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May 12, 2012

Gordon Beckham’s swing returns to its roots

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 12, 2012 3:30 am
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Daryl Van Schouwen:

White Sox hitting coach Jeff Manto is satisfied with one of the most analyzed and scrutinized swings in Chicago — Gordon Beckham’s.General manager Ken Williams drew more attention to it last season, saying he longed for Beckham’s college and (successful) rookie swing.“He’s gotten that back to where he was in the minor leagues and when he first got here,’’ Manto said Monday. “That’s what the project has been, to get him to where he was.’’… “I feel like I’m doing what I thought I would do,’’ said Beckham, whose average was up to .217 after a 3-for-27 start.

“Where he was, I don’t think he could have sustained a major-league season, 600 plate appearances,’’ Manto said. “The bat path was a little off, and his shoulders were steep. Right now he’s square, head with the shoulders. He has way better balance, and he’s way more aggressive. In the position he is now, being taller, and the bat path a little better, he can sustain. I’m not saying he can hit .300 or .280, but he’s able to make adjustments throughout a season.’’

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Less sliders for Sale

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 12, 2012 3:00 am
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Bruce Levine:

Sale will start Saturday night against Kansas City, but don’t look for his signature slider to be his dominant pitch. Part of the rehab for the pitcher will focus on throwing more fastballs and changeups. Those two pitches do not put any added strain on the elbow because they are thrown overhand with no added torque on the arm.

“I don’t think it is any different than it is for anyone else,” Sale said. “If you go out there and throw a lot of sliders it’s going to be harder on your elbow. We will have to back off that a little bit, but not for one second will I stop using it.”

May 11, 2012

Terry Doyle struck out 10, walked 2 in 5 innings (May 11)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 11, 2012 11:30 pm
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Buffalo @ Charlotte:

Charlotte Knights
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Jesse Crain 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00
Terry Doyle 5.1 4 1 1 2 10 0 3.86
Leyson Septimo 1.2 0 0 0 0 3 0 0.00
Gregory Infante (W, 2-0) 2.0 4 1 1 0 1 0 4.50

HBP: Scales (by Crain).
Pitches-strikes: Crain 21-14, Doyle 104-65, Septimo 28-19, Infante 30-17.
Groundouts-flyouts: Crain 0-0, Doyle 3-0, Septimo 1-0, Infante 1-1.
Batters faced: Crain 4, Doyle 20, Septimo 5, Infante 9.

Doyle has a 42 K / 11 BB ratio in 39.2 innings (7 games).

BTW, look who who pitched in the end for Buffalo: our old pal Jack Egbert! Egbert turns 29 tomorrow. Happy Birthday Jack!

Gavin Floyd & Company shut down the Royals

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 11, 2012 10:31 pm
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KC @ Sox:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Floyd(W, 3-3) 7.2 5 0 0 2 5 0 2.53
Thornton(H, 5) 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 4.05
Santiago, H 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 5.25
Totals 9.0 5 0 0 2 7 0 3.46

Pitches-strikes: Floyd 116-71, Thornton 4-3, Santiago, H 12-8.
Groundouts-flyouts: Floyd 6-6, Thornton 0-0, Santiago, H 1-1.
Batters faced: Floyd 30, Thornton 1, Santiago, H 3.

Pitch F/X for Gavin Floyd:

Pitch Statistics
Pitch Type Avg Speed Max Speed Avg H-Break Avg V-Break Count Strikes / % Whiffs / % SNIPs / % Linear Weights
FF (FourSeam Fastball) 90.49 92.9 -4.71 6.63 54 32 / 59.26% 2 / 3.70% 24 / 52.17% -2.2936
CH (Changeup) 82.63 82.9 -9.06 3.03 3 2 / 66.67% 0 / 0.00% 2 / 66.67% -0.0880
CU (Curveball) 79.51 82 6.12 -5.79 12 3 / 25.00% 0 / 0.00% 2 / 18.18% 0.7683
FC (Cutter) 85.16 89.8 -0.79 2.29 47 34 / 72.34% 5 / 10.64% 20 / 60.61% -1.7269
Pitch classifications provided by the Gameday Algorithm.
SNIPs are “Strikes Not In Play” and do not include any balls in play.
Inning-by-Inning Pitch Totals
Inning Pitches in Inning Strikes in Inning Strike% in Inning Cumulative Total Pitches Pitch LWTS in Inning
1 11 6 54.55 11 -0.848
2 20 11 55.00 31 0.296
3 12 8 66.67 43 -0.848
4 13 8 61.54 56 -0.862
5 12 7 58.33 68 -0.834
6 11 7 63.64 79 -0.335
7 10 7 70.00 89 -0.834
8 27 17 62.96 116 0.925

More Pitch F/X readings inside.

