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September 8, 2012

Chris Sale dials up … the number of his changeups

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 8, 2012 9:00 pm
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Royals @ Sox:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Sale(W, 16-6) 6.0 5 1 1 1 6 0 2.88
Crain 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2.82
Myers 0.1 3 1 1 0 0 0 3.46
Thornton(H, 23) 0.2 0 0 0 0 2 0 3.45
Reed(S, 26) 1.0 3 2 2 0 2 0 4.83
Totals 9.0 11 4 4 1 12 0 4.13

Pitches-strikes: Sale 101-63, Crain 15-10, Myers 11-6, Thornton 9-7, Reed 22-15.
Groundouts-flyouts: Sale 7-3, Crain 0-0, Myers 0-0, Thornton 0-0, Reed 0-0.
Batters faced: Sale 23, Crain 3, Myers 3, Thornton 2, Reed 6.
Inherited runners-scored: Thornton 1-0.

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) 88.47 89.4 12.93 -1.20 3 2 / 66.67% 0 / 0.00% 1 / 50.00% -0.2827
FF (FourSeam Fastball) 92.40 94 7.27 0.47 3 2 / 66.67% 0 / 0.00% 2 / 66.67% -0.0010
CH (Changeup) 83.61 87.8 12.51 -1.95 37 25 / 67.57% 4 / 10.81% 19 / 61.29% -1.0771
SL (Slider) 77.40 86.1 -3.92 -6.01 24 13 / 54.17% 3 / 12.50% 12 / 52.17% -0.3524
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 91.72 94.4 11.02 0.01 34 21 / 61.76% 2 / 5.88% 13 / 50.00% -0.7928
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 20 12 60.00 20 -0.350
2 17 9 52.94 37 -0.062
3 29 18 62.07 66 0.464
4 13 9 69.23 79 -0.862
5 12 9 75.00 91 -0.848
6 10 6 60.00 101 -0.848

Sale threw 37 changeups (season high), 25 of them were strikes (season high). Also, the velocity of Sale’s 2-seam fastball was under 92mph for the 3rd consecutive start.

Here’s how tonight’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
fastball
-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
22 (8/22) 7.2 109-70 27 3/4 3/1 13/1 14 43-33-5 93.05 12-6-1 92.88 29-17-6 78.46 23-14-2 83.25
23 (8/28) 4.0 76-46 19 4/0 6/1 5/3 9 31-21-4 91.49 - - 15-8-2 77.35 25-15-3 84.23
24 (9/2) 6.0 106-61 26 5/2 5/2 7/4 15 33-19-2 91.68 8-3-1 92.09 44-27-9 77.64 21-12-3 82.30
25 (9/8) 6.0 101-63 23 7/3 5/0 6/1 9 34-21-2 91.72 3-2-0 92.40 24-13-3 77.40 37-25-4 83.61

RL=Relief, AS=All-Star Game

Pitch F/X for the other Sox that pitched yesterday (Jesse Crain, Brett Myers, Matt Thornton, Addison Reed) inside:

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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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June 23, 2012

Chris Sale pitches 8 scoreless innings

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 23, 2012 11:00 pm
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Brewers @ Sox:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Sale 8.0 4 0 0 1 7 0 2.24
Reed 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4.18
Crain(L, 1-1) 1.0 2 1 1 0 1 0 2.45
Totals 10.0 6 1 1 1 9 0 3.96

WP: Sale, Crain.
Pitches-strikes: Sale 109-70, Reed 11-8, Crain 21-14.
Groundouts-flyouts: Sale 6-5, Reed 1-0, Crain 1-0.
Batters faced: Sale 27, Reed 3, Crain 5.

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) 88.30 88.7 10.98 2.53 6 4 / 66.67% 0 / 0.00% 2 / 50.00% 0.5400
FF (FourSeam Fastball) 94.13 95 7.58 5.15 8 5 / 62.50% 2 / 25.00% 5 / 62.50% -0.2879
CH (Changeup) 83.98 87.9 11.54 2.38 17 11 / 64.71% 5 / 29.41% 10 / 62.50% -0.3833
SL (Slider) 79.05 82 -5.78 -4.06 22 13 / 59.09% 2 / 9.09% 10 / 52.63% -1.3344
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 92.84 95.6 9.85 4.66 45 30 / 66.67% 2 / 4.44% 20 / 57.14% -1.4467
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 19 11 57.89 19 -0.240
3 14 8 57.14 33 -0.575
4 15 11 73.33 48 -0.364
5 17 10 58.82 65 -0.047
6 11 10 90.91 76 -0.834
7 10 5 50.00 86 -0.004
8 12 8 66.67 98 -0.848

Sale’s changeup was working fine. He got 5 whiffs on changeups.

