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April 25, 2012

Chris Sale says you shall not walk

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 25, 2012 10:30 pm
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Sox @ Oakland:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Sale 8.0 6 2 2 0 5 0 3.12
Reed 1.0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0.00
Thornton 1.0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0.93
Ohman 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8.31
Jones, N 2.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Santiago, H(BS, 2)(L, 0-1) 0.1 5 3 3 0 1 1 8.53
Totals 13.1 12 5 5 1 11 1 2.96

Balk: Reed.
Pitches-strikes: Sale 101-71, Reed 16-10, Thornton 15-9, Ohman 13-8, Jones, N 23-14, Santiago, H 21-15.
Groundouts-flyouts: Sale 4-5, Reed 0-0, Thornton 0-0, Ohman 1-2, Jones, N 1-3, Santiago, H 0-0.
Batters faced: Sale 29, Reed 4, Thornton 3, Ohman 3, Jones, N 7, Santiago, H 6.

Pitch F/X for Chris Sale:

Pitch Statistics
Pitch Type Avg Speed Max Speed Avg H-Break Avg V-Break Count Strikes / % Whiffs / % Linear Weights
FA (Fastball) 88.10 88.5 11.17 3.87 4 4 / 100.00% 0 / 0.00% -0.1916
CH (Changeup) 84.55 87.8 12.14 1.59 16 11 / 68.75% 1 / 6.25% -0.0939
SL (Slider) 78.68 81.4 -3.86 -3.87 28 18 / 64.29% 2 / 7.14% -0.2266
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 91.60 94.8 11.24 4.20 53 38 / 71.70% 1 / 1.89% -2.6304
Pitch classifications provided by the Gameday Algorithm.
Inning-by-Inning Pitch Totals
Inning Pitches in Inning Strikes in Inning Strike% in Inning Cumulative Total Pitches Pitch LWTS in Inning
1 8 7 87.50 8 -0.848
2 10 8 80.00 18 -0.072
3 15 10 66.67 33 -0.834
4 8 7 87.50 41 -0.848
5 18 13 72.22 59 0.149
6 19 14 73.68 78 0.978
7 10 6 60.00 88 -0.834
8 13 6 46.15 101 -0.834

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April 24, 2012

Frank Thomas swings a mean (hockey) stick at the United Center

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 24, 2012 8:30 pm
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Phil Humber’s ‘Late Show with David Letterman’ Top 10 (now with video)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 24, 2012 3:30 am
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C. Trent Rosecrans:

“Top Ten Thoughts That Went Through Philip Humber’s Mind During His Perfect Game.”

10. Don’t jinx it by thinking about it. Don’t jinx it by thinking about it — I’m thinking about it.

9. Thank goodness for my catcher, A.J. Pierzanky… Piernoftski… Pierzonski… Whatever.

8. Go sit in the truck!

7. Thank goodness I drafted myself for my fantasy team.

6. The only thing better than pitching a perfect game is making a perfect meatloaf every time with my new Perfect Meatloaf Pan.

5. Can Broadway’s “End of the Rainbow” really be like seeing Judy Garland in person?

4. Grab some pine, ducklips!

3. I see the Red Sox are up 9-0 on the Yanks — that’s an easy win.

2. I wish I could get me one of them dancing horses.

1. Humber? How about Humbest!

Video:

The video is also on whitesox.com.

And here’s a link to the video of the entire show [43:50].

Jake Peavy pitches a complete shutout

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 24, 2012 3:05 am
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Sox @ Oakland:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Peavy(W, 3-0) 9.0 3 0 0 2 5 0 1.88
Totals 9.0 3 0 0 2 5 0 2.96

Pitches-strikes: Peavy 107-71.
Groundouts-flyouts: Peavy 6-11.
Batters faced: Peavy 31.

