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May 30, 2010

Sox win 8-5. Pitch F/X, videos, and boxscore.

Video recap.

Highlights: Nix hit a Grand Slam HR. Rios hit a solo HR and two 1B, Konerko hit a 2B, a 1B, and drew a BB. Teahen hit a 2B and a 1B. Vizquel hit a 2B and a 1B too. Alexei hit two 1B.

Boxscore:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Peavy(W, 4-4) 5.1 10 5 5 0 5 1 6.23
Santos(H, 5) 0.2 2 0 0 0 1 0 0.48
Thornton(H, 3) 2.1 1 0 0 1 1 0 1.59
Pena, To 0.2 0 0 0 0 1 0 4.05
Totals 9.0 13 5 5 1 8 1 4.58

Pitch F/X: (more…)

May 29, 2010

Sox lose 8-5. Pitch F/X, videos, and boxscore.

Quentin hit a 2-run HR. Alexei hit a solo HR. Koneko had a 2B. All 3 had a 1B too. Konerko, Alexei and Rios drew a BB too. Beckham went 0-4 and under the Mendoza line.

Boxscore:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Danks(L, 4-4) 4.0 8 8 8 3 2 1 3.34
Pena, To 0.1 1 0 0 1 0 0 4.15
Williams, R 1.1 0 0 0 2 2 0 5.40
Putz 1.1 1 0 0 0 4 0 3.38
Linebrink 1.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 4.19
Totals 8.0 11 8 8 6 10 1 4.57

Pitch F/X: (more…)

May 28, 2010

Sox win 4-2. Pitch F/X, videos, and boxscore.

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 28, 2010 9:09 pm
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Alex Rios hit a 2-run HR. And Ramon Castro hit a solo HR. That was the only XBH for the Sox. Gordon Beckham went 2-4 and crossed the Mendoza line.

Boxscore:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Garcia, F(W, 4-3) 7.0 4 2 2 2 7 0 5.26
Santos(H, 4) 0.2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.50
Thornton(S, 2) 1.1 1 0 0 0 3 0 1.77
Totals 9.0 5 2 2 2 11 0 4.49

Pitch F/X: (more…)

May 25, 2010

BTB’s All-Star Game picks

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 25, 2010 8:35 pm
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Price:

I’ve talked about Rios a lot lately, probably because he’s been one of the few truly pleasant surprises in a rough start to the White Sox’s season. But seriously, ZiPS projects him to finish with 24 homers, 40 doubles, 34 steals and a .371 wOBA, all coming from an above average defender in center field. A lot of people bashed Kenny Williams for claiming Rios from Toronto, but right now that move is one of the few keeping Chicago afloat.

May 24, 2010

Sox win 7-2. Pitch F/X, videos, and boxscore.

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 24, 2010 11:34 pm
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Rios had a 2-run HR and a SB. Teahen had a 2B and 2 1B. And Alexei drew his 6th BB!

Boxscore:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Danks(W, 4-3) 5.0 6 2 2 2 5 0 2.37
Santos(H, 3) 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0.52
Thornton 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2.00
Putz 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3.68
Jenks 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 5.06
Totals 9.0 7 2 2 3 8 0 4.47

Jenks hit 98. Santos & Thornton & Putz 97. (more…)

May 22, 2010

Alex helps Floyd get the win. Jenks finishes the game. (Pitch F/X)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 22, 2010 7:50 pm
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Rios 2-run HR and RBI single were enough to give Gavin (7 K / 2 BB) the W and the Sox the 4-1 win.

Rios had 5 TBs (HR, 1B) and Quentin 3 TBs (2B,1B) and a BB.

Video highlights

Boxscore:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Floyd, G(W, 2-4) 6.1 6 1 1 2 7 0 6.31
Thornton 0.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2.12
Putz(H, 2) 0.2 0 0 0 0 1 0 3.95
Santos(H, 2) 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.55
Jenks(S, 7) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 5.40
Totals 9.0 7 1 1 3 9 0 4.34

Pitch F/X says Floyd hit 95, Putz 95, Santos 97,Thornton 97.5,  Jenks 98: (more…)

May 19, 2010

Fangraphs on Alex Rios

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 19, 2010 9:19 pm
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Klaasen:

Alex Rios … has been on fire offensively, hitting .308/.350/.564 (.401 wOBA) while stealing bases efficiently and playing good center field defense … there are no obvious “luck” indicators for Rios. His current average on balls in play (.312) is actually lower than his career average (.319), and he’s hitting plenty of line drives without it being unsustainable. His home run per fly ball rate is a bit up, but not excessively, and it may be that he is better suited to his new home park. Hit Tracker doesn’t see him as overly lucky, in any case. Rios walk rate is down a bit and his O-Swing% is up a little, so those are worth tracking.

