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August 18, 2012

Robin Ventura whacks the IBB pinata. Chris Sale throws 117 pitches.

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 18, 2012 11:00 pm
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Sox @ Royals:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Sale(L, 14-4) 6.2 9 4 4 4 5 2 2.72
Crain 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.93
Santiago, H 1.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 3.57
Totals 8.0 9 4 4 5 6 2 3.94

IBB: Francoeur (by Sale), Francoeur (by Sale), Butler (by Sale).
Pitches-strikes: Sale 117-70, Crain 5-3, Santiago, H 19-8.
Groundouts-flyouts: Sale 8-2, Crain 0-1, Santiago, H.
Batters faced: Sale 32, Crain 1, Santiago, H 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Crain 2-0.

Pitch F/X for Chris Sale:

Pitch Statistics
Pitch Type Avg Speed Max Speed Avg H-Break Avg V-Break Count Strikes / % Whiffs / % SNIPs / % Linear Weights
FA (Fastball) 88.10 88.1 11.69 2.56 1 0 / 0.00% 0 / 0.00% 0 / 0.00% 0.0369
FF (FourSeam Fastball) 94.29 95.4 7.51 8.36 7 4 / 57.14% 1 / 14.29% 3 / 50.00% -0.5529
CH (Changeup) 82.62 87.5 11.86 4.09 24 17 / 70.83% 3 / 12.50% 10 / 58.82% 0.0128
SL (Slider) 79.10 81.9 -4.82 -1.06 24 17 / 70.83% 6 / 25.00% 13 / 65.00% 1.5506
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 92.63 95.2 10.21 6.60 51 32 / 62.75% 1 / 1.96% 21 / 52.50% 0.5507
Pitch classifications provided by the Gameday Algorithm.
SNIPs are “Strikes Not In Play” and do not include any balls in play.
Inning-by-Inning Pitch Totals
Inning Pitches in Inning Strikes in Inning Strike% in Inning Cumulative Total Pitches Pitch LWTS in Inning
1 16 9 56.25 16 -0.335
2 20 11 55.00 36 0.912
3 12 10 83.33 48 -0.848
4 8 6 75.00 56 -0.004
5 9 7 77.78 65 -0.575
6 22 13 59.09 87 1.193
7 20 14 70.00 107 1.256

Sale’s velocity held steady.

Here’s how yesterday’s start compares with Sale’s previous starts:

Start
#
Innings
Pitched
Pitches-
Strikes
BF GO/FO H/HR K/BB Swinging
Strikes
2-seam
fastballs
-Strikes-
Swinging
Strikes
2-seam
fastball
velocity
(mph)
4-seam
fastballs
-Strikes-
Swinging
Strikes
4-seam
fastball
velocity
(mph)
Sliders
-Strikes-
Swinging
Strikes
Slider
velocity
(mph)
Changeups
-Strikes-
Swinging
Strikes
Changeup
velocity
(mph)
1 (4/9) 6.2 100-60 25 9/3 3/0 5/2 8 20-15-2 94.26 14-6-0 92.85 31-16-4 80.20 12-7-1 83.81
2 (4/15) 5.0 102-68 22 7/2 5/1 5/2 11 51-36-4 94.35 6-4-1 93.60 18-12-5 81.33 18-8-1 84.36
3 (4/20) 6.1 110-69 28 4/2 7/1 11/3 18 52-32-5 93.44 - - 49-36-12 80.65 8-1-1 85.48
4 (4/25) 8.0 101-71 29 4/5 6/0 5/0 4 53-38-1 91.60 - - 28-18-2 78.68 16-11-1 84.55
5 (5/1) 6.0 88-62 22 9/5 3/0 3/1 6 28-21-2 92.35 1-0-0 92.20 23-17-2 79.66 17-14-2 84.64
RL (5/8) 1.0 26-14 6 2/1 1/0 1/1 1 15-11-0 94.41 - - 11-3-1 80.48 - -
6 (5/12) 5.0 103-66 24 7/4 7/0 3/2 6 66-41-2 91.72 5-4-1 92.10 19-12-0 78.17 10-7-3 84.34
7 (5/16) 5.1 103-68 22 2/2 5/1 7/1 13 72-53-10 92.18 3-1-0 94.00 12-6-1 80.25 12-8-2 83.79
8 (5/23) 7.0 97-64 24 11/0 2/0 6/2 10 55-34-2 91.68 6-5-1 92.93 19-14-5 79.79 14-9-2 84.54
9 (5/28) 7.1 115-80 27 4/2 3/0 15/2 23 53-35-9 93.23 - - 33-27-10 79.96 20-12-4 84.52
10 (6/3) 9.0 119-81 33 7/9 5/1 8/2 11 43-29-2 92.97 11-6-1 92.77 36-28-8 79.07 23-15-0 84.57
11 (6/9) 8.0 101-70 29 7/6 4/0 7/0 15 47-31-3 92.52 5-5-1 92.98 16-12-4 78.64 29-18-7 82.89
12 (6/15) 5.2 107-70 28 6/3 7/0 6/4 7 42-28-0 91.89 24-14-3 93.47 30-20-2 79.73 11-8-2 83.16
13 (6/22) 8.0 109-70 27 6/5 4/0 7/1 11 45-30-2 92.84 8-5-2 94.13 22-13-2 79.05 17-11-5 83.98
14 (6/27) 7.0 93-64 25 5/5 6/1 5/1 12 40-28-2 91.75 - - 28-18-6 79.02 22-15-4 83.91
15 (7/3) 7.1 95-64 26 11/3 5/0 4/1 10 44-35-4 92.28 5-0-0 94.34 17-12-3 78.88 21-13-3 83.85
AS (7/10) 1.0 13-10 5 0/2 2/0 1/0 2 6-5-0 94.60 1-1-1 95.10 5-3-1 81.22 - -
16 (7/15) 8.0 115-76 32 11/4 10/0 4/0 7 39-24-1 92.26 17-7-1 92.40 28-24-4 78.30 31-21-1 84.00
17 (7/21) 7.0 90-59 31 5/6 7/1 6/4 11 29-17-1 91.40 2-1-0 90.80 26-21-8 77.15 27-18-0 82.22
18 (7/27) 6.1 109-75 27 6/4 6/1 6/2 13 31-21-2 90.22 - - 45-36-12 78.14 27-16-1 84.46
19 (8/6) 8.0 101-67 30 6/4 8/2 7/0 12 58-39-7 92.69 6-4-0 93.75 17-9-1 78.82 20-15-4 82.41
20 (8/12) 6.2 114-79 26 5/2 6/2 11/0 19 52-35-6 92.50 4-3-1 92.55 26-17-6 78.30 30-24-6 82.77
21 (8/17) 6.2 117-70 32 8/2 9/2 5/4 11 51-32-1 92.63 7-4-1 94.29 24-17-6 79.10 24-17-3 82.62

RL=Relief, AS=All-Star Game

Pitch F/X for the other Sox that pitched tonight (Addison Reed, Jesse Crain, Hector Santiago) inside:

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May 11, 2012

Gavin Floyd & Company shut down the Royals

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 11, 2012 10:31 pm
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KC @ Sox:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Floyd(W, 3-3) 7.2 5 0 0 2 5 0 2.53
Thornton(H, 5) 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 4.05
Santiago, H 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 5.25
Totals 9.0 5 0 0 2 7 0 3.46

Pitches-strikes: Floyd 116-71, Thornton 4-3, Santiago, H 12-8.
Groundouts-flyouts: Floyd 6-6, Thornton 0-0, Santiago, H 1-1.
Batters faced: Floyd 30, Thornton 1, Santiago, H 3.

