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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 14, 2011

Gavin Floyd loses today’s game and more

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 14, 2011 9:00 pm
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5/14 Boxscore:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Floyd, G(L, 4-3) 4.1 9 5 5 2 4 0 4.22
Pena, To 2.2 1 1 0 3 1 0 6.92
Sale 1.0 0 0 0 2 1 0 6.08
Totals 8.0 10 6 5 7 6 0 4.14

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) 90.06 92.1 -4.62 8.08 45 31 / 68.89% 2 / 4.44% 1.9204 0.415
CH (Changeup) 83.52 85 -7.21 6.44 6 1 / 16.67% 0 / 0.00% -0.0187 0.446
CU (Curveball) 76.97 78.9 9.19 -7.24 22 12 / 54.55% 0 / 0.00% 0.6711 0.492
FC (Cutter) 84.67 87.4 0.08 2.71 19 14 / 73.68% 0 / 0.00% -0.6671 0.441
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 89.67 90.3 -9.30 6.15 3 1 / 33.33% 0 / 0.00% 0.4872 0.418
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 23 12 52.17 23 0.479
2 27 18 66.67 50 0.941
3 12 8 66.67 62 -0.532
4 17 10 58.82 79 -0.862
5 16 11 68.75 95 2.368

Fangraphs says that the velocity of Floyd’d fastball has lost almost 2 mph from last year. Last year Floyd’s average velocity was 92.4 mph and this year he’s down to 90.5 mph:

It is a surprise to find Gavin Floyd‘s name above as he has pitched fantastically so far, having posted career bests in both K/9 and BB/9. However, his SwStk% and Contact% are slightly worse than in the past several years so I would expect his K/9 to drop below 8.0 as a result. Though, he is throwing his curve ball and sliders more frequently this season at the expense of his fastball, which has led to a career best called strike percentage. So maybe his increased K/9 is actually sustainable, if he continues with this altered pitch mix. Still, the decreased velocity remains a slight concern.

The TexasLeaguers.com Pitch-F/X database has the same number (90.5).

Other White Sox links: James looks at the loss of Jeff Gray, and the struggles of and Matt Thornton and excellence of Sergio Santos.

May 9, 2011

Jake Peavy will make his first start of the season Wednesday night

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 9, 2011 8:40 pm
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More by Merkin here.

April 26, 2011

Gavin Floyd struck out 10 and walked 1 tonight

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 26, 2011 10:50 pm
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Boxscore:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Floyd, G(W, 3-1) 8.0 4 2 2 1 10 2 3.60
Thornton(H, 1) 0.1 0 0 0 1 0 0 6.43
Santos(S, 2) 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Totals 9.0 4 2 2 2 10 2 4.14

Floyd’s curveball was awesome tonight:

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) 90.60 92.5 -5.03 9.16 35 22 / 62.86% 4 / 11.43% -0.1221 0.415
CH (Changeup) 83.80 85.3 -6.57 8.60 7 2 / 28.57% 0 / 0.00% 0.1175 0.450
CU (Curveball) 77.60 79.4 9.01 -5.58 31 20 / 64.52% 5 / 16.13% -1.9682 0.488
FC (Cutter) 84.44 86.9 0.37 4.71 25 20 / 80.00% 6 / 24.00% -0.8447 0.444
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 90.38 91.5 -9.50 8.12 4 2 / 50.00% 0 / 0.00% -0.0197 0.414
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 14 8 57.14 14 -0.862
2 12 9 75.00 26 0.596
3 15 8 53.33 41 -0.547
4 12 7 58.33 53 -0.834
5 10 6 60.00 63 0.596
6 9 7 77.78 72 -0.575
7 17 10 58.82 89 -0.862
8 10 8 80.00 99 -0.848
9 3 3 100.00 102 0.498

Matt Thornton, and Sergio Santos inside:

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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 21, 2011

Gavin’s curveball was on tonight

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 21, 2011 9:00 pm
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4/21:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Floyd, G(W, 2-1) 6.0 7 2 2 2 7 0 4.00
Ohman 1.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 8.59
Santos 1.0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0.00
Gray 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Totals 9.0 8 2 2 3 11 0 4.00

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) 90.82 92.6 -3.30 8.42 34 25 / 73.53% 0 / 0.00% 1.0010 0.415
CH (Changeup) 84.14 84.7 -5.60 7.20 5 3 / 60.00% 0 / 0.00% -0.0937 0.451
CU (Curveball) 78.90 81.5 11.53 -5.31 23 8 / 34.78% 3 / 13.04% -0.2098 0.482
FC (Cutter) 85.03 86.6 2.26 3.54 39 28 / 71.79% 3 / 7.69% -1.1611 0.443
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 8 7 87.50 8 -0.848
2 23 13 56.52 31 0.101
3 21 14 66.67 52 0.910
4 21 13 61.90 73 1.083
5 12 8 66.67 85 -0.848
6 16 9 56.25 101 -0.862

April 12, 2011

Sergio Santos and his 98 mph “effective velocity” fastball

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 12, 2011 11:06 pm
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Verducci @ SI:

… Trackman measures not just the speed of the pitch, but also the key variable: the distance between the pitcher’s release point and the plate. With those measurements, Trackman defines not only the time component of a fastball — “flight time,” if you will — but also defines in irrefutable data why scouts might describe a pitcher as “sneaky fast” or throwing a ball with “hop.”