May 18, 2010

THT Fantasy on Paul Konerko and Alex Rios

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 18, 2010 11:28 am
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Singman:

Paul Konerko — It feels like a year much closer to 2004 when I see that Konerko is the MLB leader in home runs. It is now six years later and surprisingly that statement currently is valid. Don’t get fooled into thinking that his low .198 BABIP means that his average should rise quite a bit. When he stops hitting home runs at his current machine gun pace, the negative impact of those flyballs getting caught on his average will offset the gains by a higher BABIP. Just be happy he’s on your team if he is.

Alex Rios — Last year it felt like the Jays sent the ghost of Alex Rios over to Chicago and, well, if that’s true it seems the rest of his body made the trip this year. Rios is hitting the ball hard and stealing plenty of bases—two things he seemed to partially forget last year. If only Aaron Hill, Adam Lind, Wells and Rios had synchronized their monster seasons, the Jays could have had an offense worthy of the AL East.

May 10, 2010

BTB on Alex Rios

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 10, 2010 7:07 pm
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Price:

Rios’ line is up to .324/.361/.604 on the year. … he’s posting easily the best contact rates of his career, and he’s maintained a walk rate near his 6% career mark. But his power is back (6 HR, 1 3B, 11 2B in 29 games) and he appears to have made some legitimate adjustments at the plate. He’s swinging and missing significantly less even though he’s swinging more often than before, reflecting a distinctly different approach than the one we saw last fall. He’s taking very few first-pitch strikes, his 46% mark is the third-lowest in the majors. He’s hitting the ball into the air more often again after hitting the ball on the ground 43% of the time last season, that mark is down to 35% of the time this year. Oh, and he’s already stolen 9 bases this season, which makes him one of game’s more interesting power-speed players. ZiPS now projects Rios to finish the year with a .364 wOBA, about 18 runs above average per 600 plate appearances. And like with Byrd, his limited defensive numbers have been quite good this year, with +4 marks in both UZR and DRS. He’s been good for 1.8 fWAR, easily the best on the team.

May 8, 2010

Peavy is back baby! 8 K / 0 BB over 8 IP. Sox win 7-3.

Paulie hits dinger #13

A look at the TBs: Konerko 5 (HR, 1B, BB), Andruw 3 (3B), Rios 2 (2B). Beckham had 2 BB and a 1B. Quentin had 2B.

Video highlights

Boxscore:

Peavy(W, 2-2) 8.0 3 2 2 0 8 2 5.56
Santos 1.0 2 1 1 0 1 0 0.73
Totals 9.0 5 3 3 0 9 2 4.61

Pitch F/X says:

Peavy:

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) 92.08 94.1 -6.67 10.75 16 11 / 68.75% 2 / 12.50% -0.5763 0.413
CH (Changeup) 84.75 85.9 -7.68 5.14 8 6 / 75.00% 3 / 37.50% -0.2151 0.446
SL (Slider) 82.15 84.3 3.29 2.25 23 15 / 65.22% 5 / 21.74% 1.6846 0.461
CU (Curveball) 78.28 81.3 4.46 -2.96 12 8 / 66.67% 1 / 8.33% -0.4017 0.481
FC (Cutter) 87.91 89.9 0.23 5.71 22 17 / 77.27% 4 / 18.18% -1.6937 0.429
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 92.53 93.8 -9.93 8.57 32 21 / 65.63% 3 / 9.38% -1.9174 0.412
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 13 9 69.23 13 -0.834
2 13 8 61.54 26 -0.862
3 13 8 61.54 39 -0.834
4 19 14 73.68 58 -0.862
5 9 6 66.67 67 -0.834
6 23 17 73.91 90 1.080
7 6 4 66.67 96 -0.570
8 17 12 70.59 113 0.596

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) 96.24 97.2 -6.00 8.70 12 8 / 66.67% 0 / 0.00% 1.2194 0.394
CH (Changeup) 86.77 87.1 -9.41 2.94 3 0 / 0.00% 0 / 0.00% 0.1901 0.438
SL (Slider) 85.45 87.3 2.63 -1.18 4 4 / 100.00% 2 / 50.00% -0.6283 0.441
CU (Curveball) 87.50 87.5 2.60 0.01 1 0 / 0.00% 0 / 0.00% 0.0296 0.432
Inning-by-Inning Pitch Totals
Inning Pitches in Inning Strikes in Inning Strike% in Inning Cumulative Total Pitches Pitch LWTS in Inning
9 20 12 60.00 20 0.811

May 5, 2010

Freddy goes 6. Andruw and Rios go yard. Sox win 9-2.

Video highlights

A look at the TBs: Rios 6 TBs (HR, 2B), Andruw 4 TBs (HR, BB), Teahen 3 TBs (2B, 1B ), Konerko 2 TBs (2B), Pierre 2 (2 1B). Beckham and AJ had 2 BB each too.

