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June 30, 2011

Sergio Santos eases up on the slider. Gets strikes on his fastball too.

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 30, 2011 11:45 pm
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Will today’s Juan Pierre heroics ensure he gets to chance to do more damage? J.J. takes a look. Good game by Beckham too.

RE24: Gordon Beckham 3.47, Juan Pierre 1.10, A.J. Pierzynski 1.06, Adam Dunn -1.86, Omar Vizquel -1.27.

Boxscore:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Peavy 6.0 7 4 4 2 4 1 4.47
Ohman 1.0 1 0 0 2 1 0 4.84
Sale 1.1 1 0 0 1 2 0 3.71
Crain(W, 4-2) 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.70
Santos(S, 17) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3.00
Totals 10.0 9 4 4 5 9 1 3.84

What about Sergio? Here’s Pitch F/X:

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) 94.48 95.8 -0.31 6.07 12 7 / 58.33% 1 / 8.33% -0.0350 0.391
SL (Slider) 84.25 85.1 4.01 -2.41 6 5 / 83.33% 2 / 33.33% -0.8274 0.440
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
10 18 12 66.67 18 -0.862

Relese point looks OK:

For video highlights go here or here or click the video tab here.

Ozzie Guillen is pushing his luck

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 30, 2011 3:50 pm
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He plans to play Adam Dunn at right field again. Last time he got away with it with Dunn getting one ball hit to him only.

Padilla @ ESPN:

Manager Ozzie Guillen then said that Dunn might play in two of the three games this weekend, once for Konerko and once for Carlos Quentin in right.

“Wrigley Field is easy, he can play right field,” Guillen said. “[In Colorado] I don’t want him playing right field because the gap is too big for him to be chasing balls. I plan for him to play maybe two games. I try to figure out how to do it.”

June 29, 2011

Sergio Santos throws 3 fastballs and then turns to a slider-only pitcher

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 29, 2011 11:30 pm
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First 3 pitches: three 95mph 4-seam fastballs. After: eight 84-85mph sliders.

Boxscore:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Buehrle 7.0 7 2 2 2 4 2 3.65
Thornton 0.1 1 0 0 1 0 0 3.68
Bruney(W, 1-0) 0.2 0 0 0 1 0 0 3.60
Santos(S, 16) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3.08
Totals 9.0 8 2 2 4 6 2 3.84

Pitch F/X:

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) 95.00 95.3 -0.73 8.75 3 2 / 66.67% 0 / 0.00% -0.2914 0.390
SL (Slider) 84.41 85.1 4.60 -0.02 8 7 / 87.50% 2 / 25.00% -0.5710 0.439
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 11 9 81.82 11 -0.862

RE24: Paul Konerko 2.15, Alexei Ramirez -1.71, Alex Rios -1.40.

Thankfully Seth Smith’s throw bounced and Ianetta didn’t throw didn’t stop Carlos Quentin from scoring. Coxie must’ve realized there were 2 outs. And Alex Rios had a couple nice catches tonight. Maybe yesterday’s benching woke him up.

Other White Sox links: J.J. says the Sox won’t trading for a centerfielderer this year, James looks back on yesterday’s game and the season to this point, Paul Konerko is 2011′s worst base-runner (Fangraphs)., and soxman thinks Adam Dunn should change his at-bat song.

And a non-White Sox link: John Sickels gives us his thoughts on drug policy. Good stuff.

June 28, 2011

Dr. Fishbein is trying to straighten out Adam Dunn

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 28, 2011 11:50 pm
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Remember Dr. Fishbein? His new assignment is trying to straighten out Adam Dunn. Padilla @ ESPN:

As if Adam Dunn’s head wasn’t messed up enough, he just got schooled on the golf course by the team psychologist.

Talk about mind games.

The good news, though, is that Dunn spent the time last week talking things through with Jeffrey Fishbein, who has been with the club off and on since spring training. …

Other White Sox links: J.J. says Jake Peavy doesn’t belong to the bullpen and puts on his GM hat, James identifies the White Sox All-Star players, FutureSox recaps the moves in thew Sox minor league system, John Danks’ MRI reveled only a mild strain of his right obligue and he’s expected to return after one rehab assignment, Patrick Newman at Fangraphs recaps Herm Schneider’s greatest hits, and Joe Posnanski says 2011′s Adam Dunn is the least exciting player ever.

