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April 27, 2012

Paul Konerko: The Road to 400 (video)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 27, 2012 9:30 pm
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More Paulie videos here.

Jared Mitchell on Baseball America’s Prospect Sheet

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 27, 2012 9:00 pm
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‘In the team photo’ section:

At this time last year, White Sox CF Jared Mitchell found himself completely over his head. Coming back from a serious ankle injury that had sidelined him for the entire 2010 season, he was promoted to high Class A Winston-Salem where he was most known for striking out (183 whiffs in 477 at-bats). A year later, Mitchell, 23, has somehow managed to catch up to an even more advanced league. His walks are up, his strikeouts are down and Mitchell is now hitting the ball with authority—.478/.586/.739 this week and now .347/.473/.573 for the season

Palehose 12, Part 2

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 27, 2012 8:30 pm
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Hellbreak: Humber-Pantsed

Jesse Crain down, Dylan Axelrod up

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 27, 2012 8:00 pm
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whitesox.com:

The White Sox placed right-hander Jesse Crain on the disabled list Friday, retroactive to April 21, with a strained left oblique. Righty Dylan Axelrod was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte to take his place in the bullpen.

Crain, who hasn’t pitched since April 20, said he was going to refrain from activity until Tuesday, when the White Sox begin a three-game series with the Indians. He said he injured his oblique doing twists in the weight room.

The 30-year-old right-hander said he was hopeful he’d be able to return from the DL on May 5, the first day he’s eligible. …

Axelrod will be Sox’ long reliever:

White Sox manager Robin Ventura said Axelrod will serve as the team’s long reliever. Right-handers Nate Jones and Zach Stewart will move up in the bullpen to fill Crane’s late-inning role.

This is Axelord’s second stint with the White Sox, after appearing in four games for Chicago last September. The 26-year-old went 1-0 with a 2.89 ERA in those outings (three starts) and Ventura said he’s comfortable handing the ball to Axelrod.

“He’s been up here, so it’s not like we’re bringing somebody up that can’t pitch here,” Ventura said. “We have confidence in Axe and we’ll make due until Jesse’s ready.”

Axelrod was impressive in four Triple-A starts, going 2-1 with a 1.08 ERA in 25 innings. He said a big part of his success has come from incorporating his changeup more often.

“It’s been really effective for me. It’s added another dimension, makes my fastball a little bit better,” Axelrod said. “My first start, I threw about four changeups and they got a call that said work on it, so I’ve been trying to throw about 15 a game after that and it’s been paying off.”

As J.J. says, the player with the most to gain here is Nate Jones.

What does the future hold for Gordon Beckham?

Chris Cwik:

Gordon Beckham has not lived up to expectations. After being selected eighth overall by the Chicago White Sox in 2008, Beckham was expected to be one of the team’s future stars. And after a strong rookie season, it looked like Beckham might achieve that goal. Since then, however, Beckham was struggled mightily. For the 25-year-old, 2012 is a make-or-break year. The early signs do not look encouraging. …

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April 26, 2012

Nestor Molina struck out 7, walked 1 tonight (April 26)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 26, 2012 10:15 pm
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Birmingham@ Montgomery:

Birmingham Barons
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Nestor Molina (W, 3-1) 6.2 10 2 2 1 7 1 3.56
Matt Wickswat 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 16.50

Pitches-strikes: Molina 104-65, Wickswat 1-1.
Groundouts-flyouts: Molina 8-3, Wickswat 0-1.
Batters faced: Molina 31, Wickswat 1.

Molina has a 23 K / 3 BB ratio in 30.1 innings (5 games).

BTW, Jared Mitchell went 3-3 in Game 1 and 2-4 in Game 2 of today’s doubleheader and now is batting .338/.472/.563/1.035 with 17 BB and 20 K in 71 AB. He has a .429 BABIP in 63 AB.

Hector Santiago wants to throw less meatballs

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 26, 2012 10:00 pm
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Scott Merkin:

The secret to Hector Santiago’s return to late-inning success might be throwing a few less strikes.

