The White Sox on the winning end of one of the worst games of 2022 originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
The White Sox outlasted the Blue Jays in 12 innings for a 7-6 win Tuesday night.
And they were aided in their winning effort by one of the worst performances by a plate umpire this season.
Doug Eddings was behind the flat at Guaranteed Rate Field and missed a staggering 26 ball shots, according to Umpire Scorecards. The 26 missed calls were the most of any MLB game this season, surpassing Jeff Nelson’s 22 in the Oakland A’s 7-5 win on April 16, which coincidentally was also against the Blue Jays. ). Eddings had a correct call accuracy of 88.6%, tied for 25th in 2022.
While Eddings made poor calls for both teams, his brutal performance ultimately worked in the Sox’s favor. Eddings had an all-around impact score of 5.89, according to umpire scorecards, easily the highest in MLB this season. His calls impacted run expectancy by minus-3.79 for Toronto and minus-1.76 for Chicago, giving the Sox a plus-2.03 advantage.
The Blue Jays were on the wrong end of two of his three most impactful bad calls. The biggest missed call of the night by impact on run expectancy came in the top of the eighth, when Eddings phoned Santiago Espinal on a 3-2 count with the bases loaded. Toronto should have scored at least one more run, but instead the top half of the frame ended in a strikeout.
The Blue Jays could have used that extra insurance run as well, as Chicago rallied for two runs in the bottom of the ninth to force the extras.
Eddings’ second biggest missed call came at the expense of the Sox in the bottom of the 12th. Facing a full count with one out, Reese McGuire was called to a pitch that should have been four-ball.
But Chicago managed to overcome the miscall, with Josh Harrison recording the RBI match-winning single on the next at-bat.
Eddings particularly struggled with throws out of the zone, as 25 of his missed calls were called strikes that should have been balls. The veteran referee will therefore have to tighten his strike zone a little on his next outing.