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On the rotation again

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 11, 2012 10:00 pm
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whitesox.com:

Chris Sale‘s return to relief pitching turned out to be short-lived indeed. The White Sox announced on Friday that Sale will return to the starting rotation and will take the mound on Saturday against the Royals. Sale will replace left-hander Eric Stults, who was originally scheduled to start Saturday’s middle game. “He’s back in [the rotation],” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said before Friday’s series opener.

… As it turns out, Sale was able to talk his way back into the rotation. “Let’s just say I really, really thought I could do this,” Sale said. “This is something that’s been a dream of mine and a passion of mine for very long, and at the end of the day, I felt that I could do this and felt poorly that I set a goal to do this and fell drastically short. I felt like I was letting my teammates down and felt like I was depending on other people to pick up my slack.”

… When the club returned to Chicago on Thursday, Sale underwent an MRI, which the left-hander said was identical to the MRI he underwent after being selected in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft. “MRI is clean and pristine,” White Sox general manager Ken Williams said. “He’s going to pitch.”

Williams said the club prides itself on protecting its young pitchers and will continue to monitor Sale closely now that his one-week hiatus from the bullpen is over. “We are very conservative in our approach with regards to the care of particularly our pitchers,” Williams said. “I think our history, when you look at all the injury reports over the last dozen years, will show you that. “The course of action that we’ve taken with [Sale] has not been unlike the course of action we’ve taken with many of our Minor League guys in such situations.”

So what changed since last week? “The only thing that changed was that when the expression of general soreness turns into ‘I feel pain in my elbow’ and ‘I feel discomfort in my elbow,’” Williams said. “It’s beyond the general soreness that we’ve come to expect.” Williams said the 23-year-old Sale was unyielding in his desire to pitch out of the rotation when they spoke on the phone during the White Sox recent road trip.

“I’m really proud of him, because he stood up for himself,” Williams said. “The reason why this changed is that when Robin Ventura said he was going to the bullpen, that was a course of action. That was the game plan based on what [Sale] had communicated to our medical staff. “What changed is Chris Sale’s phone call to me, saying, ‘No, it’s not exactly described as pain. It’s more general soreness. It’s something that I’ve had and I can get through this. And he was adamant about it. He was adamant to the point where he almost crossed the line. And I like that.” …

What a relief! Seems the coaching staff heard ‘pain in the elbow’ and blacked out. Why they didn’t skip his start and have him undergo an MRI immediately I don’t understand.

Sale gets brownie points too:

“I truly felt this was something I could do,” Sale said of starting, and he made that clear to Williams in a phone call the day he worked out of the bullpen.

“He wants it badly, and I love that about him,” said Williams, whose conversation with Sale brought about the latest change. “I’m really proud because he stood up for himself. When Robin Ventura said he was going to the bullpen, what changed was a Chris Sale phone call to me.”

Sale insisted that what initially was thought to be “pain” in his elbow — Williams called it “a red flag” to the team — was more “general soreness.” Sale told Williams, “I can get through this.”

“He was adamant. He almost crossed the line,” Williams said. “But the forcefulness he had told us something. It told us he has something extra mentally.”

Also,

And the closer now according to Robin Ventura is “Whoever ends up in the ninth inning”.

BTW, here’s James’ take.

PS. Title is Willie. Contemplated Mick too.

