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April 6, 2012

White Sox Opening Day lineup

Scott Merkin:

Other White Sox links:

And Slate’s Lily Rothman has an excellent article on the plight of Minor League players.

April 3, 2012

RLYW’s 2012 MLB Projection Blowout

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 3, 2012 3:00 pm
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SG has aggregated his standings projections. Here are the AL Central projected standings:

This year, I’m using five different projection systems.  …

CAIRO, which is my own projection system.
Tangotiger’s Marcel.
The Hardball Times’s Oliver.
Baseball Prospectus’s PECOTA.
Dan Szyborski’s ZiPS.

I should note that the Marcel projections used here were generated using Python code provided by Jeff Sackmann and are not the “official” projections, although they should be almost identical.  I’ll also mention that Oliver, PECOTA and ZiPS have their own projected standings so these should not be considered the official version of those forecasts.  Playing time distribution, run environments and park factors may cause some divergence between what those forecasts say and what mine say.  When in doubt, go with the official ones. …

Team W L RF RA Div WC 1 WC 2 PS% W 1 Std
DET 86 76 784 736 53.5% 1.1% 11.0% 65.6% 76 – 96
CLE 82 80 767 751 30.7% 1.6% 7.8% 40.1% 72 – 92
CHA 76 86 707 772 8.0% 1.0% 2.8% 11.8% 66 – 86
KC 75 87 705 765 5.6% 0.4% 1.6% 7.7% 65 – 85
MIN 71 91 731 822 2.1% 0.1% 0.6% 2.9% 61 – 81

CAIRO 2012 v1.0 and Final Pre-season MLB Standings Projection:

Team W L RF RA Div WC 1 WC 2 PS% W 1 Std
DET 87 75 803 741 55.2% 1.3% 10.3% 66.8% 77 – 97
CLE 84 78 759 721 36.4% 2.4% 9.3% 48.0% 74 – 94
CHA 74 88 699 806 3.0% 0.2% 0.8% 4.0% 64 – 84
KC 73 89 682 754 3.6% 0.2% 0.8% 4.6% 63 – 83
MIN 71 91 725 815 1.8% 0.0% 0.3% 2.1% 61 – 8

The 2012 MLB Projection Blowout – Marcel Edition:

Team W L RF RA Div WC 1 WC 2 PS% W 1 Std
DET 84 78 756 723 41.0% 1.5% 9.9% 52.4% 74 – 94
CLE 83 79 755 738 33.7% 2.0% 8.4% 44.1% 73 – 93
CHA 79 83 697 714 13.1% 2.0% 5.1% 20.2% 69 – 89
KC 78 84 708 735 11.0% 1.2% 3.6% 15.7% 68 – 88
MIN 70 92 711 818 1.3% 0.2% 0.4% 1.8% 60 – 80

The 2012 MLB Projection Blowout – Oliver Edition:

Team W L RF RA Div WC 1 WC 2 PS% W 1 Std
DET 88 74 760 696 67.2% 1.5% 14.1% 82.7% 78 – 98
CHA 79 83 695 711 13.0% 2.4% 5.5% 20.9% 69 – 89
CLE 79 83 753 771 12.9% 1.9% 5.9% 20.7% 69 – 89
KC 76 86 705 754 4.7% 0.7% 2.4% 7.7% 66 – 86
MIN 73 89 716 793 2.2% 0.4% 1.4% 3.9% 63 – 83

The 2012 MLB Projection Blowout – PECOTA Edition:

Team W L RF RA Div WC 1 WC 2 PS% W 1 Std
DET 85 77 789 746 56.9% 0.7% 11.2% 68.9% 75 – 95
CLE 82 80 776 757 33.3% 1.0% 8.3% 42.7% 72 – 92
CHA 75 87 712 806 6.1% 0.4% 1.5% 7.9% 65 – 85
MIN 71 91 739 835 2.3% 0.0% 0.6% 2.9% 61 – 81
KC 70 92 697 803 1.4% 0.1% 0.3% 1.7% 60 – 80

The 2012 MLB Projection Blowout – ZiPS Edition:

