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June 16, 2011

Back to hat-tippin’

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 16, 2011 1:30 am
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Gregor @ DH:

Pavano needed only 96 pitches.Juan Pierre,Dayan Viciedo,

“You’ve got to tip your hat when he does that,” Pierzynski said.

Sigh…

Other White Sox links: James says Jake Peavy isn’t a relief pitcher and looks at the Juan Pierre-Dayan Viciedo scenario. Mike looks at the Juan Pierre-Viciedo scenario too.

June 14, 2011

Jake Peavy says he’s willing to pitch out of the bullpen; Sox don’t sound enthused

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 14, 2011 10:20 pm
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Padilla @ ESPN:

“I’ll do whatever needs to happen and I made that known to (pitching coach Don Cooper) and (manager) Ozzie (Guillen),” Peavy said. “I’ll do whatever they think I can do to help the club in any way. I think they know that.”

“I just think we got five guys going pretty good right now,” Peavy said. “We’ve taken some heat about the six-man rotation. Are we doing the right thing or wrong thing? I’m just letting them know my end of the deal. I’ll do whatever I can do to help.

“Do I think I can pitch out of the bullpen? Absolutely. I think I can help. But I’m certainly not opposed to me being in the six-man rotation, either. We’ll see what happens.”

“If this team gets in the playoffs, this team can certainly win a championship,” Peavy said. “That’s all you can ask. The common goal when we’re on the flights and sitting around, talking with the guys is to grind it out and just try to get in. Do all we can do to get in and give this team a chance because we do feel we have a great chance to win a championship if we do get in.”

and from the link below,

“I love our pitching and I think we’ve been about as steady as we can be,” Peavy said. “Our offense, with [Adam] Dunn getting going and [Alex] Rios starting to show signs, I think we’ve got enough. We certainly have enough talent to win the [American League] Central, but we certainly got our work cut out for us with Detroit, as good as they are, Cleveland and this team [the Twins] and Kansas City. We’ve got a tough division.”

What do the Sox say?

“We did talk to Kenny about it,” Guillen said. “Kenny wasn’t too sure about that. We appreciate but I think it’s too early to concern ourselves about bullpen stuff [with Peavy]. We appreciate that because he wants to help. But right now I think everything was just worry about we put it up to Kenny and he say get him healthy and get him back here. Then we make the decision when he comes [back].”

Other White Sox links: J.J. looks at the implications of a Dayan Viciedo-Juan Pierre swap and has a Sox-Twins Q&A with Aaron Gleeman, James looks at Paul Konerko’ HOF chances and is surprised at the directness of Scott Merkin’s ‘Kenny wants Viciedo’ article, (I was surprised too with Kenny saying out loud I want Viciedo but Ozzie wants Pierre), and Mike wonders if the Sox will re-acquire Aaron Poreda.

June 11, 2011

Jake Peavy doesn’t want to go to Charlotte

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 11, 2011 1:00 am
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Merkin @ CWS:

“I begged and begged to get out of the Charlotte trip, but [White Sox general manager] Kenny [Williams] just said there’s no way.

“He said, ‘I know you won’t go the same speed in the bullpen as you will in a game.’ He said, ‘I want to get you into a game, I want you to have to cover first, I want you to exert the same energy you exert at Charlotte before I activate you.’ Kenny’s the boss. Just do what you’re told, you know?”

Other White Sox links: J.J. has music suggestions for Sox players, (how about some ‘Monster Mash’ for Carlos Quentin?). FutureSox reviews the Sox draft picks that are playing for teams in the college baseball playoffs and the Sox Volunteer Corps will participate in the 26th Annual Greater Chicago Food Depository Hunger Walk on June 25.

UPDATE: Another music suggestion. How about ‘Don’t Stop Me Now‘ for Hawk? :p

June 8, 2011

Jake Peavy says he’s going on the DL

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 8, 2011 2:30 am
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Merkin @ CWS:

After meeting with a doctor and White Sox management on Tuesday, Jake Peavy says he will need a stint on the 15-day disabled list to heal his injured groin.

The White Sox hoped it wouldn’t require a trip to the DL, but results from Monday’s MRI plus lingering soreness during an exam on Tuesday have the team thinking more cautiously with Peavy, who had offseason shoulder surgery that caused him to miss the first 37 games.