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

Start
#
Innings
Pitched
Pitches-
Strikes
K/BB Swinging
Strikes
2-seam
fastball
-Strikes-
Swinging
Strikes
2-seam
fastball
velocity
(mph)
4-seam
fastball
-Strikes-
Swinging
Strikes
4-seam
fastball
velocity
(mph)
Sliders
-Strikes-
Swinging
Strikes
Slider
velocity
(mph)
Changeup
-Strikes-
Swinging
Strikes
Changeup
velocity
(mph)
1 (4/9) 6.2 100-60 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 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 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 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 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 1/1 1 15-11-0 94.41 - - 11-3-1 80.48 - -
6 (5/12) 5.0 103-66 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 7/1 11 45-30-2 92.84 8-5-2 94.13 22-13-2 79.05 17-11-5 83.98

RL=Relief

J.J. says Sale had an 80 GameScore.

More Sox pitchers inside:

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June 16, 2012

Chris Sale slows down

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 16, 2012 8:00 pm
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Sox @ Dodgers:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Sale 5.2 7 5 5 4 6 0 2.46
Crain(BS, 3) 0.1 2 1 1 0 1 0 2.29
Jones, N 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.18
Thornton(L, 2-4) 1.0 1 1 1 1 2 0 3.14
Totals 8.0 10 7 7 5 9 0 4.02

WP: Thornton.
Pitches-strikes: Sale 107-70, Crain 11-9, Jones, N 12-7, Thornton 22-15.
Groundouts-flyouts: Sale 6-3, Crain 0-0, Jones, N 1-1, Thornton 1-0.
Batters faced: Sale 28, Crain 3, Jones, N 3, Thornton 5.
Inherited runners-scored: Crain 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
FF (FourSeam Fastball) 93.47 95.5 7.55 8.71 24 14 / 58.33% 3 / 12.50% 10 / 50.00% -0.5245
CH (Changeup) 83.16 87.6 10.88 6.26 11 8 / 72.73% 2 / 18.18% 5 / 62.50% 0.1722
SL (Slider) 79.73 83.3 -3.67 0.32 30 20 / 66.67% 2 / 6.67% 14 / 58.33% 1.3855
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 91.89 95 9.70 7.79 42 28 / 66.67% 0 / 0.00% 23 / 62.16% -0.1855
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 25 12 48.00 25 0.627
2 13 10 76.92 38 -0.105
3 20 11 55.00 58 -0.048
4 10 7 70.00 68 -0.848
5 19 15 78.95 87 -0.350
6 20 15 75.00 107 1.572

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

Start
#
Innings
Pitched
Pitches-
Strikes
K/BB Swinging
Strikes
2-seam
fastball
-Strikes-
Swinging
Strikes
2-seam
fastball
velocity
(mph)
4-seam
fastball
-Strikes-
Swinging
Strikes
4-seam
fastball
velocity
(mph)
 
Sliders
-Strikes-
Swinging
Strikes
Slider
velocity
(mph)
Changeup
-Strikes-
Swinging
Strikes
Changeup
velocity
(mph)
1 (4/9) 6.2 100-60 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 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 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 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 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 1/1 1 15-11-0 94.41 - - 11-3-1 80.48 - -
6 (5/12) 5.0 103-66 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 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 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 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 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 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 6/4 7 42-28-0 91.89 24-14-3 93.47 30-20-2 79.73 11-8-2 83.16

RL=Relief

BTW:

More Pitch-F/X readings inside.

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May 28, 2012

Chris Sale struck out 15 and walked 2 in 7.1 in the best start of his young career!

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 28, 2012 7:00 pm
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Sox @ Rays:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Sale(W, 6-2) 7.1 3 1 1 2 15 0 2.34
Crain(H, 3) 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.38
Reed(S, 5) 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4.70
Totals 9.0 3 1 1 2 15 0 3.91

Pitches-strikes: Sale 115-80, Crain 10-7, Reed 13-9.
Groundouts-flyouts: Sale 4-2, Crain 0-2, Reed 1-1.
Batters faced: Sale 27, Crain 2, Reed 3.