Team W L RF RA Div WC 1 WC 2 PS% W 1 Std
DET 84 78 812 776 47.4% 0.8% 9.2% 57.4% 74 – 94
CLE 83 79 792 768 37.2% 0.8% 7.0% 44.9% 73 – 93
KC 76 86 731 781 7.5% 0.0% 1.1% 8.6% 66 – 86
CHA 74 88 730 827 4.9% 0.0% 1.0% 5.8% 64 – 84
MIN 72 90 762 846 3.1% 0.1% 0.5% 3.7% 62 – 82

There is a common theme on all these…

March 3, 2012

Robin Ventura’s batting order thoughts

Ventura wants:

Chris Sale had a good start in today’s intrasquad game:

Sale said he was mindful during warmups and at the start of the game to not go hard from the onset.“

Just taking it nice and easy and really loosening it up because you have time,” he said. “You’re in no rush. That was nice to go out there and flip some in and start stretching it out and pick it up as it goes.”

Shingo Takatsu, aka Mr. Zero, made an appearance!

And a photo from today’s game. Chris Sale pitches to Alex Rios:

More pictures here.

Other White Sox links:

February 18, 2012

Brian Anderson news!

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 18, 2012 12:00 am
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Scott Merkin:

“It might sound arrogant, but I know how good I am at pitching,” Anderson told MLB.com during a recent interview. “I’m extremely talented on the mound, and I want to prove it to people.

“Some people might think this is a joke, and wonder ‘Why doesn’t he just retire?’ Well, they are entitled to their own opinions. I appreciate all the support fans showed me in Chicago, and how they really stuck by me. Hopefully in my new pursuit, in my new dream that I want to pursue, I hope they will give me a chance. If some people don’t, I don’t care. My attitude is so much different.”

… No regrets exist for Anderson over his past life as a center fielder. He holds mostly positive memories from his time with the White Sox, and a few he would like to forget. But Anderson has no regrets about making his career-changing choice.

“I’ve been wrong before, and I could be wrong again. But I don’t think I am,” Anderson said. “If I had a decent rookie year [in 2006], all the other stuff would have taken care of itself. I don’t point the finger at anyone but myself. But I’ve never been happier.”

Other White Sox links:

February 13, 2012

Clay Davenport’s 2012 White Sox projections

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 13, 2012 12:00 am
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Clay Davenport has published his 2012 projections (Feb 12). Projected division standings:

AL Central Won Lost Runs F Runs A
DET 88 74 770 701
CWS 79 83 697 721
CLE 77 85 700 736
MIN 72 90 678 763
KCR 71 91 681 779

The projections for the Sox hitters:

Last First Age Pos PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS TRND HBP BA OBP SLG EqBA EqOBP EqSLG EqA EQR VORP Defense FRAA WARP Upside1 Break Improve Collapse Attrition Comparables
CWS TEAM -25 6104 5574 697 1469 285 22 191 665 474 1122 98 45 -3 57 0.264 0.328 0.425 0.26 0.328 0.411 0.254 673 209 7 5 21 20.3 17 39.6 28.7 23.8 0
Konerko Paul 36 1B 627 549 75 156 28 1 31 98 70 96 1 1 -35 7 0.285 0.373 0.509 0.278 0.373 0.489 0.29 89 38 118-1B 4 4.4 37 11 32 28 31 Rafael_Palmeiro,Norm_Cash,Will_Clark,Joe_Adcock
Ramirez Alexei 30 SS 607 563 71 155 30 2 17 77 41 77 9 4 10 3 0.275 0.328 0.425 0.273 0.329 0.413 0.254 67 28 136-SS 0 2.9 19 16 37 30 14 Frank_Bolling,Johnny_Logan,Jack_Wilson,Todd_Walker
De_Aza Alejandro 28 LF 587 539 74 150 29 5 10 53 44 102 24 9 -22 4 0.279 0.338 0.411 0.277 0.34 0.405 0.256 66 17 131-LF 2 2.4 13 13 39 31 29 Kevin_Romine,Trent_Oeltjen,Matt_Diaz,Kevin_Thompson
Rios Alex 31 CF 562 526 74 143 28 2 17 48 31 79 17 8 0 4 0.271 0.317 0.431 0.27 0.319 0.421 0.252 62 22 121-CF 2 1.9 23 23 47 29 32 Garry_Maddox,Juan_Beniquez,Marquis_Grissom,Jim_Busby
Viciedo Dayan 23 RF 562 524 63 140 24 1 20 65 33 109 2 2 19 5 0.268 0.317 0.432 0.263 0.316 0.418 0.25 60 12 145-RF 0 0.8 12 22 42 30 17 Cody_Haerther,Mark_Ryal,Juan_Rivera,Brandon_Moss
Dunn Adam 32 1B 544 463 61 107 21 1 25 69 75 163 0 1 -35 5 0.231 0.345 0.443 0.224 0.345 0.42 0.264 64 17 121-1B 2 1.4 31 12 34 36 32 Tony_Solaita,Brian_Daubach,Russell_Branyan,Jim_Gentile
Beckham Gordon 25 2B 516 471 55 123 26 2 16 45 37 90 5 3 48 9 0.262 0.327 0.424 0.26 0.328 0.412 0.252 56 21 137-2B 1 2.2 25 25 50 15 12 Wil_Cordero,Glenn_Hubbard,Kurt_Stillwell,Adrian_Beltre
Morel Brent 25 3B 500 471 53 127 26 2 13 48 26 73 8 3 38 2 0.27 0.312 0.417 0.267 0.312 0.404 0.245 52 12 142-3B -2 1.4 17 26 46 16 16 Mike_Lamb,Mike_Richardt,Daniel_Murphy,Rich_Aurilia
Lillibridge Brent 28 RF 484 437 59 105 21 2 15 46 41 122 24 9 19 6 0.24 0.314 0.401 0.241 0.319 0.392 0.246 51 8 91-RF 3 1.4 27 19 43 23 16 Gerald_Williams,Bob_Brower,Curtis_Pride,Reggie_Sanders
