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June 18, 2011

Daniel Hudson

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 18, 2011 3:15 pm
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No, I feel pretty bad when I hear the name Daniel Hudson. What was Kenny hoping to do when he did the trade? Wasn’t he aware Hudson was in his first year of service time, that Edwin Jackson’s contract would be over after the 2011 season, and that Jackson’s agent was Scott Boras?

June 2, 2011

Jake Peavy gets his wish as he 6-man rotation lives on

Merkin @ CWS:

The White Sox announced their starting pitchers for the upcoming home series against the Tigers and Mariners, and the alignment shows their six-man rotation lives on.

Mark Buehrle opens the three-game weekend set at U.S. Cellular Field on Friday against the Tigers, followed by Edwin Jackson and Jake Peavy. John Danks gets the call Monday against the Mariners, with manager Ozzie Guillen simply wanting to give a healthy Danks the extra day of rest behind Peavy, followed by Philip Humber and Gavin Floyd.Humber has made the White Sox decision to move away from the six-man a difficult one. The right-hander has more recent relief experience, but he also has been the team’s most consistent starter.

Guillen indicated during Wednesday’s pregame interview session at Fenway Park how the six-man rotation would stick at least one more turn. But in that same talk with reporters, Guillen mentioned how the six-man rotation could last through the All-Star break.

“Well, it’s kind of funny, after the All-Star break, we have a lot of days — maybe 12 days with guys without pitching. Then it changes a little bit,” Guillen said. “Before the All-Star break, I want those guys to catch up and breathe for the long stretch.

“Now we have that six-man [rotation], then boom, we go into the All-Star break and we have to figure out to go five or six. In the beginning, we should go with five, because some guys will be spending 10 days without pitching. Obviously they’ll be in the bullpen and throwing on the side and stuff, but it’s not the same.”

Brett Ballantini has more on the 6-man rotation.

Other White Sox links: J.J. looks at how a potential ‘Edwin Jackson to the bullpen’ move would work and concludes that the Sox should “stick with the six-man rotation”, and Matthew Pouliot wonders if Brent Lillibridge is the new Ben Zobrist.

May 30, 2011

Craig Calceterra reviews yesterday’s Ozzie Guillen comments [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 30, 2011 2:45 pm
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Calceterra@ HBT:

I watched the entire video at the link above. If you have the time you should too, because his comments provide some pretty interesting insight into the mind of a manager, not just the typical “Ozzie said something crazy” kind of thing. If someone reported just the stuff Guillen said about the fans at the 11-12 minute mark and and none of his other comments, Ozzie has a valid argument that his words were cast in a misleading light inasmuch as he did not set out to specifically and exclusively rip fans.  It was a very small part of a larger monologue and, in context, they seem fairly benign and reflective, not malicious toward fans. One could even make the argument that the “peeing on the monuments” thing was a metaphor, though I don’t expect many will actually make that argument.

UPDATE: Seems Ozzie just messed up his English:

It turns out that White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen got a raw deal.

Portrayed on Sunday as lashing out at White Sox’s fans, a careful review of the 17-plus minute audio of his pregame session with reporters reveals fans weren’t the subject of his disappointment. Instead, Guillen is clearly reacting toward the hosts of opinion shows on talk radio and television.

Guillen has either listened to or been told of shows where critics have called for him or his coaches to be fired. He has also apparently heard of criticism that his strategy and desire is not worthy of the post he currently holds. In his discussion with reporters Sunday he was defending himself and his coaches. …

Padilla has a transcript of Ozzie’s comments.

And finally Ozzie says things are clear now:

“Everything is clear,” Guillen said in a calm tone. “The only thing is when I read that and sleep well and don’t care about it, that’s all I care. People out there, they don’t know who I am, they don’t know what I do. If you sit with me for a few hours or 20 minutes, … . It upset me? Yes, because it put me in the spotlight, talking about White Sox fans. The last thing I talk about when the team not playing good is the fans. That’s not a good combination. But I was upset because I feel like I’m stupid or crazy or ignorant. But it’s over with, a new day, I sleep well.”

