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July 1, 2012

Jake Peavy is tired of losing games

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Scott Merkin:

“I’m just tired of losing,” said Peavy, who set a personal White Sox high with 11 strikeouts and reached double digits for the 31st time in his career, while not issuing a walk. “My fifth day has been a rough one here the last month or so.”

“I’ve pitched my whole life with not a whole lot of run support, so this is nothing new,” Peavy said. “At the same time, on your fifth day, you want to win. I told you all from the get-go I don’t care how it has to happen.

“We just haven’t found a way to get it done this last month and a half. We’ve thrown some good games in there and it hasn’t been enough, and today we had no chance after I gave up a couple, as good as those guys were.”

May 8, 2012

Bonus value for #13 pick in 2012 MLB Draft: $2,475,000

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 8, 2012 3:00 am
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Jim Callis:

Pick 2012 Team 2012
Value
2011
Slot
2011
Bonus
13 White Sox $2,475,000 $1,656,000 $2,750,000

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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.

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April 27, 2012

What does the future hold for Gordon Beckham?

Chris Cwik:

Gordon Beckham has not lived up to expectations. After being selected eighth overall by the Chicago White Sox in 2008, Beckham was expected to be one of the team’s future stars. And after a strong rookie season, it looked like Beckham might achieve that goal. Since then, however, Beckham was struggled mightily. For the 25-year-old, 2012 is a make-or-break year. The early signs do not look encouraging. …

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April 24, 2012

Jake Peavy pitches a complete shutout

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 24, 2012 3:05 am
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Sox @ Oakland:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Peavy(W, 3-0) 9.0 3 0 0 2 5 0 1.88
Totals 9.0 3 0 0 2 5 0 2.96

Pitches-strikes: Peavy 107-71.
Groundouts-flyouts: Peavy 6-11.
Batters faced: Peavy 31.

Pitch F/X for Jake Peavy:

Pitch Statistics
Pitch Type Avg Speed Max Speed Avg H-Break Avg V-Break Count Strikes / % Whiffs / % Linear Weights
FF (FourSeam Fastball) 90.39 92.4 -5.60 9.36 41 24 / 58.54% 3 / 7.32% -0.9550
CH (Changeup) 83.38 85.3 -7.06 5.02 16 12 / 75.00% 3 / 18.75% -1.9945
SL (Slider) 83.10 84.1 2.86 3.62 11 9 / 81.82% 0 / 0.00% -1.0647
CU (Curveball) 78.53 79.6 2.29 -2.48 3 1 / 33.33% 0 / 0.00% 0.5965
FC (Cutter) 85.58 90.4 1.59 4.22 16 9 / 56.25% 0 / 0.00% -0.9954
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 90.65 92.1 -9.04 8.16 13 11 / 84.62% 0 / 0.00% -0.1497
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
1 10 7 70.00 10 -0.848
2 11 7 63.64 21 -0.862
3 16 13 81.25 37 -0.848
4 4 2 50.00 41 0.535
5 16 7 43.75 57 -0.532
6 14 9 64.29 71 -0.834
7 11 8 72.73 82 -0.004
8 7 5 71.43 89 -0.834
9 11 8 72.73 100 -0.335

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.

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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 1, 2012

White Sox @ Reds @ 3:05 pm CT; game on CSN-TV

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 1, 2012 12:15 pm
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Watch live on CSN-TV as Jake Peavy takes the hill when the Sox are hosted by the Reds today at 3:05 p.m. CT. Look for the right-hander to throw fewer innings and fewer pitches in comparison to his Minor League start this past Tuesday (3 innings and/or 70 pitches), giving Zach Stewart ample time and opportunity to work two or three innings in relief, with Addison Reed, Matt Thornton and Hector Santiago also scheduled to throw. The White Sox are expected to throw out their everyday lineup, with the exception of Kosuke Fukudome in right instead of Alex Rios. Gameday | Boxscore

March 28, 2012

Jake Peavy says there is no way the White Sox will lose 95 games this year

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 28, 2012 12:00 am
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Scott Reifert:

On if the team is going to lose 95 games as predicted by Sports Illustrated:

“That’s not going to happen. That ain’t going to happen, I can promise you that. We’re going to get after it.  I don’t know how many we’re going to win and how many we’re going to lose, but we’re not going to lose 95 games. This team has too much pride. We’re going to play the right way and we’re going to compete, that’s just all there is to it. We’re not going to give away games. We’re going to have some growing pains, especially with how young we are in the backend of the bullpen, I’m sure there’s going to be times that we lose some tough ones or give one away but that’s to be expected. At the same time, we have enough veteran presence on this team, guys who have been in the fire before, to lead these young guys. We got great leadership from the coaching perspective and we got too much pride, this team’s going to compete. We’re not losing 95 games, I can tell you that.”

And I was worried!

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BTW, Fangraphs’ Mike Podhorzer looks what Spring Training stats matter. Hint: ERA: No. K% and BB%: Yes. And BTB’s Lewie Pollis looks to see if a teams W-L record matters.