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) 88.42 88.8 16.07 3.56 9 6 / 66.67% 0 / 0.00% 5 / 62.50% -0.3636
CH (Changeup) 84.52 87.8 16.17 3.11 20 12 / 60.00% 4 / 20.00% 11 / 57.89% 0.4221
SL (Slider) 79.96 82.7 -1.87 -2.18 33 27 / 81.82% 10 / 30.30% 24 / 80.00% -2.3754
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 93.23 96.5 13.74 6.60 53 35 / 66.04% 9 / 16.98% 30 / 62.50% -1.8854
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 13 11 84.62 13 -0.378
2 13 10 76.92 26 -0.862
3 10 7 70.00 36 -0.862
4 18 12 66.67 54 0.134
5 18 13 72.22 72 -0.547
6 23 16 69.57 95 -0.877
7 15 8 53.33 110 -0.532
8 5 3 60.00 115 -0.278

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

Start Innings Pitches-
Strikes
Swinging
Strikes
Sliders-
Strikes
2-seam
fastball
Slider
1 (4/9) 6.2 100-60 8 31-16 94.26 mph 80.20 mph
2 (4/15) 5.0 102-68 11 18-12 94.35 mph 81.23 mph
3 (4/20) 6.1 110-69 18 49-36 93.44 mph 80.65 mph
4 (4/25) 8.0 101-71 4 28-18 91.60 mph 78.68 mph
5 (5/2) 6.0 88-62 6 23-17 92.35 mph 79.66 mph
RL (5/8) 1.0 26-14 1 11-3 94.41 mph 80.48 mph
6 (5/12) 5.0 103-66 6 19-12 91.72 mph 78.17 mph
7 (5/16) 5.1 103-68 13 12-6 92.18 mph 80.25 mph
8 (5/23) 7.0 97-64 10 19-14 91.68 mph 79.79 mph
9 (5/28) 7.1 115-80 23 33-27 93.23 mph 79.26 mph

RL=Relief

What a dominating performance! 23 swinging strikes! The White Sox franchise record for strikeouts is 16 and that was in 9 innings. And Sale’s 15 strikeouts were the most ever in Tropicana field.

More Pitch-F/X readings inside.

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May 23, 2012

Chris Sale averaged 91.7 mph on his two-seamer again (May 23)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 23, 2012 11:30 pm
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Twins @ Sox:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Sale(W, 5-2) 7.0 2 0 0 2 6 0 2.50
Crain 1.0 2 0 0 0 1 0 1.69
Thornton 1.0 0 0 0 2 0 0 3.44
Totals 9.0 4 0 0 4 7 0 3.79

Pitches-strikes: Sale 97-64, Crain 18-12, Thornton 23-12.
Groundouts-flyouts: Sale 11-0, Crain 1-0, Thornton 1-1.
Batters faced: Sale 24, Crain 5, Thornton 4.

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) 88.40 88.5 11.38 0.08 3 2 / 66.67% 0 / 0.00% 2 / 66.67% -0.0815
FF (FourSeam Fastball) 92.93 94.7 7.40 3.51 6 5 / 83.33% 1 / 16.67% 2 / 66.67% -1.3300
CH (Changeup) 84.54 87.8 11.43 0.72 14 9 / 64.29% 2 / 14.29% 6 / 54.55% -0.3332
SL (Slider) 79.79 81.6 -4.83 -4.38 19 14 / 73.68% 5 / 26.32% 13 / 72.22% -0.5835
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 91.68 95.1 10.32 3.24 55 34 / 61.82% 2 / 3.64% 25 / 54.35% -1.8977
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 13 9 69.23 13 -0.350
2 15 10 66.67 28 -0.848
3 13 8 61.54 41 -0.834
4 16 9 56.25 57 -0.239
5 13 9 69.23 70 -0.350
6 13 9 69.23 83 -0.757
7 14 10 71.43 97 -0.848

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

Start Pitches-Strikes-Innings Sliders-Strikes 2-seam fastball Slider
1 (4/9) 100-60-6.2 31-16 94.26 mph 80.20 mph
2 (4/15) 102-68-5.0 18-12 94.35 mph 81.23 mph
3 (4/20) 110-69-6.1 49-36 93.44 mph 80.65 mph
4 (4/25) 101-71-8.0 28-18 91.60 mph 78.68 mph
5 (5/2) 88-62-6.0 23-17 92.35 mph 79.66 mph
RL (5/8) 26-14-1.0 11-3 94.41 mph 80.48 mph
6 (5/12) 103-66-5.0 19-12 91.72 mph 78.17 mph
7 (5/16) 103-68-5.1 12-6 92.18 mph 80.25 mph
8 (5/23) 97-64-7.0 19-14 91.68 mph 79.79 mph

RL=Relief
RL=Relief

More Pitch-F/X readings inside.

