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June 4, 2011

Brent Lillibridge loves Greg Walker

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 4, 2011 11:30 pm
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Garfien @ CSN:

So how did this happen? How did Lillibridge turn into the Lilli-Hammer or the Lilli-Hurt? Let’s start with his hitting, and the coach who he credits for helping turn his career around: Greg Walker.“If it wasn’t for Walk, I don’t think I’d be where I’m at,” Lillibridge explains. “Two years ago, after my first year when I was hitting .158, and I was just lost, mechanically more than anything, he said, ‘Let’s work on things in the off-season,’ and we totally redid my swing to get a feel for what was right. Now it’s been a 2-3 year process and it’s come to fruition.”

Remember the Lillibridge of old, who used to stand in the box looking like he was playing wiffleball, swinging (and often missing) for the fences?

“I’ve always been told that since I was in college.”

He’s not missing so much anymore. But is there some truth to it?

“It’s just my mentality. I want to hit the ball hard,” Lillibridge said. “I’m not trying to hit the ball over the fence, I just don’t want to cheat myself. When my swing is right, I can swing hard and still be under control, hitting to right field, center field. But when things are off, and you’re swinging at the ball hard, you’re not going to be able to do anything with it.”

Don Cooper says Matt Thornton isn’t Chicago Tough

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 4, 2011 11:00 pm
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WSCR AM670:

“I know how the season has gone from the beginning with him,” White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper said on the Mully and Hanley Show. “There’s been some tough luck and there’s been some inconsistent pitches and tough luck involved in there, you know. But he’s physically throwing the ball well, I just want him to get ultra aggressive, early in the count, attacking the zone.“My pet peeve is I see too many balls early in the count. You know, Matt’s success is attacking early, attacking late, and he hasn’t been attacking early to dictate who’s boss. There’s been too many balls and walks.”

Audio at the link. And Sale should get the same lecture. If he had issued less walks tonight, Crain wouldn’t have to face Miguel Cabrera.

Justin Verlander playing against the White Sox

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 4, 2011 7:17 pm
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Baseball Musings:

Game Date Team Opponent GS CG GF W L Sv Sho IP BFP H R ER HR BB K HBP BK WP WRS*
04/13/2006 DET Vs. CHA 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 2/3 16 7 7 7 2 1 0 0 0 1 -
06/07/2006 DET At CHA 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 6 25 7 4 4 2 2 4 0 0 0 9
08/11/2006 DET At CHA 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 5 26 13 5 4 2 0 4 0 0 0 15
08/21/2006 DET Vs. CHA 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 7 27 5 1 1 1 2 2 0 0 0 15
09/19/2006 DET At CHA 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 2/3 22 6 6 6 3 3 2 1 0 0 13
04/22/2007 DET Vs. CHA 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 31 4 3 3 1 5 6 0 0 0 -
07/26/2007 DET At CHA 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 29 3 3 3 0 3 5 1 0 0 15
09/29/2007 DET At CHA 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 24 4 2 2 1 2 7 0 0 0 13
04/06/2008 DET Vs. CHA 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 5 2/3 28 7 9 4 1 3 4 1 0 0 -
04/12/2008 DET At CHA 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 7 2/3 33 4 6 6 1 4 3 2 0 0 13
06/11/2008 DET Vs. CHA 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 9 30 4 1 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 15
07/26/2008 DET Vs. CHA 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 22 9 7 7 2 1 5 0 0 0 10
08/06/2008 DET At CHA 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 7 2/3 33 6 5 5 1 3 8 1 0 0 7
09/14/2008 (1) DET At CHA 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 7 2/3 30 9 4 4 1 2 2 0 0 0 15
06/10/2009 DET At CHA 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 9 32 6 1 1 1 1 9 0 0 0 -
07/24/2009 (1) DET Vs. CHA 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 9 37 6 1 0 0 4 4 0 0 0 13
10/04/2009 DET Vs. CHA 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 7 2/3 29 6 3 3 0 2 5 0 0 1 10
09/07/2010 DET Vs. CHA 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 7 28 5 1 1 0 1 7 1 0 1 -
09/18/2010 DET At CHA 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 9 34 6 3 3 0 1 8 0 0 0 12
04/22/2011 DET Vs. CHA 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 7 25 4 3 3 3 0 8 0 0 0 -
Game Date Team Opponent GS CG GF W L Sv Sho IP BFP H R ER HR BB K HBP BK WP WRS*
Totals 20 Games 20 4 0 8 9 0 0 135 2/3 561 121 75 68 22 40 96 7 0 3 175
ERA Win Pct. K per 9 BB per 9 HR per 9 K/BB WRS %
4.51 .471 6.4 2.7 1.46 2.40 50.0

Games from the 2009 season and after are all wins for Verlander. Let’s take a closer look.