More Ozzie:

“It upset me because most of my quotes [in the stories] they don’t start with the quote [from] when the conversation started,” Guillen said. “ They only pick one stuff here one stuff there and boom.. I never get upset, I never get sad with the media because hey I have to say what I have to say.”

Baseball-Reference looks at winless starts

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 30, 2011 2:44 pm
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And besides John Danks, EJax is on the list too:

… Danks has been pretty unlucky compared to the rest of this group. He’s pitched to a better ERA than most but ended up with more losses than most (on a per-start basis, at least.)Yesterday’s blowout was the worst start of Danks’ career by most measures, including Game Score:

Rk Date Tm Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO HR Pit Str GSc
1 2011-05-29 CHW TOR L 4-13 GS-4 ,L 4.0 9 9 9 1 1 3 96 61 8
2 2010-05-29 CHW TBR L 5-8 GS-5 ,L 4.0 8 8 8 3 2 1 102 62 13
3 2008-04-09 CHW MIN L 5-12 GS-3 ,L 2.1 7 7 7 3 2 0 69 39 14
4 2007-05-29 CHW MIN L 2-9 GS-4 ,L 3.1 9 6 6 4 0 2 83 44 14
5 2009-05-15 CHW TOR L 3-8 GS-4 ,L 3.0 9 7 7 1 3 1 62 40 15

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 5/30/2011.

May 23, 2011

No more six-man rotation? Jake Peavy says wait a minute [UPDATE #2]

Merkin @ CWS:

The White Sox were still using a six-man rotation as of Monday night.

Manager Ozzie Guillen said general manager Ken Williams is on the trip and the plan is to sit down and talk about how to handle the extra starting pitcher. The White Sox started a 10-game road trip with three games in Texas, followed by four games at Toronto and three more in Boston.

“Right now we have a plan,” Guillen said. “Maybe through this trip, but later on maybe not, because if we have some days off, somebody is going to not pitch in seven or eight days. I don’t know if we want to deal with that.”

Guillen and Williams will have a tough job at hand with six quality starters currently in the rotation. Jake Peavy will start Tuesday’s game and Gavin Floyd on Wednesday. Monday’s starter John Danks, Edwin Jackson, Philip Humber and ace Mark Buerhle are also currently in the rotation.

Guillen isn’t worried about telling one of them they’re going to the bullpen.

“It’s not about one guy,” Guillen said. “It’s about the ballclub. We don’t want to do it to anybody.”

more Ozzie:

‘‘It’s not about one guy; it’s about the ballclub,’’ Guillen said. ‘‘We don’t want to do it to anyone, but some guys can’t pitch with eight days’ rest.

‘‘Listen, they can think whatever they want to think. I have a job, and our job is to do the best for the team, not the best for the player. Sometimes when you do the best for the player, they don’t appreciate that, either. I will do what’s best for the ballclub.

‘‘They don’t have a choice because it’s about 25 guys. It’s about the Sox; it’s not about somebody’s name on the back. We’re going to do what’s best for the ballclub.’’

Jake Peavy has a different take though:

“The extra day is so big. Today should be my day. I have no problems pitching on this day. That extra day is big in recovering and it’s just one more day for you to feel even better than you already do.”It’s strange to be pitching in a six-man rotation — the Red Sox are the only other team to do it this season — but Peavy said it might help out all of the starters later in the season.”When you have six guys who are throwing the ball as well as we have, knock on wood, we have six guys who give us a chance every time we go out,” Peavy said. “I can’t see us staying in this the rest of the season, but I can’t see us not having a little bit of an advantage over guys in August and September when we have to be ‘whip hard,’ so to speak, going out of the back stretch. At that point in time, you’re letting it all hang out. I can see us being a little bit ahead of the pack.”

UPDATE: Could John Danks end up in the bullpen?

Guillen said he will talk to pitching coach Don Cooper in the coming days and the team will have a better idea of who might be relegated to bullpen duty. It could be that the staff wants to see John Danks’ start Monday to determine if he or Edwin Jackson is the one that will have to get by, for the time being anyway, on relief appearances.