Pitch F/X for Gavin Floyd:

Pitch Statistics
Pitch Type Avg Speed Max Speed Avg H-Break Avg V-Break Count Strikes / % Whiffs / % SNIPs / % Linear Weights
FF (FourSeam Fastball) 90.49 92.9 -4.71 6.63 54 32 / 59.26% 2 / 3.70% 24 / 52.17% -2.2936
CH (Changeup) 82.63 82.9 -9.06 3.03 3 2 / 66.67% 0 / 0.00% 2 / 66.67% -0.0880
CU (Curveball) 79.51 82 6.12 -5.79 12 3 / 25.00% 0 / 0.00% 2 / 18.18% 0.7683
FC (Cutter) 85.16 89.8 -0.79 2.29 47 34 / 72.34% 5 / 10.64% 20 / 60.61% -1.7269
Pitch classifications provided by the Gameday Algorithm.
SNIPs are “Strikes Not In Play” and do not include any balls in play.
Inning-by-Inning Pitch Totals
Inning Pitches in Inning Strikes in Inning Strike% in Inning Cumulative Total Pitches Pitch LWTS in Inning
1 11 6 54.55 11 -0.848
2 20 11 55.00 31 0.296
3 12 8 66.67 43 -0.848
4 13 8 61.54 56 -0.862
5 12 7 58.33 68 -0.834
6 11 7 63.64 79 -0.335
7 10 7 70.00 89 -0.834
8 27 17 62.96 116 0.925

More Pitch F/X readings inside.

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On the rotation again

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 11, 2012 10:00 pm
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whitesox.com:

Chris Sale‘s return to relief pitching turned out to be short-lived indeed. The White Sox announced on Friday that Sale will return to the starting rotation and will take the mound on Saturday against the Royals. Sale will replace left-hander Eric Stults, who was originally scheduled to start Saturday’s middle game. “He’s back in [the rotation],” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said before Friday’s series opener.

… As it turns out, Sale was able to talk his way back into the rotation. “Let’s just say I really, really thought I could do this,” Sale said. “This is something that’s been a dream of mine and a passion of mine for very long, and at the end of the day, I felt that I could do this and felt poorly that I set a goal to do this and fell drastically short. I felt like I was letting my teammates down and felt like I was depending on other people to pick up my slack.”

… When the club returned to Chicago on Thursday, Sale underwent an MRI, which the left-hander said was identical to the MRI he underwent after being selected in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft. “MRI is clean and pristine,” White Sox general manager Ken Williams said. “He’s going to pitch.”

Williams said the club prides itself on protecting its young pitchers and will continue to monitor Sale closely now that his one-week hiatus from the bullpen is over. “We are very conservative in our approach with regards to the care of particularly our pitchers,” Williams said. “I think our history, when you look at all the injury reports over the last dozen years, will show you that. “The course of action that we’ve taken with [Sale] has not been unlike the course of action we’ve taken with many of our Minor League guys in such situations.”

So what changed since last week? “The only thing that changed was that when the expression of general soreness turns into ‘I feel pain in my elbow’ and ‘I feel discomfort in my elbow,'” Williams said. “It’s beyond the general soreness that we’ve come to expect.” Williams said the 23-year-old Sale was unyielding in his desire to pitch out of the rotation when they spoke on the phone during the White Sox recent road trip.

“I’m really proud of him, because he stood up for himself,” Williams said. “The reason why this changed is that when Robin Ventura said he was going to the bullpen, that was a course of action. That was the game plan based on what [Sale] had communicated to our medical staff. “What changed is Chris Sale’s phone call to me, saying, ‘No, it’s not exactly described as pain. It’s more general soreness. It’s something that I’ve had and I can get through this. And he was adamant about it. He was adamant to the point where he almost crossed the line. And I like that.” …

What a relief! Seems the coaching staff heard ‘pain in the elbow’ and blacked out. Why they didn’t skip his start and have him undergo an MRI immediately I don’t understand.

Sale gets brownie points too:

“I truly felt this was something I could do,” Sale said of starting, and he made that clear to Williams in a phone call the day he worked out of the bullpen.

“He wants it badly, and I love that about him,” said Williams, whose conversation with Sale brought about the latest change. “I’m really proud because he stood up for himself. When Robin Ventura said he was going to the bullpen, what changed was a Chris Sale phone call to me.”

Sale insisted that what initially was thought to be “pain” in his elbow — Williams called it “a red flag” to the team — was more “general soreness.” Sale told Williams, “I can get through this.”