Pierzynski A.J. 35 C 418 396 40 112 21 1 9 43 19 37 1 1 -43 3 0.283 0.321 0.413 0.281 0.321 0.401 0.246 43 17 93-C -1 1.5 12 9 35 40 40 Brian_Harper,Mike_Redmond,Mike_Lieberthal,Darrin_Fletcher
Flowers Tyler 26 C 261 228 27 53 10 1 9 28 29 77 1 1 -13 4 0.232 0.33 0.407 0.229 0.332 0.395 0.251 28 12 110-C -2 0.8 13 8 35 36 24 Kelly_Shoppach,George_Kottaras,Eric_Crozier,Benji_Simonton
Martinez Osvaldo 24 SS 98 92 10 23 4 1 1 9 6 15 2 1 -3 1 0.256 0.304 0.341 0.251 0.302 0.333 0.224 8 1 134-SS -4 0.1 4 17 38 37 27 Luis_Nunez,Denny_Hocking,Juan_Castro,Juan_Gonzalez
Escobar Eduardo 23 SS 66 63 7 16 3 1 1 6 3 13 1 1 1 0 0.248 0.284 0.337 0.242 0.28 0.327 0.215 5 0 139-SS -2 0 2 24 40 33 24 Sharlon_Schoop,Anderson_Hernandez,Tony_Pena,Argenis_Diaz
Young Delwyn 30 RF 37 34 4 8 2 0 1 3 2 8 0 0 -6 0 0.243 0.298 0.377 0.239 0.298 0.358 0.228 3 0 85-RF -1 0 6 11 27 50 49 Bruce_Aven,Lyle_Mouton,Joe_Borchard,Butch_Huskey
Shoemaker Brady 25 LF 37 34 4 9 2 0 1 3 3 9 0 0 1 0 0.257 0.317 0.386 0.252 0.315 0.373 0.239 4 0 122-LF 1 0.1 12 13 44 32 13 Jason_Grove,Jeremy_Slayden,Tony_Acevedo,Joey_Butler
Johnson Dan 32 1B 35 30 4 7 2 0 1 5 4 6 0 0 -4 0 0.245 0.341 0.43 0.242 0.344 0.413 0.26 4 1 88-1B 3 0.1 9 19 27 40 47 Larry_Sutton,Keith_Ginter,Jason_Lane,Jack_Voigt
Short Brandon 23 CF 34 32 4 8 2 0 1 4 2 8 1 0 0 0 0.248 0.292 0.38 0.245 0.292 0.368 0.229 3 1 133-CF -2 -0.1 6 19 39 35 21 Torii_Hunter,Jereme_Milons,Josh_Kroeger,Chris_Aguila
Thompson Trayce 21 CF 34 31 4 7 1 0 1 4 2 10 0 0 1 0 0.218 0.278 0.364 0.212 0.276 0.347 0.219 3 0 132-CF 0 -0.1 4 32 45 38 23 Darond_Stovall,Jai_Miller,Andrew_Rundle,Kyler_Burke
Danks Jordan 25 CF 33 30 3 7 1 0 1 3 3 9 1 0 -1 0 0.238 0.302 0.377 0.235 0.304 0.365 0.232 3 1 123-CF 0 0 9 11 35 36 24 Brad_Snyder,Steve_Hosey,Kinnis_Pledger,Corey_Brown
Smith Kevan 24 C 32 29 3 8 2 0 1 3 2 5 0 0 -2 0 0.257 0.322 0.394 0.256 0.324 0.382 0.243 3 1 114-C -4 0.1 8 0 18 49 9 Barry_Gunther,Mike_Stefanski,Joe_Durso,Brian_Bormaster

