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July 16, 2011

Scouts from St. Louis, Milwaukee, Boston and other teams at today’s Sox game

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 16, 2011 11:45 pm
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Gonzales @ CT:

Mixing a 96 mph fastball with a sharp-breaking slider against a free-swinging lineup, Jackson needed only 101 pitches to throw his first complete game since his no-hitter at Tampa Bay on June 25, 2010, when he threw 149 pitches while pitching for the Diamondacks.

Pitching before several scouts that included representatives from the Cardinals, Brewers and Red Sox, Jackson earned 18 outs on grounders and needed only two strikeouts.

Other White Sox links: J.J. recaps today’s game, James recaps yesterday’s game, and Alex Rios is trying to find out where to put his hands.

July 15, 2011

Fangraphs’ Joe Pawlikowski on Alex Rios’ struggles

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 15, 2011 4:00 pm
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Pawlikowski  @ FG:

… This year Rios has played like one of the worst players in baseball. We know he’s not one of the worst, at least in terms of talent. He’s put it on display before. But it’s not as though this is just a half-season slump that we can expect to correct itself. In the last calendar year Rios has hit .233/.282/.346, which amounts to a .277 wOBA. That ranks 137th out of the 140 qualified players. He has produced just 0.2 WAR in that time as well, which ranks 134th. Given this poor year-long performance, it’s tough to expect an improvement from Rios in the second half.

The problem extends even if we go back two calendar years. In that span Rios has hit .251/.299/.395, a .305 wOBA, and has been worth 2.6 WAR. That ranks 114th out of 133 qualified players. If we take that back even another year, which would include Rios’s worthwhile 2008 season — and give us the magical three-year sample for UZR — he has produced 6.5 WAR, which ranks 89th out of 124. His batting runs above average in the last three years is -10.3, which ranks 109th out of 124. Any way you look at it, his numbers are a far cry from the 8.6 WAR (29th out of 151) he produced from 2006 through 2007. …

Other White Sox links: FutureSox talks to Doug Laumann about the Sox drafting philosophy and more, J.J. talks about Rick Hahn topping SI’s list of GMs in the making, Alexei Ramirez is Fangraphs’ 31st Trade Value in MLB, and Matt Snyder at CBS Sports writes about Dayan Viciedo’s magnificent power.

July 14, 2011

Atlanta and Philadelphia scouting White Sox games

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

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

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

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

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

July 11, 2011

Ozzie looks at the Dunn-Rios pledge [UPDATE]

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

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

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

Like Dunn needed more pressure.

UPDATE: More Ozzie:

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

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

July 9, 2011

Dunn and Rios got this

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

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

I’m so glad that’s over! Phew!

Yeah, I wish…

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

July 7, 2011

Dayan Viciedo goes walk crazy! [UPDATE #2]

Dayan drew 3 walks in yesterday’s game!:

Charlotte Knights
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Viciedo RF 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 .324

Dayan is hitting .324/.371/.530/.901 with 23 BB and 65 K in 336 AB.

3 walks in one game! Dayan has seen the light!

UPDATE: That’s a 6.3% BB% and a a 17.9 K%. Other numbers: .369 BABIP, 48% GB%, 17% LD%, 61 RC, 6.92 RC/27, .384 wOBA, 120 wOBA+, 145 OPS+.

Other White Sox links: J.J. gives us his roster changes thoughts, James does the same (offensive improvement is the object of both), Chuck Garfien writes about the Most Intersting Man in the Sox locker room (photo gallery) (J.J. says ‘yeah, but’), and MLB Daily Dish’s Adam Bernacchio gives us the 5 best Free-Agent bargains this off-season (Brett Ballantini has been beating this drum for aquite some time now).

UPDATE #2: John Sickels talks about Dayan Viciedo:

Cuban defector signed to $ 10 million contract in 2008. Hitting .322/.364/.528 with 15 homers, 20 walks, 65 strikeouts in 335 at-bats for Triple-A Charlotte. Power to all fields, should produce a solid batting average with plenty of homers despite so-so strike zone judgment. Poor defender at any position and likely a born DH, but he’ll hit. Age 22. Major League ETA: 2011.

July 5, 2011

Balk-off!

