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September 8, 2012

Chris Sale dials up … the number of his changeups

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 8, 2012 9:00 pm
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Royals @ Sox:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Sale(W, 16-6) 6.0 5 1 1 1 6 0 2.88
Crain 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2.82
Myers 0.1 3 1 1 0 0 0 3.46
Thornton(H, 23) 0.2 0 0 0 0 2 0 3.45
Reed(S, 26) 1.0 3 2 2 0 2 0 4.83
Totals 9.0 11 4 4 1 12 0 4.13

Pitches-strikes: Sale 101-63, Crain 15-10, Myers 11-6, Thornton 9-7, Reed 22-15.
Groundouts-flyouts: Sale 7-3, Crain 0-0, Myers 0-0, Thornton 0-0, Reed 0-0.
Batters faced: Sale 23, Crain 3, Myers 3, Thornton 2, Reed 6.
Inherited runners-scored: Thornton 1-0.

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
FA (Fastball) 88.47 89.4 12.93 -1.20 3 2 / 66.67% 0 / 0.00% 1 / 50.00% -0.2827
FF (FourSeam Fastball) 92.40 94 7.27 0.47 3 2 / 66.67% 0 / 0.00% 2 / 66.67% -0.0010
CH (Changeup) 83.61 87.8 12.51 -1.95 37 25 / 67.57% 4 / 10.81% 19 / 61.29% -1.0771
SL (Slider) 77.40 86.1 -3.92 -6.01 24 13 / 54.17% 3 / 12.50% 12 / 52.17% -0.3524
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 91.72 94.4 11.02 0.01 34 21 / 61.76% 2 / 5.88% 13 / 50.00% -0.7928
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 20 12 60.00 20 -0.350
2 17 9 52.94 37 -0.062
3 29 18 62.07 66 0.464
4 13 9 69.23 79 -0.862
5 12 9 75.00 91 -0.848
6 10 6 60.00 101 -0.848

Sale threw 37 changeups (season high), 25 of them were strikes (season high). Also, the velocity of Sale’s 2-seam fastball was under 92mph for the 3rd consecutive start.

Here’s how tonight’s start compares with Sale’s previous starts:

Start
#
Innings
Pitched
Pitches-
Strikes
BF GO/FO H/HR K/BB Swinging
Strikes
2-seam
fastballs
-Strikes-
Swinging
Strikes
2-seam
fastball
velocity
(mph)
4-seam
fastball
-Strikes-
Swinging
Strikes
4-seam
fastball
velocity
(mph)
Sliders
-Strikes-
Swinging
Strikes
Slider
velocity
(mph)
Changeups
-Strikes-
Swinging
Strikes
Changeup
velocity
(mph)
1 (4/9) 6.2 100-60 25 9/3 3/0 5/2 8 20-15-2 94.26 14-6-0 92.85 31-16-4 80.20 12-7-1 83.81
2 (4/15) 5.0 102-68 22 7/2 5/1 5/2 11 51-36-4 94.35 6-4-1 93.60 18-12-5 81.33 18-8-1 84.36
3 (4/20) 6.1 110-69 28 4/2 7/1 11/3 18 52-32-5 93.44 - - 49-36-12 80.65 8-1-1 85.48
4 (4/25) 8.0 101-71 29 4/5 6/0 5/0 4 53-38-1 91.60 - - 28-18-2 78.68 16-11-1 84.55
5 (5/1) 6.0 88-62 22 9/5 3/0 3/1 6 28-21-2 92.35 1-0-0 92.20 23-17-2 79.66 17-14-2 84.64
RL (5/8) 1.0 26-14 6 2/1 1/0 1/1 1 15-11-0 94.41 - - 11-3-1 80.48 - -
6 (5/12) 5.0 103-66 24 7/4 7/0 3/2 6 66-41-2 91.72 5-4-1 92.10 19-12-0 78.17 10-7-3 84.34
7 (5/16) 5.1 103-68 22 2/2 5/1 7/1 13 72-53-10 92.18 3-1-0 94.00 12-6-1 80.25 12-8-2 83.79
8 (5/23) 7.0 97-64 24 11/0 2/0 6/2 10 55-34-2 91.68 6-5-1 92.93 19-14-5 79.79 14-9-2 84.54
9 (5/28) 7.1 115-80 27 4/2 3/0 15/2 23 53-35-9 93.23 - - 33-27-10 79.96 20-12-4 84.52
10 (6/3) 9.0 119-81 33 7/9 5/1 8/2 11 43-29-2 92.97 11-6-1 92.77 36-28-8 79.07 23-15-0 84.57
11 (6/9) 8.0 101-70 29 7/6 4/0 7/0 15 47-31-3 92.52 5-5-1 92.98 16-12-4 78.64 29-18-7 82.89
12 (6/15) 5.2 107-70 28 6/3 7/0 6/4 7 42-28-0 91.89 24-14-3 93.47 30-20-2 79.73 11-8-2 83.16
13 (6/22) 8.0 109-70 27 6/5 4/0 7/1 11 45-30-2 92.84 8-5-2 94.13 22-13-2 79.05 17-11-5 83.98
14 (6/27) 7.0 93-64 25 5/5 6/1 5/1 12 40-28-2 91.75 - - 28-18-6 79.02 22-15-4 83.91
15 (7/3) 7.1 95-64 26 11/3 5/0 4/1 10 44-35-4 92.28 5-0-0 94.34 17-12-3 78.88 21-13-3 83.85
AS (7/10) 1.0 13-10 5 0/2 2/0 1/0 2 6-5-0 94.60 1-1-1 95.10 5-3-1 81.22 - -
16 (7/15) 8.0 115-76 32 11/4 10/0 4/0 7 39-24-1 92.26 17-7-1 92.40 28-24-4 78.30 31-21-1 84.00
17 (7/21) 7.0 90-59 31 5/6 7/1 6/4 11 29-17-1 91.40 2-1-0 90.80 26-21-8 77.15 27-18-0 82.22
18 (7/27) 6.1 109-75 27 6/4 6/1 6/2 13 31-21-2 90.22 - - 45-36-12 78.14 27-16-1 84.46
19 (8/6) 8.0 101-67 30 6/4 8/2 7/0 12 58-39-7 92.69 6-4-0 93.75 17-9-1 78.82 20-15-4 82.41
20 (8/12) 6.2 114-79 26 5/2 6/2 11/0 19 52-35-6 92.50 4-3-1 92.55 26-17-6 78.30 30-24-6 82.77
21 (8/17) 6.2 117-70 32 8/2 9/2 5/4 11 51-32-1 92.63 7-4-1 94.29 24-17-6 79.10 24-17-3 82.62
22 (8/22) 7.2 109-70 27 3/4 3/1 13/1 14 43-33-5 93.05 12-6-1 92.88 29-17-6 78.46 23-14-2 83.25
23 (8/28) 4.0 76-46 19 4/0 6/1 5/3 9 31-21-4 91.49 - - 15-8-2 77.35 25-15-3 84.23
24 (9/2) 6.0 106-61 26 5/2 5/2 7/4 15 33-19-2 91.68 8-3-1 92.09 44-27-9 77.64 21-12-3 82.30
25 (9/8) 6.0 101-63 23 7/3 5/0 6/1 9 34-21-2 91.72 3-2-0 92.40 24-13-3 77.40 37-25-4 83.61