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May 17, 2012

Chris Sale averaged 92.2 mph on his two-seamer today (May 17)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 17, 2012 9:00 pm
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Sox @ Angels

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Sale(W, 4-2) 5.1 5 1 1 1 7 1 2.91
Jones, N(H, 1) 1.2 0 0 0 1 2 0 1.45
Thornton 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4.02
Crain 1.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2.00
Totals 9.0 6 1 1 3 10 1 3.89

Pitches-strikes: Sale 103-68, Jones, N 25-13, Thornton 14-9, Crain 19-10.
Groundouts-flyouts: Sale 2-2, Jones, N 0-2, Thornton 3-0, Crain 1-1.
Batters faced: Sale 22, Jones, N 6, Thornton 4, Crain 4
Inherited runners-scored: Jones, N 1-0.

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 88.2 12.92 4.70 3 0 / 0.00% 0 / 0.00% 0 / 0.00% 0.2565
FF (FourSeam Fastball) 94.00 95.5 7.60 7.98 3 1 / 33.33% 0 / 0.00% 1 / 33.33% 0.1034
CH (Changeup) 83.79 87 12.86 3.67 12 8 / 66.67% 2 / 16.67% 5 / 55.56% -0.7674
SL (Slider) 80.25 81.6 -4.35 -3.13 12 6 / 50.00% 1 / 8.33% 5 / 45.45% 0.6902
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 92.18 95.2 11.12 6.67 72 53 / 73.61% 10 / 13.89% 43 / 69.35% -0.7451
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 10 62.50 16 -0.834
2 22 13 59.09 38 -0.350
3 13 11 84.62 51 -0.877
4 12 10 83.33 63 -0.364
5 27 17 62.96 90 -0.034
6 12 7 58.33 102 1.996

In his first 6 starts Sale averaged 91.72, 92.35, 91.60, 93.44, 94.35, 94.26 (last to first start) mph on his two-seamer. So, today his velocity was up from his previous start.  Sale, also, threw 12 sliders tonight. In his first 6 starts: 19, 23, 28, 49, 18, 31 (last to first start). The bullpen experiment happened after the 5th start.

More Pitch-F/X readings inside.

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April 27, 2012

Jesse Crain down, Dylan Axelrod up

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 27, 2012 8:00 pm
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whitesox.com:

The White Sox placed right-hander Jesse Crain on the disabled list Friday, retroactive to April 21, with a strained left oblique. Righty Dylan Axelrod was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte to take his place in the bullpen.

Crain, who hasn’t pitched since April 20, said he was going to refrain from activity until Tuesday, when the White Sox begin a three-game series with the Indians. He said he injured his oblique doing twists in the weight room.

The 30-year-old right-hander said he was hopeful he’d be able to return from the DL on May 5, the first day he’s eligible. …

Axelrod will be Sox’ long reliever:

White Sox manager Robin Ventura said Axelrod will serve as the team’s long reliever. Right-handers Nate Jones and Zach Stewart will move up in the bullpen to fill Crane’s late-inning role.

This is Axelord’s second stint with the White Sox, after appearing in four games for Chicago last September. The 26-year-old went 1-0 with a 2.89 ERA in those outings (three starts) and Ventura said he’s comfortable handing the ball to Axelrod.

“He’s been up here, so it’s not like we’re bringing somebody up that can’t pitch here,” Ventura said. “We have confidence in Axe and we’ll make due until Jesse’s ready.”

Axelrod was impressive in four Triple-A starts, going 2-1 with a 1.08 ERA in 25 innings. He said a big part of his success has come from incorporating his changeup more often.

“It’s been really effective for me. It’s added another dimension, makes my fastball a little bit better,” Axelrod said. “My first start, I threw about four changeups and they got a call that said work on it, so I’ve been trying to throw about 15 a game after that and it’s been paying off.”