UPDATE #2: Probably not:

There was some good news Monday night for John Danksdespite suffering his seventh consecutive loss to start the regular season.Manager Ozzie Guillen believes that Danks has pitched well enough to remain in the Chicago White Sox’s rotation even when they trim to a five-man alignment.”I think so,” Guillen said after Danks didn’t receive any run support in a 4-0 loss to Texas and Alexi Ogando, who improved to 5-0 with a 1.81 ERA. “I think he threw the ball well. I think he had really one bad game. We didn’t do anything for him. We don’t help him. That’s the problem. I think I’m very happy with the way he threw the ball.”

And Jake Peavy says ‘whatever dude’:

“Obviously everyone throwing the way we’re throwing, it’s going to be a tough call to do whatever they’re going to do,” Peavy said. “It’s not my call. I’m in it for as long as they want to do it or not do it.”

Peavy believes the starters would have no problem reverting to a normal five-man rotation.

“We’ve done it all our lives,” Peavy said. “We have such a routine that that extra day you can play with. And alter your routine and draw it out longer. But we have such a routine and are creatures of habit that I can easily pitch tonight and feel healthy and strong. I don’t think it’s going to be a problem.”

May 22, 2011

Edwin Jackson’s slider was good; Sox 4 games below .500

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 22, 2011 10:00 pm
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Sox at 22-26:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Jackson, E(W, 4-5) 5.2 5 1 1 2 7 0 4.26
Sale 0.1 2 2 2 1 1 0 6.32
Crain(H, 7) 1.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2.45
Thornton(S, 2) 2.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 5.17
Totals 9.0 8 3 3 4 10 0 3.90

Big day for Alexei: a single, two doubles and a homer. And Dunn goes 1/2 with 3 walks.

Pitch F/X for Edwin Jackson:

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) 95.47 98.4 -3.09 7.19 52 26 / 50.00% 2 / 3.85% -0.1152 0.394
CH (Changeup) 84.40 84.4 -8.60 3.79 1 1 / 100.00% 0 / 0.00% -0.0504 0.456
SL (Slider) 89.67 95.5 0.12 1.44 52 40 / 76.92% 8 / 15.38% -1.1442 0.419
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 94.30 94.7 -5.79 5.59 2 1 / 50.00% 0 / 0.00% 0.0071 0.399
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 16 11 68.75 16 -0.862
2 12 7 58.33 28 -0.561
3 16 13 81.25 44 -0.575
4 18 12 66.67 62 -0.344
5 31 18 58.06 93 0.795
6 14 7 50.00 107 0.244

May 20, 2011

Paint it black

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 20, 2011 12:00 pm
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Petti @ BTB:

The graphic above depicts all AL Central starting pitchers with greater than 40 innings pitched through May 18th. So far, this is the most surprising divisional breakdown I’ve done. Why? Simple. The White Sox.

Currently they have four starters with FIPs better than league average, and four of the top seven in the division. How have they given up so many runs this year? Their bullpen also has a sub-4 FIP. As someone who doesn’t follow the team closely, this is perplexing. With Jake Peavey seemingly set to pull a Bartolo Colon, that rotation could look even scarier.

Title. Stones.

May 17, 2011

Sox re-arrange pitching rotation

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 17, 2011 10:34 pm
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Merkin @ CWS:

The White Sox will use Gavin Floyd in Thursday’s finale of a brief two-game home series with the American League Central-leading Indians, flip-flopping with Phil Humber, who will now start Friday’s Interleague opener against the Dodgers.

Humber will have six days off between starts after throwing 82 pitches and six innings for a win over Oakland on Friday. Floyd actually will be working on regular rest in the context of this six-man rotation, having allowed five runs over 4 1/3 innings in Saturday’s loss to Oakland.

Floyd follows Jake Peavy and has a 4-3 career record with a 5.44 ERA against the Indians. Mark Buehrle and Edwin Jackson figure to follow Humber, with a Buehrle-Jon Garland matchup set up for Saturday.

