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May 24, 2010

We’re #1!

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 24, 2010 6:25 pm
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not in something good though:

teams this season with the most “regular” players (meaning “Qualified for league batting title” to date) with an OPS+ less than 101:

Rk Year Tm Lg #Matching
1 2010 Chicago White Sox AL 6 Gordon Beckham / Juan Pierre / A.J. Pierzynski / Carlos Quentin / Alexei Ramirez / Mark Teahen
2 2010 Houston Astros NL 5 Michael Bourn / Pedro Feliz / Jeff Keppinger / Carlos Lee / Hunter Pence

There are 4 teams with 4 after Houston.

May 21, 2010

Alexei helps Buehrle get the win. Santos finishes the game. (Pitch F/X)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 21, 2010 9:51 pm
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Alexei had a 3-run HR and a 2-run 2B. Kotsay had a solo HR and 2 1B.  Quentin had 2 1B.

Boxscore:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Buehrle(W, 3-5) 8.0 3 0 0 3 3 0 4.55
Santos 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.59
Totals 9.0 3 0 0 3 5 0 4.43

Pitch F/X says: (more…)

May 20, 2010

Sox rally falls short.

Only Sox XBH hit of the night was a 2B by A.J. Pierzynski. Juan Pierre had 3 1B, Carlos Quentin and Alexei Ramirez had 2 1B each, and Mark Kotsay drew 2 BB.

Boxscore:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Peavy(L, 3-3) 6.0 8 6 6 2 8 1 5.74
Williams, R 1.2 2 0 0 0 0 0 3.86
Pena, To 1.1 1 0 0 1 1 0 5.21
Totals 9.0 11 6 6 3 9 1 4.54

Pitch F/X says: (more…)

May 15, 2010

Peavy pitches into the 9th and Thornton closes it for the 5-4 win!

Peavy allowed 3 runs with 2 outs in the 1st but Sox comeback for the win. Thornton earned his 1st save for the season. Beckham, who batted 2nd, went 1-5 and increased his average!

Video highlights

A look at the TBs: Alexei 3 (3 1B), Pierre 2 (2 1B). Andruw had 1 BB, and Teahen 2 BB.

Boxscore:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Peavy(W, 3-2) 8.1 7 4 4 1 5 1 5.37
Thornton(S, 1) 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.12
Totals 9.0 7 4 4 1 5 1 4.61

The Pitch F/X tool says: (more…)

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 26, 2010

A.J. Pierzynski is on-notice

Manning:

Tyler Flowers has a .421 wOBA for Triple-A Charlotte and may A.J. Pierzynski be put on notice:

And Ozzie says:

“I might move (Mark) Teahen up in A.J.’s spot and move A.J. down,” he said. “If I do that, I don’t want those guys to feel I don’t have confidence in them. But when the manager changes the lineups and moves people, that’s for a reason. I have a couple days to think about it.”

BTW, A.J. has a .151 BABIP.

UPDATE: I forgot Mark Kotsay! I put him in Harrelson’s place.

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…)

April 20, 2010

Vote for Gordon. A lot!

Merkin:

Beckham certainly will have a chance to be voted into the 2010 Midsummer Classic as a starter, making his first appearance on the All-Star ballot. Beckham is joined by eight of his teammates, including representation at the designated-hitter slot, with the 2010 Midsummer Classic to be played at the home of the Angels.

Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times at MLB.com and all 30 club sites using the 2010 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Sprint until July 1 at 10:59 p.m. CT. …

Other Sox candidates: Paul Konerko (1B), Alexei Ramirez (SS), Mark Teahen (3B), A.J. Pierzynski (C), Andruw Jones (DH), Carlos Quentin (OF), Alex Rios (OF), Juan Pierre (OF).

April 4, 2010

Opening Day lineup

1. Juan Pierre LF
2. Gordon Beckham 2B
3. Carlos Quentin RF
4. Paul Konerko 1B
5. Mark Kotsay DH
6. Alex Rios CF
7. A.J. Pierzynski C
8. Mark Teahen 3B
9. Alexei Ranmirez SS
Mark Buehrle is pitching (will be his club-record 8th Opening Day start)

The Sox could use a .360 wOBA in DH. Anyone? Anyone?