June 27, 2011

Fangraphs’ Eric Seidman on Adam Dunn’s struggles [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 27, 2011 3:00 pm
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Seidman @ FG:

While my colleagues have attempted to determine the root cause of his issues, I’m more curious as to how frequently someone has cratered in this fashion.Given his level of consistency and the depths to which his numbers have fallen this year, there are two main questions that spring to mind:

1. How frequently do batters experience such a sharp ISO decline from an established level?
2. How frequently do batters strike out more than 40 percent of the time in a full year? …

UPDATE: More on Adam Dunn from David Pinto:

As a follow up to Bill Chuck’s previous post on Adam Dunn of the Chicago White Sox, a reader asked to look at his struggles against lefties.  There are two major changes that help account for his poor performance. …

Other White Sox links: J.J. says Viciedo will help but he won’t save the offense, James doesn’t sound very enthusiastic after attending Friday’s game and recaps the past week, Fangraphs’ Eric Seidman says player milestones, like 500 home runs, might not result in hall of fame election, and Steve Stone says the 6-man rotation isn’t good for Gavin Floyd.

And a couple tweets from Brett Ballantini on Dayan Viciedo inside: (more…)

June 22, 2011

Fegan’s awesome Paul Konerko/Adam Dunn article

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 22, 2011 9:30 pm
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James Fegan @ WSO:

While Dunn continues to scare the bejeesus out of the fan base by failing to square up fastballs, suggesting a possible sudden deterioration of a player whose type lends itself to sudden deterioration, Konerko is hammering heaters at 2.92 runs above-average per 100 (through Monday).  That is fourth in all of baseball, and the only time Paulie has ever hit them anywhere near as good is….last season.  And that’ll do just fine. …

Fangraphs says Paulie at 21 Fastball Runs above average for the year. I was skeptical when the Sox gave him a 3/$37.5M deal last year but the guy has been on fire so far. As for Dunn, I don’t know if I can trust a NL player over 30 again…

BTW, while I was browsing Fangraphs I notice in the AL scoreboard the Sox have 2 players among the lowest 3 wRC+ scores, 3 in the lowest 10, or 4 in the lowest 14. Things have been bad…

June 18, 2011

That will be one ugly outfield

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 18, 2011 11:52 pm
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I thought ‘Dunn in RF’ was a typo. But 2 others confirm it: (more…)

June 17, 2011

A.J. Pierzynski blames Gavin Floyd for the frequent basestealers; Ozzie tells him to look in the mirror

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 17, 2011 2:00 am
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A.J. Pierzynski deflects the blame:

Last night, Pierzynski unflinchingly put the blame on Floyd’s shoulders, saying, “We all know where we stand with the running game when Gavin is out there. Everyone knows where we stand, and it’s just part of the game.”

but Ozzie doesn’t,

“It’s not fair? When a guy steals second and third with a slide step, you have to wear it, you gotta admit you’re not throwing the ball well right now,” Guillen said. “If you have to take the blame, take the blame. The people think it’s your fault, well, it’s somebody’s fault. It’s not my fault. It has to be between the pitcher and the catcher, and the pitcher went slide step twice.” … “When the team loses, I take the heat,” he said. “When they steal bases, obviously A.J.’s gotta take the heat. Who else is going to take the heat? He’s got to wear it and live with it.”

Other White Sox links: J.J. agrees A.J. Pierzynski deserves blame, James interviews Robin Ventura, Ozzie Guillen says Adam Dunn may play 1-2 games in the field in the upcoming Interleague series, and Omar Vizquel shows his artistic side (3:42 video).

June 12, 2011

Another W for Humber. 7/2 K/BB too.

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 12, 2011 10:39 pm
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Seems Crisp beat Morel’s throw to 1st for the 3rd out in the 9th. Could Morel have tagged third base before the runner got there instead of throwing at 1st? Look at the video and judge for yourself. Seems very close to me. In any case, as J.J. says, Sergio must get his breaking stuff in the strikezone.

Boxscore:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Humber(W, 6-3) 7.0 4 3 3 2 7 1 2.95
Thornton(H, 8 ) 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 4.63
Santos(S, 12) 1.0 2 1 1 1 1 0 3.41
Totals 9.0 6 4 4 4 8 1 4.10

RE24: Adam Dunn 1.92, Carlos Quentin 1.12 Alex Rios -1.44, Alexei Ramirez -1.32.

