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May 13, 2011

Phil Humber and the Sox get the job done

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 13, 2011 11:48 pm
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5/13:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Humber(W, 3-3) 6.0 6 3 3 0 1 0 3.18
Crain(H, 4) 1.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 3.06
Thornton(H, 2) 0.2 0 0 0 1 0 0 6.39
Santos(S, 4) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.00
Totals 9.0 6 3 3 1 4 0 4.10

Pitch F/X:

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) 89.24 90.6 -5.72 9.24 42 30 / 71.43% 1 / 2.38% -1.0762 0.420
CH (Changeup) 83.20 86.6 -6.55 6.19 12 11 / 91.67% 2 / 16.67% 0.8594 0.448
SL (Slider) 82.60 83.8 1.82 2.87 10 10 / 100.00% 3 / 30.00% 0.1236 0.451
CU (Curveball) 79.38 81.7 6.11 -4.50 16 8 / 50.00% 1 / 6.25% -0.8825 0.473
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 88.95 89 -9.88 8.11 2 2 / 100.00% 0 / 0.00% -0.2779 0.426
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 13 9 69.23 13 -0.834
2 11 8 72.73 24 0.303
3 12 7 58.33 36 -0.713
4 11 9 81.82 47 -0.834
5 7 6 85.71 54 -0.834
6 16 12 75.00 70 -0.335
7 12 10 83.33 82 1.993

May 9, 2011

Jake Peavy will make his first start of the season Wednesday night

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 9, 2011 8:40 pm
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More by Merkin here.

May 7, 2011

Jake Peavy to return on Wednesday (May 11) in Anaheim?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 7, 2011 3:30 am
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Padilla @ ESPN:

“I think he’s coming here [Friday] or [Saturday], and then we’ll have a sideline and see,” pitching coach Don Cooper said. “Nothing is definite. We haven’t sat down and spoke about it. But it looks good for the 11th [of May].”

and what happens to Phil Humber?

“We’ll figure all that out,” Cooper said. “Nobody is out. Who knows? We got some off days there. We might give some guys extra rest here and there, but nobody is out. We haven’t gotten that far. We’re here [Friday] playing [Felix] Hernandez and the Seattle Mariners and we got an off day six days from now.”

Thats J.J.’s suggestion too. Spot starts to give Peavy breaks.

Ozzie says Humber will stay in the rotation:

“He’s staying in the rotation,” Guillen said after Humber received a no-decision with two runs allowed over seven innings in a 3-2 loss to the Mariners on Friday night. “He has to stay. I don’t think we are going to see anything different. When Jake comes in the rotation, we will talk to [general manager] Kenny [Williams] and Coop [pitching coach Don Cooper] to see what we are going to do. But this kid has earned and deserves to be in the rotation.”

Other White Sox posts: Mike looks back on his ‘keys to the season’ list.

May 5, 2011

Jake Peavy throws 100 pitches (71 strikes) in Charlotte and goes to Seattle [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 5, 2011 11:05 pm
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5/5:

Charlotte Knights
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Peavy (W, 1-1) 7.0 4 5 5 1 5 1 4.82
Kinney 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3.29
Bruney 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2.3

Pitches-strikes: Peavy 100-71.
Groundouts-flyouts: Peavy 6-5.

Shouwen @ CST:

According to the stadium radar gun, Peavy’s fastest pitch was 93 mph. Most of his fastballs were in the upper 80s.

Merkin @ CWS:

A healthy Peavy will join the White Sox in Seattle on Friday and could start either Wednesday in Anaheim or next Friday in Oakland. Wednesday would back him up an extra day.

Phil Humber, who starts Friday with Felix Hernandez on the mound for the Mariners, is almost certain to get another start on this road trip.

UPDATE: CSN has the video (0:42).

April 26, 2011

Trayce Thompson is on fire

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 26, 2011 11:49 pm
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After going 3-4 with a HR today,

Stats

BTW, here are a couple more links to checkout: J.J. takes a look at Humber’s masterpiece yesterday, and James takes a look at Mark Buehrle, and another at Mark Teahen.

