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April 30, 2010

Baseball America’s not so hot sheet

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 30, 2010 12:32 pm
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BA Staff:

Dan Hudson, rhp, White Sox: Hudson’s season started well enough. He won his season debut for Triple-A Charlotte on April 12 against Norfolk, allowing one run on three hits over 5 2/3 innings with eight strikeouts. But not much has gone right since. His allowing eight runs (four earned) in 4 1/3 innings against Durham on April 22 wasn’t great, but Hudson’s last outing was a complete disaster. The 23-year-old was pulled from his start Tuesday against Columbus without recording an out in the second inning, ending with a line of 1 IP, 8 H, 9 R, 9 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO. He gave up a pair of home runs among those eight hits and has permitted six long balls already this year, tying him for second most in the International League. He gave up just five long balls in 26 minor league starts last year. After pitching at every full-season level last year, from low Class A to the majors, Hudson might have to settle in in Charlotte for awhile before looking for about another callup.

And FutureSox takes a look on Hudson’s slow start. Hint: .404 BABIP.

Smells Like Mascot: Black and White

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 30, 2010 3:27 am
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Carl’s latest:

http://www.smellslikemascot.com/2010/04/black-and-white.html

April 29, 2010

Oh Paulie! I didn’t knew you could hit them like that.

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 29, 2010 10:19 pm
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2 HRs for Konerko and a good pitching by Gavin Floyd lead the Sox to a 7-5 win

A look at the TBs: Konerko 8 TBs (2 HR), Beckham 3 TBs (2B, 1B, BB). Andruw had 2 BB. Rios had 2 SBs and a BB.

Video Highlights

Boxscore:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Floyd, G(W, 1-2) 7.0 5 3 1 0 5 1 6.49
Thornton(H, 1) 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1.59
Jenks 1.0 3 2 2 0 3 0 5.00
Totals 9.0 9 5 3 0 9 1 4.48

The Pitch F/X tool says: (more…)

Justin Smoak hits his first home run in the majors (video)

Filed under: MLB — The Wizard @ April 29, 2010 10:18 pm
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http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=7730903 (0:52)

Ozzie Guillen on Juan Pierre

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 29, 2010 6:56 pm
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Here’s Ozzie:

“I don’t know if he’s putting a lot of pressure on himself or trying to do too much, but I’ll try and give him a breather, [maybe] bat him second, I don’t know. Try and figure out who my leadoff hitter will be. Maybe it will let him relax a little bit.”

How about he can’t do it?

Guillen mentions Mark Teahen and Gordon Beckham as possible leadoff hitter replacements. Scot Gregor wants Jordan Danks. See that K% Scot?

Fangraphs on Juan Pierre’s wiffle bat

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 29, 2010 11:57 am
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Anderson:

Question: What does Chris Coghlan have in common with Juan Pierre?

Answer: Those are the only two qualified batters with a .000 ISO.

Seeing Pierre’s name associated with no extra base hits is probably not too surprising. Through 80 plate appearances, Pierre’s line is .222/.282/.222. His career ISO is .071 and his projected ISO is .063 (rest of the season version). …

Now the gamer has improved to .200/.261/.200/.461.

His place on the on-notice list is secure:

What was Kenny thinking? Did he listen to Ozzie? Why?

Happy Gilmore

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 29, 2010 2:56 am
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Collins @ W-S Journal:

As a 21-year-old playing baseball for a living, third baseman Jon Gilmore of the Winston-Salem Dash has more reasons than most for looking forward to work every day. But the biggest reason that Gilmore can’t wait to get to BB&T Ballpark is not so much what he does, as how well he has been doing it. Baseball is a blast when you’re hitting .397, Gilmore’s average going into last night’s home game against the Frederick Keys. He was coming off a four-hit game against the Keys that ran his hitting streak to 14 games and propelled him to third in the Carolina League in batting average behind Eric Hosmer of the Wilmington Blue Rocks (.435) and Oscar Tejada of the Salem Red Sox (.403). “It’s nice when you come to the ballpark and you think you’ve got a good chance of getting a couple of hits,” Gilmore said.

