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April 29, 2012

Gavin Floyd takes a no hitter into the 7th

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 29, 2012 8:00 pm
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Boston @ Sox:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Floyd(W, 2-3) 6.2 3 1 1 1 9 0 3.13
Reed(H, 4) 1.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0.00
Thornton(S, 1) 1.1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.82
Totals 9.0 3 1 1 2 12 0 3.41

Pitch F/X for Gavin Floyd:

Pitch Statistics
Pitch Type Avg Speed Max Speed Avg H-Break Avg V-Break Count Strikes / % Whiffs / % Linear Weights
FF (FourSeam Fastball) 90.28 91.8 -5.86 7.29 55 39 / 70.91% 5 / 9.09% -1.9794
CH (Changeup) 86.63 89 -6.37 6.15 3 2 / 66.67% 0 / 0.00% -0.0888
CU (Curveball) 79.59 80.4 6.25 -6.54 15 9 / 60.00% 3 / 20.00% -1.2463
FC (Cutter) 84.15 89.6 -1.04 1.53 29 16 / 55.17% 4 / 13.79% -0.3206
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 90.96 91.9 -8.88 7.56 9 4 / 44.44% 0 / 0.00% 0.0899
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 17 13 76.47 17 -0.848
2 10 7 70.00 27 -0.862
3 14 8 57.14 41 -0.862
4 13 9 69.23 54 -0.848
5 23 13 56.52 77 -0.532
6 13 7 53.85 90 -0.834
7 21 13 61.90 111 1.242

BTW, here’s James’ recap.

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April 28, 2012

Fangraphs’ Bradley Woodrum is Dissecting Philip Humber’s Wild Perfect Game

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 28, 2012 11:50 pm
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Bradley Woodrum:

According to the raw neutrality of the win probability chart, the Seattle Mariners actually had a chance to win the game last Saturday:

But it did not know — nor did the players know — what day it was. A.J. Pierzynski did not realize the significance of that first pitch, sailing wide to his glove side. Philip Humber may have even felt a twinge of frustration as that first toss missed so poorly. And Paul Konerkohad no way of knowing what he started when he took that first grounder and tossed it to Humber for out number one.

They were all witness to and participants of a rare and wild event. …

and that links to Dave Cameron’s Pitch F/X dissection of Philip Humber’s new slider:

… This time, the White Sox grabbed him, and teaming up with Don Cooper in Chicago has been the best thing that ever happened to his career.

… When Humber got to Chicago, he threw what he referred to as a cutter, even though Pitch F/x called it a slider. Cooper didn’t like the pitch, and instead suggested Humber move to a more traditional slider with harder breaking action. The differences are pretty striking.Here’s Humber’s game chart from his April 9th, 2011 start against Tampa Bay. …

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 26, 2012

Hector Santiago wants to throw less meatballs

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 26, 2012 10:00 pm
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Scott Merkin:

The secret to Hector Santiago’s return to late-inning success might be throwing a few less strikes.

Santiago specifically is targeting a reduction in the four home runs he has allowed in 6 1/3 innings, after giving up just 11 in 132 2/3 innings last season.

“I’ve actually thought about going out of the zone with certain pitches instead of trying to throw everything for strikes,” Santiago said. “I try to make sure I don’t walk anybody.

“Sometimes you have to go out of the zone to be able to get somebody to chase something, and I don’t think I’ve been doing that of late. Maybe I need to get someone to chase something and ground out or swing over something.”

Locating the screwball certainly is not an issue in Santiago’s mind. He felt as if that pitch was at its best this season during Wednesday’s appearance against the A’s and still doesn’t regret the changeup thrown to Yoenis Cespedes that led to the game-tying homer.

“I’ve actually figured out how to throw it at a lower velocity where I had it last year and throw a bigger break,” said Santiago of his screwball. “It’s just a fact that I’m throwing it right in the middle of the plate. I have to start working on getting off the plate.”

Here are some Pitch-F/X stuff for Santiago: Player Card from BrooksBaseball.net. Pitcher Profile from TexasLeaguers.com. Heat Maps from Fangraphs.com.

April 25, 2012

Chris Sale says you shall not walk

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 25, 2012 10:30 pm
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Sox @ Oakland:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Sale 8.0 6 2 2 0 5 0 3.12
Reed 1.0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0.00
Thornton 1.0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0.93
Ohman 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8.31
Jones, N 2.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Santiago, H(BS, 2)(L, 0-1) 0.1 5 3 3 0 1 1 8.53
Totals 13.1 12 5 5 1 11 1 2.96

Balk: Reed.
Pitches-strikes: Sale 101-71, Reed 16-10, Thornton 15-9, Ohman 13-8, Jones, N 23-14, Santiago, H 21-15.
Groundouts-flyouts: Sale 4-5, Reed 0-0, Thornton 0-0, Ohman 1-2, Jones, N 1-3, Santiago, H 0-0.
Batters faced: Sale 29, Reed 4, Thornton 3, Ohman 3, Jones, N 7, Santiago, H 6.