As J.J. says, the player with the most to gain here is Nate Jones.

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 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.

J.J. has more.

April 6, 2012

Closer by matchup?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 6, 2012 3:30 pm
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JJ Stankevitz:

Robin Ventura hasn’t named a closer, although that may just be a formality — it looks like the White Sox manager will use multiple pitchers in the ninth inning based on matchups:

Given the Sox don’t have anyone with extensive closer experience at the MLB level, this is a refreshing strategy. It’ll allow Ventura to ease Addison Reed into save situations by using him in low or medium-leverage save spots (like a two or three-run lead). And it’ll allow Ventura to pick and choose when to use Matt Thornton, hopefully in the highest-leverage situation (be it the seventh, eighth or ninth inning).

UPDATE: Scott Merkin:

On Thursday’s workout day, pitching coach Don Cooper said there would be no closer by committee. But before Friday’s setback, Ventura said that matchups could determine who actually pitches the ninth.

“At some point, it’s not going to be the same guy all the time,” Ventura said. “And not necessarily you think ahead as a bullpen committee, but a guy coming in the ninth, it will end up being different at some points of the season. Yeah, depending on how guys do versus certain teams and matchups. If we had Mariano Rivera, I’d be able to tell everyone I have a closer.”

That’s awesome! I love it!

April 4, 2012

Pitch F/X for Chris Sale and other Sox pitchers from yesterday’s game

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 4, 2012 9:30 pm
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Boxscore:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Sale(W, 2-1) 4.0 3 1 1 2 6 0 4.18
Jones, N(H, 1) 1.0 0 0 0 1 2 0 1.54
Reed(H, 4) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2.45
Crain(H, 2) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3.00
Thornton(H, 1) 1.0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2.08
Santiago, H 1.0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0.82
Totals 9.0 7 1 1 4 10 0 5.60

Pitches-strikes: Sale 62-37, Jones, N 21-12, Reed 9-7, Crain 14-8, Thornton 13-7, Santiago, H 22-14.
Groundouts-flyouts: Sale 2-0, Jones, N 0-0, Reed 1-0, Crain 0-1, Thornton 2-1, Santiago, H 1-0.
Batters faced: Sale 14, Jones, N 4, Reed 3, Crain 3, Thornton 5, Santiago.

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) 90.90 90.9 12.81 2.09 1 1 / 100.00% 1 / 100.00% -0.0753 0.413
FF (FourSeam Fastball) 91.17 92.5 14.83 2.76 3 2 / 66.67% 0 / 0.00% 0.0296 0.414
CH (Changeup) 84.29 85.9 13.81 1.83 11 6 / 54.55% 2 / 18.18% -0.5692 0.452
SL (Slider) 80.78 82.4 -3.52 -3.13 19 12 / 63.16% 4 / 21.05% -1.0619 0.472
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 93.99 95.8 13.37 4.88 28 16 / 57.14% 0 / 0.00% 0.7132 0.403
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 25 14 56.00 25 0.925
2 12 9 75.00 37 -0.862
3 11 7 63.64 48 -0.757
4 14 7 50.00 62 -0.269

Graphs for Chris Sale:

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April 3, 2012

White Sox @ Astros @ 7:05 pm CT; game on CSN-TV

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 3, 2012 7:00 pm
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Watch live on CSN-TV as Chris Sale gets the start in the first of two exhibition games vs. the Astros at Minute Maid Park today at 7:05 p.m. CT. Four closing candidates are also scheduled to pitch, including Addison Reed, Matt Thornton, Hector Santiago, and Jesse Crain, as well as rookie reliever Nate Jones.  Boxscore | Gameday

The game is, also, carried live on MLB.TV’s free game of the day and Gameday Audio.

March 29, 2012

White Sox @ Dodgers @ 3:05 pm CT; game on CSN-TV [UPDATE]

Watch live on CSN-TV as Chris Sale takes the hill as the Sox are hosted by the Dodgers today at 3:05 p.m. CT. Rookie closing candidates Addison Reed and Hector Santiago will be throwing their second game in back-to-back appearances, while Matt Thornton and Jesse Crain also are scheduled to pitch. Brent Lillibridge will be at 1st base. Gameday | Boxscore

UPDATE: It was the Chris Sale show baby! 7 striKeouts (3 of them were against Matt Kemp) and 0 walks in 6 innings. And Spring Training strikeouts and walks matter.

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