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September 23, 2011

White Sox can’t finish with a winning record

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 23, 2011 9:45 pm

After tonight’s 11-1 rout, they’re 76-81 and have 5 more games. Even if they win all 5 remaining games (yeah right…) they will finish at 81-81. One more loss and they clinch a sub-.500 record. Probably they won’t get 80 wins. What a dismal failure…

September 21, 2011

Brent Morel does it again! (video)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 21, 2011 11:36 pm
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http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=19491493&c_id=cws

Will Jerry Reinsdorf force Ozzie Guillen to stay?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 21, 2011 3:00 am
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Jon Heyman:

Baseball insiders suggest White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf may “dig in his heels” and force Ozzie Guillen to stay after Guillen’s continuing public blathering about how it might be best for him to be fired and other such musings. But really, it might be best for all concerned to simply trade Guillen to the Marlins, as was briefly discussed a year ago. Those talks ended when the White Sox requested Logan Morrison. But as fortune would have it, Morrison is not exactly beloved these days by the Marlins. Morrison, who was already seen by Marlins management as a bit too opinionated, now has filed a grievance against the team for demoting him at a time he says he didn’t deserve it based on his play.

Again, is this just the Sox trying to gain more leverage?

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September 19, 2011

The Sox’s current record gives them the #15 draft pick [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 19, 2011 9:00 pm
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MLBTR:

Pick Team W L W% GB P/U
11 Colorado Rockies 70 82 0.461 18.0  P
12 New York Mets 73 80 0.477 20.5  P
13 Washington Nationals 72 79 0.477 20.5  P
14 Cincinnati Reds 74 79 0.484 21.5  P
15 Chicago White Sox 74 78 0.487 22.0  P
16 Los Angeles Dodgers 76 76 0.500 24.0  U
17 Cleveland Indians 75 75 0.500 24.0  U
18 Toronto Blue Jays 77 75 0.507 25.0  U
19 San Francisco Giants 83 70 0.542 30.5  U

Furthermore, the #15 pick is protected (picks 1-15 are protected). So in  the unlikely event the Sox sign a Type A free agent, they won’t lose the pick if said free agent was offered arbitration.

PS. Hey Sox, don’t get any fancy ideas like winning games or going above .500 now.

UPDATE: James has a recap of the previous week and he wonders what’s the purpose of the remaining games. Well, that’s obvious! “don’t get any fancy ideas like winning games or going above .500 now.”

September 18, 2011

September sweeps

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 18, 2011 10:31 pm
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Brett Ballantini:

September swoons have become an Ozzie trademark

…Here are the dirty details:

2004 – White Sox go 17-12 in September, swept by Minnesota Twins.
2005 – White Sox go 17-12, swept by Los Angeles Angels and see lead shrink to 1 1/2 games before running off five wins to end the season and 16 of 17 to end the season as World Series champs.
2006 – White Sox go 12-16, including a sweep by the Oakland A’s.
2007 – White Sox go 15-12 and avoid a sweep but finish at 72-90 and in fourth place.
2008 – White Sox go 12-15 in September in what becomes a war of attrition with the fading Twins. The White Sox won three straight games to end the season as Central champs, but lost five straight, including being swept out of first place on September 25 by the Twins to create such dire straits.
2009 – White Sox go 13-14 and are swept by the Twins.
2010 – White Sox go 14-13 and are swept by the Twins and Tigers, essentially eliminating them from the division race.
2011 – White Sox are 5-12 and will have to go 10-1 in the home stretch to finish better than .500 for the month. Two sweeps by Detroit nailed the coffin shut on the 2011 season.

Seems like September is sweeps month in the south side…

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September 17, 2011

Zach Stewart threw 9 changeups tonight. And 7 of the 9 were strikes.

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 17, 2011 11:07 pm
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Not the usual 2 pitch, fastball-slider, combo. Maybe Coop is tweaking something. And it seems the slider was the one that wasn’t up to the job:

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) 89.35 92.4 -5.10 9.83 53 39 / 73.58% 2 / 3.77% 1.9275 0.421
CH (Changeup) 83.10 84.3 -5.53 5.61 9 7 / 77.78% 2 / 22.22% 0.0519 0.451
SL (Slider) 80.28 86.1 4.51 0.36 31 15 / 48.39% 0 / 0.00% 1.3123 0.468
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 89.13 90.4 -9.30 7.29 9 5 / 55.56% 1 / 11.11% 0.3477 0.423
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 19 11 57.89 19 -0.259
2 18 14 77.78 37 0.163
3 19 10 52.63 56 -0.034
4 25 16 64.00 81 1.831
5 21 15 71.43 102 1.938

Stewart:

“Warming up, I felt like I was hitting my spots,” Stewart said. “My breaking stuff was working and my changeup was good. And that was the thing, overall my fastball was OK. I threw the majority of strikes with that. Breaking ball and changeup, I couldn’t throw a strike with the curve and the changeup was erratic. ”

Curve?