RL=Relief, AS=All-Star Game

Pitch F/X for the other Sox that pitched yesterday (Jesse Crain, Brett Myers, Matt Thornton, Addison Reed) inside:

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August 22, 2012

Chris Sale strikes out 13, walks 1, and whiffs 14 Yankees

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 22, 2012 10:00 pm
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Yankees @ Sox:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Sale(W, 15-4) 7.2 3 1 1 1 13 1 2.65
Myers(H, 5) 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3.33
Reed(S, 23) 1.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 3.65
Totals 9.0 4 1 1 1 15 1 3.96

Pitches-strikes: Sale 109-70, Myers 3-2, Reed 16-11.
Groundouts-flyouts: Sale 3-4, Myers 1-0, Reed 1-0.
Batters faced: Sale 27, Myers 1, Reed 4.

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
FA (Fastball) 88.05 88.1 10.88 1.20 2 0 / 0.00% 0 / 0.00% 0 / 0.00% 0.0790
FF (FourSeam Fastball) 92.88 94.5 7.57 2.98 12 6 / 50.00% 1 / 8.33% 4 / 40.00% -0.8558
CH (Changeup) 83.25 87.2 12.21 -0.45 23 14 / 60.87% 2 / 8.70% 11 / 55.00% -1.2647
SL (Slider) 78.46 83.9 -4.98 -5.30 29 17 / 58.62% 6 / 20.69% 15 / 55.56% -0.8953
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 93.05 96 9.79 2.91 43 33 / 76.74% 5 / 11.63% 27 / 72.97% -0.2225
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 7 63.64 11 -0.862
2 16 11 68.75 27 -0.019
3 13 9 69.23 40 -0.862
4 13 9 69.23 53 -0.019
5 11 8 72.73 64 -0.848
6 18 11 61.11 82 0.582
7 19 9 47.37 101 -0.547
8 8 6 75.00 109 -0.584

Sale’s 2-seam fastball averaged 93.05 mph tonight! Ale’s 2-seam fastball had not averaged more than 93 mph in a start after his May 1 start.

Here’s how tonight’s start compares with Sale’s previous starts:

Start
#
Innings
Pitched
Pitches-
Strikes
BF GO/FO H/HR K/BB Swinging
Strikes
2-seam
fastballs
-Strikes-
Swinging
Strikes
2-seam
fastball
velocity
(mph)
4-seam
fastballs
-Strikes-
Swinging
Strikes
4-seam
fastball
velocity
(mph)
Sliders
-Strikes-
Swinging
Strikes
Slider
velocity
(mph)
Changeups
-Strikes-
Swinging
Strikes
Changeup
velocity
(mph)
1 (4/9) 6.2 100-60 25 9/3 3/0 5/2 8 20-15-2 94.26 14-6-0 92.85 31-16-4 80.20 12-7-1 83.81
2 (4/15) 5.0 102-68 22 7/2 5/1 5/2 11 51-36-4 94.35 6-4-1 93.60 18-12-5 81.33 18-8-1 84.36
3 (4/20) 6.1 110-69 28 4/2 7/1 11/3 18 52-32-5 93.44 - - 49-36-12 80.65 8-1-1 85.48
4 (4/25) 8.0 101-71 29 4/5 6/0 5/0 4 53-38-1 91.60 - - 28-18-2 78.68 16-11-1 84.55
5 (5/1) 6.0 88-62 22 9/5 3/0 3/1 6 28-21-2 92.35 1-0-0 92.20 23-17-2 79.66 17-14-2 84.64
RL (5/8) 1.0 26-14 6 2/1 1/0 1/1 1 15-11-0 94.41 - - 11-3-1 80.48 - -
6 (5/12) 5.0 103-66 24 7/4 7/0 3/2 6 66-41-2 91.72 5-4-1 92.10 19-12-0 78.17 10-7-3 84.34
7 (5/16) 5.1 103-68 22 2/2 5/1 7/1 13 72-53-10 92.18 3-1-0 94.00 12-6-1 80.25 12-8-2 83.79
8 (5/23) 7.0 97-64 24 11/0 2/0 6/2 10 55-34-2 91.68 6-5-1 92.93 19-14-5 79.79 14-9-2 84.54
9 (5/28) 7.1 115-80 27 4/2 3/0 15/2 23 53-35-9 93.23 - - 33-27-10 79.96 20-12-4 84.52
10 (6/3) 9.0 119-81 33 7/9 5/1 8/2 11 43-29-2 92.97 11-6-1 92.77 36-28-8 79.07 23-15-0 84.57
11 (6/9) 8.0 101-70 29 7/6 4/0 7/0 15 47-31-3 92.52 5-5-1 92.98 16-12-4 78.64 29-18-7 82.89
12 (6/15) 5.2 107-70 28 6/3 7/0 6/4 7 42-28-0 91.89 24-14-3 93.47 30-20-2 79.73 11-8-2 83.16
13 (6/22) 8.0 109-70 27 6/5 4/0 7/1 11 45-30-2 92.84 8-5-2 94.13 22-13-2 79.05 17-11-5 83.98
14 (6/27) 7.0 93-64 25 5/5 6/1 5/1 12 40-28-2 91.75 - - 28-18-6 79.02 22-15-4 83.91
15 (7/3) 7.1 95-64 26 11/3 5/0 4/1 10 44-35-4 92.28 5-0-0 94.34 17-12-3 78.88 21-13-3 83.85
AS (7/10) 1.0 13-10 5 0/2 2/0 1/0 2 6-5-0 94.60 1-1-1 95.10 5-3-1 81.22 - -
16 (7/15) 8.0 115-76 32 11/4 10/0 4/0 7 39-24-1 92.26 17-7-1 92.40 28-24-4 78.30 31-21-1 84.00
17 (7/21) 7.0 90-59 31 5/6 7/1 6/4 11 29-17-1 91.40 2-1-0 90.80 26-21-8 77.15 27-18-0 82.22
18 (7/27) 6.1 109-75 27 6/4 6/1 6/2 13 31-21-2 90.22 - - 45-36-12 78.14 27-16-1 84.46
19 (8/6) 8.0 101-67 30 6/4 8/2 7/0 12 58-39-7 92.69 6-4-0 93.75 17-9-1 78.82 20-15-4 82.41
20 (8/12) 6.2 114-79 26 5/2 6/2 11/0 19 52-35-6 92.50 4-3-1 92.55 26-17-6 78.30 30-24-6 82.77
21 (8/17) 6.2 117-70 32 8/2 9/2 5/4 11 51-32-1 92.63 7-4-1 94.29 24-17-6 79.10 24-17-3 82.62
22 (8/22) 7.2 109-70 27 3/4 3/1 13/1 14 43-33-5 93.05 12-6-1 92.88 29-17-6 78.46 23-14-2 83.25

RL=Relief, AS=All-Star Game

Pitch F/X for the other Sox that pitched yesterday (Brett Myers, Addison Reed) inside:

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August 13, 2012

Chris Sale strikes out 11, walks 0, and whiffs 19 A’s

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 13, 2012 11:31 pm
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A’s @ Sox:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Sale(W, 14-3) 6.2 6 2 2 0 11 2 2.60
Jones, N 1.1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3.35
Reed 1.0 1 1 1 0 2 1 3.95
Totals 9.0 8 3 3 0 13 3 3.98

WP: Sale.
Pitches-strikes: Sale 114-79, Jones, N 26-18, Reed 15-12.
Groundouts-flyouts: Sale 5-2, Jones, N 1-2, Reed 1-0.
Batters faced: Sale 26, Jones, N 5, Reed 4.

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
FA (Fastball) 88.50 89.1 9.55 1.95 2 0 / 0.00% 0 / 0.00% 0 / 0.00% 0.1315
FF (FourSeam Fastball) 92.55 93.8 7.65 3.66 4 3 / 75.00% 1 / 25.00% 1 / 50.00% 1.8544
CH (Changeup) 82.77 87.3 11.86 0.14 30 24 / 80.00% 6 / 20.00% 16 / 72.73% -0.4312
SL (Slider) 78.30 82.6 -5.49 -4.77 26 17 / 65.38% 6 / 23.08% 16 / 64.00% -1.8692
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 92.50 94.6 10.24 3.43 52 35 / 67.31% 6 / 11.54% 31 / 64.58% -0.5195
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 19 15 78.95 19 -1.140
2 18 10 55.56 37 -0.862
3 18 13 72.22 55 -0.086
4 13 10 76.92 68 -0.862
5 15 12 80.00 83 0.134
6 22 13 59.09 105 1.095
7 9 6 66.67 114 0.888

A season high 19 whiffs!

Here’s how yesterday’s start compares with Sale’s previous starts:

Start
#
Innings
Pitched
Pitches-
Strikes
BF GO/FO H/HR K/BB Swinging
Strikes
2-seam
fastballs
-Strikes-
Swinging
Strikes
2-seam
fastball
velocity
(mph)
4-seam
fastballs
-Strikes-
Swinging
Strikes
4-seam
fastball
velocity
(mph)
Sliders
-Strikes-
Swinging
Strikes
Slider
velocity
(mph)
Changeups
-Strikes-
Swinging
Strikes
Changeup
velocity
(mph)
1 (4/9) 6.2 100-60 25 9/3 3/0 5/2 8 20-15-2 94.26 14-6-0 92.85 31-16-4 80.20 12-7-1 83.81
2 (4/15) 5.0 102-68 22 7/2 5/1 5/2 11 51-36-4 94.35 6-4-1 93.60 18-12-5 81.33 18-8-1 84.36
3 (4/20) 6.1 110-69 28 4/2 7/1 11/3 18 52-32-5 93.44 - - 49-36-12 80.65 8-1-1 85.48
4 (4/25) 8.0 101-71 29 4/5 6/0 5/0 4 53-38-1 91.60 - - 28-18-2 78.68 16-11-1 84.55
5 (5/1) 6.0 88-62 22 9/5 3/0 3/1 6 28-21-2 92.35 1-0-0 92.20 23-17-2 79.66 17-14-2 84.64
RL (5/8) 1.0 26-14 6 2/1 1/0 1/1 1 15-11-0 94.41 - - 11-3-1 80.48 - -
6 (5/12) 5.0 103-66 24 7/4 7/0 3/2 6 66-41-2 91.72 5-4-1 92.10 19-12-0 78.17 10-7-3 84.34
7 (5/16) 5.1 103-68 22 2/2 5/1 7/1 13 72-53-10 92.18 3-1-0 94.00 12-6-1 80.25 12-8-2 83.79
8 (5/23) 7.0 97-64 24 11/0 2/0 6/2 10 55-34-2 91.68 6-5-1 92.93 19-14-5 79.79 14-9-2 84.54
9 (5/28) 7.1 115-80 27 4/2 3/0 15/2 23 53-35-9 93.23 - - 33-27-10 79.96 20-12-4 84.52
10 (6/3) 9.0 119-81 33 7/9 5/1 8/2 11 43-29-2 92.97 11-6-1 92.77 36-28-8 79.07 23-15-0 84.57
11 (6/9) 8.0 101-70 29 7/6 4/0 7/0 15 47-31-3 92.52 5-5-1 92.98 16-12-4 78.64 29-18-7 82.89
12 (6/15) 5.2 107-70 28 6/3 7/0 6/4 7 42-28-0 91.89 24-14-3 93.47 30-20-2 79.73 11-8-2 83.16
13 (6/22) 8.0 109-70 27 6/5 4/0 7/1 11 45-30-2 92.84 8-5-2 94.13 22-13-2 79.05 17-11-5 83.98
14 (6/27) 7.0 93-64 25 5/5 6/1 5/1 12 40-28-2 91.75 - - 28-18-6 79.02 22-15-4 83.91
15 (7/3) 7.1 95-64 26 11/3 5/0 4/1 10 44-35-4 92.28 5-0-0 94.34 17-12-3 78.88 21-13-3 83.85
AS (7/10) 1.0 13-10 5 0/2 2/0 1/0 2 6-5-0 94.60 1-1-1 95.10 5-3-1 81.22 - -
16 (7/15) 8.0 115-76 32 11/4 10/0 4/0 7 39-24-1 92.26 17-7-1 92.40 28-24-4 78.30 31-21-1 84.00
17 (7/21) 7.0 90-59 31 5/6 7/1 6/4 11 29-17-1 91.40 2-1-0 90.80 26-21-8 77.15 27-18-0 82.22
18 (7/27) 6.1 109-75 27 6/4 6/1 6/2 13 31-21-2 90.22 - - 45-36-12 78.14 27-16-1 84.46
19 (8/6) 8.0 101-67 30 6/4 8/2 7/0 12 58-39-7 92.69 6-4-0 93.75 17-9-1 78.82 20-15-4 82.41
20 (8/12) 6.2 114-79 26 5/2 6/2 11/0 19 52-35-6 92.50 4-3-1 92.55 26-17-6 78.30 30-24-6 82.77

RL=Relief, AS=All-Star Game

Pitch F/X for the other Sox that pitched yesterday (Nate Jones, Addison Reed) inside:

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August 6, 2012

Chris Sale reverts to Cy Sale mode

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 6, 2012 10:00 pm
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Royals @ Sox:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Sale(W, 13-3) 8.0 8 2 2 0 7 2 2.59
Reed(S, 20) 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3.83
Totals 9.0 9 2 2 0 7 2 3.96

Pitches-strikes: Sale 101-67, Reed 8-8.
Groundouts-flyouts: Sale 6-4, Reed 2-0.
Batters faced: Sale 30, Reed 4.

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
FF (FourSeam Fastball) 93.75 95 8.49 -0.32 6 4 / 66.67% 0 / 0.00% 4 / 66.67% -0.1442
CH (Changeup) 82.41 86 12.05 -3.07 20 15 / 75.00% 4 / 20.00% 8 / 61.54% -1.3958
SL (Slider) 78.82 81 -3.97 -9.26 17 9 / 52.94% 1 / 5.88% 7 / 46.67% -0.6257
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 92.69 95.8 10.73 0.03 58 39 / 67.24% 7 / 12.07% 25 / 56.82% 1.1693
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 7 6 85.71 7 -0.848
2 13 8 61.54 20 -0.561
3 11 6 54.55 31 -0.848
4 13 8 61.54 44 -0.575
5 12 8 66.67 56 0.596
6 12 9 75.00 68 0.163
7 20 13 65.00 88 0.596
8 13 9 69.23 101 0.480

Sale’s velocity is back!

Here’s how tonight’s start compares with Sale’s previous starts:

Start
#
Innings
Pitched
Pitches-
Strikes
BF GO/FO H/HR K/BB Swinging
Strikes
2-seam
fastballs
-Strikes-
Swinging
Strikes
2-seam
fastball
velocity
(mph)
4-seam
fastballs
-Strikes-
Swinging
Strikes
4-seam
fastball
velocity
(mph)
Sliders
-Strikes-
Swinging
Strikes
Slider
velocity
(mph)
Changeups
-Strikes-
Swinging
Strikes
Changeup
velocity
(mph)
1 (4/9) 6.2 100-60 25 9/3 3/0 5/2 8 20-15-2 94.26 14-6-0 92.85 31-16-4 80.20 12-7-1 83.81
2 (4/15) 5.0 102-68 22 7/2 5/1 5/2 11 51-36-4 94.35 6-4-1 93.60 18-12-5 81.33 18-8-1 84.36
3 (4/20) 6.1 110-69 28 4/2 7/1 11/3 18 52-32-5 93.44 - - 49-36-12 80.65 8-1-1 85.48
4 (4/25) 8.0 101-71 29 4/5 6/0 5/0 4 53-38-1 91.60 - - 28-18-2 78.68 16-11-1 84.55
5 (5/1) 6.0 88-62 22 9/5 3/0 3/1 6 28-21-2 92.35 1-0-0 92.20 23-17-2 79.66 17-14-2 84.64
RL (5/8) 1.0 26-14 6 2/1 1/0 1/1 1 15-11-0 94.41 - - 11-3-1 80.48 - -
6 (5/12) 5.0 103-66 24 7/4 7/0 3/2 6 66-41-2 91.72 5-4-1 92.10 19-12-0 78.17 10-7-3 84.34
7 (5/16) 5.1 103-68 22 2/2 5/1 7/1 13 72-53-10 92.18 3-1-0 94.00 12-6-1 80.25 12-8-2 83.79
8 (5/23) 7.0 97-64 24 11/0 2/0 6/2 10 55-34-2 91.68 6-5-1 92.93 19-14-5 79.79 14-9-2 84.54
9 (5/28) 7.1 115-80 27 4/2 3/0 15/2 23 53-35-9 93.23 - - 33-27-10 79.96 20-12-4 84.52
10 (6/3) 9.0 119-81 33 7/9 5/1 8/2 11 43-29-2 92.97 11-6-1 92.77 36-28-8 79.07 23-15-0 84.57
11 (6/9) 8.0 101-70 29 7/6 4/0 7/0 15 47-31-3 92.52 5-5-1 92.98 16-12-4 78.64 29-18-7 82.89
12 (6/15) 5.2 107-70 28 6/3 7/0 6/4 7 42-28-0 91.89 24-14-3 93.47 30-20-2 79.73 11-8-2 83.16
13 (6/22) 8.0 109-70 27 6/5 4/0 7/1 11 45-30-2 92.84 8-5-2 94.13 22-13-2 79.05 17-11-5 83.98
14 (6/27) 7.0 93-64 25 5/5 6/1 5/1 12 40-28-2 91.75 - - 28-18-6 79.02 22-15-4 83.91
15 (7/3) 7.1 95-64 26 11/3 5/0 4/1 10 44-35-4 92.28 5-0-0 94.34 17-12-3 78.88 21-13-3 83.85
AS (7/10) 1.0 13-10 5 0/2 2/0 1/0 2 6-5-0 94.60 1-1-1 95.10 5-3-1 81.22 - -
16 (7/15) 8.0 115-76 32 11/4 10/0 4/0 7 39-24-1 92.26 17-7-1 92.40 28-24-4 78.30 31-21-1 84.00
17 (7/21) 7.0 90-59 31 5/6 7/1 6/4 11 29-17-1 91.40 2-1-0 90.80 26-21-8 77.15 27-18-0 82.22
18 (7/27) 6.1 109-75 27 6/4 6/1 6/2 13 31-21-2 90.22 - - 45-36-12 78.14 27-16-1 84.46
19 (8/6) 8.0 101-67 30 6/4 8/2 7/0 12 58-39-7 92.69 6-4-0 93.75 17-9-1 78.82 20-15-4 82.41

