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May 22, 2010

Alex helps Floyd get the win. Jenks finishes the game. (Pitch F/X)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 22, 2010 7:50 pm
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Rios 2-run HR and RBI single were enough to give Gavin (7 K / 2 BB) the W and the Sox the 4-1 win.

Rios had 5 TBs (HR, 1B) and Quentin 3 TBs (2B,1B) and a BB.

Video highlights

Boxscore:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Floyd, G(W, 2-4) 6.1 6 1 1 2 7 0 6.31
Thornton 0.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2.12
Putz(H, 2) 0.2 0 0 0 0 1 0 3.95
Santos(H, 2) 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.55
Jenks(S, 7) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 5.40
Totals 9.0 7 1 1 3 9 0 4.34

Pitch F/X says Floyd hit 95, Putz 95, Santos 97,Thornton 97.5,  Jenks 98: (more…)

May 21, 2010

Alexei helps Buehrle get the win. Santos finishes the game. (Pitch F/X)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 21, 2010 9:51 pm
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Alexei had a 3-run HR and a 2-run 2B. Kotsay had a solo HR and 2 1B.  Quentin had 2 1B.

Boxscore:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Buehrle(W, 3-5) 8.0 3 0 0 3 3 0 4.55
Santos 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.59
Totals 9.0 3 0 0 3 5 0 4.43

Pitch F/X says: (more…)

May 18, 2010

Fangraphs on Sergio Santos

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 18, 2010 6:28 pm
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Cameron:

He’s mixing three pitches – a mid 90s fastball, a hard biting slider, and a surprisingly good change-up. He’s been good against both left-handed and right-handed hitters. He’s throwing strikes, getting ahead in counts, and forcing hitters to chase nasty breaking balls in the dirt. … It’s a testament to how much improvement he made in spring training, the skills of White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper, and, truthfully, how very easy it is to be a relief pitcher if you have a good arm. And Sergio Santos has a very, very good arm.

Freddy holds the Tigers to 2 runs over 6 innings. Sox win 6-2.

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 18, 2010 5:56 pm
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Carlos Quentin had 3 hits (2 singles and a double). Andruw drew 2 walks.

Boxscore:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Garcia, F(W, 3-2) 6.0 5 2 2 2 3 1 4.50
Santos(H, 1) 1.0 1 0 0 2 1 0 0.63
Putz 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4.15
Jenks 1.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 5.79
Totals 9.0 7 2 2 4 7 1 4.57

Pitch F/X says:

Garcia:

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) 87.49 89.7 -6.00 10.47 24 18 / 75.00% 0 / 0.00% -0.2146 0.434
CH (Changeup) 80.49 83.7 -6.48 5.99 31 16 / 51.61% 2 / 6.45% 1.5801 0.472
SL (Slider) 81.15 84.6 2.00 3.41 31 26 / 83.87% 4 / 12.90% -1.3669 0.466
CU (Curveball) 70.40 72.4 5.52 -5.05 4 3 / 75.00% 0 / 0.00% -0.3832 0.539
FS (Splitter) 81.08 84.6 -0.83 5.86 6 2 / 33.33% 0 / 0.00% 0.0420 0.470
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 11 61.11 18 0.611
2 18 13 72.22 36 0.494
3 15 11 73.33 51 -0.532
4 17 10 58.82 68 -0.335
5 18 12 66.67 86 0.283
6 10 8 80.00 96 -0.862

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May 10, 2010

THT on Sergio Santos

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 10, 2010 5:41 pm
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Golebiewski:

He’s showing late-inning stuff, though. Santos hasn’t been 0.73 ERA-level good, but he has posted rates of 11.68 K/9 and 3.65 BB/9, with a 45.8 percent ground ball rate and a 2.62 xFIP. It’s only 12.1 innings, but Santos is succeeding with 95-96 MPH heat, mid-80’s breaking stuff and a hard changeup. His swinging strike rate is 14.4 percent (the average for relievers is between 9-10 percent), and his 65 percent contact rate is fourth-lowest among MLB relievers logging at least 10 innings pitched.

