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May 30, 2011

Bats come alive. Sox win 7-3.

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 30, 2011 11:31 pm
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5/30:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Peavy(W, 2-0) 7.0 6 3 3 0 2 1 3.24
Crain 0.2 1 0 0 0 0 0 2.59
Thornton 1.1 0 0 0 1 2 0 5.60
Totals 9.0 7 3 3 1 4 1 4.07

Pitch F/X for Peavy 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) 89.63 91.7 -5.59 6.53 27 21 / 77.78% 1 / 3.70% -1.0138 0.424
CH (Changeup) 82.19 83.1 -7.00 0.53 14 10 / 71.43% 0 / 0.00% -1.1955 0.458
SL (Slider) 82.49 84.7 2.01 2.56 23 13 / 56.52% 2 / 8.70% 0.1747 0.457
CU (Curveball) 81.21 84.4 0.71 -1.72 11 7 / 63.64% 1 / 9.09% -0.1246 0.465
FC (Cutter) 85.89 87.3 2.18 1.44 16 12 / 75.00% 3 / 18.75% 0.9298 0.438
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 90.09 92.4 -8.66 5.21 21 15 / 71.43% 1 / 4.76% 0.2219 0.424
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 18 12 66.67 18 0.611
2 13 9 69.23 31 -0.834
3 30 19 63.33 61 0.840
4 7 6 85.71 68 -0.091
5 10 8 80.00 78 -0.848
6 25 17 68.00 103 0.149
7 9 7 77.78 112 -0.834

Adam Dunn can’t figure out what’s wrong [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 30, 2011 7:33 pm
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Schouwen @ CST:

Dunn said he has watched video and studied what his swing looked like when he played with the Nationals and Reds. Hitting coach Greg Walker has talked to former hitting coaches of Dunn on numerous occasions.”I’ve done all that,” Dunn said. “I”ll let you see it and you tell me if you see anything. I can’t find anything. It’s baseball, I don’t know how else to put it. I feel like I’m fouling off the good ones and putting myself in a bind and swinging at the bad ones. It’s not a very good combinations.””I’m getting pitches like I do normally. It seems like when I get a pitch to hit, I foul it off. I’ve never fouled off this many balls in a year, let alone two months. It seems like every swing I take, I foul it off. I don’t know what it is. If I’m too late or what not. I don’t know. We’ll just keep grinding. It will come.”

“I feel timing wise I’m fine. I always look at stuff if getting deep on counts, I’m seeing it and on time. I’m not swinging at bad pitches. But the day before and it’s like I don’t know what happens. I wish I had the answer for you.”

UPDATE: A quick look at Dunn’s plate discipline numbers shows a few things:

  • His F-Strike% (First pitch strike percentage) is 4 percentage points above his career average
  • His Z-Contact% (Percentage of times a batter makes contact with the ball when swinging at pitches thrown inside the strike zone) is 3 percentage points below his career average.
  • His O-Contact% (Percentage of times a batter makes contact with the ball when swinging at pitches thrown outside the strike zone) is 18 percentage points above his career average.
  • His overall Contact% [Total percentage of contact made when swinging at all pitches] is half a percentage point above his career average.

A look at Dunn’s Pitch-F/X numbers follows

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Yaz time!

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 30, 2011 7:10 pm
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Hawk is pissed there is no Yaz statue in Fenway. Says someone in Boston’s front office must not like Yaz.

Morel walks!

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 30, 2011 6:40 pm
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Season’s not over! Brent Morel’s first walk in 2011′s first 114 at bats.

also,

Heating up!

Brian Bruney and Jeff Marquez up. Dallas McPherson, Lucas Harrell down

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 30, 2011 6:00 pm
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Brian Bruney and Jeff Marquez. Season’s over.

John Sickels’ Mock Draft [UPDATE: Stats and scouting reports]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 30, 2011 3:04 pm
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Sickels @ MLBall:

47) White Sox (for J.J. Putz): Sean Gilmartin, LHP, Florida State: The White Sox are tough to predict. I had fireballer J.R. Graham here last time but he sounds like a second or third round pick now. The Sox had good luck with a college lefty from Florida last year, so let’s try that again.

UPDATE: Stats:

Year era w-l app-gs cg sho sv ip h r er bb so 2b 3b hr ab b/avg wp hbp bk sfa sha
2011 1.52 11-1 16-15 1 0/3 0 106.1 74 31 18 18 116 11 3 5 383 .193 3 6 0 6 3
2010 5.24 9-8 20-18 0 0/0 0 111.2 134 73 65 34 108 28 0 15 440 .305 5 5 0 6 7
2009 3.49 12-3 18-15 2 0/0 1 98.0 81 48 38 37 83 15 0 14 367 .221 11 6 2 3 3

Scouting report from MLB Draft Guide:

Gilmartin is a four pitch lefty who figures to be drafted by the end of the second round this year.  He throws his fastball in the low 90′s (89-92).  He also throws a curve, slider, and change.  Gilmartin’s slider is an improving pitch that he is using more often.  His change is also a solid offering.  He mixes his pitches well and has a good feel for pitching overall.