Santiago specifically is targeting a reduction in the four home runs he has allowed in 6 1/3 innings, after giving up just 11 in 132 2/3 innings last season.

“I’ve actually thought about going out of the zone with certain pitches instead of trying to throw everything for strikes,” Santiago said. “I try to make sure I don’t walk anybody.

“Sometimes you have to go out of the zone to be able to get somebody to chase something, and I don’t think I’ve been doing that of late. Maybe I need to get someone to chase something and ground out or swing over something.”

Locating the screwball certainly is not an issue in Santiago’s mind. He felt as if that pitch was at its best this season during Wednesday’s appearance against the A’s and still doesn’t regret the changeup thrown to Yoenis Cespedes that led to the game-tying homer.

“I’ve actually figured out how to throw it at a lower velocity where I had it last year and throw a bigger break,” said Santiago of his screwball. “It’s just a fact that I’m throwing it right in the middle of the plate. I have to start working on getting off the plate.”

Here are some Pitch-F/X stuff for Santiago: Player Card from BrooksBaseball.net. Pitcher Profile from TexasLeaguers.com. Heat Maps from Fangraphs.com.

Andre Rienzo suspended 50 games

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 26, 2012 9:00 pm
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Scott Merkin:

White Sox right-hander Andre Rienzo was one of two Minor League pitchers suspended for 50 games due to violations of the Minor League Drug Prevention Treatment Program, as announced by the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball on Thursday.

Rienzo, a 23-year-old native of Sao Paolo, Brazil, came to the team as a free agent in 2006. He was 3-0 with a 1.08 ERA for Class A Winston-Salem as part of its 2012 starting rotation.

After the suspension was announced, for Rienzo testing positive for metabolites of Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance, the White Sox released a statement from Rienzo.

“I have been informed by Major League Baseball that I have tested positive for a prohibited substance, and as a result, I will be suspended for 50 games,” Rienzo said in the statement. “I want to make it clear to Major League Baseball and the Chicago White Sox that I have never intentionally taken a prohibited substance.

“Unfortunately, during the offseason, I used a dietary supplement that I purchased at a health food store in my home country of Brazil, believing it to be legitimate. It is now apparent that the supplement was tainted. I understand that I am responsible for what I put in my body, and therefore have accepted the 50-game suspension. I look forward to returning to the game I love, and I appreciate the support the Chicago White Sox have given me during this process.”

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Terry Doyle struck out 7, walked 1 tonight (April 25)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 26, 2012 3:30 am
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Charlotte @ Gwinett:

Charlotte Knights
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Terry Doyle (W, 1-1) 6.0 5 0 0 1 7 0 3.63
Jhan Marinez 1.0 2 2 2 1 1 0 4.35
Anthony Carter 2.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2.35

Pitches-strikes: Doyle 100-65, Marinez 25-14, Carter, A 19-14.
Groundouts-flyouts: Doyle 7-3, Marinez 0-1, Carter, A 5-0.
Batters faced: Doyle 25, Marinez 6, Carter, A 6.

Kevin Goldstein says:

Terry Doyle, RHP, White Sox (Triple-A Charlotte): 6 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K. Control specialist could work his way into White Sox bullpen at some point during season.

Palehose 12, Part 2 [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 26, 2012 12:00 am
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Hellbreak Pt 2, Page 23

Hellbreak Pt 2, Page 24

UPDATE:

Extra Elephants!

April 25, 2012

Waiting for the fastball

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 25, 2012 11:00 pm
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Hector Santiago:

Pitch Statistics
Pitch Type Avg Speed Max Speed Avg H-Break Avg V-Break Count Strikes / % Whiffs / % Linear Weights
FF (FourSeam Fastball) 93.55 94.8 7.88 8.66 2 1 / 50.00% 0 / 0.00% -0.0062
CH (Changeup) 81.80 81.8 10.83 5.20 1 1 / 100.00% 0 / 0.00% 0.4614
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 92.91 94.2 8.51 8.65 13 9 / 69.23% 2 / 15.38% 0.6290
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
14 16 11 68.75 16 3.145

BTW, here’s James’ recap.

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

More Pitch-F/X inside:

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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.

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