Pitch F/X for 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) 89.95 91.9 -5.97 7.73 44 32 / 72.73% 0 / 0.00% -0.2030 0.419
CH (Changeup) 83.13 84.8 -5.75 5.01 12 8 / 66.67% 0 / 0.00% -0.9588 0.453
SL (Slider) 83.85 85.4 0.92 2.83 10 4 / 40.00% 3 / 30.00% 0.0458 0.447
CU (Curveball) 79.58 81.5 5.51 -5.45 36 20 / 55.56% 8 / 22.22% -0.7153 0.477
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 88.90 88.9 -9.48 6.30 1 1 / 100.00% 0 / 0.00% -0.2644 0.421
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 25 14 56.00 25 0.389
2 10 8 80.00 35 -0.862
3 7 5 71.43 42 -0.834
4 14 8 57.14 56 -0.848
5 14 9 64.29 70 -0.862
6 11 7 63.64 81 -0.004
7 22 14 63.64 103 0.926

and Santos:

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) 94.89 96 -3.48 8.73 19 14 / 73.68% 0 / 0.00% 0.1315 0.396
CH (Changeup) 86.35 87.7 -9.14 3.14 4 2 / 50.00% 1 / 25.00% 0.0449 0.437
SL (Slider) 83.77 84.4 3.98 -1.42 3 1 / 33.33% 0 / 0.00% 0.1480 0.454
CU (Curveball) 83.90 85.9 3.77 -2.13 2 0 / 0.00% 0 / 0.00% 0.1399 0.455
Inning-by-Inning Pitch Totals
Inning Pitches in Inning Strikes in Inning Strike% in Inning Cumulative Total Pitches Pitch LWTS in Inning
9 28 17 60.71 28 0.464

Canonyero!

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 12, 2011 3:08 pm
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http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?c_id=cws&content_id=15820659&topic_id=8879206 (0:54)

Now if the other slackers wake up…

Well, the slackers in the offense scored 2. Now, it’s the slackers in the bullpen…

Game ovah! Sox win! Sox win!

And it’s Canonyero, not Grand Canyon Hawk.

June 9, 2011

White Sox farm system magically improves

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 9, 2011 3:35 am
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Merkin @ CWS:

And there appears to be more help along the way.

“You know, [Minor League Director] Buddy Bell and I spent a lot of time with each other over the last few days, and I’m very encouraged by what I see on video as well as what I’m hearing from Buddy and some of the coaches, so yeah,” White Sox general manager Kenny Williams said. “And we’ve already got some guys that are here that kind of shot through the system. I think that’s a testimony to our scouting with Beckham and Morel and also the player development.”

It’s magic I tell you!

Other White Sox links: Mike look’s at Adam Dunn’s struggles and relays a interesting [visually] idea.

June 4, 2011

J.J. explains Phil Humber’s success [UPDATE]

Stankevitz @ BL:

Humber’s two best pitches this season have been his 12-6 curveball and his straight changeup. Since entering the rotation, he’s thrown his curveball on 24.6 percent of pitches; his changeup, 22.1 percent. Humber’s effectiveness with his curveball has been key in his turnaround, as it’s gone from a good to a great pitch. …

Other White Sox links: FutureSox looks at Mike Blanke’s promotion A+ Winston-Salem, Kenny Williams believes in the White Sox but doesn’t think anything he says matters and doesn’t plan on trading John Danks, Frank Thomas says Adam Dunn needs to play the field more, Ozzie Guillen says John Danks’ 0-8 start is 80% the fault of the offense, and A.J. Pierzynski gave Minnie Driver a few tips for throwing the first pitch in yesterday’s game: No windup and aim high (go to the 7:40 point)! And Minnie was wearing #11 when she threw the game’s first pitch (video). The ladies love Omar!

UPDATE: More Minnie:


http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?c_id=cws&content_id=15630563 (1:26)

First video:


http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?c_id=cws&content_id=15500495 (0:30)

One more:

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?c_id=cws&content_id=16468343 (1:46)

June 3, 2011

Adam Dunn gets a hit off a left-hand pitcher!

