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September 19, 2009

Pitch F/X on Jake Peavy’s 1st Sox win

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 19, 2009 9:10 pm
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BrooksBaseball.net PitchFX Tool:

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) 91.85 93.8 -7.62 10.82 32 20 / 62.50% 2 / 6.25% 6.23 0.411
SL (Slider) 83.27 87.5 3.18 3.94 24 14 / 58.33% 6 / 25.00% 7.03 0.451
CU (Curveball) 77.10 78.9 5.62 -3.96 4 3 / 75.00% 0 / 0.00% 4.17 0.487
FC (Cutter) 87.23 88.2 -0.08 6.66 4 2 / 50.00% 0 / 0.00% 6.25 0.431
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 90.70 91.4 -11.13 7.69 3 3 / 100.00% 0 / 0.00% 3.21 0.419
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”.
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
1 13 10 76.92 13
2 21 12 57.14 34
3 14 8 57.14 48
4 8 4 50.00 56
5 11 8 72.73 67

Boxscore and Gameday links. Peavy allowed 2 runs in the 2nd inning and 1 run in the 3rd inning.

Want to motivate your lazy players? Try a grizzly-bear!

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 19, 2009 6:37 pm

h/t Deadspin

Try it Ozzie!

Sox punch Moriarty

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 19, 2009 1:26 pm


In 1932, a pair of holiday doubleheaders got out of hand. On Memorial Day, the White Sox lost both ends of a doubleheader to Cleveland and were unhappy with the calls of the home plate umpire George Moriarity, who himself was a player with the White Sox back in 1916. According to The New York Times, Moriarity responded by offering “to fight the whole White Sox team,” and after the game it appears that is just what happened.

Underneath the stands after the game, Moriarity punched Chicago pitcher Milton Gaston in the face, breaking his own hand and dropping Gaston to the ground. Moriarity was then set upon by Gaston’s teammates, who put him in the hospital with bruises and spike cuts. Moriarity was reprimanded by the league, Gaston was suspended for 10 games, and his manager and two of his teammates were fined.

Baseball America on Bryan Morgado: 13th-best college prospect for the 2010 draft

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 19, 2009 2:23 am
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Before the 2009 draft was even over, Baseball America was already looking to the future. After attending numerous high school showcase events and researching 18 summer college leagues and the collegiate national team, our picture of the 2010 draft class began to take shape. Like this year, when 11 of the first 15 players selected were pitchers, the strength of next year’s class appears to be on the mound. Over the past 20 years, there have been just four drafts where 10 or more pitchers were taken within the first 15 picks, and the 2010 draft could mark the first time it’s happened back-to-back. … The 2010 draft is still nine months away and many things can (and will) change between now and then, but the charts above provide the first snapshot of the top talent for next year’s class.

LHP Bryan Morgado was the Sox 3rd round pick in the 2009 draft but didn’t sign.

Baseball HQ on Gavin Floyd and next year’s Sox rotation

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 19, 2009 2:06 am
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Stephen Nickrand and Ron Shandler:

Chicago White Sox pitcher Gavin Floyd quietly has become one of the game’s most effective starting pitchers in the second half. He has an 8.1 K/9 and 4.1 K/BB since July 1. In fact, his skills after July 1 are twice as good as they were earlier in the year. The missing piece for Floyd is being able to pitch effectively on the road. He has a 2.47 ERA and strong skills at home, compared with a 5.36 ERA and weaker skills on the road.

If Jake Peavy is healthy next year, the White Sox’s rotation will be very deep, leaving Floyd with little pressure to anchor it. If he can sustain the skill growth he has shown late this year, Floyd could team with Peavy to give the White Sox one of the most potent one-two punches in the American League.

Food drive at the Sox game today. Bring canned and non-perishable food items if you can

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 19, 2009 2:00 am


The Chicago White Sox Wives Group will host the tenth annual food drive benefiting the Greater Chicago Food Depository, at U.S. Cellular Field on Saturday, September 19, prior to and during the game vs. Kansas City at 6:05 p.m. Donations of canned and non-perishable food items will be accepted at Gates 2, 3, 4 and 5 of the ballpark from 4:30 p.m. until the end of the second inning. Everyone making a donation will be entered into a drawing for special White Sox memorabilia. White Sox player wives and other family members of players and coaches, along with Food Depository volunteers, will be on hand to accept food and monetary donations. All proceeds benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

If you can please bring something to help people that need it.

Tyler Flowers to play DH in today’s game

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 19, 2009 1:13 am


Guillen said rookie Tyler Flowers will be the designed hitter today, but not because Guillen’s waving a white flag just yet. ”The lineup will be mostly right-handed [against Royals lefty starter Dusty Hughes], and I want to give [Scott] Podsednik time off,” he said. But Guillen made it clear before the game he won’t wait much longer to turn the page on the season and turn to more rookies: ”I want to die the right way. They are going to kill me? No, I’m going to kill them first. That’s the way it is. They know how much I love them because I tell them every day, but in the meantime, I have a job to do.”

Ozzie and Peavy on Peavy’s start later today (video)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 19, 2009 1:09 am
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Video here (2:24). Ozzie says there won’t be a pitch count. Peavy will decide how long will he play. Last 10 seconds of the video.

Peavy says he wouldn’t be starting today if he was still playing for San Diego:

”No doubt about it — if this was San Diego right now, I wouldn’t be going out there. ‘Absolutely it means more [because of the division race]. Anytime you have a layoff like I have, you’re excited to get back on the mound. I wish it was under better circumstances, but we’re still mathematically in this thing and have a lot to play for.”

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