Boxscore:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Garcia, F(W, 1-2) 6.0 10 2 2 0 4 0 5.28
Linebrink 1.0 2 0 0 0 0 0 4.76
Putz 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.70
Jenks 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4.09
Totals 9.0 12 2 2 0 4 0 4.73

The Pitch F/X tool says:

Linebrink hit 97, Putz 96, Jenks 98. In detail:

Garcia:

Pitch Statistics
Pitch Type Avg Speed Max Speed Avg H-Break Avg V-Break Count Strikes / % Swinging Strikes / % Nibbleness Time to Plate
FF (FourSeam Fastball) 87.66 90.4 -5.28 11.55 30 16 / 53.33% 0 / 0.00% 7.85 0.436
CH (Changeup) 81.41 83.6 -6.80 7.72 28 21 / 75.00% 5 / 17.86% 8.18 0.470
SL (Slider) 80.45 84.6 2.57 3.82 20 16 / 80.00% 0 / 0.00% 6.77 0.472
CU (Curveball) 71.90 71.9 8.35 -2.88 1 0 / 0.00% 0 / 0.00% 9.46 0.536
FS (Splitter) 81.68 83.8 -0.48 5.06 5 5 / 100.00% 0 / 0.00% 5.45 0.468
Pitch classifications provided by the Gameday Algorithm and may be inaccurate.

Nibbleness is the arithmetic mean of the distance of each pitch, in inches, from the edge of a normalized strikezone. Lower indicates “more Nibbley”.
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.

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May 3, 2010

Peavy returns to form. Sox win 5-1.

No walk parade for Jake today. 9 strikeouts and 1 walk.

A look at the TBs: Alexei: 5 TBs (HR, 1B), Rios: 4 TBs (2B, 2 1B, CS), Andruw: 3 TBs (2B, 1B, SB). Beckham has 2 BB and Pierre 2 SB.

Video highlights

From the boxscore:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Peavy(W, 1-2) 7.0 4 0 0 1 9 0 6.31
Thornton 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.84
Linebrink 1.0 2 1 1 0 0 1 5.23
Totals 9.0 6 1 1 1 9 1 4.75

The Pitch F/X tool says: (more…)

April 29, 2010

Oh Paulie! I didn’t knew you could hit them like that.

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 29, 2010 10:19 pm
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2 HRs for Konerko and a good pitching by Gavin Floyd lead the Sox to a 7-5 win

A look at the TBs: Konerko 8 TBs (2 HR), Beckham 3 TBs (2B, 1B, BB). Andruw had 2 BB. Rios had 2 SBs and a BB.

Video Highlights

Boxscore:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Floyd, G(W, 1-2) 7.0 5 3 1 0 5 1 6.49
Thornton(H, 1) 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1.59
Jenks 1.0 3 2 2 0 3 0 5.00
Totals 9.0 9 5 3 0 9 1 4.48

The Pitch F/X tool says: (more…)

April 27, 2010

Phil Rogers speculates the Sox might trade for Prince Fielder

Rogers:

… the White Sox have the parts to do a deal if they decide they’re not going to re-sign Paul Konerko.

What about Fielder to the White Sox for a package built around pitching and Triple-A first baseman Dayan Viciedo? John Danks certainly would get Melvin’s attention. Gavin Floyd might to a lesser degree and both Daniel Hudson and Sergio Santos have a ton of value. Hudson gives the Sox the flexibility to deal a big-league starter, assuming he doesn’t have to be in the package himself.

It’s hard to see the Sox having the will to keep Fielder long-term, however, which makes it a huge risk to give up young talent for 1 1/2 seasons of his mashing. But what if the Brewers are interested in Alex Rios, who is signed through 2014 at a level just beyond what they have paid Fielder? Trading for a veteran is easier than signing a proven player through free agency.

If Rios went to the Brewers in the deal, the Sox might be able to sign Fielder to a Teixeira/Howard contract long term. After 2010, he would replace Konerko and Rios on the payroll, with Andruw Jones (if the Sox can keep him) or Jordan Danks in center.

Fielder to the White Sox is probably a long shot. But so is Fielder staying put.

First, John Danks isn’t going anywhere. Now, if you think the Brewers will be interested in Dayan Viciedo in a Prince Fielder trade, you are smoking something. Same for Alex Rios.

April 24, 2010

Alex Rios’ turn to hit the walkoff HR (Pitch F/X)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 24, 2010 7:15 pm
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Konerko’s solo HR brings the Sox within 1, Quentin walks and Rios hits a 2-run HR for the walkoff win and bails out Bobby Jenks who started the 9th 2-2 and allowed 2 runs. He even walked Griffey! Freddy allowed 2 runs over 7 IP (2 BB / 5 K) and Santos pitched 1 scoreless

A look at the TBs: Rios 6 TBs (HR, 2 1B), Konerko 4 TBs (HR), Alexei 2 TBs (2B), Andruw 2 TBs (2B, BB)

Video highlights

Boxscore:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Garcia, F 7.0 2 2 2 2 5 1 5.82
Santos 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Jenks(W, 1-0) 1.0 2 2 2 1 1 0 3.86
Totals 9.0 4 4 4 3 6 1 4.58

Pitch F/X says: (more…)

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