March 27, 2012

White Sox vs. Indians @ 3:05 pm CT; free webcast

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 27, 2012 2:05 pm
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Watch exclusive webcast

Watch an exclusive free video webcast as the White Sox host the Indians at 3:05 p.m.. Zach Stewart starts. Jake Peavy and Jesse Crain are scheduled to pitch in a minor league game. Watch webcastGameday | Boxscore

Or click the video below and wait 4-5 seconds (the video at the whitesox.com webcast can be expanded to full-screen):

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March 19, 2012

Hector Santiago, starting pitcher?

Scott Merkin:

[Hector] Santiago, 24, entered Tuesday’s scheduled off-day for the White Sox as a veritable lock to break camp as one of the team’s seven relievers. He threw a scoreless inning against the Reds during Monday’s 1-0 loss at Camelback Ranch, giving him six without allowing a run this spring, while striking out six.

And the screwball has played a major part in this success.

… After being selected in the 30th round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, Santiago made 129 of his first 130 appearances out of the bullpen for Bristol, Class A Kannapolis and Class A Winston-Salem. He started 23 games for Winston-Salem and Double-A Birmingham in 2011, before pitching 5 1/3 scoreless innings in relief for the White Sox, giving up just one hit.

His impressive debut with the White Sox and continued success in Spring Training has caught the eye of the higher-ups in the organization.

“You know, we may take a [Chris] Sale approach with him,” said White Sox general manager Ken Williams of Santiago, who also could work as a late-inning left-hander. “We might keep him in the bullpen and then look to start him down the line.”

Speaking of pitches, Jake Petricka wants to continue developing his breaking stuff:

The harshest critic of Jake Petricka is … Jake Petricka.

Armed with a mid-90 mph fastball that most deem to be a “plus” offering — scouting jargon for beyond big league average — the White Sox’s No. 5 prospect shrugged and said he believed it to be only average. OK, he relented, maybe slightly above average.

Despite receiving an invitation to Chicago’s Major League camp this spring, it’s clear the 23-year-old right-hander is wary of becoming a one-pitch pitcher destined for the bullpen. He’s intent on improving his secondary pitches — a changeup and a slider — necessary ingredients for a future in the rotation.

Petricka finished 2011 in Class A Advanced Winston-Salem’s starting rotation. He went 7-8 with a 3.65 ERA over a career-high 113 1/3 innings across three lower levels before working exclusively as a reliever in the Arizona Fall League. Impressing others, if not himself, in either role this month likely would lead to a spot with Double-A Birmingham.

MiLB.com asked Petricka to describe and grade each of the three pitches he employs, fastball included. (His grade is based on a scout’s traditional 20-80 scale, 50 being Major League average.) Here is Petricka, in his own words:

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March 17, 2012

White Sox vs. Mariners @ 3:05 pm CT; free webcast

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 17, 2012 2:05 pm
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Watch free webcast

Watch an exclusive webcast today at 3:05 CT when the Sox host the Mariners. Jake Peavy starts for the Sox. Watch webcastGameday | Boxscore

Or click the video below and wait 4-5 seconds (the video at the whitesox.com webcast can be expanded to full-screen):

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March 12, 2012

White Sox vs. A’s @ 3:05 pm CT; free webcast

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 12, 2012 1:05 pm
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Watch Peavy take to the mound vs. A’s in webcast

Whitesox.com will present an exclusive webcast of Jake Peavy and the White Sox in action against the A’s today at 3:05 p.m. CT from Glendale, Ariz. Jake Peavy starts for the Sox and Tyson Ross for the A’s. Watch webcastGameday | Boxscore

Or click the video below and wait 4-5 seconds (the video at the whitesox.com webcast can be expanded to full-screen):

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February 24, 2012

Chris Sale bulks up. Jake Peavy bulks down. [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 24, 2012 12:00 am
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UPDATE:

February 8, 2012

White Sox Announce 2012 Broadcast Schedule

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 8, 2012 10:30 pm
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whitesox.com press release:

The Chicago White Sox, Comcast SportsNet, WGN-TV, WCIU-TV and WSCR-AM 670 (The Score) have announced the team’s television and radio broadcast schedules for the 2012 season.

Comcast SportsNet (CSN) will televise 101 regular-season White Sox games beginning with the season opener on Friday, April 6 against the defending American League champion Texas Rangers in Arlington at 1:05 p.m. CDT.  CSN also will air Opening Day at U.S. Cellular Field on Friday, April 13 vs. the reigning AL Central Division champion Detroit Tigers at 1:10 p.m.

WGN is scheduled to broadcast 30 Sox games this season, beginning with the club’s second game of the year, and first night game, on Saturday, April 7 at Texas (7:05 p.m.).  WCIU will begin its 25-game schedule on Tuesday, April 10 at 6:05 p.m. at Cleveland.

Five White Sox games are scheduled to be broadcast nationally as part of the FOX Saturday Baseball “Game of the Week” package, beginning April 21 at Seattle (3:05 p.m.).  ESPN will air the White Sox at Rangers game on April 8 as part of its “Sunday Night Baseball” schedule with coverage starting at 7:00 p.m.  Additional Sox games may be added to the ESPN and FOX slates later in the season. …

Here are links to the 2012 Schedule (Opening Day is April 6), to the 2012 Broadcast Schedule, and to the 2012 Printable Schedule. The Broadcast Schedule has all games in one page making search easy.

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Listen to J.J. Kenny and stay away from A.J. Burnett.

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