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May 18, 2011

Jake Peavy pitches a complete game shutout!

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 18, 2011 9:12 pm
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The Jakemeister shuts Cleveland down! 1 run was enough

Boxscore:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Peavy(W, 1-0) 9.0 3 0 0 0 8 0 2.40

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) 90.81 92.4 -5.33 9.30 9 8 / 88.89% 0 / 0.00% -0.5549 0.418
CH (Changeup) 83.40 86.1 -9.13 4.39 15 9 / 60.00% 1 / 6.67% -0.5975 0.455
SL (Slider) 82.44 83.7 1.52 2.85 19 16 / 84.21% 3 / 15.79% -1.5622 0.457
FC (Cutter) 88.12 89.9 -0.51 6.39 14 8 / 57.14% 0 / 0.00% -0.2409 0.429
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 91.27 93.7 -9.27 9.47 52 36 / 69.23% 7 / 13.46% -2.6783 0.419
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 15 12 80.00 15 -0.392
2 13 9 69.23 28 -0.848
3 10 7 70.00 38 -0.848
4 15 8 53.33 53 -0.057
5 6 6 100.00 59 -0.834
6 5 5 100.00 64 -0.834
7 23 13 56.52 87 -0.096
8 13 9 69.23 100 -0.862
9 9 8 88.89 109 -0.862

Andre Rienzo’s walk rate is up

After today’s 6 IP/6 K/6 BB outing, Andre Rienzo already has 25 walks in 42.2 innings. Last year Rienzo issued 32 walks in 101.0 innings. Please cut down the walks Andre!

Rienzo is one of the subjects Buddy Bell addressed today. See posts by J.J. Stankevitz, Mark Primiano (U-God) & Jim Margalus, and Scott Reifert.

Do the Sox have a chance?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 18, 2011 3:30 pm
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BTB takes a look. Crist St. John:

Legendary Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully likes to repeat a quote from a well-known former Major League manager, “Give me 50 games and I’ll know what kind of team I have.” I don’t remember who said it, or what the exact quote is, but that’s the gist of it. Just for reference, 50 games into the MLB season usually lands around the end of May. … I wanted to test this out and see how quickly we know how good a team actually is, so I did what any regular baseball fan would do: I went to coolstandings.com and grabbed the record at the end of each month for every team since 1998, when the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and Arizona Diamondbacks were added to the major leagues. Then, I looked at the end of month winning percentage and compared it to the end of season win total, using a linear regression. I also split each month up into bins of team winning percentage, where each bin contains about 65 teams.

and a followup. Crist St. John:

Last week, I looked at when we can tell whether or not a team is actually good or bad. I’d like to take that one step further by asking the question: “how far back can a team be and still have a shot at winning their division?” Again, all data were collected from coolstandings.com. … I looked at how many games ahead of the division a team was at the end of each month and plotted that versus end of season team wins. A negative games ahead number is equal to how many games behind the division leader the team is. For instance, the top two teams in a division are 20-10 and 19-11, respectively. The 20-10 team will be one game ahead and the 19-11 team will be negative one game ahead. I won’t be focusing on the wild card teams here, since the amount of games back they are is more closely related to how good the first place team is.

Other White Sox links: FutureSox looks at the Sox relieving pitching prospects that could help the big club, Mike says Brent Morel is the wrong fall guy, James wants more Morel, and J.J. doesn’t like what he saw from Juan Pierre yesterday.

May 17, 2011

Sox re-arrange pitching rotation

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 17, 2011 10:34 pm
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Merkin @ CWS:

The White Sox will use Gavin Floyd in Thursday’s finale of a brief two-game home series with the American League Central-leading Indians, flip-flopping with Phil Humber, who will now start Friday’s Interleague opener against the Dodgers.

Humber will have six days off between starts after throwing 82 pitches and six innings for a win over Oakland on Friday. Floyd actually will be working on regular rest in the context of this six-man rotation, having allowed five runs over 4 1/3 innings in Saturday’s loss to Oakland.

Floyd follows Jake Peavy and has a 4-3 career record with a 5.44 ERA against the Indians. Mark Buehrle and Edwin Jackson figure to follow Humber, with a Buehrle-Jon Garland matchup set up for Saturday.