March 31, 2010

Joe Poz’s sleeper pick: Mark Teahen

Joe Poz:

I have been a Teahen booster for a long time, and except for a terrific second half in 2006 — when he hit .319 with 18 homers in 83 games — he has mostly disappointed. I tend to believe that most of it has had to do with his circumstances in Kansas City, where the Royals moved him from position to position and bounced him up and down the lineup. Teahen is now settled in Chicago — he will be the White Sox everyday third baseman (his favorite position). And he will be playing in the best home run park in the American League. Scouts keep telling me that Teahen is what he is — a .270 or so hitter with only moderate power and good base running instincts. I think he might be a bit more. …

March 20, 2010

BaseballMusings looks on the Sox offense

BaseballMusings plugs the Marcel projections into the Lineup Analysis Tool:

  • Best lineup: 4.89 runs per game
  • Probable lineup: 4.84 runs per game
  • Worst lineup: 4.67 runs per game
  • Regressed lineup: 4.56 runs per game

The White Sox probable lineup comes very close to the optimum lineup, just 0.5 behind. One reason is that Guillen puts Pierre, Beckham and Quentin consecutively in the lineup. The LAT slots them 9-1-2 instead of 1-2-3, but keeping those three together helps get the most out of the order.

The lineup used now is ‘Pierre, Beckham, Quentin, Konerko, Rios, Pierzynski, Ramirez, Teahen and Kotsay.’ When I used the LAT back in February 1, the projected lineup was ‘Pierre, Rios, Quentin, Konerko, Teahen, Beckham, Pierzynski, Ramirez and Kotsay,’ and the results were:

Best lineup: 4.89 runs per game
Probable lineup: 4.81 runs per game
Worst lineup: 4.67 runs per game

Seems the current lineup projection is closer to the optimal run production!

March 17, 2010

Ozzie Guillen has two thirds of the lineup down

Dyck:

… “I know my lineup,” Guillen said. “I got my lineup against lefties and righties already.” But when pressed for the exact batting order, Guillen came up with several possibilities, even though he claims that “it’s easier than in the past.” He listed Pierre, Gordon Beckham, Carlos Quentin and Paul Konerko as the first four. And he seemed certain that Mark Teahen would bat eighth and Alexei Ramirez ninth. Five through seven? “(Mark) Kotsay fifth and A.J. seventh, or … (those) two lefties will bat fifth and seventh with (Alex) Rios in the middle,” he said. “Or I might put Kotsay in the middle.” …

March 12, 2010

Scot Gregor ranks the AL shortstops

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 12, 2010 11:45 pm
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Gregor:

1. Derek Jeter, Yankees

2. Marco Scutaro, Red Sox

3. ALEXEI RAMIREZ, WHITE SOX

March 10, 2010

Alexei promises more bunting in April

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 10, 2010 2:40 pm
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Cowley:

”The only difference you’ll see in April this year is I’m going to try to bunt a little more,” Ramirez said through an interpreter. ”I need to get it out of my mind that it’s too cold and just play the game, see what happens. I feel like I have the experience now; I know what to expect. That’s also going to help.”

March 5, 2010

Fangraphs on Alexei Ramirez

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 5, 2010 10:15 pm
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Klaassen:

Who is Alexei Ramirez? Well, he’s the starting shortstop for the Chicago White Sox who hails from Cuba. But who is he really as a baseball player? No, this isn’t a predictable comment about the birth certificates of Cuban players. Rather, it’s about the striking contrast between his only two seasons of playing baseball full-time in the MLB. (He did not play in the minor leagues.)

Many players have widely varying performances from season to season. Ramirez’s jump in Wins Above Replacement from 1.0 WAR in 2008 to 2.2 WAR in 2009 isn’t all that shocking; it happens all the time. …

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