list of injured due to Minor injury to the right calf, the AL Cy Young race took a turn. on Saturday, stop dylan He did his best to take advantage of this opportunity. Facing the Chicago Twins, the 26-year-old White Sox came within one throw of their fourth player of the season, only losing it when Louis Araz Singles with two outs on the ninth.
Cease had twice taken unsuccessful bids in the sixth inning this year, on April 27 against the Royals and June 21 against the Blue Jays, and had made a total of three hits in which he only allowed one hit without a run (May 2). Against Angels, the beginning of June 21 mentioned above, and July 17 against the Twins). It was better than all those who were on Saturday, and it was especially effective. He was navigating through the first five tires in only 50 pitches, with the beginning of the road to Jake how In the third inning, not only the only bug, but also the only time until that moment when he went to the count of three balls. At the same time, he didn’t even score his first strike Jiu Orchila Blown the slider to end the fifth.
Pause for a bit in sixth, throw 21 throws and take a double walk to Gilberto Celestino, which is the second and last time he goes to three balls all night. But he got away with it by catching Ares looking at a curved ball high up on a generous call:
Cease only needed 20 pitches to get past stages seven and eight together, and his total came to 91. He did a great job shooting efficiently and keeping his pace:
Before he could capture the hill at nine, Cease had to wait until his six-stroke rally was over. The White Sox, who was already 7-0 ahead, pounced on the center player Nick Gordon By a pair of walks, three singles, and a major Elvis Andrews To turn the score to 13-0. Fortunately, all of that only took about 15 minutes due to Gordon’s limited ammo (Statcast credits him throwing 30 fast balls varying in speed from 49.2 mph to 86 mph). Despite the delay, Cease made quick work of the first twins, and crossed out Caleb Hamilton In four pitches Celestino get hits first ball.
Araz, the ALA leader came at that point (.318). After taking a low slide for the first ball and damaging a fast 97 mph ball for the first hit, he hit a slider in the middle of the 100.7 mph zone in the right center field gap – no man’s land, a clean one. The stop held firm enough to hit Kyle Garlick To complete the shutdown in one fell swoop, but it’s still a tough mistake about to make.
Had it not been for Ares’ single, Cease would have joined the Angels. Red Detmers, who dumped the Rays on May 10, as the only bowlers to throw an entire game without hitters this season. In addition, quintet of the Mets led by Taylor Miguel The no-hitter threw against the Phillies on April 29, as well as for the trio of Astros led by Christian Xavier against the Yankees on June 25.
Instead, Cease became the fourth pitcher to break away from a ninth hitter this season, after, after Cardinals Miles Micholas (With 2 wins on June 14th against the Pirates), Dodgers Tyler Anderson (with one exit on June 15th against the Angels) and the Rays’ Drew Rasmussen (with no defeat to the Orioles on August 14), who had already had a perfect match before his attempt ended. Anderson’s efforts were retroactively obscured by the referee’s reversal of the seventh inning, where the bowler was Send the dodger down the first baseline and you made a bad throw; It initially ruled on a two-rule error, and it was changed to a one-and-a-fault.
It was about 16 1/2 months ago, on April 14, 2021, a Cease teammate, Carlos RodonAnd the Throw another no hitter For the White Sox, against Cleveland. The last pitcher of White Sox was taking a hitter at the 9th and didn’t complete the mission Gavin Floyd On May 6, 2008 – also against the Twins, and finished with one in ninth Joe Mawr, who won the AL batting title that year. The last pitcher of White Sox to lose a no hitter with two naysayers in the ninth was Ken Britton May 26, 1976, when Jerry Remy He broke it, but since that match was goalless at the time, even if he had gone out, the game would have continued into the tenth inning, putting the non-batting player at risk.
Anyway, it was a great outing from the Cease team, who only needed 103 shots to finish the job. He’s had 14 swings and fails, nine of them via his slider, another four by stitching his four and one through the curve of his finger knuckle. While the 32% of the CSW% was just one point ahead of the full season mark, and the 90.1 mph average exit speed was about three mph higher than the full season average of 87.2 mph, the twins didn’t direct a ball one against him.
