Five Stat Friday: Week Four

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3. After finishing fourth or worse in the American League Central each of the last three seasons, the Chicago White Sox have come out of the gates hot in 2016, and currently own the best record in the American League at 16-7. As of Thursday, the White Sox had an astounding 14-0 record in games where they score three or more runs. As you might have guessed from that number, the White Sox pitching has been the key to their success. Their staff currently owns the best ERA and third-best FIP in the majors, and have allowed the fourth-fewest hits and second-fewest runs in all of baseball. The biggest surprise in the rotation has been newcomer Mat Latos, who has racked up a 0.74 ERA in 24.1 innings over four starts so far, allowing just 13 hits and seven walks to along with 13 strikeouts. Latos’ resurgence has been quite pleasing to White Sox fans, as the 28-year-old righty didn’t even sign a contract until February after bouncing around to three teams and racking up a 4.95 ERA last season.

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