April 25, 2011

Phil Humber!

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 25, 2011 8:59 pm
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Wow, I didn’t expect that:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Humber(W, 2-2) 7.0 1 0 0 2 5 0 3.20
Sale(H, 1) 0.2 0 0 0 0 1 0 5.79
Santos(S, 1) 1.1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0.00
Totals 9.0 3 0 0 2 7 0 4.23

Pitch-F/X:

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) 89.89 92.2 -5.59 9.13 37 23 / 62.16% 1 / 2.70% -1.5581 0.419
SI (Sinker) 88.75 89.6 -7.76 5.57 4 4 / 100.00% 0 / 0.00% -0.4706 0.426
CH (Changeup) 82.98 85.1 -0.30 4.36 30 16 / 53.33% 4 / 13.33% -1.3148 0.451
CU (Curveball) 80.02 82.9 7.82 -4.47 29 23 / 79.31% 1 / 3.45% -1.3135 0.472
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 20 14 70.00 20 -0.848
2 14 11 78.57 34 -0.848
3 14 8 57.14 48 -0.862
4 16 9 56.25 64 -0.518
5 6 3 50.00 70 -0.713
6 9 7 77.78 79 -0.834
7 21 14 66.67 100 -0.034

Chris Sale, and Sergio Santos inside:
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April 22, 2011

Carlos Quentin: now OPSing 1.121 (video) [UPDATE]

Video: HR #1 (0:54), HR #2 (0:52). Dr. Fishbein is doing an awesome job!

BTW, here are some BABIPs from statcorner:

Gordon Beckham: .237
Adam Dunn: .250
Brent Morel: .250
A.J. Pierzynski: .250
Alexei Ramirez: .241
Alex Rios: .213

Edwin Jackson: .342
Jesse Crain: .200
Will Ohman: .348
Chris Sale: .346
Sergio Santos: .250
Matt Thornton: .400

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April 17, 2011

Ozzie Guillen doesn’t like 6-man rotations

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 17, 2011 9:22 pm
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Merkin @ CWS:

The White Sox posted the fifth-best starter ERA so far this season entering Sunday’s action. Righty Philip Humber is the likely odd-man out when Peavy returns. However, Humber has pitched well, posting a 2.45 ERA over 11 innings in two starts. Pitching coach Don Cooper has floated the idea of using a six-man rotation to keep the group rested during scheduling crunches, but Guillen said that won’t be a regular practice.

“No. I would rather have more people in the bullpen than a six-man rotation,” said Guillen. “Six-man rotation, not many people do that. Then the six-man rotation goes to seven-man rotation. You never know. But that’s pretty tough to do.”

March 31, 2011

Sox to use 4-man rotation to start the season

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 31, 2011 3:57 pm
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UPDATE:

 

March 27, 2011

Jeff Marquez gone [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 27, 2011 1:34 pm
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UPDATE: Merkin @ CWS:

Although the White Sox cannot yet officially confirm their last four moves before breaking camp, the team’s 2011 Opening Day 25-man roster appears to be set. And reliever Jeff Marquez looks to be the odd man out.

March 25, 2011

Want the breakdown on the battles for the last two roster spots?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 25, 2011 11:30 pm
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Brent Ballantini has it. On Lastings Milledge:

And he’s a Kenny guy, right?

Well, Williams traded for Lillibridge just a few years ago, too. But do the White Sox see greater upside from Milledge—perhaps even to the extent where he could be a long-term possibility on the team if/when Juan Pierre or Carlos Quentin leave? Absolutely. Milledge has flashed five tools in the desert this spring.

March 23, 2011

Phil Humber, Jeff Marquez make the MLB team?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 23, 2011 10:00 pm
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Merkin @ CWS:

Factoring in the Peavy setback, Williams said the White Sox will break camp with 12 pitchers. That decision leaves Phil Humber or Jeff Marquez as the fifth starter, the second of these hurlers working in long relief, and Brent Lillibridge and Lastings Milledge fighting for one position player slot — a decision likely to be made by Monday. Williams also said the temporary fifth starter will be filled by Humber or Marquez and not from someone off the waiver wire.