September 16, 2011

Addison Reed is the relief pitcher in Baseball America’s 2011 Minor-League All-Star team

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 16, 2011 11:45 pm
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J.J. Cooper and Matt Eddy:

RP Addison Reed • White Sox, Triple-A Charlotte (International)

In a move straight out of the Dan Hudson playbook, Reed shot from the third round of the 2010 draft to Chicago in little more than a year, making ever-so-brief pit stops at all four levels of full-season ball this season. Reed’s minor league ratios may elicit a double-take—12.8 strikeouts, 1.6 walks, 4.9 hits per nine innings—but he backs them up with mid-90s heat and a power slider. The 22-year-old Reed naturally struck out eight of the first 21 big league batters to face him.

Here’s are Reed’s stats:

Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB Awards
2010 21 CHW-min Rk 1 0 1.000 1.80 13 2 3 0 0 1 30.0 17 7 6 1 6 0 44 2 0 1 115 0.767 5.1 0.3 1.8 13.2 7.33 GRF · PION
2011 22 CHW-min A+,AAA,AA,A 2 1 .667 1.26 43 0 15 0 0 5 78.1 43 14 11 3 14 0 111 3 0 6 293 0.728 4.9 0.3 1.6 12.8 7.93 WSM,CHR,BIR,KAN · CARL,IL,SOUL,SALL
2011 22 CHW AL 0 0 1.93 4 0 2 0 0 0 4.2 6 1 1 0 1 0 8 0 0 0 21 236 1.500 11.6 0.0 1.9 15.4 8.00
1 Season 0 0 1.93 4 0 2 0 0 0 4.2 6 1 1 0 1 0 8 0 0 0 21 236 1.500 11.6 0.0 1.9 15.4 8.00
162 Game Avg. 0 0 1.93 68 0 34 0 0 0 80 102 17 17 0 17 0 136 0 0 0 357 236 1.500 11.6 0.0 1.9 15.4 8.00
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/16/2011.

And Reed’s entry in the TexasLeaguers Pitch F/X database.

Scott Snodgress made Baseball America’s 2011 Rookie-level All-Star team. Snodgress’ stats:

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2011 21 Great Falls PION Rk CHW 3 3 .500 3.34 16 12 0 0 0 0 59.1 61 32 22 5 17 0 68 1 1 7 254 1.315 9.3 0.8 2.6 10.3 4.00
1 Season 3 3 .500 3.34 16 12 0 0 0 0 59.1 61 32 22 5 17 0 68 1 1 7 254 1.315 9.3 0.8 2.6 10.3 4.00
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/17/2011.

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John Sickels’ 2011 Draft sleeper picks

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 16, 2011 11:12 pm
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John Sickels:

CHICAGO WHITE SOX: I already mentioned catcher Kevan Smith a few days ago, so today I’ll bring up lefty Blair Walters, drafted in the 11th round from the University of Hawaii. He went 9-0, 4.03 in the Pioneer League with a sharp 72/17 K/BB in 74 innings. He has a low-90s sinker and is tough on lefties, but was mostly a reliever in college and is still polishing his breaking ball and changeup. He could develop into a fourth starter or possibly a LOOGY.

BTW, here’s the Kevan Smith mention:

Kevan Smith, C, White Sox: Seventh round pick in 2011 from University of Pittsburgh, annihilated short-season pitching at Bristol (Appy League, .396/.482/.740) and Great Falls (Pioneer League, .318/.417/.523). Drew 28 walks against just 30 strikeouts in 203 at-bats. Power bat and physical strength are well-respected, but he needs more polish with defense, and at age 23 he needs to show this wasn’t just a fluke generated against younger competition.

Will Ozzie Guillen decide himself where he ends up?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 16, 2011 10:42 pm
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Smells Like Mascot: Too Heavy For Superman to Lift?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 16, 2011 3:15 am
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Carl’s latest:

http://smellslikemascot.blogspot.com/2011/09/too-heavy-for-superman-to-lift.html

September 15, 2011

Great Falls wins Pioneer League championship!