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 3, 2011 8:52 pm
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And Brent ‘The Slugger’ Lillibridge hit his 7th dinger!

Call your neighbors!

June 2, 2011

Fangraphs looks at Adam Dunn’s struggles

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 2, 2011 11:17 pm
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Slowinski @ FG:

Going into this year, Dunn always feasted on fastballs. That was the pitch he swung and missed on the least(19%), and pitch type values (2.1 wFB/C) rated him as one of the top 15 best fastball hitters in the majors. Changeups were his kryptonite — he swung and missed on them at a high rate (40+%) and they rated as the pitch he performed the worst against.This season, though, things are all weird: Pitchers are throwing Dunn more fastballs (68% vs. 54%) and he can’t get around on them (-0.7 wFB/C). American League pitchers are also pitching him differently, using sliders as their main out-pitch, and Dunn’s strikeout rate has spiked to 40%. …

Fangraphs’ David Golebiewski points at the non-crushing of fastballs too:

The main reason for Dunn’s downturn at the plate is that he isn’t crushing fastballs near as much as in years past.Since 2002, Dunn has performed +1.64 runs better per 100 fastballs seen than the average hitter. That places him 10th among all MLB batters over that time frame. With the White Sox, however, Dunn’s runs/100 value against fastballs is -0.75. He had never posted a negative run value against heaters prior to this year, but the slugger is handling fastballs about as well as Brendan Ryan and Brandon Inge in 2011. Pitchers have taken notice: they’re throwing Dunn fastballs over 67% of the time this season, compared to a career rate of 59%. …

May 31, 2011

Juan Pierre, A.J. Pierzynski, and Omar Vizquel are clutch

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 31, 2011 10:20 pm
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Lombardi @ B-R:

A list for discussion purposes: It’s all active players with at least 1,000 games played between 1996 and 2011 (to date). And, it’s their “WPA Clutch” ranking in those games played since 1996.Here is the list -

Rk Player Clutch G From To Age PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB SO HBP SH SF GDP SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS Pos Tm
1 Ichiro Suzuki 5.7 1641 2001 2011 27-37 7580 7000 1074 2305 267 71 90 576 475 159 697 47 28 30 49 396 92 .329 .374 .426 .801 *98/D SEA
2 Juan Pierre 4.4 1648 2000 2011 22-33 7047 6403 923 1900 222 84 14 445 403 8 402 91 133 17 82 536 181 .297 .346 .364 .710 *87/D COL-FLA-CHC-LAD-CHW
3 Scott Podsednik 4.1 1016 2001 2010 25-34 4129 3707 544 1036 171 41 41 300 327 7 595 24 49 22 64 301 102 .279 .340 .381 .721 *78/D9 SEA-MIL-CHW-COL-TOT
4 Bill Hall 3.8 1031 2002 2011 22-31 3619 3287 442 819 208 21 124 438 278 13 956 13 15 26 62 60 39 .249 .308 .438 .746 5648/791 MIL-TOT-BOS-HOU
5 Bobby Abreu 3.0 2160 1996 2011 22-37 9326 7829 1382 2313 537 57 278 1289 1378 109 1690 33 7 79 151 380 123 .295 .400 .485 .885 *9/D78 HOU-PHI-TOT-NYY-LAA
6 Aaron Rowand 2.8 1293 2001 2011 23-33 4626 4191 600 1153 258 17 133 525 258 22 871 121 31 25 109 66 29 .275 .333 .440 .773 *87/9D CHW-PHI-SFG
7 A.J. Pierzynski 2.7 1414 1998 2011 21-34 5395 5028 586 1426 291 16 122 622 215 51 598 93 26 33 162 13 19 .284 .323 .421 .744 *2/D MIN-SFG-CHW
8 Chone Figgins 2.6 1145 2002 2011 24-33 4986 4382 675 1238 177 56 33 388 497 6 752 9 61 37 67 329 116 .283 .354 .371 .725 *548/769D ANA-LAA-SEA
9 Omar Vizquel 2.6 2009 1996 2011 29-44 8447 7398 1072 2066 350 59 67 721 761 23 768 41 179 68 152 320 116 .279 .347 .370 .717 *65/4D39 CLE-SFG-TEX-CHW

Paul Konerko, and Adam Dunn aren’t. Neither is Big Jim…

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