May 10, 2012

Myles Jaye struck out 6, walked 1 tonight (May 10)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 10, 2012 11:30 pm
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Kannapolis @ Delmarva:

Kannapolis Intimidators
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Myles Jaye 5.0 6 3 3 1 6 1 3.60
Jefferson Olacio (L, 1-1) 1.0 4 4 1 1 1 0 2.00
Stew Brase 2.0 2 0 0 2 3 0 5.94

Groundouts-flyouts: Jaye 6-2, Olacio 1-0, Brase 1-0.
Batters faced: Jaye 22, Olacio 8, Brase 9.

Jaye has a 13 K / 1 BB ratio in 10.0 innings (2 games).

May 9, 2012

Chris Sale to get MRI on his elbow [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 9, 2012 2:00 pm
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UPDATE: Scott Merkin says Chris Sale will have an MRI on his elbow tomorrow when the Sox return to Chicago:

[Chris] Sale will have an MRI on his elbow Thursday afternoon when he returns to Chicago.

After the results are read from a move that is considered purely precautionary at this point, a decision will be made as to where Sale fits on the pitching staff. Sale still was in the bullpen for Wednesday, but probably not available for the series finale against the Indians, and manager Robin Ventura indicated the bullpen is where he presently envisions Sale staying put.

“That’s something we’ll go over when we get back home,” Ventura said. “This all happened pretty fast. Getting everybody in the room and expressing it face to face is probably the best thing to do. That’s when you get the most information and make the right decision.

“We’ll see when we get everybody in the room. Personally, I’m probably not making that decision. [Sale's return to the rotation] could happen. I’m not saying it can’t but I would be surprised if it did.”

… During this down time, Sale came to Cooper and told him that his tender elbow felt great. So, Cooper wanted to revisit starting.

“Nothing is out of the possibility,” Cooper said. “He missed a start, we gave him time and we quieted down the elbow that was barking a little bit. We backed off and took care of that situation. Now he’s back to pitching.”

“It’s not for me to make the call on,” said an upbeat Sale, when asked about the relieving/starting conundrum. “Those guys obviously, they run the team and they know what they’re doing with the team and if they have a decision, it’s not like I can say, ‘No.’ I’ve obviously talked with them and it’s one of those things that you go with what’s said and grind it out another day.”

… “Everything is swirling around him having pictures taken tomorrow,” Ventura said. “He’s not hurt. It’s more monitoring what’s going on and seeing where it’s at. It’s kind of precautionary stuff that happens all the time.”

“Chris Sale is going to be pitching in prime-time spots, whether it’s closing, eighth-inning big moments or if we decided, you know what, he’s good enough right now and we are going to send him back out starting,” Cooper said. “I don’t think anything is out of the question, but no matter what he’s doing, we are going to be watching him and taking care of him.”

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Chris Sale wants back in

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 9, 2012 3:00 am
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Daryl Van Schouwen:

Left-hander Chris Sale’s move from the starting rotation to the bullpen may only be temporary, he and pitching coach Don Cooper said Tuesday.

Sale, who was named the White Sox’ closer Friday because he had been experiencing discomfort in his left elbow — raising concerns about the rigors of starting on his arm — still wants badly to start.

And he might get another shot this season, even though manager Robin Ventura had said his move to the bullpen would be for the rest of the season.

“Never say never,’’ Cooper told the Sun-Times when asked if Sale’s move to the pen is permanent this season. “For this moment, right now, he’s in the bullpen.’’ …

… Sale said his arm feels great and that the subject of starting again is on the burner.

“No, absolutely not,’’ Sale said when asked if he had ruled out starting this season. “Starting is something I hope I can get back into. We’ve been kind of talking back and forth. There’s a possibility of it. Not ruling it out is the best way to say it.’’

It was thought that Cooper and former manager Ozzie Guillen were against making Sale a starter when plans for this season were discussed last year. Cooper said that wasn’t true in his case.

“No, no, I was never adamantly against it,’’ Cooper said. “All I knew is we had one of the best lefty relievers right there. And like I said from the beginning, as an organization, we decided to do this undertaking. And I was all in. I was looking forward to getting him over the hump and making him a starter, and we were proceeding accordingly. I want what my guys want. He wants to start. I want him to start.’’

