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April 8, 2012

Nate Jones strikes out Josh Hamilton with a 82mph change-up

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 8, 2012 10:00 pm
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Play-by-play:

TEX – Bot 7th CWS TEX
Pitcher Change: Nate Jones replaces Will Ohman.
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B:4 S:2 O:0
Mitch Moreland walks.
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B:4 S:2 O:0
Ian Kinsler walks. Mitch Moreland to 2nd.
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Coaching visit to mound.
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B:0 S:2 O:2
Elvis Andrus grounds into double play, shortstop
Alexei Ramirez to first baseman Paul Konerko. Mitch Moreland to 3rd.
Ian Kinsler out at 2nd.
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B:2 S:3 O:3
Josh Hamilton strikes out swinging.
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Gameday has the pitch-by-pitch breakdown.

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) 95.64 96.8 -6.59 8.83 7 5 / 71.43% 1 / 14.29% -0.7155 0.389
CH (Changeup) 85.33 87.5 -7.59 7.75 12 7 / 58.33% 3 / 25.00% 0.3554 0.437
SL (Slider) 84.07 84.9 1.64 0.65 3 1 / 33.33% 0 / 0.00% 0.0790 0.438
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 94.33 96.2 -9.86 9.03 4 3 / 75.00% 0 / 0.00% -0.1604 0.394
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
7 26 16 61.54 26 -0.442

Hector Santiago’s magical screwball

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 8, 2012 8:30 pm
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Chuck Garfien:

The solution for Santiago was to learn how to throw a screwball, a deceptive and difficult pitch to master which breaks in the opposite direction of a curveball. Thrown by a lefty like Santiago, it goes from right to left, moving down and in on a left-handed batter, and down and away to a right-hander. Thrown properly, the ball can move as much as two feet.

Christy Mathewson was the first prominent pitcher to use the screwball in the early 1900′s. Carl Hubbell threw it in the 1934 All-Star Game when he famously struck out five future Hall of Famers in a row: Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons and Joe Cronin.

Fernando Venezuela and Tug McGraw later made careers hurling the screwball. However, in the last 25 years, it’s almost become a dinosaur — pretty much extinct from the game.

Why? …

Addison Reed’s cutter is a success

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 8, 2012 12:00 am
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Scott Merkin:

Addison Reed didn’t start throwing a cutter until about a month ago, when White Sox bullpen coach Juan Nieves was playing around with his pitch grips and had him throw it. The rookie right-hander broke out about three or four during his scoreless seventh in Friday’s 3-2 loss and liked the results.

“I’ve liked it ever since I threw it for the first time in the ‘pen,” said Reed. “It’s a pitch that is still developing, but I feel pretty good about it. It’s not that much different from my slider, grip-wise and the way you throw it.”

Reed had been focusing on refining his changeup during the early portion of Spring Training. But he stuck to fastballs and cutters in retiring the Rangers’ Yorvit Torrealba and Ian Kinsler on fly balls and catching David Murphy looking. Reed does plan to work the changeup back into rotation this season.

“Once I start seeing teams more often,” Reed said. “That way they aren’t just sitting on the two pitches. They see I have that third pitch and I can throw it for a strike.”

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