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July 22, 2011

Smells Like Mascot: Food For Fought

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 22, 2011 3:30 am
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Carl’s latest:

http://smellslikemascot.blogspot.com/2011/07/food-for-fought.html

Other White Sox links:  James looks back on the KC series and sees the 2011 season, J.J. looks on the ‘Adam Dunn to the DL’ rumor, and Brett Ballantini puts together a list of 10 guys in the White Sox Non-Hall of Fame.

July 21, 2011

Adam Dunn to go on the DL? [UPDATE ]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 21, 2011 12:15 am
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Padilla @ ESPN:

[Adam] Dunn was not only benched as the Kansas City Royals went with a left-handed starter for the second consecutive night, manager Ozzie Guillen is now saying that Dunn is dealing with a sore knee. Guillen did not know what knee was ailing his struggling slugger.

The news would seem to indicate the White Sox might try to angle for a disabled list stint with Dunn, which could open the door to recall Dayan Viciedo from Triple-A Charlotte. Guillen, though, told reporters in Kansas City on Wednesday that he intends on using Dunn in Friday’s series opener at Cleveland. The club has a day of Thursday.

Speaking of Dunn, he’s thinking of calling it quits but is sure he won’t do it.

UPDATE #1: Daryl Van Schouwen says no:

Dunn has been in the trainer’s room the last couple of days because of a sore knee, but it’s not believed to be something that would keep him from playing.

UPDATE #2: Dunn says his quote was misinterpreted. And he’s having too much fun to quit.

July 20, 2011

Adam Dunn’s self diagnosis: too many off-speed pitches early in the count [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 20, 2011 9:30 pm
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Gonzales @ CT:

Dunn believes his recent struggles stem from being too aggressive and that opposing pitchers are taking advantage by throwing off-speed pitches early in the count.

“And that’s not my game,” Dunn said. “Everything is there except me swinging at bad pitches,” Dunn continued. “I’m working the count, usually putting myself in usually good hitters’ counts but not making them pay.”

Unfortunately for Dunn, I don’t think we can order opposing pitchers what to throw.

UPDATE: As James says don’t trust what Dunn says. Let’s take a look at the pitches thrown at Dunn on 0-0 counts. (more…)

July 18, 2011

Papa got a brand new do

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 18, 2011 11:50 pm
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Schouwen @ CST:

Sergio Santos is growing a Mohawk, replacing the loss of Jesse Crain’s in the bullpen.

“My [6-year-old] son wanted one, so I got one, too, so he wouldn’t feel so alone,’’ Santos said.

Santos said the cut isn’t meant to give him some sort of tough-guy edge.

“The attitude thing? No, you can’t do beards because those are taken,’’ he said. “Can’t do goatees. So we’ll see what the Mohawk does. [Crain’s] wasn’t growing on top too well, so he had to retire his Mohawk.‘’

Other White Sox links: James wonders if Juan Pierre could parlay his recent hot streak to an extension and recaps the past week, J.J., also, looks into Juan Pierre’s hot streak, and Mike looks into the July 31 trading deadline.

Adam Dunn’s historic FAIL

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 18, 2011 11:45 pm
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Brett Ballantini at CSN:

With another three strikeouts punctuating an 0-for-4 day, Dunn’s batting average has now fallen to .159 [.158 after today's 0-3], a low of historic proportions. Per the research of John Autin at Baseball-Reference, Dunn is not only hitting worse than anyone ever has by virtue of even the widest definition of the modern era, his average is now worse than any player ever, dating back to 1893.

Famed all-or-nothing slugger Rob Deer — who’s beginning to look more and more like an accurate comp for Dunn, as the White Sox slugger seems to be sliding off into the sunset — is the current “modern era leader” for lowest average on a season (.179 in 1991), yet remains a full 20 points better than Dunn. Only one other hitter, Eddie Joost, who hit .185 in 1943, has finished worse than .190. …

Rich OConnor at ‘AL Central In Focus’ has a post on the same subject.