As of now, Sale is being “held back,’’ Cooper said. “We’re going to continue to watch it. Who knows what we may do? Right now, we just kind of backed off him a little bit. In effect, we’ve missed a start. He’s feeling great right now.’’ …

… Cooper dismissed the notion that Sale’s mechanics aren’t suited for the rigors of starting.

“No, no, no, there were no concerns about that,’’ Cooper said.

“If you don’t have a good delivery, you can’t throw strikes. And Chris Sale is a strike-throwing machine. He has a good delivery.’’ …

So, the situation is the opposite of this:

May 8, 2012

Chris Sale’s two-seamer averages 94.4 mph

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 8, 2012 9:30 pm
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Sox @ Cleveland:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Danks, Jh 7.0 5 2 2 3 1 0 5.89
Sale(BS, 1) 1.0 1 1 0 1 1 0 2.73
Santiago, H(W, 1-1) 1.0 2 0 0 0 1 0 5.73
Reed(S, 2) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.00
Totals 10.0 8 3 2 4 5 0 3.65

Pitches-strikes: Danks, Jh 101-63, Sale 26-14, Santiago, H 24-17, Reed 16-12.
Groundouts-flyouts: Danks, Jh 8-3, Sale 2-1, Santiago, H 0-2, Reed 0-1.
Batters faced: Danks, Jh 27, Sale 6, Santiago, H 5, Reed 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Sale 2-2.

Pitch F/X for Chris Sale:

Pitch Statistics
Pitch Type Avg Speed Max Speed Avg H-Break Avg V-Break Count Strikes / % Whiffs / % SNIPs / % Linear Weights
SL (Slider) 80.48 81.8 -4.54 -2.80 11 3 / 27.27% 1 / 9.09% 3 / 27.27% 0.1601
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 94.41 95.8 11.14 6.86 15 11 / 73.33% 0 / 0.00% 7 / 63.64% 0.3240
Pitch classifications provided by the Gameday Algorithm.
SNIPs are “Strikes Not In Play” and do not include any balls in play.
Inning-by-Inning Pitch Totals
Inning Pitches in Inning Strikes in Inning Strike% in Inning Cumulative Total Pitches Pitch LWTS in Inning
8 26 14 53.85 26 0.484

Seems Sale didn’t throw any change-ups.

If you want to see the Pitch-F/X readings for Sale’s previous starts click here.

Here’s James’ recap of tonight’s game.

Pitch-F/X for more Sox pitchers inside

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Bonus value for #13 pick in 2012 MLB Draft: $2,475,000

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 8, 2012 3:00 am
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Jim Callis:

Pick 2012 Team 2012
Value
2011
Slot
2011
Bonus
13 White Sox $2,475,000 $1,656,000 $2,750,000

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May 7, 2012

BaseballInstinct’s scouting report on Sox prospects RHP Nestor Molina and LHP Jose Quintana

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 7, 2012 9:00 pm
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Thomas Bellmont @ BaseballInstinct:

Nestor Molina RHP White Sox – age 23– Leading the SL in walk rate with just a 3.2%. He was the key piece to the Sergio Santos deal and will need to up the K rate some if he’s going to be that mid rotation starter the Sox hoped they were getting. He has excellent command of his pitch arsenal. Can he be dominant? One answer to many questions is that he is a SP long term. But where does he slot?

Jose Quintana LHP White Sox – age 23 – Another lesser known arm. This lefty has struck out 26 in 35.1 IP with a 3.03 ERA. The production is there for the southpaw and he’s walked just 7.3% of hitters. He’s bounced from the Mets to the Yankees and now with the White Sox he may be poised tos tep forward as a SP option.

