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August 9, 2010

WTF Juan? Give the fan the ball (video)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 9, 2010 1:28 pm
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Video: http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=10752957 (0:16) h/t SoxMachine

June 6, 2010

Sox win 8-7. Pitch F/X, videos, and boxscore. (6/5)

Konerko hit a 2-run HR and drew 2 BB. Rios hit a 2B, a 1B and drew a BB. Quentin hit two 1B. Alexei and Pierre hit two 1B each. Beckham went 1-4 with a K. He’s OPSing .526.

Boxscore:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Buehrle 3.0 8 6 6 3 3 1 5.40
Pena, To 3.0 3 0 0 1 2 0 3.94
Putz(W, 1-2) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2.75
Thornton(H, 5) 1.0 2 1 1 1 1 0 2.10
Jenks(S, 9) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 5.14
Totals 9.0 13 7 7 5 9 1 4.81

Pitch F/X: (more…)

May 26, 2010

Sox win 5-4. Pitch F/X, videos, and boxscore.

Kotsay had a 2-run HR and a BB. Pierre had a 2B. Buehrle was called for 2 balks. Ozzie was ejected and was mad.

Boxscore:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Buehrle 2.1 3 0 0 0 1 0 4.38
Williams, R 0.2 3 1 1 0 0 0 5.82
Pena, To(W, 1-1) 4.0 2 0 0 1 3 0 4.21
Thornton 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.89
Jenks 1.0 3 3 3 3 1 0 6.35
Totals 9.0 11 4 4 4 5 0 4.52

Pitch F/X: (more…)

May 24, 2010

We’re #1!

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 24, 2010 6:25 pm
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not in something good though:

teams this season with the most “regular” players (meaning “Qualified for league batting title” to date) with an OPS+ less than 101:

Rk Year Tm Lg #Matching
1 2010 Chicago White Sox AL 6 Gordon Beckham / Juan Pierre / A.J. Pierzynski / Carlos Quentin / Alexei Ramirez / Mark Teahen
2 2010 Houston Astros NL 5 Michael Bourn / Pedro Feliz / Jeff Keppinger / Carlos Lee / Hunter Pence

There are 4 teams with 4 after Houston.

May 23, 2010

Ozzie Guillen describes Juan Pierre as “pretty good”

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 23, 2010 8:14 pm
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Merkin:

Guillen focuses on the contributions currently being made by Juan Pierre, who was acquired in the offseason deal sending Ely to the Dodgers, or Jake Peavy, who came over from San Diego last year for a four-hurler package involving Richard. The White Sox have a good track record of giving up the right Minor League talent to make the Major League team stronger.

“Every time we make a trade, I always say, ‘I could never have been a general manager because you have to take a chance on what the team wants and the team needs, and ignore feelings,’” Guillen said. “We knew John would be fine and we knew Clayton would be good, but we have a pretty good guy [in return for each trade].”

Pretty good? I’d say pretty bad. I see a 64 OPS+ and a 75 wRC+. Both numbers are smaller than 100.

May 20, 2010

Sox rally falls short.

Only Sox XBH hit of the night was a 2B by A.J. Pierzynski. Juan Pierre had 3 1B, Carlos Quentin and Alexei Ramirez had 2 1B each, and Mark Kotsay drew 2 BB.

Boxscore:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Peavy(L, 3-3) 6.0 8 6 6 2 8 1 5.74
Williams, R 1.2 2 0 0 0 0 0 3.86
Pena, To 1.1 1 0 0 1 1 0 5.21
Totals 9.0 11 6 6 3 9 1 4.54

Pitch F/X says: (more…)

May 18, 2010

8 K / 0 BB for John Ely tonight (5/17)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 18, 2010 2:00 am
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Boxscore:

LA Dodgers IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Ely(W, 2-1) 7.0 5 2 2 0 8 0 3.51
Weaver, Jf(H, 2) 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4.15
Sherrill(H, 1) 0.2 0 0 0 0 1 0 6.92
Troncoso 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3.66
Totals 9.0 6 2 2 0 9 0 4.35

John Ely: 25 K (8.77 K%), 3 BB (1.05 BB%), 8.33 K/BB, 7.36 H/9, 0.94 WHIP, 3.51 ERA

Meanwhile Juan Pierre is posting a 53 OPS+

and he is fast!

May 15, 2010

Peavy pitches into the 9th and Thornton closes it for the 5-4 win!

Peavy allowed 3 runs with 2 outs in the 1st but Sox comeback for the win. Thornton earned his 1st save for the season. Beckham, who batted 2nd, went 1-5 and increased his average!

Video highlights

A look at the TBs: Alexei 3 (3 1B), Pierre 2 (2 1B). Andruw had 1 BB, and Teahen 2 BB.

Boxscore:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Peavy(W, 3-2) 8.1 7 4 4 1 5 1 5.37
Thornton(S, 1) 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.12
Totals 9.0 7 4 4 1 5 1 4.61

The Pitch F/X tool says: (more…)

May 12, 2010

6 K / 0 BB for John Ely tonight (5/11)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 12, 2010 2:52 am
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Boxscore:

LA Dodgers IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Ely(W, 1-1) 6.0 6 2 2 0 6 0 3.86
Weaver, Jf(H, 1) 0.2 1 1 1 0 2 0 4.91
Sherrill 0.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 7.94
Ortiz, Ra(H, 1) 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5.16
Monasterios 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.18
Totals 9.0 8 3 3 0 8 0 4.76

meanwhile Juan Pierre is posting a 41 OPS+ (as of May 11) …

UPDATE: Rogers:

Ely, who turns 24 on Thursday, gave up five runs in the first three innings he pitched in the big leagues but hung on to last six innings in that debut against the Mets. He’s allowed only three runs in his last 15 2-3 innings, cutting his ERA to 3.86. He has 17 strikeouts and only three walks in is 18 2-3 innings, using his power changeup and Bugs Bunny curveball to make up for his fastball rarely touching 90 mph.

