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May 12, 2010

Freddy slows down (Pitch F/X)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 12, 2010 10:12 pm
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Boxscore:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Garcia, F(W, 2-2) 7.0 9 2 2 2 3 1 4.75
Thornton(H, 2) 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2.20
Jenks(S, 6) 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 6.23
Totals 9.0 11 2 2 2 5 1 4.64

Pitch F/X: (more…)

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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April 24, 2010

Freddy Garcia to get extra rest before his next start

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 24, 2010 11:18 pm
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The extra rest before today’s start worked so it will be repeated:

“Freddy was great, wow,” manager Ozzie Guillen said after his team’s 5-4 victory. “I think those days we gave him a little rest helped him. His next start he’s going to get one more day’s rest. Hopefully that helps him.”

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 17, 2010

Freddy skips a start

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 17, 2010 1:12 pm
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April 16, 2010

Freddy Garcia seeks consistency

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 16, 2010 6:35 pm
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Are you worried about Daniel Hudson Freddy?

“I don’t think about anyone else. I think about me. I don’t care if they have Roy Halladay in Triple-A. I got to do what I got to do and they got to do what they got to do. I don’t want to worry about that stuff. If I don’t do the job, something is going to happen. But for right now, I got to think about my next start. If they have Daniel Hudson or Roy Halladay, good for them. I got to worry about me. I don’t have to think about what they have at Triple-A or Double-A. I’m here and I try to do my job. If I don’t do the job, whatever they have to do, it’s not my call. I’m here, and I got to worry about what I’m doing here. I got to continue to do my stuff and continue to do better. That’s all I can say. I cannot go one good one and one bad one. I got to be more consistent. That’s what I think.”

April 10, 2010

Freddy pitches 7, allows 2 runs. Sox lose 2-1. (Pitch F/X)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 10, 2010 2:57 pm
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Sox can’t manage more than 1 run. That felt like a loss even when we were up 1-0.

The Pitch F/X tool on Freddy:

Pitch Statistics (Velocity Histogram)
Pitch Type Avg Speed Max Speed Avg H-Break Avg V-Break Count Strikes / % Swinging Strikes / % Nibbleness Time to Plate
FF (FourSeam Fastball) 89.78 92.6 -7.18 10.61 48 26 / 54.17% 2 / 4.17% 6.55 0.425
CH (Changeup) 81.46 83.8 -6.06 8.05 21 13 / 61.90% 5 / 23.81% 6.61 0.470
SL (Slider) 79.87 83.1 1.94 1.98 19 13 / 68.42% 2 / 10.53% 4.30 0.472
CU (Curveball) 71.80 71.9 3.12 -4.24 2 2 / 100.00% 1 / 50.00% 4.89 0.526
FS (Splitter) 81.77 82.4 -0.39 7.71 3 2 / 66.67% 0 / 0.00% 7.83 0.462
Pitch classifications provided by the Gameday Algorithm and may be inaccurate.
Clicking individual pitch types will provide individual velocity histograms for each pitch.

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.

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 26, 2010

HardballTalk on the 2010 Sox

Calcaterra:

Ozzie Guillen is more or less immune from heat over his antics, his tweeting and his tendency to shoot off at the mouth from time to time, but he could be under some pressure this year all the same. Why? Because this seems more like the team he wanted than the team Kenny Williams wanted. Back at the Winter Meetings Ozzie was adamant that he not be tied down with a dedicated DH. Williams listened, passed on bringing back Thome or Dye and now there’s a decent chance that Mark Kotsay and Omar Vizquel will be getting at bats from the DH slot. Juan Pierre was clearly a Guillen priority. He’s moving Gordon Beckam to second base just as he was getting used to third (and after being drafted as a shortstop).  I don’t think Ozzie’s  job is in jeopardy or anything, but if the team doesn’t produce, Guillen is probably due a lot of the heat for it. How he reacts to the heat could put his job in jeopardy of course, because anything is possible with Ozzie. …

March 15, 2010

Chris Jaffe has 5 questions for the Sox

Jaffe @ THT:

4. What does the future hold for Gordon Beckham?

Good things – and lots of them. His performance with the Sox last year showed that the team was right to draft him with their No. 1 pick in 2008, and then move him out of the minors after only 59 games. The kid looks like the real deal and should have a terrific future in front of him.