Molina’s 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
2010 21 2 Teams 2 Lgs A-A+ TOR 8 2 .800 3.11 39 2 13 0 0 4 81.0 71 35 28 4 20 1 64 0 0 2 329 1.123 7.9 0.4 2.2 7.1 3.20
2010 21 Lansing MIDW A TOR 8 2 .800 3.17 37 2 12 0 0 4 76.2 64 31 27 4 20 1 61 0 0 2 309 1.096 7.5 0.5 2.3 7.2 3.05
2010 21 Dunedin FLOR A+ TOR 0 0 2.08 2 0 1 0 0 0 4.1 7 4 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 20 1.615 14.5 0.0 0.0 6.2
2011 22 2 Teams 2 Lgs A+-AA TOR 12 3 .800 2.21 26 23 1 0 0 0 130.1 114 39 32 8 16 0 148 1 1 5 512 0.997 7.9 0.6 1.1 10.2 9.25
2011 22 Dunedin FLOR A+ TOR 10 3 .769 2.58 21 18 1 0 0 0 108.1 102 37 31 8 14 0 115 1 0 3 432 1.071 8.5 0.7 1.2 9.6 8.21
2011 22 New Hampshire EL AA TOR 2 0 1.000 0.41 5 5 0 0 0 0 22.0 12 2 1 0 2 0 33 0 1 2 80 0.636 4.9 0.0 0.8 13.5 16.50
2012 23 Birmingham SOUL AA CHW 3 1 .750 3.72 6 6 0 0 0 0 36.1 45 15 15 3 5 0 25 1 0 0 157 1.376 11.1 0.7 1.2 6.2 5.00
AA (2 seasons) AA 5 1 .833 2.47 11 11 0 0 0 0 58.1 57 17 16 3 7 0 58 1 1 2 237 1.097 8.8 0.5 1.1 8.9 8.29
A+ (2 seasons) A+ 10 3 .769 2.56 23 18 2 0 0 0 112.2 109 41 32 8 14 0 118 1 0 3 452 1.092 8.7 0.6 1.1 9.4 8.43
A (1 season) A 8 2 .800 3.17 37 2 12 0 0 4 76.2 64 31 27 4 20 1 61 0 0 2 309 1.096 7.5 0.5 2.3 7.2 3.05
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table Generated 5/7/2012.

Quintana’s 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 22 Tampa FLOR A+ NYY 10 2 .833 2.91 30 12 3 0 0 1 102.0 86 35 33 5 28 0 88 1 0 7 402 1.118 7.6 0.4 2.5 7.8 3.14
2012 23 Birmingham SOUL AA CHW 1 2 .333 3.06 6 6 0 0 0 0 35.1 32 13 12 1 11 0 26 0 0 2 142 1.217 8.2 0.3 2.8 6.6 2.36
AA (1 season) AA 1 2 .333 3.06 6 6 0 0 0 0 35.1 32 13 12 1 11 0 26 0 0 2 142 1.217 8.2 0.3 2.8 6.6 2.36
A+ (1 season) A+ 10 2 .833 2.91 30 12 3 0 0 1 102.0 86 35 33 5 28 0 88 1 0 7 402 1.118 7.6 0.4 2.5 7.8 3.14
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table Generated 5/7/2012.

BTW, BaseballInstinct’s George Utter wrote about Andre Rienzo last week:

Andre Rienzo, RHP White Sox – Age 23 – Rienzo has toiled around the White Sox organization since signing out of the Dominican Republic in 2006.  He’s been effective, yet not dominant in his 5 seasons of professional ball.  In his first go round in the Carolina League he went 6-5 with a 3.41 ERA and 118/66 K/BB ratio for 2011.  The walks were concerning to us, coupled with the fact he gave up 108 hits.  He’s lucky his ERA wasn’t much higher.  Pan forward to 2012 and he was off to a 3-0 start with a 1.08 ERA a 31/7 K/BB ratio over 25 innings.  Throw in just 17 hits and he’s got a sub 1.00 WHIP.  Sadly, He’s been suspended for 50 games for violating Minor League Baseball’s drug prevention and treatment program.

Rienzo’s 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
2010 21 Kannapolis SALL A CHW 8 4 .667 3.65 20 18 0 2 2 0 101.0 95 45 41 5 32 0 125 2 4 6 432 1.257 8.5 0.4 2.9 11.1 3.91
2011 22 Winston-Salem CARL A+ CHW 6 5 .545 3.41 25 22 0 1 1 0 116.0 108 50 44 4 66 0 118 3 0 16 512 1.500 8.4 0.3 5.1 9.2 1.79
2012 23 Winston-Salem CARL A+ CHW 3 0 1.000 1.08 4 4 0 0 0 0 25.0 17 3 3 0 7 0 31 0 1 3 96 0.960 6.1 0.0 2.5 11.2 4.43
A+ (2 seasons) A+ 9 5 .643 3.00 29 26 0 1 1 0 141.0 125 53 47 4 73 0 149 3 1 19 608 1.404 8.0 0.3 4.7 9.5 2.04
A (1 season) A 8 4 .667 3.65 20 18 0 2 2 0 101.0 95 45 41 5 32 0 125 2 4 6 432 1.257 8.5 0.4 2.9 11.1 3.91
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table Generated 5/8/2012.