John Danks pitched today.

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May 13, 2011

Steve Stone: Putting Edwin Jackson in the bullpen is better than trying a 6-man rotation

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 13, 2011 6:45 pm
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Stonie doesn’t like the 6-man rotation that the Sox will be trying:

“It’s not a particularly good idea,” Steve Stone said on the Boers and Bernstein Show. “And there have been a lot of really smart baseball people that have resisted the temptation of this for, oh I don’t know, 110 years or so…If Humber continues to throw the ball as he has…one of the options open to you, and this might be a decent one, although Jesse Crain has been terrific, I don’t think you can ever have too many great arms in the bullpen. But we have a guy who’s been fairly inconsistent, when he’s good he’s very good, when he’s bad he’s awful, and that’s been Edwin Jackson.“

But he’s a guy, that if you move him to the bullpen, and I know you’re paying him $8.75 million, but…if he can go up there for one inning, he can throw 98, 99 miles per hour, and if that slider is even in the neighborhood, guys are going to have no chance agaisnt it. So that would be an option also.”

Audio at the link.

May 10, 2011

Edwin Jackson’s slider was on tonight

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 10, 2011 3:30 am
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5/9:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Jackson, E(W, 3-4) 7.0 5 0 0 1 5 0 4.29
Sale 1.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 6.57
Ohman 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 6.75
Totals 9.0 6 0 0 2 6 0 4.08

Pitch F/X gives the slider a -3.2 runs linear weight:

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) 94.40 96.6 -4.30 9.51 36 24 / 66.67% 0 / 0.00% 0.0998 0.398
CH (Changeup) 86.30 88 -8.44 6.83 5 2 / 40.00% 0 / 0.00% -0.0168 0.438
SL (Slider) 88.35 95.3 -0.70 1.90 52 30 / 57.69% 12 / 23.08% -3.2151 0.425
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 94.61 95.7 -7.21 8.89 8 5 / 62.50% 0 / 0.00% -0.4185 0.399
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 11 5 45.45 11 -0.834
2 13 8 61.54 24 -0.062
3 12 8 66.67 36 -0.862
4 17 11 64.71 53 -0.350
5 13 9 69.23 66 -0.848
6 19 9 47.37 85 -0.259
7 16 11 68.75 101 -0.33

Other White Sox links: James raises the ire of the Hawk by saying Paul Konerko won’t hit 2 HR’s in every Sox game, looks at last Tuesday’s embarrassment,
and examines a negative milestone the Sox hit last week.

April 22, 2011

Carlos Quentin: now OPSing 1.121 (video) [UPDATE]

Video: HR #1 (0:54), HR #2 (0:52). Dr. Fishbein is doing an awesome job!

BTW, here are some BABIPs from statcorner:

Gordon Beckham: .237
Adam Dunn: .250
Brent Morel: .250
A.J. Pierzynski: .250
Alexei Ramirez: .241
Alex Rios: .213

Edwin Jackson: .342
Jesse Crain: .200
Will Ohman: .348
Chris Sale: .346
Sergio Santos: .250
Matt Thornton: .400

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April 10, 2011

Bullpen usage by situation? [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 10, 2011 1:48 pm
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Dyck @ CT:

“This is what you’re going to see,” manager Ozzie Guillen said. “I’m going to go with my gut feeling. If you’re throwing the ball better … Obviously Thornton is going to get most opportunities, but I’m going to put the best guys out there, the ones I think are going to do the job.

“The way (Sergio) Santos is throwing, Sale is throwing, if Thornton needs a break, we’ll give it to him.”

“Santos is very aggressive. Don’t be surprised if you see Santos in the ninth,” Guillen said. “All the people out there, they see ‘closer’ — that’s a title. I don’t know who gets that title. I’m going to go by my gut.

Sounds good. I don’t want Thornton to be a ’9th inning only’ pitcher.