Pitch F/X for Chris Sale:

Pitch Statistics
Pitch Type Avg Speed Max Speed Avg H-Break Avg V-Break Count Strikes / % Whiffs / % Linear Weights
FA (Fastball) 88.10 88.5 11.17 3.87 4 4 / 100.00% 0 / 0.00% -0.1916
CH (Changeup) 84.55 87.8 12.14 1.59 16 11 / 68.75% 1 / 6.25% -0.0939
SL (Slider) 78.68 81.4 -3.86 -3.87 28 18 / 64.29% 2 / 7.14% -0.2266
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 91.60 94.8 11.24 4.20 53 38 / 71.70% 1 / 1.89% -2.6304
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 8 7 87.50 8 -0.848
2 10 8 80.00 18 -0.072
3 15 10 66.67 33 -0.834
4 8 7 87.50 41 -0.848
5 18 13 72.22 59 0.149
6 19 14 73.68 78 0.978
7 10 6 60.00 88 -0.834
8 13 6 46.15 101 -0.834

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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 21, 2012

27 up, 27 down. Phillip Humber throws the 21st perfect game in MLB history (video) [UPDATE #2]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 21, 2012 7:00 pm
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Sox @ Seattle:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Humber(W, 1-0) 9.0 0 0 0 0 9 0 0.63
Totals 9.0 0 0 0 0 9 0 3.10

Pitches-strikes: Humber 96-67.
Groundouts-flyouts: Humber 5-5.
Batters faced: Humber 27.

Pitch F/X for Phil Humber:

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) 91.55 94 -6.17 7.01 31 24 / 77.42% 3 / 9.68% -1.8743 0.414
CH (Changeup) 85.68 87.4 -7.68 1.20 9 6 / 66.67% 1 / 11.11% -0.6242 0.438
SL (Slider) 84.02 85.5 1.36 -0.59 19 15 / 78.95% 3 / 15.79% -2.5574 0.451
CU (Curveball) 80.99 85 4.75 -5.28 29 19 / 65.52% 7 / 24.14% -2.4106 0.470
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 91.19 93.5 -8.49 6.47 7 3 / 42.86% 0 / 0.00% -0.2028 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 12 8 66.67 12 -0.834
2 14 10 71.43 26 -0.877
3 11 9 81.82 37 -0.848
4 8 6 75.00 45 -0.848
5 6 4 66.67 51 -0.834
6 5 4 80.00 56 -0.871
7 12 8 66.67 68 -0.848
8 11 8 72.73 79 -0.848
9 16 10 62.50 95 -0.862

Humber’s breaking stuff was F-I-L-T-H-Y G-O-O-D today!

Congratulations to Philip Humber. Congratulations to Don Cooper too. His pitchers have 2 perfect games in the last 3 years!

Humber only started throwing a slider last year after Coop taught him:

UPDATE: Here’s a video of all 27 outs:

More video and other stuff here.

Humber’s needed 96 pitches today. That’s the 7th smaller amount of pitches for a perfect game.

UPDATE #2: More perfect game stuff:

UPDATE #3: Even more perfect game stuff:

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 15, 2012

Sale dials it up

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 15, 2012 8:30 pm
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Boxscore:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Sale(L, 1-1) 5.0 5 3 3 2 5 1 3.09
Jones, N 2.0 1 0 0 2 0 0 0.00
Stewart 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00
Ohman 0.1 2 2 2 0 0 0 15.43
Reed 0.2 2 0 0 0 2 0 0.00
Totals 9.0 10 5 5 4 8 1 3.34

Pitches-strikes: Sale 102-68, Jones, N 34-21, Stewart 15-7, Ohman 11-8, Reed 20-13.
Groundouts-flyouts: Sale 7-2, Jones, N 2-2, Stewart 1-0, Ohman 1-0, Reed 0-0.
Batters faced: Sale 22, Jones, N 9, Stewart 3, Ohman 3, Reed 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Jones, N 1-1, Reed 2-2.

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) 90.36 91.9 11.17 3.28 9 8 / 88.89% 0 / 0.00% 0.5071 0.415
FF (FourSeam Fastball) 93.60 96.6 8.80 5.11 6 4 / 66.67% 1 / 16.67% 0.7709 0.402
CH (Changeup) 84.36 87.2 11.70 2.64 18 8 / 44.44% 1 / 5.56% -0.7110 0.445
SL (Slider) 81.33 83.9 -2.89 -1.80 18 12 / 66.67% 5 / 27.78% 0.4061 0.469
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 94.35 97.2 9.99 5.83 51 36 / 70.59% 4 / 7.84% 0.1802 0.399
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 9 90.00 10 -0.848
2 33 20 60.61 43 0.297
3 15 11 73.33 58 0.596
4 19 13 68.42 77 -0.848
5 24 14 58.33 101 1.127
6 1 1 100.00 102 0.939

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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 9, 2012

Chris Sale strikes out 5 and walks 2 in his 1st major league start

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 9, 2012 9:00 pm
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Boxscore:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Sale(W, 1-0) 6.2 3 1 1 2 5 0 1.35
Reed(H, 1) 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Thornton(H, 1) 0.2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Santiago, H(S, 2) 1.0 1 1 1 0 2 1 4.50
Totals 9.0 5 2 2 2 7 1 3.18

Pitches-strikes: Sale 100-60, Reed 12-7, Thornton 7-5, Santiago, H 24-15.
Groundouts-flyouts: Sale 9-3, Reed 1-1, Thornton 2-0, Santiago, H 0-1.
Batters faced: Sale 25, Reed 3, Thornton 3, Santiago, H 4.