Lots of Youtube videos of Sean Gilmartin.

Here’s Sickels’ first mock draft:

47) White Sox (for J.J. Putz): J.R. Graham, RHP, Santa Clara. The White Sox are always tough to read and the farm system needs everything. Graham could go a lot higher than this.

UPDATE: Stats:

Player era w-l app-gs cg sho sv ip h r er bb so 2b 3b hr ab b/avg wp hbp bk sfa sha
2011 3.34 3-5 23-5 1 0/1 3 62.0 53 27 23 9 45 9 1 1 .228 7 3 3 2 5
2010 5.27 1-1 23-0 0 0/0 4 27.1 45 19 16 10 21 8 1 1 122 .369 3 0 0 1 2
2009 7.15 0-3 19-0 0 0/0 1 34.0 54 30 27 13 35 7 0 4 144 .375 1 4 1 2 8

Scouting report from PerfectGame.org:

Even with his slight frame, Graham has one of the most-electric arms in this year’s draft class. His fastball reached 97-98 mph this spring as a matter of routine, and often peaked out at 100. …. During the summer in the Northwoods League, Graham focused on pitching and earned strong reviews for his quick arm and ability to pound the strike zone with easy 92-94 mph velocity. By this spring, Graham had jacked up his velocity another 4-5 mph. Though he also has a quality slider and changeup, giving him the three pitches he would need to work as a starter, Graham’s startling performance this spring in an end-of-game role, where he has been able to air out his fastball almost exclusively, has left little doubt in the minds of scouts that his future role is at the back end of the bullpen.

Youtube has a lot of videos of JR Graham too.100 mph! Kenny’s phone is going nuts!

Craig Calceterra reviews yesterday’s Ozzie Guillen comments [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 30, 2011 2:45 pm
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Calceterra@ HBT:

I watched the entire video at the link above. If you have the time you should too, because his comments provide some pretty interesting insight into the mind of a manager, not just the typical “Ozzie said something crazy” kind of thing. If someone reported just the stuff Guillen said about the fans at the 11-12 minute mark and and none of his other comments, Ozzie has a valid argument that his words were cast in a misleading light inasmuch as he did not set out to specifically and exclusively rip fans.  It was a very small part of a larger monologue and, in context, they seem fairly benign and reflective, not malicious toward fans. One could even make the argument that the “peeing on the monuments” thing was a metaphor, though I don’t expect many will actually make that argument.

UPDATE: Seems Ozzie just messed up his English:

It turns out that White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen got a raw deal.

Portrayed on Sunday as lashing out at White Sox’s fans, a careful review of the 17-plus minute audio of his pregame session with reporters reveals fans weren’t the subject of his disappointment. Instead, Guillen is clearly reacting toward the hosts of opinion shows on talk radio and television.

Guillen has either listened to or been told of shows where critics have called for him or his coaches to be fired. He has also apparently heard of criticism that his strategy and desire is not worthy of the post he currently holds. In his discussion with reporters Sunday he was defending himself and his coaches. …

Padilla has a transcript of Ozzie’s comments.

And finally Ozzie says things are clear now:

“Everything is clear,” Guillen said in a calm tone. “The only thing is when I read that and sleep well and don’t care about it, that’s all I care. People out there, they don’t know who I am, they don’t know what I do. If you sit with me for a few hours or 20 minutes, … . It upset me? Yes, because it put me in the spotlight, talking about White Sox fans. The last thing I talk about when the team not playing good is the fans. That’s not a good combination. But I was upset because I feel like I’m stupid or crazy or ignorant. But it’s over with, a new day, I sleep well.”

More Ozzie:

“It upset me because most of my quotes [in the stories] they don’t start with the quote [from] when the conversation started,” Guillen said. “ They only pick one stuff here one stuff there and boom.. I never get upset, I never get sad with the media because hey I have to say what I have to say.”

Baseball-Reference looks at winless starts

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 30, 2011 2:44 pm
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And besides John Danks, EJax is on the list too:

… Danks has been pretty unlucky compared to the rest of this group. He’s pitched to a better ERA than most but ended up with more losses than most (on a per-start basis, at least.)Yesterday’s blowout was the worst start of Danks’ career by most measures, including Game Score:

Rk Date Tm Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO HR Pit Str GSc
1 2011-05-29 CHW TOR L 4-13 GS-4 ,L 4.0 9 9 9 1 1 3 96 61 8
2 2010-05-29 CHW TBR L 5-8 GS-5 ,L 4.0 8 8 8 3 2 1 102 62 13
3 2008-04-09 CHW MIN L 5-12 GS-3 ,L 2.1 7 7 7 3 2 0 69 39 14
4 2007-05-29 CHW MIN L 2-9 GS-4 ,L 3.1 9 6 6 4 0 2 83 44 14
5 2009-05-15 CHW TOR L 3-8 GS-4 ,L 3.0 9 7 7 1 3 1 62 40 15

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