In his introductory news conference, Jake Peavy said he wanted to talk to manager Ozzie Guillen about his desire to hit. But that discussion won’t occur even if Peavy pitches Sept. 3 at Wrigley Field against the Cubs. Guillen abhors the idea of his pitchers batting, and Peavy is recovering from a right ankle injury suffered while running the bases more than two months ago. “I told my pitchers, ‘Unfortunately, we play in the American League and don’t try to do a stupid thing out there and get hurt,’ ” Guillen said. “That’s the way, unfortunately, we have to handle stuff in the American League.”
August 15, 2009
Freddy Garcia will make his return to the White Sox on Tuesday night against Kansas City. Garcia has recovered from right shoulder problems. He lasted pitched for the Sox in 2006.
Freddy’s message to Ozzie: “bro, ready to roll.”
Jose Contreras will start Wednesday against Zack Greinke.
here’s Ozzie Guillen:
”I don’t have any choice We have to keep sending him out there. Our options aren’t that much right now. Maybe [today] we’ll change our minds, but right now we have to send him back out there and hope for the best. … Jose didn’t pitch good and the defense helped him to not pitch good. He was cruising around and just like the last time. All of a sudden we didn’t make a couple plays and everything went south. He got hit pretty hard and I think he lost his concentration.”
Through the first three innings, Hudson’s fastball registered between 91-93 on the radar gun. Over the last four, he was around 89-90, with an occasional 91. However, I believe (I’m pretty sure, but didn’t keep count) that a majority of his strikeouts came on the fastball, even later in the game. The aforementioned effectiveness of the slider helped keep hitters off-balance. He looked like he used to a two-seamer (85-87), a change (82ish) and a slider that he added to and subtracted from. The slowest one I saw clocked in at 78, the harder ones 81-82.
Jim has video of Hudson and some photos of Hudson too.
How do we measure catcher’s defense? Who knows, really. While there’s plenty of data available, it is rare to find anyone taking a stab at it. As I was working on this series and thinking how to look at catchers in a different way, I came across chuckb’s post at Beyond the Box Score called “An Attempt to Capture Catcher Defense.” At the same time, I was working on my own way to measure catcher’s defense. The similarities were evident. Using some of the same logic and with some help from our own Rob McQuown on determining what values to use (because Rob is more knowledgeable than me when it comes to that stuff!), here’s what I came up with and how I got there: …
Here is the C entry: