That was exciting. It was only 1 at-bat but Sale looked good. First pitch was a 94mph 2-seam fastball that resulted in a strike. Second pitch was a 97mph 4-seam fastball that resulted in a strike. Third pitch was an 84mph slider that resulted in a strike:
||Strikes / %
||Swinging Strikes / %
||Time to Plate
|FF (FourSeam Fastball)
||1 / 100.00%
||1 / 100.00%
||1 / 100.00%
||0 / 0.00%
|FT (TwoSeam Fastball)
||1 / 100.00%
||0 / 0.00%
|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
||Pitches in Inning
||Strikes in Inning
||Strike% in Inning
||Cumulative Total Pitches
||Pitch LWTS in Inning
James is excited too and wants more Sale to get high-leverage innings.
Nightengale @ USAT tweets:
Is there a rule that says half of the White Sox prospects must be shipped to San Diego?
UPDATE: Heyman @ SI tweets:
chisox dangled beckham for a-gon. Was talk deal could expand to include gavin floyd. But chisox didn’t favor big quick extension for adrian
Garfien @ CSN:
Let’s start with the four World Series heroes, and their chances of coming back:
Paul Konerko: 50 percent
A.J. Pierzynski: 40 percent
Bobby Jenks: 1 percent
Freddy Garcia: 25 percent
I’d go with those numbers too. More predictions at the link.
I’m sharing this little vignette because Guillen was questioned after Tuesday’s B game with the Dodgers about the possibility of Gordon Beckham being moved for a high-end performer, in this instance, San Diego’s Adrian Gonzalez. And Guillen’s response?
“We plan to have Gordon for a long time,” Guillen said. “I don’t see why people still talking about it.”
Beckham isn’t going anywhere. Ozzie said so. You can take that to the bank:
During a weekend at home in early August of last season, I remember one of my esteemed colleagues asking Ozzie Guillen about rumors of the White Sox reportedly putting in a waiver claim for Toronto outfielder Alex Rios.
“Who?” Guillen responded, knowing full well who Rios was, but seeming to be somewhat surprised by this bit of personnel news involving his team.
Two days later, Rios joined the White Sox in Seattle.
Ozzie likes the team he has:
“Right now, the expectation about this guy and that guy, I like the team we have. We have a general manager [in Ken Williams] who keeps things quiet, thank God. And when he makes deals, it’s for a reason. But we plan to have Gordon for a long time. I don’t see why people are still talking about it.”
On the Gordon Beckham – Adrian Gonzalez trade rumors:
“That’s all a TV thing. Every trade the White Sox want to make, people think they’re going to make with the White Sox is Gordon, [Gavin] Floyd and [John] Danks. Those names are going to come up. And we have to deal with that every time they talk about White Sox trying to make a deal. We got to stay on our toes. Believe me, right now it’s not in our plans. Maybe two weeks from now, that’s a different thing but it’s not in the White Sox plans right now.”
So, is Beckham untouchable?
“no one was untouchable except one.”
that one is Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf.
Peavy confirmed CBS’ report that he encouraged Kenny to go after Adrian Gonzalez:
“Kenny asked me at one point in time, ‘What kind of guy is this guy?’ I went into full recruiting mode,” said a smiling Peavy, who clearly is as honest as he is talented. “I said, ‘Listen, if you put this guy in the mix on this team, a left-handed bat in the middle of the lineup, a guy that could spell Paulie [Konerko] at first and is a Gold Glover …
“There’s not much bad about the guy. I said, ‘Kenny, absolutely. You put this guy on your club, and he’s a great person as well.’”
Don’t even think trading Beckham, Kenny:
Any trade involving a player who has at least 30 home runs and 99 RBIs in each of his last three seasons probably will require a fairly significant haul of young talent in return. The Sportsline article quoted a White Sox source in stating that Williams would give anything to get Gonzalez, “maybe even Gordon Beckham.”
That move seems highly unlikely, especially if Gonzalez was nothing more than a one- or two-year presence in Chicago. Beckham’s ultimate upside has been projected along the lines of Texas’ Michael Young, and five years of 200 hits, 40 doubles, 90-100 RBIs and an average near or over .300 would be about equal to Gonzalez’s contributions.
“I want Adrian [Gonzalez] to be my teammate over here,” Peavy said.
Peavy said he has already discussed the idea with White Sox general manager Ken Williams. Williams didn’t really need the suggestion, because the talk in White Sox camp is that whenever the Padres decide to move on trading their first baseman, Williams will be one of the first in line to make a deal.
“That’s really what we need, a big left-handed hitter,” one Sox person said. “They’re saying Kenny would give anything to get him, maybe even [Gordon] Beckham.” …
More from Knobler:
[Alex] Rios hit .199 in his 41 games with the White Sox after he was claimed on waivers last August, but he insists that the Sox and Guillen suit his style of play more than the Blue Jays did. “I don’t think this team’s a ‘Moneyball’ team,” Rios said. “This is how you should play baseball.” …
Too much time listening to Hawk Harrelson…
Williams is still looking for another solid bullpen pitcher. Major League Baseball sources told me the White Sox have talked to the Toronto Blue Jays about the left-handed relief pitcher Scott Downs, who if acquired, would be an upgrade as the second left-hander in the Chicago Bullpen. The Sox have also asked about Padres closer Heath Bell. San Diego officials insist that Bell will not be traded at the beginning of the season, the likelihood is that by the time the trading deadline approaches july 31, that bell will be dealt. The same scenario exists for Padres first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. …
Levine also hears that “the White Sox payroll is maxed out at $104 million for 2010.” Other stuff talked are the Johnny Damon rumors, Kenny’s #1 worry for 2010 being Carlos Quentin, and talking the marketing dept. (Brooks Boyer) before making a trade.
And here’s a link to the podcast of the interview with Kenny (12:29).
Stats: Downs, Bell.
Both Downs and Bell are on the last year of their contracts and are making $4 million. Bell would be too expensive to get, and Downs would be bad allocation of money. Bad? Yes, why not use that money to go after a DH?
Kenny said he hasn’t even heard the 3 team (Sox-Angels-Padres) Adrian Gonzales rumor but:
I asked Williams if he had talked to Jake Peavy during this offseason, trying to get a gauge on Peavy’s fire and preparedness for his first full season in Chicago. Williams told me that the two had spoken, with Williams needing to ask Peavy about a player from another team to whom he had interest.
“He’s already pumped up,” said Williams of Peavy.
When I asked Williams if that player he asked Peavy about was Gonzalez, he responded with a quick “No comment.”
Remember, a Sox fan talked with Peavy and Peavy said the Sox are trying to get Gonzales.
BTW, Kenny also said it’s too early to talk about extensions to Paul Konerko and A.J. Pierzynski.
the Sox are a Dark Horse:
Yes, the White Sox are coming off a disappointing season. Yes, they took on a Yankee-like amount of payroll at the 2009 trade deadline last season. But make no mistake about it, they are in win-now mode. After letting slugger Jermaine Dye walk this offseason, the Sox will be looking to add more punch to their team. Combine that with the great early returns that Peavy showed (3-0, 18Ks, 1.35 ERA) and you just may have a match waiting to happen. Gonzalez would provide current first baseman Paul Konerko with a much-needed move to the DH spot to help prolong his productive offensive career into his late 30s. …