Don Cooper on the “[Sergio] Santos rules”

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 10, 2010 12:34 pm
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Merkin:

Through the first five weeks of the 2010 regular season, the White Sox have operated under the “Santos Rules” when using this phenom. If Santos warms up in the bullpen, he always comes into a game. He has not pitched more than 1 1/3 innings in any one outing, and Santos’ back-to-back efforts have been limited to one scoreless inning against Cleveland on April 8 and facing three Minnesota hitters on April 9.

“Everything that goes on with him, I promise you, is calculated,” Cooper said. “Each time we are going a little further so he’s going to have more and more opportunities in more critical situations.”

May 8, 2010

Peavy is back baby! 8 K / 0 BB over 8 IP. Sox win 7-3.

Paulie hits dinger #13

A look at the TBs: Konerko 5 (HR, 1B, BB), Andruw 3 (3B), Rios 2 (2B). Beckham had 2 BB and a 1B. Quentin had 2B.

Video highlights

Boxscore:

Peavy(W, 2-2) 8.0 3 2 2 0 8 2 5.56
Santos 1.0 2 1 1 0 1 0 0.73
Totals 9.0 5 3 3 0 9 2 4.61

Pitch F/X says:

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) 92.08 94.1 -6.67 10.75 16 11 / 68.75% 2 / 12.50% -0.5763 0.413
CH (Changeup) 84.75 85.9 -7.68 5.14 8 6 / 75.00% 3 / 37.50% -0.2151 0.446
SL (Slider) 82.15 84.3 3.29 2.25 23 15 / 65.22% 5 / 21.74% 1.6846 0.461
CU (Curveball) 78.28 81.3 4.46 -2.96 12 8 / 66.67% 1 / 8.33% -0.4017 0.481
FC (Cutter) 87.91 89.9 0.23 5.71 22 17 / 77.27% 4 / 18.18% -1.6937 0.429
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 92.53 93.8 -9.93 8.57 32 21 / 65.63% 3 / 9.38% -1.9174 0.412
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 13 8 61.54 26 -0.862
3 13 8 61.54 39 -0.834
4 19 14 73.68 58 -0.862
5 9 6 66.67 67 -0.834
6 23 17 73.91 90 1.080
7 6 4 66.67 96 -0.570
8 17 12 70.59 113 0.596

Santos:

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) 96.24 97.2 -6.00 8.70 12 8 / 66.67% 0 / 0.00% 1.2194 0.394
CH (Changeup) 86.77 87.1 -9.41 2.94 3 0 / 0.00% 0 / 0.00% 0.1901 0.438
SL (Slider) 85.45 87.3 2.63 -1.18 4 4 / 100.00% 2 / 50.00% -0.6283 0.441
CU (Curveball) 87.50 87.5 2.60 0.01 1 0 / 0.00% 0 / 0.00% 0.0296 0.432
Inning-by-Inning Pitch Totals
Inning Pitches in Inning Strikes in Inning Strike% in Inning Cumulative Total Pitches Pitch LWTS in Inning
9 20 12 60.00 20 0.811

May 7, 2010

Danks allows 2 runs over 7 innings but Sox lose.

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 7, 2010 12:27 am
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Boxscore:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Danks(L, 3-1) 7.0 8 2 2 2 7 0 1.98
Santos 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.00
Pena, To 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 6.75
Totals 9.0 9 2 2 2 9 0 4.64

Sergio Santos set a White Sox record with 12 scoreless outings to start his career.

Pitch F/X: (more…)

May 1, 2010

Previewing “The Club” (video)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 1, 2010 10:12 pm
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http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=7739931&topic_id=7417714&c_id=cws (5:57)

Kenny @ 0:45: Ideally I would like to have given you guys more guys who can get on base

Ozzie @ 2:15: I’m from Caracas, what do you think, we grew up on the street

April 27, 2010

Phil Rogers speculates the Sox might trade for Prince Fielder

Rogers:

… the White Sox have the parts to do a deal if they decide they’re not going to re-sign Paul Konerko.

What about Fielder to the White Sox for a package built around pitching and Triple-A first baseman Dayan Viciedo? John Danks certainly would get Melvin’s attention. Gavin Floyd might to a lesser degree and both Daniel Hudson and Sergio Santos have a ton of value. Hudson gives the Sox the flexibility to deal a big-league starter, assuming he doesn’t have to be in the package himself.