“He was adamant. He almost crossed the line,” Williams said. “But the forcefulness he had told us something. It told us he has something extra mentally.”

Also,

And the closer now according to Robin Ventura is “Whoever ends up in the ninth inning”.

BTW, here’s James’ take.

PS. Title is Willie. Contemplated Mick too.

May 8, 2012

Chris Sale’s two-seamer averages 94.4 mph

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 8, 2012 9:30 pm
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Sox @ Cleveland:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Danks, Jh 7.0 5 2 2 3 1 0 5.89
Sale(BS, 1) 1.0 1 1 0 1 1 0 2.73
Santiago, H(W, 1-1) 1.0 2 0 0 0 1 0 5.73
Reed(S, 2) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.00
Totals 10.0 8 3 2 4 5 0 3.65

Pitches-strikes: Danks, Jh 101-63, Sale 26-14, Santiago, H 24-17, Reed 16-12.
Groundouts-flyouts: Danks, Jh 8-3, Sale 2-1, Santiago, H 0-2, Reed 0-1.
Batters faced: Danks, Jh 27, Sale 6, Santiago, H 5, Reed 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Sale 2-2.

Pitch F/X for Chris Sale:

Pitch Statistics
Pitch Type Avg Speed Max Speed Avg H-Break Avg V-Break Count Strikes / % Whiffs / % SNIPs / % Linear Weights
SL (Slider) 80.48 81.8 -4.54 -2.80 11 3 / 27.27% 1 / 9.09% 3 / 27.27% 0.1601
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 94.41 95.8 11.14 6.86 15 11 / 73.33% 0 / 0.00% 7 / 63.64% 0.3240
Pitch classifications provided by the Gameday Algorithm.
SNIPs are “Strikes Not In Play” and do not include any balls in play.
Inning-by-Inning Pitch Totals
Inning Pitches in Inning Strikes in Inning Strike% in Inning Cumulative Total Pitches Pitch LWTS in Inning
8 26 14 53.85 26 0.484

Seems Sale didn’t throw any change-ups.

If you want to see the Pitch-F/X readings for Sale’s previous starts click here.

Here’s James’ recap of tonight’s game.

Pitch-F/X for more Sox pitchers inside

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May 5, 2012

Gavin Floyd’s Cinco de Mayo special

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 5, 2012 9:00 pm
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Sox @ Detroit:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Floyd 7.0 7 2 2 0 6 0 3.03
Jones, N(W, 1-0) 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.64
Santiago, H(H, 1) 0.2 1 0 0 1 0 0 6.75
Reed(S, 1) 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00
Totals 9.0 9 2 2 1 7 0 3.57

Pitches-strikes: Floyd 108-67, Jones, N 6-4, Santiago, H 20-11, Reed 5-4.
Groundouts-flyouts: Floyd 6-8, Jones, N 2-0, Santiago, H 0-2, Reed 0-0.
Batters faced: Floyd 29, Jones, N 3, Santiago, H 4, Reed 1.
Inherited runners-scored
: Reed 2-0.

Pitch F/X for Gavin Floyd:

Pitch Statistics
Pitch Type Avg Speed Max Speed Avg H-Break Avg V-Break Count Strikes / % Whiffs / % SNIPs / % Linear Weights
FF (FourSeam Fastball) 91.28 92.7 -5.65 9.23 38 20 / 52.63% 2 / 5.26% 11 / 37.93% 0.5163
CH (Changeup) 83.58 84.3 -9.44 6.60 4 3 / 75.00% 1 / 25.00% 2 / 66.67% -0.4121
CU (Curveball) 79.74 81.2 7.74 -4.79 19 11 / 57.89% 4 / 21.05% 9 / 52.94% -0.0765
FC (Cutter) 84.61 87.1 -0.81 3.39 39 27 / 69.23% 8 / 20.51% 19 / 61.29% -1.3936
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 90.03 93.1 -10.52 6.07 8 6 / 75.00% 0 / 0.00% 3 / 60.00% -0.2187
Pitch classifications provided by the Gameday Algorithm.
SNIPs are “Strikes Not In Play” and do not include any balls in play.
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 -0.350
2 21 16 76.19 35 1.145
3 18 11 61.11 53 -0.335
4 16 8 50.00 69 -0.848
5 10 6 60.00 79 -0.848
6 10 6 60.00 89 -0.848
7 19 12 63.16 108 0.499

BTW, here’s James’ recap.