And the projections for the Sox pitchers:

Last First Age Role W L SV G GS IP H R ER HR BB SO GBO% BABIP Trend WHIP RA ERA PERA EqERA EqH9 EqBB9 EqSO9 EqHR9 VORP RAA WARP Upside Break Improve Collapse Attrition Comparables
CWS TEAM 79 83 40 533 162 1460 1368 721 671 149 515 1170 45 0.28 28 1.29 4.44 4.14 4.05 4.25 8.5 3.1 6.2 1 175 -3 19 59 17 45 25 13 0
Danks John 27 Sta 11 11 0 30 30 199.3 190 97 91 20 62 154 46 0.283 27 1.26 4.39 4.09 3.97 4.17 8.7 2.7 6 1 27 4 2.8 92 7 46 17 8 Joel_Pineiro,Jeff_Francis,Jason_Schmidt,Brad_Penny
Floyd Gavin 29 Sta 11 11 0 30 30 195.7 188 91 85 19 50 150 49 0.284 22 1.22 4.19 3.9 3.82 3.99 8.6 2.3 6 0.9 30 8 3.2 114 11 41 19 11 Dwight_Gooden,Matt_Morris,Johnny_Podres,Steve_Rogers
Humber Philip 29 Sta 8 9 0 26 26 154.3 155 81 75 16 45 108 46 0.288 35 1.29 4.7 4.37 4.26 4.3 9 2.6 5.5 1.1 15 -2 1.6 28 16 49 24 11 Chris_Narveson,Jim_Brower,Colby_Lewis,Scott_Kamieniecki
Peavy Jake 31 Sta 8 8 0 23 23 141.7 134 66 62 15 36 113 43 0.28 8 1.2 4.22 3.92 3.78 4.07 8.6 2.3 6.2 1.1 22 6 2.4 108 5 42 20 12 Jason_Schmidt,Wandy_Rodriguez,John_Candelaria,Sterling_Hitchcock
Sale Chris 23 Sta 7 8 0 22 22 133.3 123 66 61 13 49 119 54 0.285 45 1.29 4.44 4.13 3.94 3.81 7.8 3.4 7.4 0.8 15 1 1.6 73 24 44 35 6 Francisco_Rodrigue,Joba_Chamberlain,Ambiorix_Burgos,Len_Barker
Axelrod Dylan 26 Swi 6 6 0 27 14 114.7 109 55 51 12 37 85 43 0.279 9 1.27 4.34 4.04 4.06 4.34 8.7 2.8 5.7 0.9 14 2 1.5 23 17 43 28 20 Tony_Fossas,Jason_Rakers,Shawn_Sedlacek,Richard_Strasser
Heath Deunte 26 Swi 3 4 0 28 6 68.7 61 39 36 8 40 60 40 0.271 15 1.47 5.13 4.77 4.61 4.89 8.4 5 6.6 1.2 2 -4 0.2 11 24 48 29 26 Todd_Credeur,Cedrick_Bowers,Ramon_Romero,Josh_Schmidt
Stewart Zach 25 Sta 3 4 0 11 11 63.3 67 36 33 7 22 39 48 0.293 30 1.4 5.1 4.75 4.77 4.62 9.3 3.1 4.9 1 3 -4 0.3 11 22 47 19 21 John_Cummings,Brad_Rigby,Kevin_Jarvis,Clayton_Mortensen
Reed Addison 23 Rel 4 3 8 39 0 60 49 24 22 6 18 57 33 0.259 32 1.12 3.6 3.35 3.18 4.06 8 2.4 7.1 1.1 14 6 1.5 31 21 44 36 9 Evan_Scribner,Jesse_Carlson,Tony_Sipp,Smokey_Everett
Thornton Matt 35 Rel 4 3 30 60 0 60 52 24 23 5 19 56 47 0.274 56 1.17 3.65 3.4 3.38 3.73 7.8 2.7 7.2 0.8 16 5 1.8 57 28 44 34 5 Mike_Stanton,Paul_Assenmacher,Steve_Farr,Billy_Wagner
Crain Jesse 30 Rel 3 3 2 60 0 60 51 28 26 6 28 57 37 0.267 40 1.31 4.17 3.88 3.87 4.37 7.9 4.1 7.4 0.9 9 0 1 45 26 39 33 9 Alan_Embree,Mike_Jackson,Craig_Breslow,Kevin_Gregg
Castro Simon 24 Rel 2 3 0 24 0 50 46 27 25 6 20 38 38 0.267 33 1.32 4.81 4.48 4.33 4.84 9.3 3.1 5.1 1.4 3 -2 0.4 10 17 53 16 19 Matt_Chico,Mitch_Atkins,Drew_Naylor,Andre_Treadway
Bruney Brian 30 Rel 2 3 0 50 0 50 45 27 25 5 28 43 45 0.274 27 1.47 4.83 4.5 4.57 4.69 8.2 4.8 6.5 1 1 -2 0.1 17 22 44 33 14 Richie_Lewis,Yorkis_Perez,Toby_Borland,Ron_Villone
Ohman Will 34 Rel 2 3 0 45 0 45 39 22 21 4 19 41 45 0.274 39 1.29 4.42 4.12 3.87 4.06 8.4 3.5 6.9 1.1 3 -1 0.4 32 29 48 33 17 Mark_Guthrie,Doug_Bair,Jeffrey_Williams,Steve_Reed
Infante Gregory 24 Rel 2 2 0 28 0 34 33 20 18 3 20 25 46 0.28 61 1.53 5.26 4.9 4.93 5.05 8.8 4.9 5.5 0.9 0 -3 0 11 24 58 13 16 Zachary_Phillips,Lee_Langley,Francis_Beltran,Willie_Eyre
Veal Donnie 27 Rel 1 2 0 30 0 30 27 18 17 3 23 26 44 0.272 16 1.66 5.39 5.02 5.16 5.49 8.7 6.3 5.9 1 0 -2 0 9 24 48 26 27 Jeff_Zaske,Jon_Cannon,Mike_Bumatay,Colin_McLaughlin

From a quick glance these look too good! 750 OPS out of Dunn/Rios, nearly 800 OPS out of Beckham, and WHIPs in the 1.2s from the entire starting rotation.

February 3, 2012

Pitch classification project

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 3, 2012 11:30 pm
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Dan Brooks:

This is a little script that displays seasonal PITCHf/x data using labels tagged by the THT writers. It includes over a dozen different ways to cut and slice the data, with some of the most common PITCHf/x plots (e.g., Horizontal Movement x Speed) and some uncommon ones (e.g., fancy trajectory plots with nice art). …

Here’sJohn Danks’ player card and Chris Sale’s player card.