John Danks pitched today.

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Mark Teahen down, Dallas McPherson up

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 17, 2011 9:14 pm
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whitesox.com:

Prior to tonight’s game vs. Texas, the Chicago White Sox placed infielder Mark Teahen on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to May 12) with a strained right oblique and purchased the contract of infielder Dallas McPherson from Class AAA Charlotte. … McPherson, who will wear uniform No. 45, was signed by the Sox as a free agent on November 10, 2010. The White Sox 40-man roster is at 36.

McPherson is hitting .305/.366/.458/.824 with 39 K and 12 BB, a .361 wOBA and a .435 BABIP. Clay Davenport says his EQA (Equivalent Average) is .291 and McPherson’s Major League EQA is .229.

UPDATE: And McPherson singles on his first White Sox at-bat! Bring him in boys!

BP about Equivalent Average:

A measure of total offensive value per out, with corrections for league offensive level, home park, and team pitching. EQA considers batting as well as baserunning, but not the value of a position player’s defense. The EqA adjusted for all-time also has a correction for league difficulty. The scale is deliberately set to approximate that of batting average. League average EqA is always equal to .260.

Dayan Viciedo wasn’t the one that got the call because: 1: he’s more of an outfielder, 2. he wouldn’t get regular ABs like in AAA.

Well , he wasn’t getting enough ABs last year in the Majors but that didn’t stop the Sox from calling him up.

Other White Sox links: James says A.J. Pierzynski is hurting the Sox. Jim takes a look too. Mike says calling up McPherson is the Right Move For the Wrong Reason.

May 16, 2011

Jake Peavy issues a warning: Don’t use the 6-man rotation as an excuse

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 16, 2011 9:02 pm
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Padilla @ ESPN:

“If any bad comes out of this thing, as far as guys doing bad or saying they are not sharp, I’m going to have to say that’s a hoax,” Peavy said. “The longer you go without pitching, as long as it’s not a couple of weeks, you will do plenty enough in between starts to stay sharp and you should feel outstanding.”

“I know some people like to stay in the routine and I certainly do too,” Peavy said. “I have no problems staying in a routine of things. But the more time you have off, the better you are going to feel. That’s the bottom line. You can throw a couple of sides and throw off of flat ground to stay sharp. I don’t think there’s any excuse.”

Other White Sox links: Brett Ballantini calculates the most and least valuable Sox players and James recaps the results of the past week.

Fangraphs’ Chris Cwik on Alex Rios’ struggles

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 16, 2011 3:15 pm
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Cwik @ FG:

… Outside of his poor HR/FB rate, there is another aspect of Rios’ performance that warrants concern. Rios has been absolutely terrible against fastballs this season. Though he has hit fastballs well over his career, Rios currently carries the fourth worst pitch value against fastballs this season. When a hitter suffers such a drastic decline against fastballs, it’s typically due to reduced bat speed as a result of age. Rios is only 30, and it would be surprising if he lost his effectiveness this early in his career. This is purely speculation, but it’s possible something was off with Rios’ swing early in the season. That could be an explanation as to why he has really struggled against fastballs this year. …

May 15, 2011

Ozzie Guillen plans on playing Adam Dunn at 1st base more [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 15, 2011 6:50 pm
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Merkin @ CWS:

manager Ozzie Guillen said Dunn will wind up getting plenty of use out of his first baseman’s glove this year, especially later in the season when Konerko needs a break.

“Late in the season, a little bit more,” Guillen said before Sunday’s game. “Early in the season, PK’s fine, swinging the bat good. Obviously, I need somebody to help PK at first base. [Dunn] will play more than people think.”

Dunn will start at first base for one of the team’s three Interleague games against the Dodgers in the upcoming homestand, Guillen said.

“It’s hard for me to bench PK, but I have to do what I have to do,” Guillen said. “[Dunn] will be in one of those games.”

What can go wrong?

UPDATE: Other White Sox links: Rob has a recap of today’s game.

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

UPDATE: One more:

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

Classics!

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.”

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