It’s hard to see the Sox having the will to keep Fielder long-term, however, which makes it a huge risk to give up young talent for 1 1/2 seasons of his mashing. But what if the Brewers are interested in Alex Rios, who is signed through 2014 at a level just beyond what they have paid Fielder? Trading for a veteran is easier than signing a proven player through free agency.

If Rios went to the Brewers in the deal, the Sox might be able to sign Fielder to a Teixeira/Howard contract long term. After 2010, he would replace Konerko and Rios on the payroll, with Andruw Jones (if the Sox can keep him) or Jordan Danks in center.

Fielder to the White Sox is probably a long shot. But so is Fielder staying put.

First, John Danks isn’t going anywhere. Now, if you think the Brewers will be interested in Dayan Viciedo in a Prince Fielder trade, you are smoking something. Same for Alex Rios.

April 25, 2010

The NY Times looks on Sergio Santos’ journey

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 25, 2010 12:24 pm
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Billy Witz @ NYT:

… “The challenge is for him to start waking up in the morning like a pitcher,” said Don Cooper, the White Sox’ pitching coach. “He has to become a professional glove hitter. He’s not trying to win the kewpie doll at the fair. But I’ll say this: there’s enough to work with — he’s got three above-average pitches — so if it doesn’t work, I’m going to take it as a failure on our part.” …

April 24, 2010

Alex Rios’ turn to hit the walkoff HR (Pitch F/X)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 24, 2010 7:15 pm
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Konerko’s solo HR brings the Sox within 1, Quentin walks and Rios hits a 2-run HR for the walkoff win and bails out Bobby Jenks who started the 9th 2-2 and allowed 2 runs. He even walked Griffey! Freddy allowed 2 runs over 7 IP (2 BB / 5 K) and Santos pitched 1 scoreless

A look at the TBs: Rios 6 TBs (HR, 2 1B), Konerko 4 TBs (HR), Alexei 2 TBs (2B), Andruw 2 TBs (2B, BB)

Video highlights

Boxscore:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Garcia, F 7.0 2 2 2 2 5 1 5.82
Santos 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Jenks(W, 1-0) 1.0 2 2 2 1 1 0 3.86
Totals 9.0 4 4 4 3 6 1 4.58

Pitch F/X says: (more…)

April 22, 2010

Sergio Santos hit 97 (Pitch F/X)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 22, 2010 1:31 pm
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Pitch F/X for Sergio Santos yesterday:

Pitch Statistics (Velocity Histogram)
Pitch Type Avg Speed Max Speed Avg H-Break Avg V-Break Count Strikes / % Swinging Strikes / % Nibbleness Time to Plate
FF (FourSeam Fastball) 96.25 96.8 -6.08 8.43 11 7 / 63.64% 0 / 0.00% 7.88 0.392
CH (Changeup) 86.42 87.9 -10.79 1.83 5 2 / 40.00% 1 / 20.00% 8.89 0.436
SL (Slider) 86.12 87 3.67 -4.28 5 2 / 40.00% 1 / 20.00% 3.02 0.436
Pitch classifications provided by the Gameday Algorithm and may be inaccurate.
Clicking individual pitch types will provide individual velocity histograms for each pitch.

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.

April 13, 2010

FutureSox’ Top 25 White Sox prospects

FutureSox:

Rank Player Points Previous Change
1 Dan Hudson 208 2 1
2 Tyler Flowers 203 1 -1
3 Jordan Danks 194 4 1
4 Dayan Viciedo 186 3 -1
5 Jared Mitchell 184 6 1
6 Brent Morel 178 7 1

April 12, 2010

Sox win in 11. 9 TBs for Andruw Jones, 8 for Mark Teahen (Pitch F/X)

Peavy allows 7 ERs in 5.2 IP. But 9 TBs from Andruw Jones, 8 from Mark Teahen, 3 from Alex Rios and 5.1 shutdown innings from the bullpen help the Sox win it in 11.

Boxscore Videos

Pitch F/X inside (more…)

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