Other White Sox links:

January 31, 2012

Clay Davenport’s and sg’s 2012 projections

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 31, 2012 11:30 pm
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Clay Davenport (1/31):

AL Cent Won Lost Runs Runs A
DET 89 73 771 696
CWS 79 83 696 716
CLE 78 84 700 728
MIN 74 88 679 741
KCR 71 91 681 779

sg @ RLYB uses his 2012 Marcel forecasts (1/28):

Team W L RF RA Div WC 1 WC 2 PL%
DET 84 78 747 708 43.0% 2.4% 10.1% 55.4%
CLE 83 79 722 708 30.6% 2.9% 7.8% 41.3%
CHA 79 83 686 703 15.2% 1.5% 4.2% 20.9%
KC 79 83 691 714 10.8% 1.9% 4.1% 16.9%
MIN 68 94 693 813 0.4% 0.0% 0.1% 0.5%

Other White Sox links:

January 18, 2012

The Hardball Times projects the 2012 AL Central

The Hardball Times:

American League Central
Team Wins Losses
DET 91 71
MIN 85 77
CHA 76 86
CLE 76 86
KCA 63 99

Other White Sox links:

January 12, 2012

Still Way Too Early CAIRO 2012 Projected Standings

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 12, 2012 11:30 pm
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Here’s the 2nd version of the extremely early, unset rosters, AL Central CAIRO projections:

TEAM W L RS RA Div WC 1 WC 2 PL%
DET 88.9 73.1 785 702 63.2% 1.78% 14.80% 79.74%
CLE 85.0 77.0 749 706 30.6% 3.40% 9.19% 43.14%
CHA 75.7 86.3 707 789 4.2% 0.15% 1.82% 6.12%
KC 73.5 88.5 682 755 1.8% 0.05% 0.64% 2.44%
MIN 67.4 94.6 715 850 0.4% 0.00% 0.06% 0.46%

BTW, Here’s the 1st version of the CAIRO projections:

TEAM W L RS RA Div WC PL
Tigers 89 73 780 703 54.3% 4.7% 59.0%
Indians 87 75 751 696 40.8% 5.9% 46.6%
White Sox 77 85 723 795 3.3% 1.5% 4.8%
Royals 73 89 684 760 1.6% 0.2% 1.8%
Twins 66 96 698 829 0.0% - -

Seems the loss of Carlos Quentin lowered the White Sox projections a bit. Also, the latest version’s projections feature 2 wildcard teams.

Other White Sox links:

December 16, 2011

Extremely Early CAIRO 2012 Projected Standings

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 16, 2011 12:00 am
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SG @ RLYB:

DISCLAIMER: This is very limited in telling us much about how 2012 will play out for a large number of reasons.

1) There are still a lot of roster changes coming.  This may give us some sense of how the offseason has impacted teams to this point and it also shows us how things might look if nothing changed from now until April.  Which won’t happen.

2) It’s too early to construct meaningful rosters for a lot of teams, so these projections will favor the teams that have essentially completed their 2012 rosters.

3) In addition to that, projection systems are inherently limited.  They are designed to estimate a player’s true talent based on what they’ve done so far and also by factoring in things like age and how similar players have performed in the past.  They will generally be in the ballpark for the general population of MLB players, but they can miss significantly on individual players which can obviously affect certain teams more heavily than others.

TEAM W L RS RA Div WC PL
Tigers 89 73 780 703 54.3% 4.7% 59.0%
Indians 87 75 751 696 40.8% 5.9% 46.6%
White Sox 77 85 723 795 3.3% 1.5% 4.8%
Royals 73 89 684 760 1.6% 0.2% 1.8%
Twins 66 96 698 829 0.0% - -

Last year’s ‘Extremely Early CAIRO Projected Standings’ projected 84 wins and 78 losses for the Sox. The Sox finished with 79 wins and 83 losses.

November 10, 2011

Sox pitchers John Danks and Gavin Floyd drawing trade interest

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 10, 2011 8:00 pm
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Ken Rosenthal:

For teams seeking to trade for a starting pitcher, the White Sox can offer one from Column A and one from Column B.

Lefty John Danks appeals to high-revenue teams – he will get a raise from $6 million in his final year of arbitration, then hit free agency.