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


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

Boxscore:

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

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

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

Pitch Statistics
Pitch Type Avg Speed Max Speed Avg H-Break Avg V-Break Count Strikes / % Swinging Strikes / % Linear Weights Time to Plate
FF (FourSeam Fastball) 95.38 96.1 -4.07 9.55 12 10 / 83.33% 0 / 0.00% 1.2934 0.395
CH (Changeup) 88.50 88.7 -8.43 3.72 2 1 / 50.00% 0 / 0.00% -0.0304 0.428
SL (Slider) 84.55 85.2 3.74 -0.43 2 2 / 100.00% 0 / 0.00% -0.2115 0.446
Pitch classifications provided by the Gameday Algorithm and may be inaccurate. Pitch Type LWTS correspond to how many runs were likely to score on a particular pitch based on average run expectancy when each pitch was thrown and what happened as a result. Negative scores indicate more effective pitches. Time to Plate is the time, in seconds, that it takes an average pitch of this type to reach the plate. This is strongly correlated with velocity, but also factors in movement.
Inning-by-Inning Pitch Totals
Inning Pitches in Inning Strikes in Inning Strike% in Inning Cumulative Total Pitches Pitch LWTS in Inning
9 16 13Adam Dunn, 81.25 16 1.051

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

July 1, 2011

Another nasty 1-2-3 inning for Sergio Santos

Nice comeback. Alexei and Juan came through. Sergio and the bullpen shut it down. Crain has been very good this year.

RE24: Juan Pierre 1.58, Alexei Ramirez 1.07, A.J. Pierzynski 0.88, Alex Rios 0.69, Carlos Quentin -2.05, Edwin Jackson (P) -0.75, Brent Lillibridge -0.59, Edwin Jackson -0.55 (H).

Boxscore:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Jackson, E(W, 5-6) 6.0 5 4 4 1 5 1 4.24
Bruney(H, 3) 1.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 3.27
Crain(H, 12) 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2.63
Santos(S, 18) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2.92
Totals 9.0 7 4 4 1 10 1 3.84

At-bat screenshots for Santos from MLB Gameday:

1st batter:

pitch #1: 94mph 4-seam fastball: foul
pitch #2: 84mph slider: foul
pitch #3: 86mph slider: swinging strike

2nd batter:

pitch #1: 95mph 4-seam fastball: strike
pitch #2: 84mph slider: strike
pitch #3: 85mph slider: swinging strike

3rd batter:

pitch #1: 95mph 4-seam fastball: strike
pitch #2: 84mph slider: ground out

The first pitch was a 4-seam fastball all time though.

Pitch F/X for 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) 94.80 95.3 -2.36 7.57 3 3 / 100.00% 0 / 0.00% -0.1292 0.392
SL (Slider) 84.54 85.7 3.76 -1.99 5 5 / 100.00% 2 / 40.00% -0.7332 0.442
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 8 8 100.00 8 -0.862

Pitch F/X for Crain:

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) 94.71 95.3 -1.53 10.19 9 6 / 66.67% 1 / 11.11% -0.5081 0.394
SL (Slider) 85.13 86.3 2.61 0.78 8 6 / 75.00% 3 / 37.50% 0.1163 0.436
CU (Curveball) 72.40 72.4 5.57 -9.71 1 0 / 0.00% 0 / 0.00% 0.0421 0.527
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
8 18 12 66.67 18 -0.350

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 18, 2011

Alex!

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 18, 2011 9:26 pm
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you can put it on the boardddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddd!

video: http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=16045733&c_id=cws (0:58)

BTW, John Danks has a very hard head!

June 14, 2011

Bloomberg Sports on Alex Rios’ struggles

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 14, 2011 10:29 pm
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Bloomberg Sports thinks Alex is unlucky:

In terms of batted-ball data (line drives, groundballs, flyballs) Rios is largely the same hitter he has always been. Looking at line drives – the type of balls that fall most for hits – he is actually hitting more liners this year than he did in 2010. This could be some classification bias as liners are sometime misclassified as flyballs and vice versa; however, all of his rates are within career norms.

In addition to the batted-ball information, Rios is showing similar plate discipline. His walk rate is in line with his career number and he has actually cut down his strikeout rate quite a bit. He is also making more contact and whiffing on fewer pitches.

According to the pitch values listed on Fangraphs.com, Rios has struggled with fastballs this year. As a player hits the other side of 30, this could be a concern. Meanwhile, Rios continues to make contact with heaters so it doesn’t appear as if his bat has slowed up enough to be a legit concern right now.