… Gilmore also has benefitted from his relationship with Ben Zobrist of the Tampa Bay Rays, who is married to Gilmore’s sister Julianna. Zobrist played every position but pitcher and catcher last season with the Rays and hit .297 with 27 homers and 91 RBIs.”He’s been a huge help, really,” Gilmore said. “He can help me with my approach. I got to hit with him a few times in the offseason, and I take every piece of advice I can get from him.”

the .484 BABIP holds me back…

Back to 90

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 29, 2010 2:48 am
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says the Pitch F/X tool was Peavy’s fastball tonight (4/28):

Pitch Statistics (Velocity Histogram)
Pitch Type Avg Speed Max Speed Avg H-Break Avg V-Break Count Strikes / % Swinging Strikes / % Nibbleness Time to Plate
FF (FourSeam Fastball) 90.11 91.7 -5.43 9.39 33 22 / 66.67% 1 / 3.03% 5.52 0.413
CH (Changeup) 82.63 83.9 -7.24 3.47 11 4 / 36.36% 1 / 9.09% 6.94 0.448
SL (Slider) 84.31 86.6 2.85 3.91 18 11 / 61.11% 2 / 11.11% 4.60 0.435
CU (Curveball) 78.47 80.7 4.64 -2.50 17 11 / 64.71% 0 / 0.00% 5.00 0.469
FC (Cutter) 86.39 89.5 0.93 7.16 15 11 / 73.33% 2 / 13.33% 4.60 0.427
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 90.23 91.4 -9.63 8.17 12 7 / 58.33% 1 / 8.33% 6.83 0.414
Pitch classifications provided by the Gameday Algorithm and may be inaccurate.
Clicking individual pitch types will provide individual velocity histograms for each pitch.

Nibbleness is the arithmetic mean of the distance of each pitch, in inches, from the edge of a normalized strikezone. Lower indicates “more Nibbley”.
Time to Plate is the time, in seconds, that it takes an average pitch of this type to reach the plate. This is strongly correlated with velocity, but also factors in movement.

UPDATE: Peavy:

”We talked about this being a process. Anyone that watched the game can see it coming together. It’s just frustrating when you can’t make a pitch in that first inning. It’s coming. I just found my mechanics of where I needed to throw it. The bottom line is I’m still searching, but it’s coming. The end result is not about finding it, though; it’s about winning games. You’re not paid to try and find your mechanics.”

Peavy’s velocity had picked up 2-3 mph on his last start compared to his first 3 starts but that didn’t last: (more…)

April 28, 2010

MLB to use DH in NL parks

Filed under: MLB — The Wizard @ April 28, 2010 9:05 pm

in the All-Star game:

[A] designated hitter will be used in the All-Star game every year, including in NL cities. The DH has been used since 1989 when the All-Star game was played in AL ballparks. There would have been a DH anyway for this year’s game.

also,

Another change is that a pitcher who starts on the final Sunday before the All-Star break will be ineligible to pitch in the All-Star game and will be replaced on the roster, Major League Baseball said in a change announced Wednesday.

In which Gordon Beckham wants to adjust his batting stance

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 28, 2010 8:17 pm
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Gonzales:

Gordon Beckham believes simply widening his batting stance will help remedy his struggles at the plate. … Beckham, who is batting .205, thought that unnecessary movement was affecting his pitch selection and swing. He worked on changing his stance with hitting coach Greg Walker.“I’m either lunging or behind,” Beckham said. “There’s not an in-between right now. There’s no happy medium for me as of right now, and that’s the issue we’re having.”