Aside from the MRI, Peavy went through treatments on Monday until 30 minutes after the club’s 3-1 win against the Mariners.

“I can tell you I feel a lot better, but I just saw the doctor and think we have to go on the conservative route,” Peavy said. “Obviously, I wanted to push through it and do what we needed to do, but I think we’re looking at the disabled list just because of the MRI results and how sore my exam was with the doctor. [It's] disappointing, no doubt. I was feeling good and beginning to climb with my arm.”

CSN has the video (4:40).

Push through it? What could possibly go wrong?

Other White Sox links: J.J. recalls the best day in Brian Anderson’s baseball career, Brett Ballantini continues his series on the 1977 South Side Hitmen with a look back through the eyes of Roland Hemond and Ozzie Guillen gets fined by the NHL.

June 7, 2011

Kenny gets his man!

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 7, 2011 1:03 am
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Ballantini @ CSN:

Walker would seemingly have a soft spot in White Sox GM Ken Williams’ heart, as a former standout football player at Judge Memorial High in Salt Lake City. A cornerback, Walker picked off 11 passes for the Bulldogs.

He was a two-sport athlete at Judge Memorial High School, intercepting 11 passes as a senior cornerback in football. A baseball comp Laumann has cited for Walker is Devon White, not coincidentally now a minor-league roving instructor for the White Sox.

Walker’s selection marks the ninth straight draft in which the White Sox have selected a collegiate player with their first pick. The outfielder was recommended by Chisox scouts John Kazanas and Derek Valenzuela.

Other White Sox links: J.J. comes up with a plan to keep Jake Peavy healthy, James recaps the weekend, and Brett Ballantini looks back on the 1977 South Side Hitmen and updates his most and least valuable White Sox players calculations. And the White Sox will host the Double Duty classic on June 29 (1:05 pm CT) at the Cell and tickets are free.

June 6, 2011

Jake Peavy escapes the DL

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 6, 2011 7:20 pm
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for now! Merkin @ BOG:

A MRI taken on White Sox right-hander Jake Peavy at Rush University Medical Center Monday afternoon revealed a mild strain of his right groin (adductor). Peavy left Sunday’s start against Detroit after four innings due to this injury, and he will be evaluated on a daily basis.

June 5, 2011

Back to a 5-man rotation? [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 5, 2011 9:20 pm
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Merkin @ CWS:

Peavy exited Sunday’s setback following just four innings and 75 pitches, leaving with a strained right groin. The injury will be re-evaluated on Monday, but Peavy’s postgame tone and comments made it seem as if he is likely to miss at least his next start.It’s a tough situation to deal with after Peavy fought so hard to come back ahead of schedule from surgery to repair a torn lat muscle from last July.”To battle back from what we battled back from …,” said a subdued Peavy, while standing in front of his locker. “It’d be one thing if that was bothering me.

“But for something like your legs that keep you from making your start, it’s frustrating. I’m sorry. I don’t even know what to say.” …

UPDATE: Peavy thinks he will miss his next start:

“I mean, with the way I feel now and the way I felt when I came out of the game, I think it’d be hard for this thing to just go away,” said Peavy, who didn’t debut for the White Sox this season until May 11 after nearly 10 months recovering from a detached lat muscle.“We’ve got amazing technology and equipment, but I think (missing his next start), it’d be a pretty safe bet,” Peavy added. “I can feel it when I walk, so I can’t imagine in four days or five days from now it being completely gone where I can go out and drive off a mound and pitch in a game. That’s just me, but certainly nothing’s etched in stone.”

or go to the DL:

‘‘I’ll probably miss more time now,’’ a glum Peavy said. ‘‘We’ll evaluate it and see some doctors, but it’d be hard for this thing to just go away. We have a lot of equipment [for treatment], but the way I feel when I walk, [the disabled list] is a pretty safe bet.’’

It depends on the beat writer!

Other White Sox links: J.J. says there’s noting wrong with Ozzie Guillen’s decision to pitch to Miguel Cabrera yesterday in the 9th inning, and James Mike says Kenny Williams’s support of the current coaching stuff rings hollow.

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.

June 1, 2011

Jake Peavy loves the 6-man rotation

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 1, 2011 3:30 am
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Merkin @ CWS:

Count Jake Peavy as a major proponent of the White Sox six-man rotation, and his support is not solely about getting that extra day of rest built in coming 11 months after surgery to repair his torn lat muscle.