Pitch F/X for Jake Peavy:

Pitch Statistics
Pitch Type Avg Speed Max Speed Avg H-Break Avg V-Break Count Strikes / % Whiffs / % Linear Weights
FF (FourSeam Fastball) 90.39 92.4 -5.60 9.36 41 24 / 58.54% 3 / 7.32% -0.9550
CH (Changeup) 83.38 85.3 -7.06 5.02 16 12 / 75.00% 3 / 18.75% -1.9945
SL (Slider) 83.10 84.1 2.86 3.62 11 9 / 81.82% 0 / 0.00% -1.0647
CU (Curveball) 78.53 79.6 2.29 -2.48 3 1 / 33.33% 0 / 0.00% 0.5965
FC (Cutter) 85.58 90.4 1.59 4.22 16 9 / 56.25% 0 / 0.00% -0.9954
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 90.65 92.1 -9.04 8.16 13 11 / 84.62% 0 / 0.00% -0.1497
Pitch classifications provided by the Gameday Algorithm.
Inning-by-Inning Pitch Totals
Inning Pitches in Inning Strikes in Inning Strike% in Inning Cumulative Total Pitches Pitch LWTS in Inning
1 10 7 70.00 10 -0.848
2 11 7 63.64 21 -0.862
3 16 13 81.25 37 -0.848
4 4 2 50.00 41 0.535
5 16 7 43.75 57 -0.532
6 14 9 64.29 71 -0.834
7 11 8 72.73 82 -0.004
8 7 5 71.43 89 -0.834
9 11 8 72.73 100 -0.335

BTW, here’s James’ recap.

Palehose 12: Hellbreak Part 2 [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 24, 2012 3:00 am
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Hellbreak Part 2; Pages 9, 10 and 11.

Hellbreak Part 2, Page 21

UPDATE:

Hellbreak Part 2, Page 22

Andre Rienzo struck out 8, walked 2 tonight (April 23)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 24, 2012 12:05 am
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Potomac @ Winston-Salem:

Winston-Salem Dash
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Andre Rienzo (W, 3-0) 7.0 3 1 1 2 8 0 1.08
Justin Collop (H, 1) 1.1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.84
Leroy Hunt (S, 4) 0.2 1 0 0 1 2 0 0.0

Groundouts-flyouts: Rienzo 7-3, Collop 1-3, Hunt 0-0.
Batters faced: Rienzo 25, Collop 6, Hunt 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Hunt 1-0.

Rienzo has a 31 K / 7 BB ratio in 25.0 innings (4 games). AA time?

April 23, 2012

Kevin Goldstein’s comments on Dylan Axelrod

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 23, 2012 8:30 pm
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Kevin Goldstein:

Dylan Axelrod, RHP, White Sox (Triple-A Charlotte)

The fact that Axelrod even reached the big leagues is quite an achievement. A 30th-round pick in 2007 by the Padres, Axelrod lasted a year and a half before landing in Indy ball, but all he did was get better. His primary skill is the ability to throw strikes. He pounds the strike zone with an 88-91 mph fastball, has a decent slider, and a somewhat-less-than-decent curve. He has no changeup, but he hits his spots and keeps hitters off balance; while that’s the kind of pitcher who should hit a wall, he just hasn’t yet. With 7 2/3 shutout innings on Sunday, he now has a 1.08 ERA in four starts for the Knights to go with 26 strikeouts and just four walks. He’s already a great scouting find for the White Sox, and has to upgrade that status by becoming a usable arm as a No. 5 starter or middle reliever, which exceeds any expectation ever put on him.

Axelrod struck out 6 and walked 1 on Sunday:

Charlotte Knights
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Dylan Axelrod (W, 2-1) 7.2 4 0 0 1 6 0 1.08
Deunte Heath (H, 1) 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.08
Brian Bruney (S, 4) 1.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1.80

WP: Axelrod 2.
Pitches-strikes: Axelrod 97-67, Heath 1-1, Bruney 17-10.
Groundouts-flyouts: Axelrod 10-5, Heath 0-0, Bruney 1-1.
Batters faced: Axelrod 27, Heath 1, Bruney 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Heath 2-0.

No more Mr. Screwball?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 23, 2012 1:05 am
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Daryl Van Schouwen:

Video coordinator Bryan Johnson dug into the archives for rookie closer Hector Santiago to find video of former left-handed screwball pitchers Fernando Valenzuela, Tug McGraw and Willie Hernandez.