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May 4, 2012

That’s not good. Not at all. In fact it sucks. A lot.

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 4, 2012 7:00 pm
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Scott Merkin:

Chris Sale’s time as a starting pitcher lasted one month and 32 innings.

But the White Sox view the left-hander’s move from the rotation to the team’s closer, as announced by manager Robin Ventura prior to Friday’s series opener in Detroit, not as a disappointment but more as a move to preserve Sale’s career.

The 23-year-old had been experiencing a mixture of soreness and tightness in his pitching elbow, according to Ventura. So Ventura met with Sale on Friday and the decision was made.

Sale left the meeting wearing a compression sleeve on his elbow. He elected not to comment pregame. Sale has said before that he enjoys the thrill of closing but has always felt more comfortable as a starter.

As Ventura pointed out, Sale is not hurt and still could probably go out and start. Ventura added that Sale is tough enough to handle the starting rigors, but Ventura would feel terrible if Sale got hurt in the process.

“It’s not disappointing to us,” said White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper of the change. “It’s disappointing to him because this was something that he’s always wanted to do.”

In what could be his first and only year as a starter, Sale has a 3-1 record with a 2.89 ERA during five trips to the mound, with 29 strikeouts and eight walks over those 32 innings. He threw at least 100 pitches in each of his first four starts, before being pulled with 88 pitches after six innings against Cleveland on Tuesday.

… This Sale move obviously affects alignment for the rest of the staff. Hector Santiago, who recorded four saves as the White Sox closer, will move into a middle-relief role with the South Siders now having four left-handers in the bullpen. Dylan Axelrod gets the start in Sunday’s series finale against the Tigers and will have the first chance to hold on to that fifth spot.

… There wasn’t a complete feeling of permanence with this Sale move, as both Cooper and Ventura espoused a “never say never” attitude. But the 13th pick in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, who had a 2.58 ERA over 79 career relief appearances coming into the 2012 campaign, not to mention 12 saves, will be the White Sox closer for the foreseeable future.

“He is much more important to the White Sox organization with a uniform on and pitching,” Cooper said. “And we are not going to put that at a greater risk, or jeopardize that.”

Here’s Don Cooper:

“It’s not disappointing to us, it’s disappointing to him because this was something he’s always wanted to do,” pitching coach Don Cooper said before the Sox’ game at Detroit Friday. “We’re not making this decision based on what’s best for the team because obviously he’s starting and doing well and that would be a wonderful thing to keep him in. We feel we’re doing what’s best for him, his career and his health. It’s the best way to keep him healthy and strong.”

“It’s easier to maintain that and keeping tabs on this in the bullpen than it is as a starter,” Cooper said. “We already know he’s a good left-handed reliever. That’s been proven over the past 1 ½ years. Now we’ll be trying to make him one of the best left-handed relievers in baseball, not just in the American League. That’s all we’re at with it. Chris is going to be fine. He was upset. He wanted to continue to do this. But sometimes we have to make decisions based upon what we feel is best for that individual, and that’s what we did.” …

When I first saw the headline I said ‘dammit, don’t these knuckleheads understand that he’s more valuable as a starter?’ After reading the whole article though I’m convinced this is no ‘we’re desperate for a closer’ move and I’m scared beyond words. Merkin’s article sounds horrible. Cooper’s quote is as scary as it gets.

May 2, 2012

Robin Ventura puts Gordon Beckham, Brent Morel on notice

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 2, 2012 4:00 am
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Scott Merkin:

Support for struggling White Sox infielders Gordon Beckham and Brent Morel continued to come in Tuesday from manager Robin Ventura.