Peavy’s praise is based within the benefits to be derived from the six White Sox starters in the present, and more importantly, later in the season when the South Siders could be pushing for an American League Central crown.

“You have a few extra days to recover, and I think it’s obviously beneficial,” Peavy said. “You would like to think that it would pay off in the long run. Late in August and September, we would be a little more fresh, because we’ve had a little extra time.

“You have six deserving guys and six competing at the highest level and doing a good job. Now we’ve got some help in that bullpen. Things are shaking out just fine. I hope at the end of the day, it works to our advantage.” …

Other links: J.J. says ‘keep the 6-man for peavy’s sake’.

May 31, 2011

Jake Peavy likes the 6-man rotation

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 31, 2011 1:00 am
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Padilla @ ESPN:

“I think my arm is still getting stronger,” Peavy said. “It’s tough on a daily basis to grind through it and see how your arm is going to feel, coming back from this surgery. It’s been different. With rest you feel like a million bucks. And sometimes you don’t and it gets kind of frustrating. But I’ve got enough to compete and pitch.” … “I hope so; I hope I just get stronger,” Peavy said. “Like I said, it has been a constant battle. Some days I go out there and on Day 3 I feel better than I do on Day 5. It’s kind of piecing it together. I’m going to take some time and maybe alter my pregame program and try to throw a little bit longer and see if I can get a little bit looser than I’ve been getting.”

Other White Sox links: James recaps the past week.

May 30, 2011

Bats come alive. Sox win 7-3.

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 30, 2011 11:31 pm
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5/30:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Peavy(W, 2-0) 7.0 6 3 3 0 2 1 3.24
Crain 0.2 1 0 0 0 0 0 2.59
Thornton 1.1 0 0 0 1 2 0 5.60
Totals 9.0 7 3 3 1 4 1 4.07

Pitch F/X for Peavy 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) 89.63 91.7 -5.59 6.53 27 21 / 77.78% 1 / 3.70% -1.0138 0.424
CH (Changeup) 82.19 83.1 -7.00 0.53 14 10 / 71.43% 0 / 0.00% -1.1955 0.458
SL (Slider) 82.49 84.7 2.01 2.56 23 13 / 56.52% 2 / 8.70% 0.1747 0.457
CU (Curveball) 81.21 84.4 0.71 -1.72 11 7 / 63.64% 1 / 9.09% -0.1246 0.465
FC (Cutter) 85.89 87.3 2.18 1.44 16 12 / 75.00% 3 / 18.75% 0.9298 0.438
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 90.09 92.4 -8.66 5.21 21 15 / 71.43% 1 / 4.76% 0.2219 0.424
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 18 12 66.67 18 0.611
2 13 9 69.23 31 -0.834
3 30 19 63.33 61 0.840
4 7 6 85.71 68 -0.091
5 10 8 80.00 78 -0.848
6 25 17 68.00 103 0.149
7 9 7 77.78 112 -0.834

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 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 18, 2011

Jake Peavy pitches a complete game shutout!

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 18, 2011 9:12 pm
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The Jakemeister shuts Cleveland down! 1 run was enough

Boxscore:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Peavy(W, 1-0) 9.0 3 0 0 0 8 0 2.40

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) 90.81 92.4 -5.33 9.30 9 8 / 88.89% 0 / 0.00% -0.5549 0.418
CH (Changeup) 83.40 86.1 -9.13 4.39 15 9 / 60.00% 1 / 6.67% -0.5975 0.455
SL (Slider) 82.44 83.7 1.52 2.85 19 16 / 84.21% 3 / 15.79% -1.5622 0.457
FC (Cutter) 88.12 89.9 -0.51 6.39 14 8 / 57.14% 0 / 0.00% -0.2409 0.429
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 91.27 93.7 -9.27 9.47 52 36 / 69.23% 7 / 13.46% -2.6783 0.419
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 15 12 80.00 15 -0.392
2 13 9 69.23 28 -0.848
3 10 7 70.00 38 -0.848
4 15 8 53.33 53 -0.057
5 6 6 100.00 59 -0.834
6 5 5 100.00 64 -0.834
7 23 13 56.52 87 -0.096
8 13 9 69.23 100 -0.862
9 9 8 88.89 109 -0.862

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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