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May 14, 2011

Coop, where is my cutter?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 14, 2011 11:34 pm
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Gonzales @ CT:

An extra two days of rest means more time for John Danks to discover his signature cut fastball that has eluded him for most of this season.

“It hasn’t been very good for most of my starts,” said Danks, who is 0-6 and won’t start again until Tuesday against the Rangers. “In talking with A.J. (Pierzynski) and Coop (pitching coach Don Cooper), it’s almost like I’m throwing it too hard. I’m not giving it a chance to do anything. We’ll work on it. It has been a pitch I’ve gone to a lot the past two years, and I need it now.” …

Ryan Buch goes all 8, strikes out 9 and walks 1

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 14, 2011 9:57 pm

5/14:

Kannapolis Intimidators
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Buch, R (L, 3-3) 8.0 8 6 3 1 9 2 3.92

Gavin Floyd loses today’s game and more

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 14, 2011 9:00 pm
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5/14 Boxscore:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Floyd, G(L, 4-3) 4.1 9 5 5 2 4 0 4.22
Pena, To 2.2 1 1 0 3 1 0 6.92
Sale 1.0 0 0 0 2 1 0 6.08
Totals 8.0 10 6 5 7 6 0 4.14

Pitch F/X says:

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) 90.06 92.1 -4.62 8.08 45 31 / 68.89% 2 / 4.44% 1.9204 0.415
CH (Changeup) 83.52 85 -7.21 6.44 6 1 / 16.67% 0 / 0.00% -0.0187 0.446
CU (Curveball) 76.97 78.9 9.19 -7.24 22 12 / 54.55% 0 / 0.00% 0.6711 0.492
FC (Cutter) 84.67 87.4 0.08 2.71 19 14 / 73.68% 0 / 0.00% -0.6671 0.441
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 89.67 90.3 -9.30 6.15 3 1 / 33.33% 0 / 0.00% 0.4872 0.418
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 23 12 52.17 23 0.479
2 27 18 66.67 50 0.941
3 12 8 66.67 62 -0.532
4 17 10 58.82 79 -0.862
5 16 11 68.75 95 2.368

Fangraphs says that the velocity of Floyd’d fastball has lost almost 2 mph from last year. Last year Floyd’s average velocity was 92.4 mph and this year he’s down to 90.5 mph:

It is a surprise to find Gavin Floyd‘s name above as he has pitched fantastically so far, having posted career bests in both K/9 and BB/9. However, his SwStk% and Contact% are slightly worse than in the past several years so I would expect his K/9 to drop below 8.0 as a result. Though, he is throwing his curve ball and sliders more frequently this season at the expense of his fastball, which has led to a career best called strike percentage. So maybe his increased K/9 is actually sustainable, if he continues with this altered pitch mix. Still, the decreased velocity remains a slight concern.

The TexasLeaguers.com Pitch-F/X database has the same number (90.5).

Other White Sox links: James looks at the loss of Jeff Gray, and the struggles of and Matt Thornton and excellence of Sergio Santos.

White Sox Baseball: “We have to get on base first.” [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 14, 2011 3:26 pm

http://twitter.com/CSNChi_Beatnik/status/69480992762630144

UPDATE: One more:

http://twitter.com/CSNChi_Beatnik/statuses/69527666558115840

Smells Like Mascot: The AJ Way & The White Sox Sherpa

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 14, 2011 2:47 pm
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Carl’s latest:

http://smellslikemascot.blogspot.com/2011/05/aj-way.html

and

http://smellslikemascot.blogspot.com/2011/05/white-sox-sherpa.html

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