July 16, 2011

Trying to predict Adam Dunn’s 2nd half rebound

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 16, 2011 2:30 pm
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Zimmerman @ FG:

… The performance of this group of players did jump quite a bit in the 2nd half of the season with the biggest increase coming in the form of power (SLG increases by 0.115 and ISO increasing by 0.086). Using these numbers to predict how the rest of the season would go, Adam Dunn would have a 2nd half triple slash line of 0.198/0.340/0.427. …

BTW, Adam Dunn is felling good. And Jake Peavy agrees: “That looked like you.” Hey you two, get a room!

Other White Sox links: colin takes a close look at Sergio Santos, James speaks with White Sox Director of Amateur Scouting Doug Laumann, Mike says the White Sox have been very boring, FutureSox published their ‘Top 25 Sox prospects’ list, Jake Peavy’s arm is tired and his next start was pushed to Tuesday from Sunday, and Brett Ballantini posts his latest 13-item report card.

July 14, 2011

Atlanta and Philadelphia scouting White Sox games

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 14, 2011 3:00 pm
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Gonzales @ CT:

Two Braves scouts watched the Sox in Minnesota on June 15-16 and in Colorado on June 29-30, and Phillies representatives have watched the Sox throughout this season, including last week against the Royals. …

Will Kenny get an offer good enough to make him trade Carlos Quentin?

For prospect lists and scouting reports go to the ‘2011 MLB Prospect Rankings.’

Other White Sox links: James shows us how to fix tweak the White Sox, J.J. explains the problems with trading Carlos Quentin, Steve Slowinski at Fangraph compiles his 2011 All-Flub team and 3 Sox players are in, Kenwo grades the Sox players, and Nick Shepkowski at WSCR says the prospects of a Sox second half run don’t look good.

July 11, 2011

Adam Dunn’s K% drops 6 points! Greg Walker is genius!

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 11, 2011 8:30 pm
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Appelman @ Fangraphs:

Due to popular demand and to decrease general confusion, K% has been changed from K/AB to K/PA.

On average, you’ll see players’ K% drop about 2% and, at the very most (rare cases like Adam Dunn), about 6%.

This is a site-wide change and impacts stats pages, splits, leaderboards, and graphs that contain K%.

Ozzie looks at the Dunn-Rios pledge [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 11, 2011 12:00 pm
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Ginetti @ CST:

‘‘I am,’’ Dunn said, ‘‘because I feel like me and Alex, we’ve been as bad as you could possibly be, and if we’re doing half of what we normally do, we’re not even talking about this. . . . We’re putting it all on us in the second half, basically.”

Guillen likes Dunn’s optimism, ‘‘but I don’t want him to put more pressure on himself, like, ‘I have to do it in the second half for the White Sox to win.’ Everybody has something to do here. The second half is about 25 guys, not about two guys. If [everybody] puts it together and does what they’re supposed to do, we’re going to have a chance.’’

Like Dunn needed more pressure.

UPDATE: More Ozzie:

“He’s wrong. He’s wrong. Very wrong,” Guillen said. “Because I don’t think we pay Adam Dunn and Alex Rios for it to be on them. I think they have to do their part. I think it’s about 25 guys, maybe about 26 or 28, but it’s about everyone. Hopefully they come out of their slump and play better, but we’re not going to win if Adam Dunn hit 40 (home runs). It’s going to make it easier, but if everybody contribute and everybody do what they’re supposed to do, then it will change.”

Other White Sox links: J.J. says Tyler Flowers may not be the ideal backup form A.J. Pierzynski, James tries to find out what’s wrong with Gavin Floyd and also looks at the Dunn-Rios pledge, and the 2nd half rotation will be: Floyd-Jackson-Peavy-Buehrle-Humber-Danks.

July 9, 2011

Dunn and Rios got this

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 9, 2011 3:00 am
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Ballantini @ CSN:

“Me and Alex, we’ve been as bad as you could possibly be, and if we’re doing half of what we normally do, we’re not even talking about [struggling offensively],” Dunn said, then issuing a promise that could but a catch in the South Side faithful’s throats. “Me and Alex talked about it, and we’re putting it all on us in the second half, basically.”

