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September 24, 2009

Sox officially eliminated from playoffs [UPDATED]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 24, 2009 11:01 pm

Gonzales:

So close, so far. Little more than two months after being tied for first place with plenty of momentum headed toward a second American League Central title, the White Sox were eliminated from the postseason Thursday night for the third time in four years. The Tigers’ 6-5 victory over the Indians made it impossible mathematically for the Sox to reach the playoffs. Here’s a look at some of the factors that led to their demise shortly after Mark Buehrle’s perfect game on July 23 moved them into a share of first place with the Tigers: …

UPDATED: Gonzales:

Several e-mailers have wondered how the White Sox could be mathematically eliminated from the American League Central title when they could tie Detroit at the end of the regular season should they win their remaining nine games while the Tigers lose their final 10 games to finish with 82 victories apiece. The x factor is Minnesota, which currently has 79 victories. The Twins have 10 games remaining — including four against the Tigers. Should Minnesota win all four games against Detroit next week but lose their remaining games, the Twins still would have 83 wins — one more than the Sox could possibly win.

Fangraphs on the Sox closer situation

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 24, 2009 2:34 pm
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from the 9/24 AL Closer Report:

Matt Thornton/Octavio Dotel, White Sox (Bobby Jenks out for the season with a strained calf muscle)

A calf injury closes the book on Jenks’ 2009 season. Bobby’s ERA soared from 2.63 in 2008 to 3.71 in 2009, but it’s questionable how much he actually declined. The 28 year-old’s XFIP was 3.86 in ‘08, and a slightly-lower 3.77 in 2009. Jenks’ K rate bounced back this year (5.55 K/9 in ‘08, 8.27 K/9 in ‘09), but a huge 17% home run/fly ball rate put a big dent in his season. He’s basically the same guy: a good late-inning arm, if not an elite one.

With Bobby out of commission, Thornton and Dotel figure to get dibs on any save ops for the Pale Hose. Per Win Probability Added, Thornton (+2.87) has Dotel (+0.74) beat by a healthy margin. Same goes for XFIP (2.92 for Matt, 4.33 for Octavio). Thornton has whiffed 10.72 hitters per nine frames this year, firing a blistering 96 MPH fastball nearly 90 percent of the time.

Audio of Kenny Williams’ end-of-season comments [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 24, 2009 1:33 am
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Play: http://www.670thescore.com/topic/play_window.php?audioType=Episode&audioId=4041679 (27:11)

Download mp3: http://www.670thescore.com/episode_download.php?contentType=36&contentId=4041679

Podcast: http://podcast.670thescore.com/wscr2/1971166.mp3

UPDATE: A couple points from Kenny’s interview:

1) He’d like the the players in the team to have higher OBPs, in the .350 range as a team (.329 this year). Also, more eXtra Base Hits. (9:30)

2) He hasn’t seen the sponsorship, advertising, and season tickets projections for next year to say anything about next year’s payroll. But every year he asks Jerry Reinsdorf, and is over budget. (16:15)

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