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) 90.22 92 12.15 3.21 23 16 / 69.57% 1 / 4.35% -1.3461 0.411
FF (FourSeam Fastball) 92.85 94.8 11.47 4.56 14 6 / 42.86% 0 / 0.00% -0.2536 0.398
CH (Changeup) 83.81 86.5 12.38 3.61 12 7 / 58.33% 1 / 8.33% -0.6511 0.445
SL (Slider) 80.20 82.3 -2.70 -1.78 31 16 / 51.61% 4 / 12.90% -0.4366 0.465
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 94.26 95.4 11.15 5.95 20 15 / 75.00% 2 / 10.00% -0.6952 0.396
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 8 44.44 18 -0.518
2 20 12 60.00 38 -0.048
3 14 9 64.29 52 -0.848
4 7 6 85.71 59 -0.848
5 11 7 63.64 70 -0.834
6 23 14 60.87 93 -0.004
7 7 4 57.14 100 -0.283

Very impressive stuff! If Sale remains healthy, the sky is the limit!

UPDATE: More on Sale’s starting debut: James @ WSO, JJ @ CSN, Fornelli @ SSA, Jack Moore @ Fangraphs /UPDATE

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April 8, 2012

Nate Jones strikes out Josh Hamilton with a 82mph change-up

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 8, 2012 10:00 pm
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Play-by-play:

TEX – Bot 7th CWS TEX
Pitcher Change: Nate Jones replaces Will Ohman.
0 5
B:4 S:2 O:0
Mitch Moreland walks.
0 5
B:4 S:2 O:0
Ian Kinsler walks. Mitch Moreland to 2nd.
0 5
Coaching visit to mound.
0 5
B:0 S:2 O:2
Elvis Andrus grounds into double play, shortstop
Alexei Ramirez to first baseman Paul Konerko. Mitch Moreland to 3rd.
Ian Kinsler out at 2nd.
0 5
B:2 S:3 O:3
Josh Hamilton strikes out swinging.
0 5

Gameday has the pitch-by-pitch breakdown.

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) 95.64 96.8 -6.59 8.83 7 5 / 71.43% 1 / 14.29% -0.7155 0.389
CH (Changeup) 85.33 87.5 -7.59 7.75 12 7 / 58.33% 3 / 25.00% 0.3554 0.437
SL (Slider) 84.07 84.9 1.64 0.65 3 1 / 33.33% 0 / 0.00% 0.0790 0.438
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 94.33 96.2 -9.86 9.03 4 3 / 75.00% 0 / 0.00% -0.1604 0.394
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
7 26 16 61.54 26 -0.442

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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March 31, 2012

Pitch-F/X for yesterday’s Nate Jones appearance

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 31, 2012 2:00 pm
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Boxscore:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Stults(L, 1-2) 4.0 5 3 2 1 2 1 3.38
Bruney 3.0 6 4 4 2 2 0 2.93
Jones, N 1.0 0 0 0 2 2 0 1.69
Totals 8.0 11 7 6 5 6 1 5.43

Brooks Baseball:

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) 96.50 97.4 -8.63 8.94 12 4 / 33.33% 0 / 0.00% 0.3342 0.387
CH (Changeup) 84.04 85.2 -6.43 7.30 7 5 / 71.43% 2 / 28.57% -0.6245 0.443
SL (Slider) 86.05 88.1 -0.05 1.42 6 2 / 33.33% 0 / 0.00% 0.0595 0.433
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
8 25 11 44.00 25 -0.231

UPDATE: BTW, Nate Jones was working on his changeup yesterday:

Jones added a cutter/slider to his repertoire last season and has worked on his changeup over the past six weeks. He showed that change during his one inning of work Friday against the Royals, bouncing back from walking the first two hitters he faced to pitch a scoreless inning

And here are Kenny Williams’ comments on Nate Jones making the Sox 25-man (Active) roster:

On Nate Jones seemingly coming out of nowhere:

It’s not out of nowhere for us.  When you throw 97-100 and you’ve got a hard curve ball, and I think you guys finally saw the change-up last night, which we developed when he started a couple years ago.  Last night, I think he was 98-99 and the change-up was around the 86 range and had some sink and fade to it, along with the curveball, it just makes everything better.   I think he got in trouble early in spring cause when you’re just sitting on two pitches, guys could guess. When you put another thought in their mind, you’ve got something to work with.  I’ve been impressed with his aggressiveness.  He was a little geeked up last night, trying to make that last impression and walked the first couple guys.  But then he really settled down and got in the swing of things.

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