May 5, 2012

No MRI was taken?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 5, 2012 10:30 pm
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Scott Merkin:

… The 23-year-old with top-of-the-rotation stuff had his first foray as a starter cut short on Friday, when manager Robin Ventura announced that an organizational decision was made to move the southpaw back into the bullpen. Sale was experiencing soreness in his arm, but as Sale admitted Saturday, he thought it was just normal soreness from his move to a starter.

“Like I said, it’s just tender. It doesn’t hurt when I throw. It’s tender to touch and it takes a little bit to get loosened up,” Sale said. “I thought it was just soreness. It was just sore to me and doesn’t hurt or anything.

“They thought it might trickle into something else. I didn’t see that at all. I just saw it as typical soreness after throwing. Like I said, those guys know what they are doing. They’ve been there and done that. You have to listen to them.”

No MRI was done on Sale’s elbow, and Sale doesn’t believe his unique pitching style or mechanics have anything to do with the soreness. He has been pitching the same way since college.

A decision also was made that a trip to the disabled list was not needed. It was simply about managing Sale’s workload, which the White Sox believe is easier to do with him coming out of the bullpen. …

So was the scary ‘soreness and tightness’ talk just an excuse?

Gavin Floyd’s Cinco de Mayo special

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 5, 2012 9:00 pm
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Sox @ Detroit:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Floyd 7.0 7 2 2 0 6 0 3.03
Jones, N(W, 1-0) 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.64
Santiago, H(H, 1) 0.2 1 0 0 1 0 0 6.75
Reed(S, 1) 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00
Totals 9.0 9 2 2 1 7 0 3.57

Pitches-strikes: Floyd 108-67, Jones, N 6-4, Santiago, H 20-11, Reed 5-4.
Groundouts-flyouts: Floyd 6-8, Jones, N 2-0, Santiago, H 0-2, Reed 0-0.
Batters faced: Floyd 29, Jones, N 3, Santiago, H 4, Reed 1.
Inherited runners-scored
: Reed 2-0.

Pitch F/X for Gavin Floyd:

Pitch Statistics
Pitch Type Avg Speed Max Speed Avg H-Break Avg V-Break Count Strikes / % Whiffs / % SNIPs / % Linear Weights
FF (FourSeam Fastball) 91.28 92.7 -5.65 9.23 38 20 / 52.63% 2 / 5.26% 11 / 37.93% 0.5163
CH (Changeup) 83.58 84.3 -9.44 6.60 4 3 / 75.00% 1 / 25.00% 2 / 66.67% -0.4121
CU (Curveball) 79.74 81.2 7.74 -4.79 19 11 / 57.89% 4 / 21.05% 9 / 52.94% -0.0765
FC (Cutter) 84.61 87.1 -0.81 3.39 39 27 / 69.23% 8 / 20.51% 19 / 61.29% -1.3936
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 90.03 93.1 -10.52 6.07 8 6 / 75.00% 0 / 0.00% 3 / 60.00% -0.2187
Pitch classifications provided by the Gameday Algorithm.
SNIPs are “Strikes Not In Play” and do not include any balls in play.
Inning-by-Inning Pitch Totals
Inning Pitches in Inning Strikes in Inning Strike% in Inning Cumulative Total Pitches Pitch LWTS in Inning
1 14 8 57.14 14 -0.350
2 21 16 76.19 35 1.145
3 18 11 61.11 53 -0.335
4 16 8 50.00 69 -0.848
5 10 6 60.00 79 -0.848
6 10 6 60.00 89 -0.848
7 19 12 63.16 108 0.499

BTW, here’s James’ recap.