RL=Relief, AS=All-Star Game

Pitch F/X for the other Sox that pitched tonight (Addison Reed) inside:

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July 28, 2012

Chris Sale threw 45 sliders tonight

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 28, 2012 12:00 am
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Sox @ Rangers:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Sale(W, 12-3) 6.1 6 5 5 2 6 1 2.61
Jones, N 0.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3.43
Thornton(H, 17) 0.2 0 0 0 1 0 0 3.64
Myers(H, 2) 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 3.27
Reed 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 4.00
Totals 9.0 8 5 5 4 8 1 4.05

HBP: Kinsler (by Sale), Gentry (by Sale), Kinsler (by Jones, N).
Pitches-strikes: Sale 109-75, Jones, N 9-2, Thornton 10-5, Myers 17-13, Reed 21-14.
Groundouts-flyouts: Sale 6-4, Jones, N 0-0, Thornton 1-1, Myers 1-1, Reed 1-1.
Batters faced: Sale 27, Jones, N 2, Thornton 3, Myers 4, Reed 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Jones, N 1-0, Thornton 3-1.

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
FA (Fastball) 88.30 89.2 12.47 7.50 6 2 / 33.33% 0 / 0.00% 2 / 33.33% 0.3629
CH (Changeup) 84.46 87.8 11.84 6.41 27 16 / 59.26% 1 / 3.70% 10 / 47.62% 0.9957
SL (Slider) 78.14 80.3 -0.13 1.61 45 36 / 80.00% 12 / 26.67% 30 / 76.92% -2.5457
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 90.22 92.4 12.04 7.87 31 21 / 67.74% 0 / 0.00% 16 / 61.54% 1.1327
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 28 19 67.86 28 1.953
2 8 7 87.50 36 -0.057
3 12 11 91.67 48 -0.350
4 11 9 81.82 59 -0.862
5 24 15 62.50 83 -0.215
6 13 8 61.54 96 -0.561
7 13 6 46.15 109 0.038

Sale has pitched 124.0 innings now this year.

Here’s how tonight’s start compares with Sale’s previous starts:

Start
#
Innings
Pitched
Pitches-
Strikes
GO/FO H/HR K/BB Swinging
Strikes
2-seam
fastball
-Strikes-
Swinging
Strikes
2-seam
fastball
velocity
(mph)
4-seam
fastball
-Strikes-
Swinging
Strikes
4-seam
fastball
velocity
(mph)
Sliders
-Strikes-
Swinging
Strikes
Slider
velocity
(mph)
Changeup
-Strikes-
Swinging
Strikes
Changeup
velocity
(mph)
1 (4/9) 6.2 100-60 9/3 3/0 5/2 8 20-15-2 94.26 14-6-0 92.85 31-16-4 80.20 12-7-1 83.81
2 (4/15) 5.0 102-68 7/2 5/1 5/2 11 51-36-4 94.35 6-4-1 93.60 18-12-5 81.33 18-8-1 84.36
3 (4/20) 6.1 110-69 4/2 7/1 11/3 18 52-32-5 93.44 - - 49-36-12 80.65 8-1-1 85.48
4 (4/25) 8.0 101-71 4/5 6/0 5/0 4 53-38-1 91.60 - - 28-18-2 78.68 16-11-1 84.55
5 (5/1) 6.0 88-62 9/5 3/0 3/1 6 28-21-2 92.35 1-0-0 92.20 23-17-2 79.66 17-14-2 84.64
RL (5/8) 1.0 26-14 2/1 1/0 1/1 1 15-11-0 94.41 - - 11-3-1 80.48 - -
6 (5/12) 5.0 103-66 7/4 7/0 3/2 6 66-41-2 91.72 5-4-1 92.10 19-12-0 78.17 10-7-3 84.34
7 (5/16) 5.1 103-68 2/2 5/1 7/1 13 72-53-10 92.18 3-1-0 94.00 12-6-1 80.25 12-8-2 83.79
8 (5/23) 7.0 97-64 11/0 2/0 6/2 10 55-34-2 91.68 6-5-1 92.93 19-14-5 79.79 14-9-2 84.54
9 (5/28) 7.1 115-80 4/2 3/0 15/2 23 53-35-9 93.23 - - 33-27-10 79.96 20-12-4 84.52
10 (6/3) 9.0 119-81 7/9 5/1 8/2 11 43-29-2 92.97 11-6-1 92.77 36-28-8 79.07 23-15-0 84.57
11 (6/9) 8.0 101-70 7/6 4/0 7/0 15 47-31-3 92.52 5-5-1 92.98 16-12-4 78.64 29-18-7 82.89
12 (6/15) 5.2 107-70 6/3 7/0 6/4 7 42-28-0 91.89 24-14-3 93.47 30-20-2 79.73 11-8-2 83.16
13 (6/22) 8.0 109-70 6/5 4/0 7/1 11 45-30-2 92.84 8-5-2 94.13 22-13-2 79.05 17-11-5 83.98
14 (6/27) 7.0 93-64 5/5 6/1 5/1 12 40-28-2 91.75 - - 28-18-6 79.02 22-15-4 83.91
15 (7/3) 7.1 95-64 11/3 5/0 4/1 10 44-35-4 92.28 5-0-0 94.34 17-12-3 78.88 21-13-3 83.85
AS (7/10) 1.0 13-10 0/2 2/0 1/0 2 6-5-0 94.60 1-1-1 95.10 5-3-1 81.22 - -
16 (7/15) 8.0 115-76 11/4 10/0 4/0 7 39-24-1 92.26 17-7-1 92.40 28-24-4 78.30 31-21-1 84.00
17 (7/21) 7.0 90-59 5/6 7/1 6/4 11 29-17-1 91.40 2-1-0 90.80 26-21-8 77.15 27-18-0 82.22
18 (7/27) 6.1 109-75 6/4 6/1 6/2 13 31-21-2 90.22 - - 45-36-12 78.14 27-16-1 84.46

