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May 11, 2011

The Guillen Number

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 11, 2011 3:00 pm
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Christina Kahrl @ ESPN:

you might think of Ozzie as a skipper inclined to live up to the “Ozzieball” rep, scrapping after one run and giving much consideration to “the little things.” If you did, you’d be wrong, because this is a classic case of do as I do, not as I say. For all the talk, Ozzie’s ballclubs have almost always been anything but the subtle nibblers he might publicly profess admiration for.

Instead, Ozzie’s squads have lived up to an older label associated with Chicago’s South Side: the Hitmen. That name for the 1977 team described a club that hit a then team-record 192 home runs. Playing in a different park now — and a veritable slugger’s paradise at that — Ozzie’s squads topped that total in four of his first five seasons as a skipper from 2004-2008.

The contrast between what Ozzie praises and what his lineup actually does is such that Joe Sheehan, my former colleague at Baseball Prospectus, coined a stat term to describe it: the Guillen Number, which is the percentage of a team’s runs scored on home runs. While Ozzie might be complimented for talking about doing the little things, his lineups have reliably relied on the home run. …

now if only Ozzie could stop the damn bunts…

Other White Sox links: J.J. looks at the unlucky John Danks, U-God plays a simulation of the lost 1994 post-season, and FutureSox notes SS Tyler Saladino, who had broken his hand this spring, was activated and assigned to Winston-Salem.

Baseball America’s Jim Shonerd on Dayan Viciedo

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 11, 2011 12:42 pm
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Shonerd @ BA:

While the White Sox’s big league club languishes 10 ½ games out of first place with their offense struggling to produce, Dayan Viciedo looks to be positioning himself for another chance at the majors. The 22-year-old Cuban went 4-for-5 with five RBIs and was a triple short of the cycle last night for Triple-A Charlotte. Viciedo, who’s being given the opportunity to play right field this spring, upped his season line to .304/.343/.496 in 125 at-bats. Viciedo also drew a walk last night, his eighth of the season. That may not sound like a lot, but he’s already more than halfway to surpassing last year’s total of 13, which he compiled in 124 games at the Triple-A and major league levels.

Viciedo’s walk rate is up to 6%! If this is sustainable, it is a huge number compared to his other campaigns. Could we have a Nelson Cruz type of player?

White Sox to use 6-man rotation until June 2 at least

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 11, 2011 2:42 am
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Merkin @ CWS:

Ozzie Guillen announced Tuesday that the White Sox six-man rotation will be in place starting Friday for the next 20 games, running up until an off-day on June 2. At that point, the situation will be re-evaluated.

Today’s Jake Peavy pitchcount: 80-100 pitches

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 11, 2011 2:38 am
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Merkin @ CWS:

Cooper’s goals for Peavy center in the 80-100 pitch area, but he also expects a winning effort from the right-hander as he joins this unique six-man rotation. That “sick feeling” Cooper had when Peavy suffered the torn lat has been replaced by excitement to watch him throw

John Sickels on Jared Mitchell

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 11, 2011 2:31 am
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Sickels @ MLBall:

Another outfield prospect who missed all of 2010 is White Sox ’09 first-rounder Jared Mitchell. Unlike Pollock, Mitchell is seriously struggling this year, hitting just .205/.250/.385 in 117 at-bats for High-A Winston-Salem, with a horrible 6/46 BB/K. He was always raw for a college guy and while he always struck out a lot, he also drew walks at LSU and in Low-A. That has completely left him this year. He’s also stolen just three bases in six attempts, and while the word is he hasn’t lost the speed he had before his horrible ankle injury last spring, it sure isn’t showing up in the numbers. He’s in a very deep slump currently, 6-for-40 (.150) in his last 10 games, with 20 strikeouts.

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