Santiago, who got his fourth save in five chances, threw only one screwball as he looks to rediscover the pitch he said was better for him last season. He attributes that, in part, to higher seams on minor-league baseballs, allowing for a better grip and more spin, but he wants to do everything in his power to make it an important part of his arsenal. Santiago watched the tapes to see how the ball came out of the aforementioned trio’s hands.

“I’m kind of a fastball guy now,’’ Santiago said. “Usually I’m a changeup guy trying to sneak a fastball in, but right now I’m just going after guys.’’

BTW, here’s a link to the Pitch F/X numbers for Santiago’s outing.

Other White Sox links:

April 22, 2012

Behind the scenes: Humber’s day (video)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 22, 2012 11:30 pm
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More perfect game stuff:

UPDATE: More Humber:

BaseballInstinct updates Sox prospect 3B Rangel Ravelo’s scouting report

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 22, 2012 9:00 pm
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George Utter @ BaseballInstinct:

Rangel Ravelo, 3B White Sox – Age 19 – The soon to be 20-year-old (2 days) has been on our radar for a while now.  He appeared at #339° on our Baseball Instinct 360°  preview and while it’s early, the power is starting to develop.  He’s batting a healthy .386/.413/.561 through 57 at bats.  With the bigger hacks have come more K’s, though 10 is acceptable.  Where improvement is needed is working the count and taking a walk.  He has just 2 BB so far.

Ravelo’s Stats:

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
2010 18 Bristol APPY Rk CHW 48 187 173 17 44 9 1 1 21 0 2 9 25 .254 .291 .335 .626 58 7 0 5 0 0
2011 19 2 Teams 2 Lgs A-Rk CHW 63 252 234 21 79 16 1 0 34 2 1 14 31 .338 .381 .415 .795 97 2 3 0 1 0
2011 19 Bristol APPY Rk CHW 20 78 73 10 28 7 1 0 13 2 0 2 12 .384 .410 .507 .917 37 2 2 0 1 0
2011 19 Kannapolis SALL A CHW 43 174 161 11 51 9 0 0 21 0 1 12 19 .317 .368 .373 .740 60 0 1 0 0 0
2012 20 Kannapolis SALL A CHW 15 64 57 6 22 5 1 1 8 1 0 2 10 .386 .413 .561 .974 32 3 2 1 2 0
3 Seasons 126 503 464 44 145 30 3 2 63 3 3 25 66 .313 .352 .403 .755 187 12 5 6 3 0
A (2 seasons) A 58 238 218 17 73 14 1 1 29 1 1 14 29 .335 .380 .422 .802 92 3 3 1 2 0
Rk (2 seasons) Rk 68 265 246 27 72 16 2 1 34 2 2 11 37 .293 .327 .386 .713 95 9 2 5 1 0
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 4/22/2012.

April 21, 2012

27 up, 27 down. Phillip Humber throws the 21st perfect game in MLB history (video) [UPDATE #2]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 21, 2012 7:00 pm
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Sox @ Seattle:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Humber(W, 1-0) 9.0 0 0 0 0 9 0 0.63
Totals 9.0 0 0 0 0 9 0 3.10

Pitches-strikes: Humber 96-67.
Groundouts-flyouts: Humber 5-5.
Batters faced: Humber 27.

Pitch F/X for Phil 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) 91.55 94 -6.17 7.01 31 24 / 77.42% 3 / 9.68% -1.8743 0.414
CH (Changeup) 85.68 87.4 -7.68 1.20 9 6 / 66.67% 1 / 11.11% -0.6242 0.438
SL (Slider) 84.02 85.5 1.36 -0.59 19 15 / 78.95% 3 / 15.79% -2.5574 0.451
CU (Curveball) 80.99 85 4.75 -5.28 29 19 / 65.52% 7 / 24.14% -2.4106 0.470
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 91.19 93.5 -8.49 6.47 7 3 / 42.86% 0 / 0.00% -0.2028 0.416
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 12 8 66.67 12 -0.834
2 14 10 71.43 26 -0.877
3 11 9 81.82 37 -0.848
4 8 6 75.00 45 -0.848
5 6 4 66.67 51 -0.834
6 5 4 80.00 56 -0.871
7 12 8 66.67 68 -0.848
8 11 8 72.73 79 -0.848
9 16 10 62.50 95 -0.862

Humber’s breaking stuff was F-I-L-T-H-Y G-O-O-D today!

