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June 1, 2011

BTB talks AAA bats that could impact 2011

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 1, 2011 10:36 pm
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Price @ BTB:

… Now playing right field at Triple-A given that Brent Morel has surpassed him on the organization’s third base depth chart, Viciedo’s finally making some key improvements as a hitter. In 49 games this season, Viciedo’s already walked as many times as he did in 124 games last year, and he’s done so while cutting down on his strikeouts as well. It’s easy to forget that he’s just 22, and given the recent improvements in his game it appears that he’s back on track to be a contributor with this club in short order. Whether he’s the short-term replacement for Juan Pierre or the long-term replacement for Paul Konerko, expect [Dayan] Viciedo to find his way into Chicago’s plan pretty soon.

FutureSox mentions Viciedo on the ‘Prospects of the Month’ post:

Viciedo is doing everything he can to get himself back to the Cell. After another slow start to the season, the Cuban has been pounding the ball. The best part about his May numbers are the nine walks. It’s still not a great walk rate, or even good for that matter, but it’s passable. Viciedo is notorious for not taking walks so any sort of discipline from him is huge. There’s no question he can hit the ball and hit it hard. The question now is where can the Sox play him to get him regular at-bats? The 22-year-old will have to keep crushing AAA pitching until he gets that call.

White Sox sweep Red Sox and are 4 games under .500 again

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 1, 2011 3:51 pm
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I see Detroit is 3 games ahead. A sweep at home and we’re tied. Put in the Bridge Ozzie!

RE24 values: Konerko 3.02, Alexei 1.15, Bridge 0.91, Vizquel: -1.28, Dunn: -0.93.

6/1 Boxscore:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Floyd(W, 6-5) 6.2 9 4 4 1 1 1 3.84
Sale(H, 3) 1.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4.98
Santos(S, 9) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.35
Totals 9.0 9 4 4 1 2 1 4.12

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) 91.81 93.9 -4.80 6.10 54 35 / 64.81% 0 / 0.00% -0.3741 0.409
CH (Changeup) 84.18 85.4 -6.52 6.02 4 3 / 75.00% 0 / 0.00% 1.0397 0.445
CU (Curveball) 79.31 80.7 8.09 -6.87 14 10 / 71.43% 0 / 0.00% -0.0644 0.478
FC (Cutter) 85.91 87.8 0.05 1.81 21 14 / 66.67% 1 / 4.76% -0.7894 0.436
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 92.08 93.1 -8.39 5.03 4 2 / 50.00% 0 / 0.00% 0.7995 0.411
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 9 8 88.89 9 -0.062
2 30 18 60.00 39 2.306
3 7 5 71.43 46 -0.834
4 8 3 37.50 54 -0.834
5 16 11 68.75 70 -0.518
6 17 11 64.71 87 0.611
7 10 8 80.00 97 -0.057

Adam who? (video)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 1, 2011 3:32 pm
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http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=15427219&c_id=cws (0:44)

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Jake Peavy loves the 6-man rotation

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 1, 2011 3:30 am
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Merkin @ CWS:

Count Jake Peavy as a major proponent of the White Sox six-man rotation, and his support is not solely about getting that extra day of rest built in coming 11 months after surgery to repair his torn lat muscle.

Peavy’s praise is based within the benefits to be derived from the six White Sox starters in the present, and more importantly, later in the season when the South Siders could be pushing for an American League Central crown.

“You have a few extra days to recover, and I think it’s obviously beneficial,” Peavy said. “You would like to think that it would pay off in the long run. Late in August and September, we would be a little more fresh, because we’ve had a little extra time.

“You have six deserving guys and six competing at the highest level and doing a good job. Now we’ve got some help in that bullpen. Things are shaking out just fine. I hope at the end of the day, it works to our advantage.” …

Other links: J.J. says ‘keep the 6-man for peavy’s sake’.

Chris Sale finishes the game with a strikeout of Adrian Gonzalez

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 1, 2011 2:00 am
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That was exciting. It was only 1 at-bat but Sale looked good. First pitch was a 94mph 2-seam fastball that resulted in a strike. Second pitch was a 97mph 4-seam fastball that resulted in a strike. Third pitch was an 84mph slider that resulted in a strike:

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) 96.80 96.8 6.42 3.49 1 1 / 100.00% 1 / 100.00% -0.0624 0.404
SL (Slider) 83.70 83.7 -3.04 -0.94 1 1 / 100.00% 0 / 0.00% -0.1868 0.457
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 94.10 94.1 10.25 2.00 1 1 / 100.00% 0 / 0.00% -0.0431 0.404
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
9 3 3 100.00 3 -0.292

Other links:

James is excited too and wants more Sale to get high-leverage innings.

Phil Humber’s curveball was on tonight

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 1, 2011 12:24 am
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The fastball wasn’t good but the curveball did the trick.

And take a look at tonight’s RE24 values: Alexei 2.53, A.J. 1.63, Dunn 1.58, Beckham: 1.17, Rios -2.09. -2.09!

RE24? Fangraphs:

RE24 (runs above average by the 24 base/out states): RE24 is the difference in run expectancy (RE) between the start of the play and the end of the play. That difference is then credited/debited to the batter and the pitcher. Over the course of the season, each players’ RE24 for individual plays is added up to get his season total RE24. … Why you should care: RE24 tells you how many runs a player contributed to his team. It’s similar to WPA (except in runs), but unlike WPA it does not take into account the inning or score of the game. Therefore, it is a more context neutral statistic. It does however take into account how many runners are on base and how many outs are left in the inning.

5/31 Boxscore:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Humber(W, 4-3) 7.2 9 4 4 1 5 1 3.06
Ohman 0.1 1 1 1 0 0 1 5.93
Bruney 0.2 2 2 2 1 0 0 27.00
Sale(S, 2) 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 5.31
Totals 9.0 12 7 7 2 6 2 4.12

Pitch F/X for Humber:

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) 89.70 91.5 -5.52 6.22 40 27 / 67.50% 2 / 5.00% 1.5615 0.423
CH (Changeup) 83.32 85.3 -5.92 2.53 12 8 / 66.67% 1 / 8.33% -1.0052 0.455
SL (Slider) 83.10 84.5 1.65 0.99 15 11 / 73.33% 0 / 0.00% -0.0668 0.453
CU (Curveball) 79.02 81.8 7.80 -7.92 26 20 / 76.92% 7 / 26.92% -1.5382 0.483
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 89.45 90.8 -9.32 3.74 4 3 / 75.00% 0 / 0.00% 0.5436 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 -0.848
2 10 9 90.00 23 -0.848
3 11 7 63.64 34 0.596
4 12 7 58.33 46 -0.004
5 10 10 100.00 56 -0.561
6 16 9 56.25 72 -0.245
7 13 9 69.23 85 0.149
8 12 9 75.00 97 1.256

Other links:
Here’s J.J.’s recap of Humber’s outing.

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