About this slider: Stopping makes it harder than last year (87.3 mph vs. 85.9 mph). It does get a little less movement in both planes, but As per Statcastit’s the most valuable single move in the majors this year, not just a little:
Most Valuable Stadiums by Statcast
|player||Team||spit||runs||Palestinian Authority||BA||SLG||woopa||whiff%||xBA||xSLG||xwOBA||h h%|
|Justin Verlander||the new||FF||-22||282||.195||.293||.252||18.0||.233||.402||.301||40.9|
|Dillon Tate||Pal||And the||-17||131||. 230||.278||.244||11.9||.251||.352||.275||41.8|
|Spencer Strider||ATL||FF||-17||317||.201||.303||.263||27.3||.210||.three hundred fifty||.286||41.2|
Source: baseball world
Until September 4
You can see the anemia numbers associated with the Cease slider when the hitters call. Last year, they hit .176 and hit .264 against the field, and they couldn’t even match this year. This while its use increased from 30.6% to 42.6%; He compensated by decreasing the use of his four stitches from 46.8% to 39.7%, and changing it from 7.4% to 2.8%. Among shooters who have at least 50 rounds as beginners, only Jacob JonesAnd the Chris ArcherAnd the Clayton Kershaw Throwing their passers in too often, none of them have enough innings to qualify for the ERA title.
This created an enormous amount of scale. Twenty shooters have one floor on which they have counted enough to finish at least 274 PA this year, but among that group, only Cease and Burnes have done so with something besides his tailor quad or sinker. Combine this frequency with that effectiveness and there he isThis is one season hell.
as such the athleteJames Vegan mentioned In June, Cease changed his sliding grip in order to add more depth. As a result, the pitch turnover increased; It averaged 2,778 rpm in April, but that’s been up to 2,849 rpm since then. As Fegan summarized last month:
[H]e has started throwing it 47 percent since his last start in May, which is when he first stated he “rigged” it. The modification to holding the slider deeper in his hand was intended to take out some of the cutter-like motion – ironically, it produced a faster, more agile version that had the Cease and [pitching coach Ethan] Katz explores the upper limits of how much you can throw an unbroken throw.
Cease tested these limits, throwing the slider about 49% of the time since the beginning of July. Hitters hit only 099 and hit 0.218 against the field at that distance, during which he has a 1.68 ERA, albeit with a 3.60 FIP.
Overall, Cease’s 2.13 ERA ranks second in the AL behind only Verlander 1.84, and the 2.62 xERA is in second place. Shane McClanahan2.54. Meanwhile, the 3.03 FIP and 3.8 WAR both ranked sixth. He is third in strike rate (31.4%), but his 10.2% gait rate limits him to sixth in strike differential (21.2%).
In a year when so many mistakes happened to the White Sox – who at 68-67 were nonetheless only two games out of the top spot at AL Central, albeit with the Twins (68-65) one game above them and one game behind The Guardians ( 69-64) – Few things went right for them like Cease and his escape. Not that he was bad last season, but his 3.91 ERA and 3.41 FIP put him in a different category than he is now. While strike and walk rates are similar for 2021, he has taken a huge step forward in preventing hard contact, lowering his barrel rate from 9.3% to 6.2% (68th percentile), and his average exit from 89.2 mph to 87.2 (percentile). 78), and its severely affected rate ranged from 38.8% to 32.1% (88 percent). This shaved more than just a round last year’s 3.65 xERA.
In terms of how it stacked up in the AL Cy Young race, here is a table of AL pitchers who rank among the top 10 league players in any three categories among ERA, FIP, xERA, fWAR and bWAR with a minimum of 120 rounds:
|Justin Verlander||the new||1.84||2.73||2.71||4.8||4.8|
|Framber Valdez||the new||2.63||3.30||3.23||3.3||3.6|
|Nestor Cortes||New York||2.68||2.80||3.41||2.6||3.3|
|Gerrit Cole||New York||3.28||3.07||3.22||3.2||2.6|
I pitched it this way to illustrate all the “what about” guys who put in a good show but probably wouldn’t show up at the top level of the vote, like AL FIP and warlord Gausman (sentenced to .368 BABIP) and fellow Manoah and Curtis. Five men are among the leaders in all five categories, but Valdes doesn’t beat the top five in any of them, so with the exception of a strong September changing the picture, it’s hard to see where he will have the advantage over anyone. Even his 14th win is second only to teammate Verlander’s 16th.
The remaining four are harder to separate, and there’s little point in splitting hairs at this point because of where your last start set might take them. I suspect that as long as Verlander is able to return to work, the conditions will probably be right for him Unprecedented nature From his return from Tommy John’s surgery at age 37, he advances in two of the traditional Triple Crown categories (Victories and ERA), and the fact that he ranks highly in both flavors of war. But if his injury has left the door open for others, Cease – who leads in bWAR and is second in the strike (197, seven behind Cole) – has at least a few starts to continue making his case. If any of them come close to the quality of a Saturday start, we may not have heard the last of this race.