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May 4, 2012

That’s not good. Not at all. In fact it sucks. A lot.

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 4, 2012 7:00 pm
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Scott Merkin:

Chris Sale’s time as a starting pitcher lasted one month and 32 innings.

But the White Sox view the left-hander’s move from the rotation to the team’s closer, as announced by manager Robin Ventura prior to Friday’s series opener in Detroit, not as a disappointment but more as a move to preserve Sale’s career.

The 23-year-old had been experiencing a mixture of soreness and tightness in his pitching elbow, according to Ventura. So Ventura met with Sale on Friday and the decision was made.

Sale left the meeting wearing a compression sleeve on his elbow. He elected not to comment pregame. Sale has said before that he enjoys the thrill of closing but has always felt more comfortable as a starter.

As Ventura pointed out, Sale is not hurt and still could probably go out and start. Ventura added that Sale is tough enough to handle the starting rigors, but Ventura would feel terrible if Sale got hurt in the process.

“It’s not disappointing to us,” said White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper of the change. “It’s disappointing to him because this was something that he’s always wanted to do.”

In what could be his first and only year as a starter, Sale has a 3-1 record with a 2.89 ERA during five trips to the mound, with 29 strikeouts and eight walks over those 32 innings. He threw at least 100 pitches in each of his first four starts, before being pulled with 88 pitches after six innings against Cleveland on Tuesday.

… This Sale move obviously affects alignment for the rest of the staff. Hector Santiago, who recorded four saves as the White Sox closer, will move into a middle-relief role with the South Siders now having four left-handers in the bullpen. Dylan Axelrod gets the start in Sunday’s series finale against the Tigers and will have the first chance to hold on to that fifth spot.

… There wasn’t a complete feeling of permanence with this Sale move, as both Cooper and Ventura espoused a “never say never” attitude. But the 13th pick in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, who had a 2.58 ERA over 79 career relief appearances coming into the 2012 campaign, not to mention 12 saves, will be the White Sox closer for the foreseeable future.

“He is much more important to the White Sox organization with a uniform on and pitching,” Cooper said. “And we are not going to put that at a greater risk, or jeopardize that.”

Here’s Don Cooper:

“It’s not disappointing to us, it’s disappointing to him because this was something he’s always wanted to do,” pitching coach Don Cooper said before the Sox’ game at Detroit Friday. “We’re not making this decision based on what’s best for the team because obviously he’s starting and doing well and that would be a wonderful thing to keep him in. We feel we’re doing what’s best for him, his career and his health. It’s the best way to keep him healthy and strong.”

“It’s easier to maintain that and keeping tabs on this in the bullpen than it is as a starter,” Cooper said. “We already know he’s a good left-handed reliever. That’s been proven over the past 1 ½ years. Now we’ll be trying to make him one of the best left-handed relievers in baseball, not just in the American League. That’s all we’re at with it. Chris is going to be fine. He was upset. He wanted to continue to do this. But sometimes we have to make decisions based upon what we feel is best for that individual, and that’s what we did.” …

When I first saw the headline I said ‘dammit, don’t these knuckleheads understand that he’s more valuable as a starter?’ After reading the whole article though I’m convinced this is no ‘we’re desperate for a closer’ move and I’m scared beyond words. Merkin’s article sounds horrible. Cooper’s quote is as scary as it gets.

May 3, 2012

Myles Jaye struck out 7, walked 0 in his Kannapolis debut [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 3, 2012 10:30 pm
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Kannapolis vs. Augusta:

Kannapolis Intimidators
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Myles Jaye (W, 1-0) 5.0 4 1 1 0 7 0 1.80
Bryan Blough 2.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 5.25
Matthew Lane 2.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3.95

HBP: Krill (by Jaye).
Groundouts-flyouts
: Jaye 4-2, Blough 2-1, Lane 2-4.
Batters faced: Jaye 20, Blough 7, Lane 8.

UPDATE: Kevin Goldstein:

Miles Jaye, RHP, White Sox (Low-A Kannapolis): 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 7 K. Athletic power arm acquired from Blue Jays in Santos deal; promising but raw.

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