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May 3, 2011

Fangraphs on Adam Dunn’s and J.J. on Juan Pierre’s struggles

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 3, 2011 10:36 pm
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Wolfersberger @ FG:

There are three reasons why Dunn is struggling so far: a) he has been a victim of the luck dragon; b) he has not found his power stroke; c) his strikeouts are up. …

J.J. Stankevitz @ BL:

But back to the real issue: Pierre’s offense. Let’s start with his string of being caught stealing, because that’s maybe the most concerning issue surrounding the White Sox left fielder.

Speaking of struggling, Brett Ballantini explains how to save the Sox, and Lindsey Willhite looks back on the White Sox’ 2001 season.

Does Kenny Williams want a 6-man rotation?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 3, 2011 3:33 am
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Padilla @ ESPN:

Williams said Monday that he is in the beginning stages of discussions with pitching coach Don Cooper about how the White Sox will move forward with six legitimate starters.

…  Williams has pitched a plan to Cooper where the White Sox can move around their starting pieces for matchup purposes instead of being stuck with a rigid plan where they pitch every five games.

Ozzie Guillen worried about Chris Sale [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 3, 2011 3:26 am
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Padilla @ ESPN:

“I’m worried about it,” Guillen said. “I think his mechanics… I don’t know if you can call it mechanics, he’s all over the place. He’s out of control. He doesn’t throw strikes. In the big leagues, you can throw 89-98 [mph], but if you don’t throw strikes, you’re going to get in trouble. Hopefully he figures out soon because the last couple outings he can’t find the plate.”

UPDATE: Chris Sale says:

“This game can speed up on you in a hurry and make you think a lot of bad things.”

also,

Pitching coach Don Cooper, bullpen coach Juan Nieves and Sale studied tape and “saw some things that were different from last year and early on this year. I’m going to do everything I can to get back to where I was and where I need to be. Eventually things will turn around.”

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