American League Leaders (Relievers): T1st-HLD (28); 5th-WHIP (0.89); 6th-IRS% (16.7); 6th-1st Batter AVG (.136); T7th-Games (71); T11th-Opp. AVG (.191). Made a career-high 71 appearances … recorded a careerhigh 28 holds, tied for the most in theAL and the second-highest total in White Sox history. Fifty-six of his 71 appearances (78.9 percent) were scoreless, and 39 were hitless … recorded two-plus strikeouts 22 times. Allowed just 16.7 percent (6-36) of inherited runners to score … first batters faced hit just .136 (9-66) with four walks. Surrendered just four earned runs over 34.2 IP in 36 appearances at home (1.04 ERA) … worked 11.0 scoreless IP over nine interleague appearances. Made 27 appearances on zero rest, going 3-1 with a 2.30 ERA (7 ER/27.1 IP) and .192 opponents average. Recorded a 0.75 ERA(1 ER/12.0 IP) inApril, 1.76 (3 ER/15.1 IP) in June, 1.50 (2 ER/12.0 IP) in July and 0.00 (9.0 IP) in September. Limited right-handers to a .184 average (28-152), while lefties batted .200 (20-100) … opponents hit just .164 (11-67) with RISP and .139 (5-36) with RISP/two outs. Worked 0.2 scoreless IP for his first hold on Opening Day at Oakland … suffered a blown save on 4/5 at Oakland after allowing one run and hitting two batters over 1.0 IP. Threw 11.1 consecutive scoreless IP over 11 appearances from 4/7-5/6 … recorded 11 holds, nine strikeouts and allowed just two hits and two walks during the streak Worked 2.0 perfect IP for his first career save (11th attempt) on 4/19 vs. theAngels … retired all four batters he faced to earn his second win on 4/30 at Baltimore. His scoreless streak was snapped on 5/9 at Texas after allowing two runs on two his over 0.2 IP … left the game in the seventh inning on 5/17 vs. Houston after being hit on the left foot by a Carlos Correa line drive. Suffered his first loss and third blown save on 5/29 at Kansas City after allowing three runs on three hits in 0.1 IP … was charged with his second loss after surrendering a gameending home run to Carlos Santana in the ninth inning on 6/17 at Cleveland. Made eight straight scoreless appearances from 6/24-7/19, recording two saves and three holds with 14 strikeouts in 8.1 IP … recorded his second save on 6/29 vs. Minnesota, inducing a flyout by Eduardo Escobar with the tying runs on base. Converted his third save on 7/9 vs. Atlanta after working a scoreless ninth inning despite allowing two hits and a walk (intentional) … induced a game-ending groundout by Chase d'Arnaud with the bases loaded. Was charged with his fifth blown save of the season after allowing a game-tying, solo home run to Adam Lind in the seventh inning on 7/20 at Seattle … the homer snapped his eight-game scoreless streak. Worked 1.1 scoreless IP and earned his fifth win on 8/6 vs. Baltimore … suffered his seventh blown save on 8/10 at Kansas City (1.2 IP) after allowing a game-tying, RBI single to Cheslor Cuthbert in the eighth inning. Recorded a hold in consecutive appearances from 8/12-13 at Miami … surrendered a game-tying single to Jose Ramirez in the eighth on 8/18 at Cleveland for his eighth blown save. Recorded his 26th hold on 8/28 vs. Seattle, tying Zach Duke (2015) and Matt Thornton (2012) for the second-most in White Sox history. Was charged with his ninth blown save on 8/29 at Detroit after allowing a game-winning, two-run home run to Jarrod Saltalamacchia in the bottom of the eighth inning. Finished the season on a nine-game scoreless streak from 9/2-30 … allowed just five hits with one walk and 12 strikeouts over 9.1 IP during the streak. Recorded his 27th hold on 9/6 vs. Detroit, throwing 1.1 perfect IP to move into sole possession of second place on the club's single-season list behind Barry Jones (30 in 1990). Earned his 28th hold in his final appearance on 9/30 vs. Minnesota (1.0 scoreless IP).