… Imagine if Robertson moves the pitching rubber 14 inches closer to home plate every time he pitches. That’s the kind of advantage he gains over the average pitcher by releasing his fastball with so much extension. The radar gun (and Trackman) clocks Robertson’s fastball at an average of 93 mph. But because Robertson shortens the distance between his release point and home plate, his “effective velocity” is 95 mph. It looks like 93 but gets on a hitter like 95 — thus the illusion of “hop.”

When it comes to “stealing” distance — and distance equals time for a pitcher – here are the top 10 pitchers from one AL park last year, ranked by fastball extension in feet and inches:

Pitcher, Team Extension MPH FT* Effective MPH
Sergio Santos, White Sox 6-10 96 .386 98
Gavin Floyd, White Sox 6-8 92 .407 93
Average MLB 5-10 92 .416 92

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.

January 31, 2011

Fangraphs introduces pitcher heat maps

Appelman @ FG:

At FanGraphs we’re big fans of the heat map. And now customizable heat maps are now available in the pitchf/x sections for all pitchers. Much thanks to Dave Allen for helping me out!

Here are the heat maps for Mark Buehrle, John Danks, Gavin Floyd, Edwin Jackson, Chris Sale, and Jake Peavy. Also, Jesse Crain, Gregory Infante, Will Ohman, Tony Pena, Sergio Santos, and Matt Thornton.

December 6, 2010

White Sox offered Gordon Beckham to S.D. for Adrian Gonzales? [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 6, 2010 7:36 pm
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Nightengale @ USAT tweets:

The Chicago White Sox were runner-up in the Adrian Gonzalez derby, offering IF Gordon Beckham and prospects.

Is there a rule that says half of the White Sox prospects must be shipped to San Diego?

UPDATE: Heyman @ SI tweets:

chisox dangled beckham for a-gon. Was talk deal could expand to include gavin floyd. But chisox didn’t favor big quick extension for adrian 

November 30, 2010

Levine: Adam Dunn wants to play Left Field [UPDATE]

Levine @ ESPN chat:

Q: Bruce, the Sox need a left handed bat to help balance out the line-up. With [Adam] Dunn being the biggest bat out there, do you see them signing him or looking elsewhere for a bat? If so, who do you see being a fit for the Sox?

A: The White Sox want Dunn and have been trying to make that happen. However Dunn is telling people close to him that he’d like to play left field. The White Sox would rather have him be a DH/1B and maybe a part-time outfielder. But Dunn is below average at almost every position on the field. The Sox have some interest in Hideki Matsui, who at 35 still has some pop. That would also be a short-term deal.

and

Q: Gavin Floyd, John Danks, Edwin Jackson…which is more likely to be traded?

A: Most likely Jackson with one year and $8 million left. I just don’t see them trading starting pitching unless they get it back. That’s the strength of their team.

and

Q: Will Rick Hahn ever take over for Kenny or is he going to end up elsewhere?

A: Dear Mrs. Hahn, Rick will be a GM somewhere in the next couple of years and possibly with the White Sox if Reinsdorf decides to make Kenny the president of the team.

UPDATE: Dunn is looking for a 4 year, $60 million contract.

November 29, 2010

Sox would want Dexter Fowler and Ian Stewart for Gavin Floyd?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 29, 2010 10:54 pm
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Ringolsby @ DP tweets:

Silly to talk about Rockies and Gavin Floyd. White Sox would only want Dexter Fowler and Ian Stewart.

UPDATE: From Bruce Levine’s chat:

Q: Did the Sox ask the Rockies for Ian Stewert and Dexter Flower for Floyd? If so then will they talk again?

A: Unaware of that scenario. Highly doubftul the Sox trade a pitcher without getting one in return especially with the unknown status of Peavy.

November 17, 2010

Colorado inquires about Gavin Floyd

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 17, 2010 11:28 pm
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Renck @ DP:

The Rockies have broadened their scope in attempt to land a right-handed bat and starting pitcher, inquiring about Arizona outfielder Justin Upton and White Sox right-hander Gavin Floyd, according to multiple major league sources.

… Interest in Floyd, a reliable innings eater who’s under contract through 2012, is tied directly to the Rockies’ dwindling chances of keeping free agent Jorge De La Rosa.

… The White Sox are looking for offense, and asked about the Rockies’ Ian Stewart, a third baseman. He’s no longer off limits, but the Rockies don’t have a third baseman to replace him.

Colorado is interested in various third baseman.

November 10, 2010

Most Important Sox, 2011 and beyond edition (#1-10)

Ballantini @ CSN:

As the coals in the hot stove are just beginning to get stoked up, it’s time to rank the current Chicago White Sox, in order of importance for 2011 and beyond. It’s not intended to be a strict list of merely the best players, or best values, on the White Sox. Rather, it takes into account team depth, the free agent market, or answering the question of which player would hurt the most not being on the team? …

1.    Chris Sale, P

Sale is not the best White Sox player — yet. But in just 21 games last season, he established himself as a potential superstar. He’s the most important White Sox player in 2011 because of his flexibility — he’s a potential starter, setup man, or closer. Talk about a “Sale” — the 21-year-old lefty will fill a crucial slot on the team for peanuts, and for a guy who provided $2.6 million in value (estimated salary values all via FanGraphs) in just his short stint with the club last season, the value of this Sale is immeasurable.

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