But as the calendar turns from April to May and with Morel (.182) and Beckham (.190) sitting a few games of consistent hitting below the Mendoza line, even following Beckham’s three-hit effort in Tuesday’s 7-2 victory over the Indians, that unconditional support from Ventura soon might be slightly altered.”Eventually you probably have to do something,” said Ventura before the series opener with the Indians. “Right now I’m believing what I see and talking to them.

“I want to know what they’re thinking, too. I’m still confident they’re going to perform. Eventually it gets to the point where you would have to make a move if it would stay like that, but right now I’m not going to do that.” …

I don’t think Ventura has good replacements available though.

Other White Sox links:

Chris Sale gets W number 3

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 2, 2012 3:20 am
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Sox vs. Cleveland:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Sale(W, 3-1) 6.0 3 1 1 1 3 0 2.81
Ohman 0.2 1 1 1 0 0 1 6.43
Stewart 1.1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2.84
Santiago, H 1.0 1 0 0 2 2 0 7.36
Totals 9.0 6 2 2 3 5 1 3.35

Pitches-strikes: Sale 88-62, Ohman 10-7, Stewart 24-14, Santiago, H 32-15.
Groundouts-flyouts: Sale 9-5, Ohman 2-0, Stewart 3-0, Santiago, H 1-0.
Batters faced: Sale 22, Ohman 3, Stewart 5, Santiago, H 6.

Pitch F/X for Chris Sale:

Pitch Statistics
Pitch Type Avg Speed Max Speed Avg H-Break Avg V-Break Count Strikes / % Whiffs / % SNIPs / % Linear Weights
FA (Fastball) 89.63 91 10.19 3.23 19 10 / 52.63% 0 / 0.00% 7 / 43.75% -0.4804
FF (FourSeam Fastball) 92.20 92.2 6.41 7.18 1 0 / 0.00% 0 / 0.00% 0 / 0.00% 0.0502
CH (Changeup) 84.64 87.8 11.47 2.30 17 14 / 82.35% 2 / 11.76% 9 / 75.00% -0.5609
SL (Slider) 79.66 84.9 -4.69 -3.94 23 17 / 73.91% 2 / 8.70% 10 / 62.50% -0.2465
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 92.35 94.4 9.38 5.50 28 21 / 75.00% 2 / 7.14% 18 / 72.00% -1.3346
Pitch classifications provided by the Gameday Algorithm.
SNIPs are “Strikes Not In Play” and do not include any balls in play.
Inning-by-Inning Pitch Totals
Inning Pitches in Inning Strikes in Inning Strike% in Inning Cumulative Total Pitches Pitch LWTS in Inning
1 10 7 70.00 10 -0.834
2 19 13 68.42 29 0.811
3 20 11 55.00 49 -0.518
4 11 10 90.91 60 -0.848
5 21 15 71.43 81 -0.350
6 7 6 85.71 88 -0.834

More players inside

UPDATE: And here’s James’ recap.

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April 26, 2012

Hector Santiago wants to throw less meatballs

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 26, 2012 10:00 pm
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Scott Merkin:

The secret to Hector Santiago’s return to late-inning success might be throwing a few less strikes.

Santiago specifically is targeting a reduction in the four home runs he has allowed in 6 1/3 innings, after giving up just 11 in 132 2/3 innings last season.

“I’ve actually thought about going out of the zone with certain pitches instead of trying to throw everything for strikes,” Santiago said. “I try to make sure I don’t walk anybody.

“Sometimes you have to go out of the zone to be able to get somebody to chase something, and I don’t think I’ve been doing that of late. Maybe I need to get someone to chase something and ground out or swing over something.”

Locating the screwball certainly is not an issue in Santiago’s mind. He felt as if that pitch was at its best this season during Wednesday’s appearance against the A’s and still doesn’t regret the changeup thrown to Yoenis Cespedes that led to the game-tying homer.

“I’ve actually figured out how to throw it at a lower velocity where I had it last year and throw a bigger break,” said Santiago of his screwball. “It’s just a fact that I’m throwing it right in the middle of the plate. I have to start working on getting off the plate.”