Appeared in 19 games after beginning the season on the 60-day disabled list to continue his recovery from Tommy John surgery … tied for third on the Sox with six holds. ... Averaged 12.79 strikeouts per 9.0 IP (27 SO/19.0 IP) with a 4.50 strikeout-to-walk ratio (6 BB) … stranded all eight of his inherited runners … first batters faced went 5-17 (.294). ... Limited opponents to a .188 average (12-64), including a .125 mark (3-24) vs. left-handers … opponents went 1-13 (.077) with runners in scoring position. ... Recorded at least one strikeout 17 times, including multiple strikeouts seven times … 13 of his outings were 1.0-plus IP. ... Was sent on a rehab assignment on 7/10, pitching with Class AWinston-Salem and Class AAACharlotte … was returned from the assignment and reinstated from the disabled list on 8/5. ... Made his season debut on 8/7 at Kansas City (1.0 scoreless IP), his first appearance since 4/3/14 vs. Minnesota. ... Recorded a hold in consecutive outings on 8/12 vs. the Angels (0.2 scoreless IP) and 8/16 vs. the Cubs (1.0 IP). ... His win on 8/22 at Seattle was his first since August 2013 … suffered the loss on 8/26 vs. Boston after allowing a gamewinning, two-run homer in the eighth inning to Travis Shaw. ... Recorded a hold in consecutive outings on 9/3 at Minnesota (1.2 scoreless IP) and 9/5 at Kansas City (0.2 scoreless IP). ... Earned a hold after working 2.0 scoreless IP on 9/21 at Detroit … worked 0.1 scoreless IP in a victory on 10/3 vs. the Tigers. ... Agreed to terms on a three-year, $8-million contract which includes two club options and a mutual option on 12/18.
Spent his second full season with the White Sox … ranked among the American League relief leaders in first batter faced average (T1st, .131), IP (3rd, 78.0), strikeouts (4th, 89) and GIDP (T6th, 9) … led Sox relievers in IP and strikeouts … averaged 10.27 strikeouts per 9.0 IP … posted a 2.94 ERA (17 ER/52.0 IP) with 69 strikeouts from 6/1-remainder of the season, including a 2.19 mark (12 ER/49.1 IP) from 6/1-9/17 … made 20 appearances with no rest (1.85 ERA and 30 strikeouts) … limited left-handers to a .229 average (27-118) … first batters faced went just 8-61 (.131) … 29.4 percent (15-51) of his inherited runners scored … recorded two or more strikeouts in 27 of his 70 outings … worked more than 1.0 IP 23 times … lost his first four decisions of 2013 after going 8-0 in 2012 … suffered his first loss on 4/5 vs. Seattle (2 ER/2.0 IP) … his eight-game winning streak was the longest by a Sox reliever since Barry Jones from 1989-90 (9) … surrendered four runs on three hits over a career-high 3.1 IP on 5/18 at Los Angeles-AL … picked up his first victory on 5/24 at Miami … allowed just one earned run with 21 strikeouts over 15.1 IP in June (13 games) … recorded at least one strikeout in 10 consecutive appearances from 6/4-28 (21 SO/14.0 IP) … struck out a career-high five on 6/4 at Seattle … earned victories on 6/10 vs. Toronto (1.2 scoreless IP) and 6/17 at Houston (1.1 scoreless IP) … recorded two strikeouts in four straight games from 7/13-21 (1 ER/5.1 IP) … made seven straight scoreless appearances (8.1 IP) from 7/21-8/7 … was charged with three blown saves in four outings from 8/9-15 … earned his fourth consecutive win on 8/24 vs. Texas (1.0 scoreless IP) … recorded a hold in four of his last five appearances … allowed five runs in the ninth inning on 9/21 at Detroit (White Sox led 6-0 entering the inning and went on to lose, 7-6, in 12 innings).