RL=Relief, AS=All-Star Game

Sale had thrown more than 36 sliders just one time this year before tonight: in his 3rd start of the year, when he also played 6.1 innings and also threw just 1 more pitch than tonight., he threw 49 sliders.

Pitch F/X for the other Sox that pitched tonight (Nate Jones, Matt Thornton, Brett Myers, Addison Reed) inside:

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July 15, 2012

Chris Sale pitches 8 1-run innings

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 15, 2012 7:30 pm
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Brewers @ Sox:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Sale(W, 11-2) 8.0 10 1 1 0 4 0 2.11
Reed(S, 14) 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4.09
Totals 9.0 11 1 1 0 4 0 3.93

WP: Sale.
Pitches-strikes: Sale 115-76, Reed 17-11.
Groundouts-flyouts: Sale 11-4, Reed 2-0.
Batters faced: Sale 32, Reed 4.

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
FF (FourSeam Fastball) 92.40 95.4 7.41 7.25 17 7 / 41.18% 1 / 5.88% 4 / 28.57% -0.5411
CH (Changeup) 84.00 87.7 9.86 4.20 31 21 / 67.74% 1 / 3.23% 14 / 58.33% -0.1032
SL (Slider) 78.30 80.5 -4.28 -1.94 28 24 / 85.71% 4 / 14.29% 17 / 80.95% -0.0731
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 92.26 95.8 9.63 6.59 39 24 / 61.54% 1 / 2.56% 13 / 46.43% -0.8145
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 15 10 66.67 15 -0.848
2 14 10 71.43 29 -0.004
3 22 15 68.18 51 0.480
4 11 7 63.64 62 -0.561
5 22 13 59.09 84 0.647
6 9 6 66.67 93 -0.834
7 12 8 66.67 105 -0.350
8 10 7 70.00 115 -0.062

Sale got 4 whiffs on his slider.

Here’s how today’s start compares with Sale’s previous starts:

Start
#
Innings
Pitched
Pitches-
Strikes
GO/FO H/HR K/BB Swinging
Strikes
2-seam
fastball
-Strikes-
Swinging
Strikes
2-seam
fastball
velocity
(mph)
4-seam
fastball
-Strikes-
Swinging
Strikes
4-seam
fastball
velocity
(mph)
Sliders
-Strikes-
Swinging
Strikes
Slider
velocity
(mph)
Changeup
-Strikes-
Swinging
Strikes
Changeup
velocity
(mph)
1 (4/9) 6.2 100-60 9/3 3/0 5/2 8 20-15-2 94.26 14-6-0 92.85 31-16-4 80.20 12-7-1 83.81
2 (4/15) 5.0 102-68 7/2 5/1 5/2 11 51-36-4 94.35 6-4-1 93.60 18-12-5 81.33 18-8-1 84.36
3 (4/20) 6.1 110-69 4/2 7/1 11/3 18 52-32-5 93.44 - - 49-36-12 80.65 8-1-1 85.48
4 (4/25) 8.0 101-71 4/5 6/0 5/0 4 53-38-1 91.60 - - 28-18-2 78.68 16-11-1 84.55
5 (5/1) 6.0 88-62 9/5 3/0 3/1 6 28-21-2 92.35 1-0-0 92.20 23-17-2 79.66 17-14-2 84.64
RL (5/8) 1.0 26-14 2/1 1/0 1/1 1 15-11-0 94.41 - - 11-3-1 80.48 - -
6 (5/12) 5.0 103-66 7/4 7/0 3/2 6 66-41-2 91.72 5-4-1 92.10 19-12-0 78.17 10-7-3 84.34
7 (5/16) 5.1 103-68 2/2 5/1 7/1 13 72-53-10 92.18 3-1-0 94.00 12-6-1 80.25 12-8-2 83.79
8 (5/23) 7.0 97-64 11/0 2/0 6/2 10 55-34-2 91.68 6-5-1 92.93 19-14-5 79.79 14-9-2 84.54
9 (5/28) 7.1 115-80 4/2 3/0 15/2 23 53-35-9 93.23 - - 33-27-10 79.96 20-12-4 84.52
10 (6/3) 9.0 119-81 7/9 5/1 8/2 11 43-29-2 92.97 11-6-1 92.77 36-28-8 79.07 23-15-0 84.57
11 (6/9) 8.0 101-70 7/6 4/0 7/0 15 47-31-3 92.52 5-5-1 92.98 16-12-4 78.64 29-18-7 82.89
12 (6/15) 5.2 107-70 6/3 7/0 6/4 7 42-28-0 91.89 24-14-3 93.47 30-20-2 79.73 11-8-2 83.16
13 (6/22) 8.0 109-70 6/5 4/0 7/1 11 45-30-2 92.84 8-5-2 94.13 22-13-2 79.05 17-11-5 83.98
14 (6/27) 7.0 93-64 5/5 6/1 5/1 12 40-28-2 91.75 - - 28-18-6 79.02 22-15-4 83.91
15 (7/3) 7.1 95-64 11/3 5/0 4/1 10 44-35-4 92.28 5-0-0 94.34 17-12-3 78.88 21-13-3 83.85
AS (7/10) 1.0 13-10 0/2 2/0 1/0 2 6-5-0 94.60 1-1-1 95.10 5-3-1 81.22 - -
16 (7/15) 8.0 115-76 11/4 10/0 4/0 7 39-24-1 92.26 17-7-1 92.40 28-24-4 78.30 31-21-1 84.00