June 13, 2011

Kenny Williams wants Dayan Viciedo but Ozzie Guillen is sticking with Juan Pierre

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 13, 2011 3:00 pm
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Merkin @ CWS:

All White Sox parties agree that Viciedo is a Major Leaguer. The 22-year-old looked prepared offensively in 2010 when he hit .308 over 104 at-bats during his big league callup, but he didn’t really have a definitive defensive position. Now, Viciedo has found a home in the outfield, leaving only a pair of questions to be decided about his future.

How will Viciedo be used with the White Sox? And when will he arrive? During a conversation with MLB.com, general manager Ken Williams seemed strongly inclined to get Viciedo up to the White Sox soon, but definitely not in a reserve capacity.

“It would be awfully interesting to have him in this lineup,” said Williams of the player dubbed “the Cuban Tank.” “He’s ready. He’s obviously got some things he still needs to work on, but I would have no qualms about bringing him here. I’m not going to bring him here to sit. [White Sox manager] Ozzie [Guillen] is not ready to change the mix he has right now, and that has to be respected.”

Adam Dunn is locked in for three more years at designated hitter, and Alex Rios is set in the outfield for another three as well. There are those who believe that Viciedo and Carlos Quentin will become an either/or outfield proposition. Williams is not one of those people.

“That’s going to be the trio of Chicago,” said Viciedo of an outfield including himself, Quentin and Rios, with Quentin potentially moving back to left.

“There are some pretty good hitters in the lineup just mentioned,” Williams said. “Someone else will have to figure out the leadoff spot, if that were something to think about.”

You can force Ozzie’s hand Kenny.

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

Lillibridge!

8th inning, Sox up 3-2. 1 on, Coco Crisp hits one to the fence. Brent Lillibridge is tracking it. Ball goes over the fence. And then:

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=15795827&topic_id=8879206&c_id=cws (0:50)

and Danks’ 2nd win of 2011 was preserved!

Boxscore:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Danks(W, 2-8) 7.2 4 2 2 2 4 0 4.54
Crain(S, 1) 1.1 0 0 0 1 1 0 3.10
Totals 9.0 4 2 2 3 5 0 4.10

RE24: Alex Rios 0.56, Ramon Castro 0.48, Alexei Ramirez 0.47, Paul Konerko -1.44, Brent Morel -0.82, Gordon Beckham -0.50.

Pitch F/X for John Danks:

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) 92.13 94.5 4.87 10.12 44 27 / 61.36% 2 / 4.55% -1.7938 0.413
CH (Changeup) 82.71 84.1 6.68 6.32 20 16 / 80.00% 2 / 10.00% 0.3825 0.459
CU (Curveball) 77.76 78.8 -2.90 -0.28 5 3 / 60.00% 1 / 20.00% -0.2023 0.484
FC (Cutter) 88.10 91.4 -1.12 5.32 40 25 / 62.50% 1 / 2.50% -0.5303 0.426
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 92.85 94.2 7.31 10.09 4 3 / 75.00% 0 / 0.00% -0.2896 0.410
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 17 11 64.71 17 -0.862
2 10 5 50.00 27 -0.743
3 19 12 63.16 46 -0.518
4 19 12 63.16 65 0.149
5 12 10 83.33 77 -0.038
6 12 6 50.00 89 0.240
7 15 10 66.67 104 -0.848
8 9 8 88.89 113 0.187

May 19, 2011

THT’s Jeffrey Gross on Alex Rios

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 19, 2011 12:36 pm
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Gross @ THT:

Alex Rios is a conundrum of turbulence. A five-tool prospect of the early-to-mid naughts, Rios really didn’t do much with his bat over his first two seasons in the majors, posting a combined .273/.315/.390 (.705 OPS) triple-slash line with 11 home runs, 29 stolen bases, 126 runs scored and 87 runs batted in over 257 games played (979 plate appearances). His glove was slick (+23.0 fielding runs above average (FRAR)), but defense is irrelevant in all but the most intricate fantasy formats.

The 2006 season was a breakout year for Rios, however. Over a mere 128 games played (he was slowed down after the All-Star Break due to a ball he fouled off his foot that led to his hospitalization), Rios slashed .302/.349/.516 (.865 OPS) with elite defense (+9.6 FRAR).

Though still somewhat allergic to walks (7.0 percent walk rate), Rios batted in 82 men, while showing a good balance of power (17 HR, .213 ISO) and speed (15 SB, 6.2 speed score). Before his foul-ball injury, Rios’ season looked even brighter, batting .359 with 43 RBI and most of his homers (11) through his first 60 games played. …

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