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 15, 2011 10:34 pm
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The Voyagers abducted the Ogden Raptors behind Blair Walters’ 7 strikeouts:

Great Falls Voyagers
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Walters (W, 2-0) 6.0 4 1 1 1 7 0 0.77
Devenski 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0.00
Winiarski 2.0 1 0 0 0 3 0 0.00

Blair Walters, who turns 22 on November 8, finished the season with a 72/17 K/BB ratio in 73.2 innings:

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2011 21 Great Falls PION Rk CHW 9 0 1.000 4.03 14 13 1 0 0 0 73.2 72 36 33 6 17 0 72 3 0 5 306 1.208 8.8 0.7 2.1 8.8 4.24
1 Season 9 0 1.000 4.03 14 13 1 0 0 0 73.2 72 36 33 6 17 0 72 3 0 5 306 1.208 8.8 0.7 2.1 8.8 4.24
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/15/2011.

He, also, had a .327 BABIP and a 4.21 FIP.

Tie goes to Kenny [Williams]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 15, 2011 8:17 pm
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Brett Ballantini:

… If there is a choice, Williams will be safe — every opportunity Reinsdorf has had to choose between coaches and GMs in his past (including the Bulls) indicates that the tie goes to the executive suite.

But there won’t be a choice made. Reinsdorf will deal not ultimatums but urgency — everyone, including the White Sox roster — is getting older. Win now, whatever it takes. Otherwise, the housecleaning that was warranted in 2012 will come in 2013.

Meanwhile, Logan Morrison filed a grievance against the Marlins over his demotion to the minors last month:

“I’m doing this because I’m standing up for what’s right,” Morrison told ESPN.com this week. “If I thought it was because of my performance on the field, then I wouldn’t be filing a grievance.”

So, Guillen for Morrison? NBC Hardtalk’s Matthew Poulliot says such a swap won’t happen:

The funny thing is that if the Marlins made such a trade, it’d be because of Morrison’s big mouth. And there’s maybe just one character in baseball with a bigger mouth than Morrison…

But it’s ridiculous speculation, and it’s never going to happen. Morrison is a 24-year-old with a .263/.354/.457 line and 21 homers in 665 major league at-bats. He’s five seasons away from free agency, and it’s not a stretch to suggest he could be worth $50 million in those five seasons, all while getting paid maybe 60 percent of that. He’s not getting traded for a manager. The end.

Ozzie Guillen’s chances to remain with the Sox down to 10%?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 15, 2011 2:12 pm
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Ken Rosenthal:

How rapidly is Ozzie Guillen’s situation deteriorating with the White Sox?

Two weeks ago, a source with knowledge of Guillen’s thinking estimated that the manager was 95 percent certain to return to the White Sox next season.

Over the weekend, the source dropped the odds to 50-50. And on Thursday, he reduced them further, to 10 percent.

The White Sox have not acted on Guillen’s desire for a contract extension. Guillen, meanwhile, was sharply critical of his players after a 6-5 loss to the Tigers in 10 innings on Wednesday night, saying he hasn’t seen “fight.” …

Rosenthal thinks the ‘trade to the Marlins’ would be the obvious solution.

Quitting. Man, where do kids learn such things?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 15, 2011 2:02 pm
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Steve Rosenbloom:

Ozzie Guillen accused White Sox players of quitting, and he meant even before Wednesday’s regularly scheduled choke against Detroit.

Quitting is a serious charge, maybe the worst thing you can say about a player, other than “He’d be a perfect Cub.’’

Quitting. Man, where do kids learn such things?

Perhaps Sox players learned it from their manager who spouted off two weeks ago that he’ll likely quit on next year’s contract unless he gets an extension.

You want players to follow their manager’s lead, but do the Sox want that type of leader — the kind who is with you win or extension? …

That was a funny read!

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September 14, 2011

Pitch F/X for Dylan Axelrod’s start

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 14, 2011 3:22 pm
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9/14:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Axelrod 6.0 6 2 2 2 8 1 2.25

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) 90.04 91.7 -6.39 9.17 39 24 / 61.54% 0 / 0.00% -0.1691 0.419
CH (Changeup) 82.20 83.5 -6.60 3.06 3 3 / 100.00% 1 / 33.33% -0.3664 0.456
SL (Slider) 82.90 84.9 0.30 1.46 43 31 / 72.09% 9 / 20.93% 0.2825 0.452
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 89.29 91.5 -9.44 8.75 8 3 / 37.50% 0 / 0.00% 0.0345 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 20 12 60.00 20 -0.048
2 17 11 64.71 37 0.596
3 10 8 80.00 47 -0.848
4 20 12 60.00 67 -0.048
5 13 8 61.54 80 -0.350
6 13 10 76.92 93 0.480

Doesn’t scream MLB starting pitcher…

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