RL=Relief, AS=All-Star Game

More Sox pitchers (Addison Reed) inside:

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June 23, 2012

Chris Sale pitches 8 scoreless innings

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 23, 2012 11:00 pm
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Brewers @ Sox:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Sale 8.0 4 0 0 1 7 0 2.24
Reed 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4.18
Crain(L, 1-1) 1.0 2 1 1 0 1 0 2.45
Totals 10.0 6 1 1 1 9 0 3.96

WP: Sale, Crain.
Pitches-strikes: Sale 109-70, Reed 11-8, Crain 21-14.
Groundouts-flyouts: Sale 6-5, Reed 1-0, Crain 1-0.
Batters faced: Sale 27, Reed 3, Crain 5.

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
FA (Fastball) 88.30 88.7 10.98 2.53 6 4 / 66.67% 0 / 0.00% 2 / 50.00% 0.5400
FF (FourSeam Fastball) 94.13 95 7.58 5.15 8 5 / 62.50% 2 / 25.00% 5 / 62.50% -0.2879
CH (Changeup) 83.98 87.9 11.54 2.38 17 11 / 64.71% 5 / 29.41% 10 / 62.50% -0.3833
SL (Slider) 79.05 82 -5.78 -4.06 22 13 / 59.09% 2 / 9.09% 10 / 52.63% -1.3344
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 92.84 95.6 9.85 4.66 45 30 / 66.67% 2 / 4.44% 20 / 57.14% -1.4467
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 19 11 57.89 19 -0.240
3 14 8 57.14 33 -0.575
4 15 11 73.33 48 -0.364
5 17 10 58.82 65 -0.047
6 11 10 90.91 76 -0.834
7 10 5 50.00 86 -0.004
8 12 8 66.67 98 -0.848

Sale’s changeup was working fine. He got 5 whiffs on changeups.

Here’s how yesterday’s start compares with Sale’s previous starts:

Start
#
Innings
Pitched
Pitches-
Strikes
K/BB Swinging
Strikes
2-seam
fastball
-Strikes-
Swinging
Strikes
2-seam
fastball
velocity
(mph)
4-seam
fastball
-Strikes-
Swinging
Strikes
4-seam
fastball
velocity
(mph)
Sliders
-Strikes-
Swinging
Strikes
Slider
velocity
(mph)
Changeup
-Strikes-
Swinging
Strikes
Changeup
velocity
(mph)
1 (4/9) 6.2 100-60 5/2 8 20-15-2 94.26 14-6-0 92.85 31-16-4 80.20 12-7-1 83.81
2 (4/15) 5.0 102-68 5/2 11 51-36-4 94.35 6-4-1 93.60 18-12-5 81.33 18-8-1 84.36
3 (4/20) 6.1 110-69 11/3 18 52-32-5 93.44 - - 49-36-12 80.65 8-1-1 85.48
4 (4/25) 8.0 101-71 5/0 4 53-38-1 91.60 - - 28-18-2 78.68 16-11-1 84.55
5 (5/1) 6.0 88-62 3/1 6 28-21-2 92.35 1-0-0 92.20 23-17-2 79.66 17-14-2 84.64
RL (5/8) 1.0 26-14 1/1 1 15-11-0 94.41 - - 11-3-1 80.48 - -
6 (5/12) 5.0 103-66 3/2 6 66-41-2 91.72 5-4-1 92.10 19-12-0 78.17 10-7-3 84.34
7 (5/16) 5.1 103-68 7/1 13 72-53-10 92.18 3-1-0 94.00 12-6-1 80.25 12-8-2 83.79
8 (5/23) 7.0 97-64 6/2 10 55-34-2 91.68 6-5-1 92.93 19-14-5 79.79 14-9-2 84.54
9 (5/28) 7.1 115-80 15/2 23 53-35-9 93.23 - - 33-27-10 79.96 20-12-4 84.52
10 (6/3) 9.0 119-81 8/2 11 43-29-2 92.97 11-6-1 92.77 36-28-8 79.07 23-15-0 84.57
11 (6/9) 8.0 101-70 7/0 15 47-31-3 92.52 5-5-1 92.98 16-12-4 78.64 29-18-7 82.89
12 (6/15) 5.2 107-70 6/4 7 42-28-0 91.89 24-14-3 93.47 30-20-2 79.73 11-8-2 83.16
13 (6/22) 8.0 109-70 7/1 11 45-30-2 92.84 8-5-2 94.13 22-13-2 79.05 17-11-5 83.98

RL=Relief

J.J. says Sale had an 80 GameScore.

More Sox pitchers inside:

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May 28, 2012

Chris Sale struck out 15 and walked 2 in 7.1 in the best start of his young career!