Before 2009:

Game Date Team Opponent GS CG GF W L Sv Sho IP BFP H R ER HR BB K HBP BK WP WRS*
04/13/2006 DET Vs. CHA 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 2/3 16 7 7 7 2 1 0 0 0 1 -
06/07/2006 DET At CHA 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 6 25 7 4 4 2 2 4 0 0 0 9
08/11/2006 DET At CHA 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 5 26 13 5 4 2 0 4 0 0 0 15
08/21/2006 DET Vs. CHA 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 7 27 5 1 1 1 2 2 0 0 0 15
09/19/2006 DET At CHA 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 2/3 22 6 6 6 3 3 2 1 0 0 13
04/22/2007 DET Vs. CHA 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 31 4 3 3 1 5 6 0 0 0 -
07/26/2007 DET At CHA 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 29 3 3 3 0 3 5 1 0 0 15
09/29/2007 DET At CHA 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 24 4 2 2 1 2 7 0 0 0 13
04/06/2008 DET Vs. CHA 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 5 2/3 28 7 9 4 1 3 4 1 0 0 -
04/12/2008 DET At CHA 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 7 2/3 33 4 6 6 1 4 3 2 0 0 13
06/11/2008 DET Vs. CHA 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 9 30 4 1 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 15
07/26/2008 DET Vs. CHA 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 22 9 7 7 2 1 5 0 0 0 10
08/06/2008 DET At CHA 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 7 2/3 33 6 5 5 1 3 8 1 0 0 7
09/14/2008 (1) DET At CHA 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 7 2/3 30 9 4 4 1 2 2 0 0 0 15
Totals 14 Games 14 1 0 2 9 0 0 87 376 88 63 57 18 31 55 6 0 1 140
ERA Win Pct. K per 9 BB per 9 HR per 9 K/BB WRS %
5.90 .182 5.7 3.2 1.86 1.77 50.9

2009 and after:

Game Date Team Opponent GS CG GF W L Sv Sho IP BFP H R ER HR BB K HBP BK WP WRS*
06/10/2009 DET At CHA 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 9 32 6 1 1 1 1 9 0 0 0 -
07/24/2009 (1) DET Vs. CHA 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 9 37 6 1 0 0 4 4 0 0 0 13
10/04/2009 DET Vs. CHA 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 7 2/3 29 6 3 3 0 2 5 0 0 1 10
09/07/2010 DET Vs. CHA 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 7 28 5 1 1 0 1 7 1 0 1 -
09/18/2010 DET At CHA 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 9 34 6 3 3 0 1 8 0 0 0 12
04/22/2011 DET Vs. CHA 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 7 25 4 3 3 3 0 8 0 0 0 -
Totals 6 Games 6 3 0 6 0 0 0 48 2/3 185 33 12 11 4 9 41 1 0 2 35
ERA Win Pct. K per 9 BB per 9 HR per 9 K/BB WRS %
2.03 1.000 7.6 1.7 .74 4.56 46.7

Unfortunately, the numbers speak for themselves…

Carlos Quentin’s epic bat-flip after yesterday’s 3-run homer (video)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 4, 2011 12:05 pm
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Good thing the opposing pitcher wasn’t John Danks! Click picture or link to play:


http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=15496565&c_id=cws (0:49)

It’s on 0:02

Ozzie Guillen’s brilliant mound visit

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 4, 2011 3:30 am
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http://twitter.com/#!/CSNChi_Beatnik/status/76859352761372672

J.J. explains Phil Humber’s success [UPDATE]

Stankevitz @ BL:

Humber’s two best pitches this season have been his 12-6 curveball and his straight changeup. Since entering the rotation, he’s thrown his curveball on 24.6 percent of pitches; his changeup, 22.1 percent. Humber’s effectiveness with his curveball has been key in his turnaround, as it’s gone from a good to a great pitch. …

Other White Sox links: FutureSox looks at Mike Blanke’s promotion A+ Winston-Salem, Kenny Williams believes in the White Sox but doesn’t think anything he says matters and doesn’t plan on trading John Danks, Frank Thomas says Adam Dunn needs to play the field more, Ozzie Guillen says John Danks’ 0-8 start is 80% the fault of the offense, and A.J. Pierzynski gave Minnie Driver a few tips for throwing the first pitch in yesterday’s game: No windup and aim high (go to the 7:40 point)! And Minnie was wearing #11 when she threw the game’s first pitch (video). The ladies love Omar!

UPDATE: More Minnie:


http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?c_id=cws&content_id=15630563 (1:26)

First video:


http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?c_id=cws&content_id=15500495 (0:30)

One more:

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?c_id=cws&content_id=16468343 (1:46)

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