Here are some Pitch-F/X stuff for Santiago: Player Card from BrooksBaseball.net. Pitcher Profile from TexasLeaguers.com. Heat Maps from Fangraphs.com.

April 25, 2012

Waiting for the fastball

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 25, 2012 11:00 pm
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Hector Santiago:

Pitch Statistics
Pitch Type Avg Speed Max Speed Avg H-Break Avg V-Break Count Strikes / % Whiffs / % Linear Weights
FF (FourSeam Fastball) 93.55 94.8 7.88 8.66 2 1 / 50.00% 0 / 0.00% -0.0062
CH (Changeup) 81.80 81.8 10.83 5.20 1 1 / 100.00% 0 / 0.00% 0.4614
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 92.91 94.2 8.51 8.65 13 9 / 69.23% 2 / 15.38% 0.6290
Pitch classifications provided by the Gameday Algorithm.
Inning-by-Inning Pitch Totals
Inning Pitches in Inning Strikes in Inning Strike% in Inning Cumulative Total Pitches Pitch LWTS in Inning
14 16 11 68.75 16 3.145

BTW, here’s James’ recap.

April 23, 2012

No more Mr. Screwball?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 23, 2012 1:05 am
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Daryl Van Schouwen:

Video coordinator Bryan Johnson dug into the archives for rookie closer Hector Santiago to find video of former left-handed screwball pitchers Fernando Valenzuela, Tug McGraw and Willie Hernandez.

Santiago, who got his fourth save in five chances, threw only one screwball as he looks to rediscover the pitch he said was better for him last season. He attributes that, in part, to higher seams on minor-league baseballs, allowing for a better grip and more spin, but he wants to do everything in his power to make it an important part of his arsenal. Santiago watched the tapes to see how the ball came out of the aforementioned trio’s hands.

“I’m kind of a fastball guy now,’’ Santiago said. “Usually I’m a changeup guy trying to sneak a fastball in, but right now I’m just going after guys.’’

BTW, here’s a link to the Pitch F/X numbers for Santiago’s outing.

Other White Sox links:

April 21, 2012

Chris Sale strikes out 11 in 6.1 innings (April 20)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 21, 2012 3:30 am
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Sox @ Seattle:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Sale(W, 2-1) 6.1 7 3 3 3 11 1 3.50
Thornton 0.2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0.00
Crain 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2.57
Santiago, H 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 5.40
Totals 9.0 9 3 3 3 15 1 3.34

Pitches-strikes: Sale 110-69, Thornton 8-6, Crain 12-8, Santiago, H 14-10.
Groundouts-flyouts: Sale 4-2, Thornton 1-0, Crain 0-1, Santiago, H 1-0.
Batters faced: Sale 28, Thornton 3, Crain 3, Santiago, H 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Thornton 1-1.

Pitch F/X for Chris Sale

Pitch Statistics
Pitch Type Avg Speed Max Speed Avg H-Break Avg V-Break Count Strikes / % Swinging Strikes / % Linear Weights Time to Plate
FA (Fastball) 89.60 89.6 11.43 0.43 1 0 / 0.00% 0 / 0.00% 0.1785 0.423
CH (Changeup) 85.48 86.5 12.17 0.76 8 1 / 12.50% 1 / 12.50% 0.2029 0.446
SL (Slider) 80.65 83.6 -4.35 -4.94 49 36 / 73.47% 12 / 24.49% -1.3660 0.474
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 93.44 95.8 10.35 2.80 52 32 / 61.54% 5 / 9.62% 1.6964 0.408
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 12 8 66.67 12 -0.077
2 22 13 59.09 34 0.283
3 24 14 58.33 58 0.283
4 18 9 50.00 76 -0.034
5 11 8 72.73 87 -0.862
6 13 10 76.92 100 0.582
7 10 7 70.00 110 0.537

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April 16, 2012

Hector Santiago blows the save

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 16, 2012 11:00 pm
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Chuck Garfien:

Boxscore:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Humber 5.1 6 1 1 3 7 0 1.69
Ohman 0.2 0 0 0 0 2 0 12.00
Thornton(H, 3) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.00
Crain(H, 2) 1.0 2 1 1 1 1 1 3.60
Santiago, H(BS, 1) 1.0 2 2 2 1 2 2 6.75
Stewart(L, 0-1) 1.0 5 6 1 0 1 1 4.50

Pitch F/X for Hector Santiago:

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) 93.63 95 7.25 7.53 15 9 / 60.00% 2 / 13.33% 2.7718 0.410
CH (Changeup) 80.64 86.2 10.50 1.74 7 3 / 42.86% 2 / 28.57% -0.3674 0.475
SL (Slider) 81.30 81.3 -3.64 -5.64 1 1 / 100.00% 0 / 0.00% -0.0624 0.465
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
9 23 13 56.52 23 2.342

UPDATE: JJ explains what went wrong. /UPDATE

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April 14, 2012

Peavy dials it up

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 14, 2012 12:00 am
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Boxscore:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Peavy(W, 1-0) 6.2 2 2 2 1 8 1 3.55
Ohman 0.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 9.00
Reed(H, 2) 0.2 1 0 0 1 0 0 0.00
Thornton(H, 2) 0.2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Santiago, H(S, 3) 1.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 3.00

Pitches-strikes: Peavy 94-59, Ohman 1-1, Reed 15-7, Thornton 4-3, Santiago, H 15-9.
Groundouts-flyouts: Peavy 3-4, Ohman 0-0, Reed 0-1, Thornton 1-0, Santiago, H 0-1.
Batters faced: Peavy 23, Ohman 1, Reed 4, Thornton 2, Santiago, H 4.

Pitch F/X for Jake 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) 91.21 93.5 -5.80 7.27 26 13 / 50.00% 4 / 15.38% -0.8222 0.414
CH (Changeup) 83.48 84.5 -6.70 1.90 5 2 / 40.00% 1 / 20.00% -0.1930 0.451
SL (Slider) 82.83 84.4 4.14 0.57 8 7 / 87.50% 1 / 12.50% -0.7237 0.448
CU (Curveball) 79.75 84.3 3.16 -5.17 13 9 / 69.23% 3 / 23.08% 0.8539 0.470
FC (Cutter) 85.99 88.3 0.68 0.88 21 13 / 61.90% 2 / 9.52% -0.6071 0.434
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 91.11 92.4 -9.02 5.97 21 15 / 71.43% 1 / 4.76% -1.2985 0.416
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 10 7 70.00 10 -0.862
2 13 9 69.23 23 -0.862
3 13 7 53.85 36 -0.848
4 14 9 64.29 50 -0.335
5 14 8 57.14 64 -0.239
6 12 8 66.67 76 -0.848
7 18 11 61.11 94 1.204

UPDATE: James has a good recap of the game.

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April 13, 2012

Agreement on the bullpen by matchup concept

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 13, 2012 11:37 pm
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Scott Merkin:

In setting up the White Sox bullpen, general manager Ken Williams said Friday that the coaching staff and front-office personnel were in agreement on one thing: They wanted Jesse Crain and Matt Thornton available for the eighth inning and maybe the seventh inning on some occasions.

“We all know in a game that [the] ninth inning doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to have the toughest hitters up,” Williams said. “The situation to win the game might be in the seventh or the eighth inning, so to have those guys available and interchangeable for that kind of fit everything together.”

After that decision was made, the final call came down between rookies Addison Reed or Hector Santiago for closer. Santiago’s screwball to combat right-handed hitters from a left-handed pitcher helped his cause, as did his 95-mph fastball.

“Aggressiveness, and he can spot it from both sides of the plate and then turn it over with a changeup and then the screwball that you can’t really practice,” said Williams of Santiago. “And if you only see it on occasion, it can really screw you up.

“So, I think we were all privately thinking that. Then when we came together for a meeting and the subject was brought up, no one was caught off guard or surprised. So we just kind of came to the deal together.”

Santiago picked his third save in three chances during Friday’s 5-2 victory over the Tigers, striking out two in the ninth inning. Reed made his fourth consecutive scoreless appearance and Thornton made his fifth consecutive scoreless appearance.

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