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 28, 2012 7:00 pm
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Sox @ Rays:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Sale(W, 6-2) 7.1 3 1 1 2 15 0 2.34
Crain(H, 3) 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.38
Reed(S, 5) 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4.70
Totals 9.0 3 1 1 2 15 0 3.91

Pitches-strikes: Sale 115-80, Crain 10-7, Reed 13-9.
Groundouts-flyouts: Sale 4-2, Crain 0-2, Reed 1-1.
Batters faced: Sale 27, Crain 2, Reed 3.

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
FA (Fastball) 88.42 88.8 16.07 3.56 9 6 / 66.67% 0 / 0.00% 5 / 62.50% -0.3636
CH (Changeup) 84.52 87.8 16.17 3.11 20 12 / 60.00% 4 / 20.00% 11 / 57.89% 0.4221
SL (Slider) 79.96 82.7 -1.87 -2.18 33 27 / 81.82% 10 / 30.30% 24 / 80.00% -2.3754
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 93.23 96.5 13.74 6.60 53 35 / 66.04% 9 / 16.98% 30 / 62.50% -1.8854
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 13 11 84.62 13 -0.378
2 13 10 76.92 26 -0.862
3 10 7 70.00 36 -0.862
4 18 12 66.67 54 0.134
5 18 13 72.22 72 -0.547
6 23 16 69.57 95 -0.877
7 15 8 53.33 110 -0.532
8 5 3 60.00 115 -0.278

Here’s how today’s start compares with Sale’s previous starts:

Start Innings Pitches-
Strikes
Swinging
Strikes
Sliders-
Strikes
2-seam
fastball
Slider
1 (4/9) 6.2 100-60 8 31-16 94.26 mph 80.20 mph
2 (4/15) 5.0 102-68 11 18-12 94.35 mph 81.23 mph
3 (4/20) 6.1 110-69 18 49-36 93.44 mph 80.65 mph
4 (4/25) 8.0 101-71 4 28-18 91.60 mph 78.68 mph
5 (5/2) 6.0 88-62 6 23-17 92.35 mph 79.66 mph
RL (5/8) 1.0 26-14 1 11-3 94.41 mph 80.48 mph
6 (5/12) 5.0 103-66 6 19-12 91.72 mph 78.17 mph
7 (5/16) 5.1 103-68 13 12-6 92.18 mph 80.25 mph
8 (5/23) 7.0 97-64 10 19-14 91.68 mph 79.79 mph
9 (5/28) 7.1 115-80 23 33-27 93.23 mph 79.26 mph

RL=Relief

What a dominating performance! 23 swinging strikes! The White Sox franchise record for strikeouts is 16 and that was in 9 innings. And Sale’s 15 strikeouts were the most ever in Tropicana field.

More Pitch-F/X readings inside.

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May 11, 2012

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 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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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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May 5, 2012

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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April 29, 2012

Gavin Floyd takes a no hitter into the 7th

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 29, 2012 8:00 pm
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Boston @ Sox:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Floyd(W, 2-3) 6.2 3 1 1 1 9 0 3.13
Reed(H, 4) 1.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0.00
Thornton(S, 1) 1.1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.82
Totals 9.0 3 1 1 2 12 0 3.41

Pitch F/X for Gavin Floyd:

Pitch Statistics
Pitch Type Avg Speed Max Speed Avg H-Break Avg V-Break Count Strikes / % Whiffs / % Linear Weights
FF (FourSeam Fastball) 90.28 91.8 -5.86 7.29 55 39 / 70.91% 5 / 9.09% -1.9794
CH (Changeup) 86.63 89 -6.37 6.15 3 2 / 66.67% 0 / 0.00% -0.0888
CU (Curveball) 79.59 80.4 6.25 -6.54 15 9 / 60.00% 3 / 20.00% -1.2463
FC (Cutter) 84.15 89.6 -1.04 1.53 29 16 / 55.17% 4 / 13.79% -0.3206
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 90.96 91.9 -8.88 7.56 9 4 / 44.44% 0 / 0.00% 0.0899
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 17 13 76.47 17 -0.848
2 10 7 70.00 27 -0.862
3 14 8 57.14 41 -0.862
4 13 9 69.23 54 -0.848
5 23 13 56.52 77 -0.532
6 13 7 53.85 90 -0.834
7 21 13 61.90 111 1.242

BTW, here’s James’ recap.

More Pitch F/X inside:

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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

More Pitch-F/X inside:

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April 15, 2012

Sale dials it up

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 15, 2012 8:30 pm
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Boxscore:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Sale(L, 1-1) 5.0 5 3 3 2 5 1 3.09
Jones, N 2.0 1 0 0 2 0 0 0.00
Stewart 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00
Ohman 0.1 2 2 2 0 0 0 15.43
Reed 0.2 2 0 0 0 2 0 0.00
Totals 9.0 10 5 5 4 8 1 3.34

Pitches-strikes: Sale 102-68, Jones, N 34-21, Stewart 15-7, Ohman 11-8, Reed 20-13.
Groundouts-flyouts: Sale 7-2, Jones, N 2-2, Stewart 1-0, Ohman 1-0, Reed 0-0.
Batters faced: Sale 22, Jones, N 9, Stewart 3, Ohman 3, Reed 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Jones, N 1-1, Reed 2-2.

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) 90.36 91.9 11.17 3.28 9 8 / 88.89% 0 / 0.00% 0.5071 0.415
FF (FourSeam Fastball) 93.60 96.6 8.80 5.11 6 4 / 66.67% 1 / 16.67% 0.7709 0.402
CH (Changeup) 84.36 87.2 11.70 2.64 18 8 / 44.44% 1 / 5.56% -0.7110 0.445
SL (Slider) 81.33 83.9 -2.89 -1.80 18 12 / 66.67% 5 / 27.78% 0.4061 0.469
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 94.35 97.2 9.99 5.83 51 36 / 70.59% 4 / 7.84% 0.1802 0.399
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 10 9 90.00 10 -0.848
2 33 20 60.61 43 0.297
3 15 11 73.33 58 0.596
4 19 13 68.42 77 -0.848
5 24 14 58.33 101 1.127
6 1 1 100.00 102 0.939

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