Righty Gavin Floyd, on the other hand, fits nicely for low-revenue clubs – he is signed for $7 million next season with a $9.5 million club option for 2013.

The White Sox are drawing interest in both pitchers, major-league sources say. Whether they trade one, both or neither likely hinges on the trade offers they receive. …

Will the Sox trade Danks or Floyd, or let Mark Buehrle go? At least they brought back Jason Frasor…

Jon Heyman tweets the Rangers “are believed interested” in Danks.

Other White Sox links:

July 11, 2011

Clay Davenport’s Playoff Odds

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 11, 2011 11:15 pm
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Clay Davenport’s Playoff Odds:

by clicking the link of each team’s name you can see a progression of that team’s playoff odds through every day of the season

based on real-data, no projections:

AL Central W L Pct3 Avg W Avg L Champions Wild Card Playoffs 1D Change 7D Change
Tigers 49 43 .515 86.6 75.4 55.92486 .43351 56.35837 7.38183 7.81095
Indians 47 42 .504 84.6 77.4 36.23713 .47695 36.71409 -5.04343 -0.89384
White Sox 44 48 .489 78.5 83.5 7.15738 .08489 7.24227 -2.87993 -9.13173
Twins 41 48 .421 71.6 90.4 .59413 .00319 .59732 .18329 .37796

projection version:

AL Central W L Pct3 Avg W Avg L Champions Wild Card Playoffs
Tigers 49 43 .503 84.7 77.3 55.51128 .47534 55.98662
Indians 47 42 .446 79.2 82.8 12.18235 .22229 12.40464
White Sox 44 48 .516 81.0 81.0 20.74908 .44954 21.19862
Twins 41 48 .508 79.0 83.0 11.51699 .23804 11.75503
Royals 37 54 .444 67.4 94.6 .04030 .00010 .04040

ELO version (ELO?):

AL Central W L Pct3 Avg W Avg L Champions Wild Card Playoffs
Tigers 49 43 1505. 85.2 76.8 42.65058 .43378 43.08437
Indians 47 42 1512. 85.0 77.0 41.53700 .43670 41.97370
White Sox 44 48 1496. 78.5 83.5 8.79992 .09117 8.89108
Twins 41 48 1501. 77.6 84.4 6.90983 .06208 6.97192
Royals 37 54 1460. 66.9 95.1 .10267 .00050 .10317

Paulie Konerko’s take inside:

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May 31, 2011

The Hardball Times’ AL Central article

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 31, 2011 8:15 pm
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Paapfly @ THT:

… It’s difficult to say for how long the Indians will keep it up. There’s little doubt they have a good team. But are they this good? For what it’s worth, they’ve already played the Royals nine times and have gone 7-2 in those contests, during which they have a run differential of plus 42. Take those games away, and they’re 24-18 with a negative run differential. What’s that mean, then? The truth is, I don’t know. You could probably pick apart any team using a similar method, even the ’27 Yankees. (Well, maybe not the ’27 Yankees.)Perhaps the best thing to take away from this is that the Indians look fantastic so far, but there’s an awful lot of baseball to go. That, and the Minnesota Twins are highly unlikely to give them much trouble as the Indians do everything possible to fight off the Tigers and White Sox for the division crown. …

May 13, 2011

BTB: AL Central Hitters wOBA

Only 3 White Sox players are above the AL Central average. The Indians and Royals have 6 players that are above the AL Central average. The Tigers have five. Minnesota is worse than the Sox; only one.

Other White Sox links: J.J. comes up with an awesome nickname for Adam Dunn: Canonyero and looks on ex-Sox Brandon McCarthy’s success in Oakland, James looks at Jake Peavy’s return, the Sox search for a #2 hitter and replacing some of the Sox problematic players, and Jim looks at the sophomore struggles of Chris Sale.

March 31, 2011

White Sox Opening Day payroll: $127,789,000

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 31, 2011 11:10 pm
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USA Today:

Chicago White Sox $127,789,000
Minnesota Twins $112,737,000
Detroit Tigers $105,700,231
Cleveland Indians $49,190,566
Kansas City Royals $36,126,000
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