May 7, 2010

7 K / 0 BB for John Ely (5/06)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 7, 2010 12:47 pm
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Tribune:

Juan Pierre’s slow start is becoming even more painful for White Sox fans: John Ely, the 2004 Homewood-Flossmoor who was the player to be named later in the deal that brought Pierre over from the Dodgers, tamed the Milwaukee Brewers in his second major-league start Thursday in Los Angeles.

Boxscore:

LA Dodgers IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Ely 6.2 4 1 1 0 7 0 4.26
Belisario(H, 2) 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 7.88
Kuo(H, 3) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 4.91
Broxton(BS, 2)(W, 2-0) 1.0 4 2 2 0 2 0 1.86
Totals 9.0 8 3 3 0 12 0 4.97

Meanwhile, Juan Pierre is stinkin’ it up to the tune of a 42 OPS+ and a .227 wOBA. That’s right, 42 OPS+.

May 5, 2010

Freddy goes 6. Andruw and Rios go yard. Sox win 9-2.

Video highlights

A look at the TBs: Rios 6 TBs (HR, 2B), Andruw 4 TBs (HR, BB), Teahen 3 TBs (2B, 1B ), Konerko 2 TBs (2B), Pierre 2 (2 1B). Beckham and AJ had 2 BB each too.

Boxscore:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Garcia, F(W, 1-2) 6.0 10 2 2 0 4 0 5.28
Linebrink 1.0 2 0 0 0 0 0 4.76
Putz 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.70
Jenks 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4.09
Totals 9.0 12 2 2 0 4 0 4.73

The Pitch F/X tool says:

Linebrink hit 97, Putz 96, Jenks 98. In detail:

Garcia:

Pitch Statistics
Pitch Type Avg Speed Max Speed Avg H-Break Avg V-Break Count Strikes / % Swinging Strikes / % Nibbleness Time to Plate
FF (FourSeam Fastball) 87.66 90.4 -5.28 11.55 30 16 / 53.33% 0 / 0.00% 7.85 0.436
CH (Changeup) 81.41 83.6 -6.80 7.72 28 21 / 75.00% 5 / 17.86% 8.18 0.470
SL (Slider) 80.45 84.6 2.57 3.82 20 16 / 80.00% 0 / 0.00% 6.77 0.472
CU (Curveball) 71.90 71.9 8.35 -2.88 1 0 / 0.00% 0 / 0.00% 9.46 0.536
FS (Splitter) 81.68 83.8 -0.48 5.06 5 5 / 100.00% 0 / 0.00% 5.45 0.468
Pitch classifications provided by the Gameday Algorithm and may be inaccurate.

Nibbleness is the arithmetic mean of the distance of each pitch, in inches, from the edge of a normalized strikezone. Lower indicates “more Nibbley”.
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.

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May 3, 2010

Peavy returns to form. Sox win 5-1.

No walk parade for Jake today. 9 strikeouts and 1 walk.

A look at the TBs: Alexei: 5 TBs (HR, 1B), Rios: 4 TBs (2B, 2 1B, CS), Andruw: 3 TBs (2B, 1B, SB). Beckham has 2 BB and Pierre 2 SB.

Video highlights

From the boxscore:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Peavy(W, 1-2) 7.0 4 0 0 1 9 0 6.31
Thornton 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.84
Linebrink 1.0 2 1 1 0 0 1 5.23
Totals 9.0 6 1 1 1 9 1 4.75

The Pitch F/X tool says: (more…)

May 1, 2010

Ozzie Guillen on Juan Pierre

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 1, 2010 3:47 am
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Here’s Ozzie Guillen:

“J.P.’s a big key for us but right now he’s trying to do too much.”

How about he can’t do it?

“Hopefully, this (not leading off) helps him for a couple of days. But if we’re going to have the best team on the field, J.P has to be the leadoff (hitter) and I expect that pretty soon.”

Pretty soon? Damn.

BTW,

Guillen said he “didn’t see any room” for former slugger Jermaine Dye on the Sox’s roster.

April 29, 2010

Ozzie Guillen on Juan Pierre

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 29, 2010 6:56 pm
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Here’s Ozzie:

“I don’t know if he’s putting a lot of pressure on himself or trying to do too much, but I’ll try and give him a breather, [maybe] bat him second, I don’t know. Try and figure out who my leadoff hitter will be. Maybe it will let him relax a little bit.”

How about he can’t do it?

Guillen mentions Mark Teahen and Gordon Beckham as possible leadoff hitter replacements. Scot Gregor wants Jordan Danks. See that K% Scot?

Fangraphs on Juan Pierre’s wiffle bat

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 29, 2010 11:57 am
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Anderson:

Question: What does Chris Coghlan have in common with Juan Pierre?

Answer: Those are the only two qualified batters with a .000 ISO.

Seeing Pierre’s name associated with no extra base hits is probably not too surprising. Through 80 plate appearances, Pierre’s line is .222/.282/.222. His career ISO is .071 and his projected ISO is .063 (rest of the season version). …

Now the gamer has improved to .200/.261/.200/.461.

His place on the on-notice list is secure:

What was Kenny thinking? Did he listen to Ozzie? Why?

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