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May 13, 2011

Phil Humber and the Sox get the job done

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 13, 2011 11:48 pm
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5/13:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Humber(W, 3-3) 6.0 6 3 3 0 1 0 3.18
Crain(H, 4) 1.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 3.06
Thornton(H, 2) 0.2 0 0 0 1 0 0 6.39
Santos(S, 4) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.00
Totals 9.0 6 3 3 1 4 0 4.10

Pitch F/X:

Pitch Statistics
Pitch Type Avg Speed Max Speed Avg H-Break Avg V-Break Count Strikes / % Swinging Strikes / % Linear Weights Time to Plate
FF (FourSeam Fastball) 89.24 90.6 -5.72 9.24 42 30 / 71.43% 1 / 2.38% -1.0762 0.420
CH (Changeup) 83.20 86.6 -6.55 6.19 12 11 / 91.67% 2 / 16.67% 0.8594 0.448
SL (Slider) 82.60 83.8 1.82 2.87 10 10 / 100.00% 3 / 30.00% 0.1236 0.451
CU (Curveball) 79.38 81.7 6.11 -4.50 16 8 / 50.00% 1 / 6.25% -0.8825 0.473
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 88.95 89 -9.88 8.11 2 2 / 100.00% 0 / 0.00% -0.2779 0.426
Pitch classifications provided by the Gameday Algorithm and may be inaccurate.

Pitch Type LWTS correspond to how many runs were likely to score on a particular pitch based on average run expectancy when each pitch was thrown and what happened as a result. Negative scores indicate more effective pitches.

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.

Inning-by-Inning Pitch Totals
Inning Pitches in Inning Strikes in Inning Strike% in Inning Cumulative Total Pitches Pitch LWTS in Inning
1 13 9 69.23 13 -0.834
2 11 8 72.73 24 0.303
3 12 7 58.33 36 -0.713
4 11 9 81.82 47 -0.834
5 7 6 85.71 54 -0.834
6 16 12 75.00 70 -0.335
7 12 10 83.33 82 1.993

Omar Vizquel, snake handler

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 13, 2011 10:10 pm
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Reifert @ ITWS:

… Vizquel can often be found on his computer. and Wednesday was no different.  He was showing Paul Konerko a video.  I had heard about it and wanted to see it firsthand.The video shows a nature guide on the grassy edge of a body of water.

“This is in Venezuela,” Vizquel explains proudly.

The guide steps into the murky water and pulls out an Anaconda, the snake has wrapped itself around a turtle.

“See, it’s a young one,” Vizquel explains.  The guide pulls the snake out onto a dirt road.

Suddenly, Vizquel enters the frame.  He holds the 10-foot snake by it’s tail as the guide tries to hold it’s head down.

“Don’t hurt it,” Vizquel says on camera and the shortstop/naturalist moves closer to the snake’s head.

“Have you ever done this before?” Konerko asks his teammate as the video rolls.

“No, but I’ve seen it on TV,” Vizquel answers.

And as you watch, Vizquel sneaks up behind the angry snake, crouching down like he is about to steal second, and BANG, grabs the snake behind its head.  The snake writhers around his arm, jaws open, looking for something to bite.

“It’s nervous, it’s scared,” Vizquel explains.

On camera, the snake slowly relaxes, realizing it cannot move.

“See, it looked up and realized Omar Vizquel had caught it,” Konerko laughed.  “It was in safe hands.”

Steve Stone: Putting Edwin Jackson in the bullpen is better than trying a 6-man rotation

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 13, 2011 6:45 pm
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Stonie doesn’t like the 6-man rotation that the Sox will be trying:

“It’s not a particularly good idea,” Steve Stone said on the Boers and Bernstein Show. “And there have been a lot of really smart baseball people that have resisted the temptation of this for, oh I don’t know, 110 years or so…If Humber continues to throw the ball as he has…one of the options open to you, and this might be a decent one, although Jesse Crain has been terrific, I don’t think you can ever have too many great arms in the bullpen. But we have a guy who’s been fairly inconsistent, when he’s good he’s very good, when he’s bad he’s awful, and that’s been Edwin Jackson.“

But he’s a guy, that if you move him to the bullpen, and I know you’re paying him $8.75 million, but…if he can go up there for one inning, he can throw 98, 99 miles per hour, and if that slider is even in the neighborhood, guys are going to have no chance agaisnt it. So that would be an option also.”

Audio at the link.

BTB: AL Central Hitters wOBA

Only 3 White Sox players are above the AL Central average. The Indians and Royals have 6 players that are above the AL Central average. The Tigers have five. Minnesota is worse than the Sox; only one.

Other White Sox links: J.J. comes up with an awesome nickname for Adam Dunn: Canonyero and looks on ex-Sox Brandon McCarthy’s success in Oakland, James looks at Jake Peavy’s return, the Sox search for a #2 hitter and replacing some of the Sox problematic players, and Jim looks at the sophomore struggles of Chris Sale.

Baseball America on Jared Mitchell’s return

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 13, 2011 1:30 pm
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From the ‘Not-So-Hot’ section of today’s ‘Prospect Hot Sheet’:

Jared Mitchell, cf, White Sox. Mitchell hasn’t been able to catch up to Carolina League pitching yet after missing the 2010 season with a torn tendon in his left ankle. The 22-year-old is hitting just .202/.243/.372 through 129 at-bats with high Class A Winston-Salem and has had severe problems making contact. Mitchell has struck out 50 times, tied for the most in the minors, while drawing just six walks in 137 plate appearances. He’s also struck out at least once in 20 consecutive games. Mitchell struck out 13 times this week while hitting .160/.160/.320 (4-for-25) with one home run and one double.

A look into the most maddening injury in sports

Filed under: MLB — The Wizard @ May 13, 2011 12:49 pm
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Pearlman @ SI:

The diagnosis has been around since the 1970s when, team physicians and trainers have tried explaining to players that the inexplicable, oft-unbearable pain tearing through their feet was an inflammatory process of the plantar fascia.

Or, in simpler terms: All homo Sapiens have a thick fibrous band of tissue that begins on the heel bone and extends along the sole of the foot toward the toes. When this band, aka the plantar fascia, becomes inflamed, it hurts. “Sort of the same as someone picking up my foot, grabbing a thick piece of wood and slamming it repeatedly into my sole,” says Morgan Valley, a former guard for the UConn women’s basketball team whose battles with plantar caused her to miss 23 games of the Huskies’ undefeated 2001-02 season. “It’s a uniquely terrible injury.” …

Speaking of injuries, read ‘How Bartolo Colon’s Fat Ass Resurrected His Career.’

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