Ozzie wants to finalize the roster by Monday.

March 22, 2011

25th player down to Lastings Milledge or Brent Lillibridge?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 22, 2011 3:25 am
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Merkin @ CWS:

The White Sox are down to the final couple of roster decisions before breaking camp, and two of those players on the bubble will be on display Tuesday in Peoria against the Mariners. Lastings Milledge gets the start in left field and will be leading off, while Brent Lillibridge hits ninth and starts in center. Milledge and Lillibridge stand as the main candidates for the 25th man or last utility outfield spot.

BTW, Humber on his cutter:

Humber talked Sunday with pitching coach Don Cooper, who laid out the current scenario for the right-hander. With Peavy almost certain to start the 2011 regular season on the disabled list, the fifth-starter’s job is there for the taking for Humber.

A strong Spring Training by Humber has been enhanced by the development of a cutter. Cooper discussed with Humber adding the pitch during the offseason, and Humber seems most satisfied by the consistency of the pitch as opposed to being able to find success on one or two offerings.

“It has definitely been huge for me, being able to put more movement on my fastball,” Humber said. “I’ve gotten a lot of easy outs on it. When you get in tough counts, it’s nice to have something to throw in there that stays off the fat part of the bat. That’s what it has been for me.”

March 21, 2011

Phil Humber replaces Jake Peavy

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 21, 2011 12:30 pm
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Schouwen @ CST:

Phil Humber, who after signing a minor-league free agent deal in December found a good pitching groove this spring, will fill the void left by Jake Peavy and likely be one of 12 pitchers on the White Sox’ opening-day roster. Humber will get Thursday’s start against the Cubs, pitching coach Don Cooper said Sunday night, and is the likely fifth starter penciled in for April 6 in Kansas City.

“We’re going to have him ready to start if necessary during the season until Jake is ready,” Cooper said on 670-AM’s “Mully and Hanley Show” Monday morning. “Because of that we’ll probably look into taking 12 [pitchers]. Sounds like a good idea to me because we’re going to need that 12th guy.”

March 10, 2011

Phil Humber works on his cutter [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 10, 2011 8:45 pm
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Merkin @ CWS:

Humber, in turn, hopes the new cutter he worked on Thursday will help him earn that seventh and final bullpen slot among the White Sox staff. Prior to the contest, Humber told Thursday batterymate Tyler Flowers that he wanted to focus on this particular pitch.

“Most of the ones I threw were good,” said Humber, who started the split-squad contest, with Gavin Floyd starting Thursday night against the D-backs. “I got some weak contact on it and that also helped my two-seamer running back the other way.

“It was good for me to see. It’s going to be a pitch I’m probably going to use. It was positive today for sure.”

The Rangers’ Mike Napoli had his bat shattered by Humber on a pitch with one out in the second, but Humber said it was the two-seamer producing that damage.

“Like I said, they complement each other,” said Humber, who has been getting help with the cutter from bullpen coach Juan Nieves and picking the brains of other pitchers. “You get guys leaning out and that ball runs back in on them.

“Now it’s a matter of knowing when to use it in the game and being confident it will do what it needs to do,” Humber added.

Seems Humber listened to what Don Cooper said.

UPDATE: Ozzie likes:

Said Guillen: “All spring he’s the only one guy who has stepped it up. So far, he’s pitched well. I said a couple of days ago that nobody has impressed me at all. This kid came out and threw the ball well against a pretty good hitting team. It’s very nice and pleasant to see that because we continue to look for somebody for the reliever spot or just in case Jake can’t be on the team. We’re looking for that type of guy and he’s throwing the ball well. He’s moving forward. He took a big step, a huge step today. Hopefully in the next couple of starts he continues to do it.”

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