I’m so glad that’s over! Phew!

Yeah, I wish…

Other White Sox links: James looks at Phil Humber’s loss on Thursday’s game, same thing for J.J., Kenny Williams says to the Sox to lighten up, (yeah, they’re taking it too seriously…), and Tom Sorensen at the  Charlotte Observer has a cool article on Charlotte’s Shane Lindsay.

July 8, 2011

Canyonero! (video)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 8, 2011 7:30 pm
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A 412 ft. dinger!

July 6, 2011

Ozzie Guillen doesn’t like the chances the White Sox start a long winning streak

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 6, 2011 3:30 am
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Schouwen @ CST:

So when manager Ozzie Guillen was asked if his team should shoot for something like a 14-5 record in the current 19-game stretch against the Central, Guillen spoke the truth.

“We’re not that good,’’ Guillen said. “I wish I could say, ‘Well, we’re going to win 15 and lose two.’ We can do that, but we’re not doing it.’’

Mostly true but doesn’t it feel weird to hear it from the manager of the team?

Other White Sox links: James looks on the Brandon Beachy-Carlos Quentin trade rumor and on Adam Dunn and his game yesterday, FutureSox looks at Tyler Kuhn’s promotion to AAA and Jose Martinez’s promotion to AA, and Brett Ballantini posts his mid-season report for the Sox.

July 5, 2011

Balk-off!

Bottom of the 9th, A.J. at 3rd, Big Donkey batting, Aaron Crow at the mound:


http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=16613133&c_id=cws (0:54)

Boxscore:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Buehrle 7.0 7 3 3 1 4 1 3.66
Crain 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.56
Santos(BS, 3)(W, 3-3) 1.0 3 1 1 0 1 1 3.07
Totals 9.0 10 4 4 1 5 2 3.79

RE24:A.J. Pierzynski 1.51, Adam Dunn 1.29, Alexei Ramirez -1.39, Alex Rios -1.13.

Sergio was lucky he didn’t give up more dingers though. Pitch F/X shows only 2 sliders:

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) 95.38 96.1 -4.07 9.55 12 10 / 83.33% 0 / 0.00% 1.2934 0.395
CH (Changeup) 88.50 88.7 -8.43 3.72 2 1 / 50.00% 0 / 0.00% -0.0304 0.428
SL (Slider) 84.55 85.2 3.74 -0.43 2 2 / 100.00% 0 / 0.00% -0.2115 0.446
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
9 16 13Adam Dunn, 81.25 16 1.051

Other White Sox links: J.J. explains how Juan Pierre’s 3-game Game-Winning RBI streak can be costly to the Sox, James celebrates getting to .500 (it applies!) and recaps the past week, colin looks at the mystery of Adam Dunn, and Ozzie Guillen gets 2nd place on B-R’s ‘Man, if only they could hit’ leaderboard.

July 4, 2011

Dunn!

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 4, 2011 8:12 pm
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Canonyero goes yard!

Video:

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=16610889&c_id=cws (1:15)

July 3, 2011

Will Kenny Williams trade for a reliever?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 3, 2011 11:00 pm
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Merkin @ CWS:

Guillen added that bench coach Joey Cora talked to Viciedo on Friday, and Guillen told Cora to make sure Viciedo knew, “I don’t hate him.”

“Right now I don’t think is the time,” Guillen said. “I don’t have space for [Viciedo] here, and I think we’re fine with what we have. Hopefully, we get [John] Danks back quickly, then we can make our pitching staff much stronger.

“Kenny asked me who’s available, what I have, what I need. What I need, we don’t have it. I wish I had another [Sergio] Santos, but I don’t have it.”

Other White Sox links: J.J. explains why Paul Konerko and Phil Humber weren’t named to the All-Star game, James examines if double plays are killing the Sox, Andy at B-R wonders what will Adam Dunn’s final numbers be, Jim takes a detailed look into A.J. Pierzynski’s play, and Matt at MLBBB breaks down the draft success rate of picks from 1987 to 2001.

And John Sickels rants on bashing baseball players.

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