… For a clearer picture what’s in store for him, I did a little digging for comps. Last year, the 22-year-old Beckham posted a 107 OPS+. So, I went to Baseball-Reference.com’s excellent Play Index and did a search for seasons by: 1) 22-year-olds since 1900, who 2) played an infield defensive position (short, third, or second), 3) posted an OPS+ between 97 and 117, and 4) either qualified for a batting title or had 400 PA.

Fifty-three names popped up. Two were in 2009 (Beckham himself and Everth Cabrera) – leaving the remaining 51 to serve as forecasting tools for Beckham. (I know B-ref has easily available sim scores, but I don’t really trust them because of the differences of era and park. Besides, I think it matters to account for defensive position.) I then dug into their careers to get an idea what the short- and long-term future could be for him (they’re all listed in references and resources at the end of this column if your curious). …

March 3, 2010

Will Carrol’s Sox team health report

Caroll:

The Comeback: Almost no one comes back from plantar fasciitis. The one big exception? Pujols. Of course, he’s not human, and Quentin is. The effectiveness of the medical staff at keeping Quentin productive could be the difference between first place and fourth. One new therapy that’s being used is called lithotripsy. Originally developed to help with kidney stones, it consists of pulses of sound being carried into soft tissue to break up the small osseous spurs that cause the inflammation. If you’ve ever stood in front of a speaker at Prive on a Friday night, you still have no idea what this is like. Pujols described his experience as “like being hit on the feet with sticks.” We’ll see if the advanced techniques of sports medicine and a great staff can make Quentin like Pujols in at least one way.

He has 3 guys on red: Carlos Quentin, John Danks, and Freddy Garcia, and 3 on yellow: Gavin Floyd, Jake Peavy, and Bobby Jenks.

March 1, 2010

Pitching rotation set

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 1, 2010 8:47 pm
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Gregor:

… Pitching coach Don Cooper confirmed the Sox’ rotation order this season is going to be Buehrle, Peavy, Floyd, Danks and Garcia. That’s likely to change after the all-star break, especially if Peavy is as good as expected.

February 28, 2010

Gavin Floyd to get the 3rd spot in the pitching rotation?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 28, 2010 3:44 pm
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Merkin:

In regard to the regular-season starting alignment, nothing is official past Mark Buehrle on Opening Day and Jake Peavy on April 7 at home against the Indians. But Floyd and Danks very well could be the next two, in that order, judging by a hint from pitching coach Don Cooper.

“What I’ll say is maybe look at who we’re playing and look at the lineups and think maybe what you guys would do,” Cooper said. “I think we know what we’re going to do. I just don’t think we’ve announced it.”

Minnesota follows Cleveland to Chicago in the opening six-game homestand, bringing with its lefty-laden lineup featuring Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau, Denard Span, Jason Kubel and Jim Thome. Add together Cooper’s comments and Minnesota’s attack, and it appears as if Floyd will finish the Cleveland series and the White Sox will throw the southpaw tandem of Danks and Buehrle at the Twins, sandwiched around Freddy Garcia.

Cooper added that there are no plans to skip Garcia in the opening month, which is a plan the White Sox always have followed when they have five solid starters. The team also has just three open dates in April. …

February 25, 2010

Starting five to make most of spring training starts

Merkin:

All it would take is one brief look at a sheet of paper located in the coaches’ office at Camelback Ranch for Don Cooper to lay out the full Cactus League work schedule for his starting five.

The group of Mark Buehrle, Jake Peavy, Gavin Floyd, John Danks and Freddy Garcia is so crucial to the team’s success that they will stay as close to on schedule as humanly possible.

“I really could tell you the whole Spring Training, if nobody gets hurt,” said Cooper, sitting in his golf cart and watching workouts on Thursday. “We have some split-squad games, and we might have some ‘B’ games. You never know. Maybe Charlie Leesman or [Daniel] Hudson or [Carlos] Torres or [Daniel] Cabrera will get a start there, in those situations.

“Otherwise, our starting pitchers will be doing all the starting.” …

February 21, 2010

Mark Buehrle named Opening day starter

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 21, 2010 2:20 pm
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Merkin:

Mark Buehrle was named White Sox Opening Day starter on Sunday afternoon by Ozzie Guillen, during the manager’s first press conference of Spring Training.

With the trip to the mound set for April 5 against the Indians at U.S. Cellular Field, Buehrle will set the franchise record for most Opening Day starts at eight. He was previously tied with Billy Pierce (1951-52, 1954, 1956-59).

Jake Peavy, considered the staff ace, will get the start in the second game on April 7. …

the rest of the rotation would likely be danks, floyd, garcia says gregor.

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