As far as the blame game he’s heard coming from Ozzie Guillen the last few days, well, Williams wasn’t impressed one way or the other that his manager has chosen to be the one to fall on the sword. Guillen has gone on the offensive as far as protecting his players and coaching staff, insisting on Monday and Tuesday that he should be the one that’s fired, and “when one country is not running well they don’t blame anybody, but they blame the president. Well I am the president of this ballclub. I am the face of this ballclub.” “That’s just the thing to say,” Williams said. “Everybody says … everybody on the losing teams say that this time of year. That’s just the thing to say, it’s a sports cliché.”
September 9, 2009
reaction after today’s bullpen session:
“Everything went well in the bullpen,” said White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper. “We got a really good workout in. He feels pretty good about it. I feel pretty good about it, too. The best I can tell you is we’ll see how he feels [Thursday] and continue to map out a plan for him to go out and pitch.” “I’m just getting prepared to go out there and play,” Peavy said. “I went about as hard as we could go there for 50 to 60 pitches, and I felt good. I’m just trying to get that endurance back up to where I can go out and compete.” … “He did everything — full stretch, full windup, [threw] all his pitches [and] went over hitters,” Cooper said. “We talked about many, many hitters he could be facing in the next two weeks. We’re not limiting it to the Angels or Seattle Mariners. But those are the guys we spoke about — played the game out there and had fun doing it.” Much of the decision on the next step for Peavy will come from how he feels on Thursday, when he comes in during the team’s off-day to get treatment before making the trip with the White Sox to Anaheim. The options would be to have Peavy throw another side session, probably Saturday or Sunday at Angel Stadium, or give him a start, most likely Tuesday night at Safeco Field in Carlos Torres’ rotation spot. …
from one writer’s favorite pick, Ryan Buch:
He’s got the potential to become a mid-rotation starter due to his solid three pitch mix of a low to mid 90’s fastball, excellent curve and improving change. The command of his fastball can be erratic which is what could prevent him from reaching his potential but he’s definitely the prime candidate to be next year’s Dexter Carter or Dan Hudson. …
Lots more at the link.
Two of them are Alexei Ramirez and Alex Rios:
Like Ramirez, this season hasn’t been as bad for Rios as it looks at first glance. First of all, he’s been victimized by a terrible BABIP even though his GB/FB/LD percentages haven’t changed all that drastically from years past. His strikeout and walk rates are in line with his career averages too. So, the .250 batting average is surely misrepresentative of his performance at the plate. Since Rios does not walk very much, that has jettisoned his OBP to the point that it is difficult to score a lot of runs. Rios should still wind up hitting around 20 homers and stealing about 25 bases.
Rios’ BABIP with the Blue Jays in 2009? .284. Rios’ BABIP with the Sox in 2009? .193.
Here’s Ozzie Guillen:
“People thought Alex Rios was going to come here and be the savior. No, Alex Rios came here to help us, not to save this ballclub.”
Save this club? That’s the job of Gordon Beckham.
SoxNet looks on tonight’s Daniel Hudson performance:
On top of that control, he showed an ability to stay consistent with location on all his pitches. He was able to throw a fastball, and follow it up with a changeup or slider in the same vicinity. If you’re looking for a way to keep batters honest and respect all your pitches, that’d be one way to do it.
BTW, here’s what Pitch-F/X had to say about Daniel Hudson outing tonight:
|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)||94.18||95.3||-8.40||9.51||29||17 / 58.62%||2 / 6.90%||4.26||0.399|
|CH (Changeup)||84.02||85.4||-10.34||3.62||14||8 / 57.14%||2 / 14.29%||6.12||0.448|
|SL (Slider)||83.43||83.9||-1.48||3.15||3||2 / 66.67%||1 / 33.33%||7.45||0.454|
|Pitch classifications provided by the Gameday Algorithm and are unfortunately often 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”.
|Inning-by-Inning Pitch Totals|
|Inning||Pitches in Inning||Strikes in Inning||Strike% in Inning||Cumulative Total Pitches|