Jordan Danks earned the White Sox a win last night a win last night, belting a walk-off home run with two outs in the ninth to push his team past Oakland, 4-3. But it wasn't the biggest hit of the season by a White Sox player.
Briefly: Win Probability Added is a stat that measures how positively or negatively a player's performance affected his team's chances of winning a specific game. In the case of Danks, when he came to bat in the ninth, the White Sox had a 53.3 percent chance of beating Oakland. His home run -- because it was a walk-off -- gave the White Sox a 100 percent chance of winning, and thus, he increased his team's chances of winning by 46.7 percent, which is a WPA of .467.
Anyways, on to the top five plays, as measured by WPA:
1. Dayan Viciedo: 628 vs. New York, .513 WPA
With the White Sox down 3-1 in the top of the ninth, Viciedo cranked David Robertson's offering over the left-field fence at Yankee Stadium for a three-run homer, a seismic shift in the Sox chances of winning the game. The White Sox went from having a 31.3 percent chance of victory to 82.4 percent with on swing of the bat.
2. Adam Dunn: 55 vs. Detroit, .485 WPA
The White Sox only needed a run to tie Detroit in the top of the ninth, and with Alejandro De Aza on third with one out, all Dunn had to do was hit a sacrifice fly. He one-upped that, homering off Jose Valverde to give the Sox a 3-2 advantage. The White Sox went from a 33.5 percent chance of winning to 80.9 with Dunn's homer, and as of Saturday morning, that's the difference between alone in first and a tie for first in the AL Central.
3. Jordan Danks: 810 vs. Oakland, .467 WPA
The first walk-off home run of the list was not only Danks' first career home run, but it was also the first walk-off homer he hit at any level, from Little League to the pros. Unlike Viciedo and Dunn's blasts, the White Sox had a decent chance of winning the game when Danks stepped up, at 53.3 percent (tie games generally favor the home team). But for all the walk-offs the White Sox have had this season, Danks' blast stands as the biggest.
4. Alexei Ramirez, 425 vs. Oakland: .449 WPA
The White Sox tied things up in the ninth on Paul Konerko's 400th home run (which, by the way, had a WPA of .350), which sent this late-April game spiraling into extra innings. Finally, the Sox broke through with two outs in the 14th on a two-run double by Ramirez...but Hector Santiago allowed a game-tying two-run homer to Yoenis Cespedes (.478 WPA) and a walk-off single to Kile Ka'aihue (.301 WPA), and the A's went from a 3.8 percent chance of winning to 100 percent in the inning.
5. Alex Rios: 58 vs. Cleveland, .383 WPA
The White Sox steadily built a lead that was quickly erased in the eighth, but Rios' 10th-inning triple scored Brent Lillibridge from first and put the Sox back ahead 4-3. The hit dashed Cleveland's hopes of winning, which fell from 49.9 percent to 11.7 on the hit.