Congratulations to Philip Humber. Congratulations to Don Cooper too. His pitchers have 2 perfect games in the last 3 years!

Humber only started throwing a slider last year after Coop taught him:

UPDATE: Here’s a video of all 27 outs:

More video and other stuff here.

Humber’s needed 96 pitches today. That’s the 7th smaller amount of pitches for a perfect game.

UPDATE #2: More perfect game stuff:

UPDATE #3: Even more perfect game stuff:

Palehose 12 [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 21, 2012 6:30 pm
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Hellbreak Part 2, Page 19

Hellbreak Part 2, Page 20

UPDATE:

Hellbreak Part 2, Page 21

Chris Sale strikes out 11 in 6.1 innings (April 20)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 21, 2012 3:30 am
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Sox @ Seattle:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Sale(W, 2-1) 6.1 7 3 3 3 11 1 3.50
Thornton 0.2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0.00
Crain 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2.57
Santiago, H 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 5.40
Totals 9.0 9 3 3 3 15 1 3.34

Pitches-strikes: Sale 110-69, Thornton 8-6, Crain 12-8, Santiago, H 14-10.
Groundouts-flyouts: Sale 4-2, Thornton 1-0, Crain 0-1, Santiago, H 1-0.
Batters faced: Sale 28, Thornton 3, Crain 3, Santiago, H 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Thornton 1-1.

Pitch F/X for Chris Sale

Pitch Statistics
Pitch Type Avg Speed Max Speed Avg H-Break Avg V-Break Count Strikes / % Swinging Strikes / % Linear Weights Time to Plate
FA (Fastball) 89.60 89.6 11.43 0.43 1 0 / 0.00% 0 / 0.00% 0.1785 0.423
CH (Changeup) 85.48 86.5 12.17 0.76 8 1 / 12.50% 1 / 12.50% 0.2029 0.446
SL (Slider) 80.65 83.6 -4.35 -4.94 49 36 / 73.47% 12 / 24.49% -1.3660 0.474
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 93.44 95.8 10.35 2.80 52 32 / 61.54% 5 / 9.62% 1.6964 0.408
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 12 8 66.67 12 -0.077
2 22 13 59.09 34 0.283
3 24 14 58.33 58 0.283
4 18 9 50.00 76 -0.034
5 11 8 72.73 87 -0.862
6 13 10 76.92 100 0.582
7 10 7 70.00 110 0.537

More players inside:

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Nestor Molina struck out 5, walked 1 tonight (April 20)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 21, 2012 3:00 am
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Mississippi @ Birmingham (AA):

Birmingham Barons
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Nestor Molina (W, 2-1) 7.0 6 0 0 1 5 0 3.80
Brandon Kloess 2.0 1 0 0 0 3 0 3.12

Pitches-strikes: Molina 102-70, Kloess 17-15.
Groundouts-flyouts: Molina 9-2, Kloess 1-1.
Batters faced: Molina 28, Kloess 7.

Molina has a 16 K / 2 BB ratio in 23.2 innings (4 games). Jared Mitchell went 2-5 with a Home Run and 2 K. He is hitting .298/.420/.544/.964 with 20 K and 11 BB in 57 AB.

April 20, 2012

Andre Rienzo on Baseball America’s Prospect Sheet

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 20, 2012 2:30 pm
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Man among boys section:

Andre Rienzo, rhp, White Sox: Hailing from Brazil, Rienzo spent his first two professional summers in the Dominican Summer League. From there he spent another year in the Appalachian League, one in low Class A and now he’s embarking on his second year with high Class A Winston-Salem. The 23-year-old Rienzo leads the Carolina League with 23 strikeouts and could be on the verge of a bump to Double-A after going 2-0, 1.00 in three starts, while limiting opponents to 14 hits and five walks through 18 innings.

If that happened in the past I’d say ‘Is Kenny Williams holding him back intentionally to increase his trade value?’ Not now. I don’t see any buying trades coming …

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