UPDATE: Merkin @ CWS:

From the beginning of Spring Training, White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper stressed one word where his bullpen was concerned: flexibility.Matt Thornton was anointed as closer at the start of the 2011 campaign. But with Chris Sale, Sergio Santos and Jesse Crain also able to effectively pitch the ninth, even before Thornton’s two blown saves, the hard-throwing left-hander wasn’t considered an automatic ninth-inning option like New York’s Mariano Rivera or Kansas City’s Joakim Soria, as examples.

“We didn’t have the quote, unquote closer name,” said Cooper of his bullpen. “We have more than a few guys who can handle the last three outs.

Speaking of pitchers, James takes a look at Edwin Jackson’s Opening Day masterpiece:

Jackson didn’t have spot-perfect control (64.7% strikes), but his slider was so unhittable (26.5% whiff rate) and confusing that he worked ahead in the count frequently while racking up a jaw-dropping 13 strikeouts. …

Man, Jackson is going to get a pretty big contract after this year.

April 7, 2011

Edwin Jackson pitches 8 innings striking out 13 and 1 walking 1 [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 7, 2011 3:53 pm
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4/7:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Jackson, E(W, 2-0) 8.0 4 1 1 1 13 0 1.93
Santos 1.0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0.00
Totals 9.0 6 1 1 1 14 0 5.09

Pitch-F/X says:

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) 94.23 95.9 -4.94 9.40 28 22 / 78.57% 2 / 7.14% 0.8286 0.401
CH (Changeup) 86.20 86.9 -6.94 5.53 11 7 / 63.64% 0 / 0.00% -0.3170 0.438
SL (Slider) 86.51 89.1 -1.08 1.46 49 32 / 65.31% 13 / 26.53% -3.1834 0.436
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 93.53 96.5 -8.42 9.07 30 16 / 53.33% 0 / 0.00% -1.3048 0.404
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 -0.364
2 13 9 69.23 30 -0.862
3 17 8 47.06 47 -0.547
4 14 10 71.43 61 -0.862
5 14 9 64.29 75 -0.862
6 11 8 72.73 86 -0.609
7 8 8 100.00 94 -0.350
8 24 14 58.33 118 0.480

Excellent!

UPDATE: J.J. has more on EJ’s un-hittable slider.

A.J. agrees:

“I remember facing him,” said A.J. Pierzynski, who had the pleasure of catching Jackson in the White Sox’ 5-1 win over Tampa Bay before 38,579 at U.S. Cellular Field. “You didn’t want him to get ahead of you because then it was, ‘Oh boy, I’ve got to try to hit this slider.’ It’s as good as any slider there is.”

March 29, 2011

JJ looks at Edwin Jackson’s slider

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 29, 2011 9:11 pm
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JJ Stankevitz @ BL:

But Jackson’s slider saw the most improvement. He threw it about one in every four pitches with Arizona at an average of 85.4 miles per hour, and it was a few ticks above average at 0.56 w/RC. With the White Sox, Jackson threw his slider 36.1 percent of the time at an average of 87.6 miles per hour—and, not surprisingly, the pitch was worth 2.28 runs above average per 100 pitches.

JJ also looked at Gavin Floyd’s curveball and John Danks’ changeup.

February 7, 2011

BTB has the White Sox rotation as the best in the AL Central

Satchel Price:

When this rotation is healthy, few teams west of Philly can boast a stronger group from top to bottom. Buehrle might average 86 MPH with his fastball, but he’s essentially a lock for 200+ innings and 3+ WAR. Danks, Floyd and Jackson have shown continued improvement over the past couple years; each posted 3.8 WAR or higher last season and they all have the potential to exceed that mark again in 2011. The No. 5 spot in the rotation is murky, but the upside is massive between Peavy and Sale. And even if Peavy doesn’t return until June and Sale is the club’s closer, this is still an obvious strength given how good the front four guys are. When you look at this group of guys and where some of them started, it’s hard not credit Don Cooper for everything he’s done in Chicago. People love what Dave Duncan does for the Cardinals in St. Louis, but there’s no doubt that the AL has a similar equivalent in Mr. Cooper.

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