Cowley:

“Not mechanical. It’s more my mind,” Beckham explained. “I’m not taking my BP into the game. When I’m getting in the game I feel like I’m a little rushed, I feel like my head is moving a little faster than it should. As opposed to being calm and just sitting in the box and let the ball come to me. I’m going to spread out a little bit, eliminate the lower half a little bit, and that’s going to keep me locked in, a little quieter. Hopefully, that will help me be more accurate with the ball and make better decisions on pitches that are close and not close. I think that should help. I just have to do it in the games. It’s all there.”

USA Today on Gavin Floyd

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 28, 2010 2:59 pm
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Gardner:

Fortunately, there are some stats besides losses and ERA you can check before doing something rash. Pitchers with low strand rates or high batting averages on balls in play almost always see those figures settle around the major league norms by the end of the season.

Gavin Floyd of the White Sox is among the worst in the majors in BOTH categories with his 55% strand rate and .416 BABIP. He may be struggling now, but the increased strikeout rate he’s shown over the past couple seasons is continuing. A turnaround should be right around the corner.

FutureSox Minor-League podcast

Mazzuca:

This month, Anthony Mazzuca talks to Alex Vispoli, Winston-Salem Dash Director of Media Relations and Broadcaster, and Josh Ellis, who holds the same positions with the Kannapolis Intimidators. Dan Santaromita also gives a run down of the recent happenings with the Knights and Barons, as the FutureSox.com Podcast has the White Sox minor league system covered.

Jake Peavy says velocity decrease was due to not using his legs

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 28, 2010 12:12 am
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Cowley:

”If you go look at my delivery at the start of last year to what it was before my last start, it doesn’t look like the same guy,” Peavy said. ”A big part of that is my legs. For some reason, I quit using my legs. It’s pretty easy to think why.”

”My ankle was hurt, and I pitched three or four games with it in San Diego,” he said. ”Probably took my legs right out of the equation subconsciously because I was injured. Then when I came back, I was probably favoring my legs, not wanting to drive off my backside and get out toward home plate. When I came over here and was doing that, [pitching coach Don Cooper] and those guys didn’t have anything to go off of.”

UPDATE: Gregor:

As Peavy repeated to reporters in Texas Tuesday, he is intent on using his legs more. But he’s also dropped his arm slot a good 12 inches from where it was at the start of the season.

Peavy is a classic three-quarters guy, not an over-the-top pitcher like he’s been.

April 27, 2010

Fangraphs on second basemen and Gordon Beckham

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 27, 2010 10:42 pm
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Sarris:

Gordon Beckham isn’t exactly streaking to the fore, but he’s still got the upside to move up the list. In the early going, he’s striking out and walking at almost the exact same rate as last year, but reduced power and a poor BABIP are holding him down. ZiPS RoS is still optimistic though.

Phil Rogers speculates the Sox might trade for Prince Fielder

Rogers:

… the White Sox have the parts to do a deal if they decide they’re not going to re-sign Paul Konerko.

What about Fielder to the White Sox for a package built around pitching and Triple-A first baseman Dayan Viciedo? John Danks certainly would get Melvin’s attention. Gavin Floyd might to a lesser degree and both Daniel Hudson and Sergio Santos have a ton of value. Hudson gives the Sox the flexibility to deal a big-league starter, assuming he doesn’t have to be in the package himself.

It’s hard to see the Sox having the will to keep Fielder long-term, however, which makes it a huge risk to give up young talent for 1 1/2 seasons of his mashing. But what if the Brewers are interested in Alex Rios, who is signed through 2014 at a level just beyond what they have paid Fielder? Trading for a veteran is easier than signing a proven player through free agency.

If Rios went to the Brewers in the deal, the Sox might be able to sign Fielder to a Teixeira/Howard contract long term. After 2010, he would replace Konerko and Rios on the payroll, with Andruw Jones (if the Sox can keep him) or Jordan Danks in center.

Fielder to the White Sox is probably a long shot. But so is Fielder staying put.

First, John Danks isn’t going anywhere. Now, if you think the Brewers will be interested in Dayan Viciedo in a Prince Fielder trade, you are smoking something. Same for Alex Rios.

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