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April 11, 2010

Ozzie Guillen wanted to go DH-less today

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 11, 2010 8:00 pm
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Not only is manager Ozzie Guillen rotating his designated hitter, he was ready to give it up completely Sunday and, potentially, let the pitcher hit. Bench coach Joey Cora talked him out of it.

After DH Andruw Jones singled home the go-ahead run in the bottom of the eighth, Guillen considered putting Jones in left field for his defense, which would have moved the pitcher into Juan Pierre’s leadoff spot.

But Pierre was due to bat fourth in a one-run game and the Sox would have had to use a pinch-hitter for him in a tie game. Guillen only had Jayson Nix and Omar Vizquel left on the bench, which might have left him short in extra innings.

Fangraphs can haz +/-, RZR & more [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 11, 2010 6:51 pm


John Dewan’s Fielding Bible +/- runs saved is now available on all the player pages and leaderboards going back to 2003. The stats that are associated with +/- runs saved are:

rSB – Stolen Base Runs Saved (Catchers/Pitchers)
rBU – Bunt Runs Saved (1B/3B)
rGDP – Double Play Runs Saved (2B/SS)
rARM – Outfield Arms Runs Saved
rHR – HR Saving Catch Runs Saved
rPM – Plus Minus Runs Saved
DRS – Total Defensive Runs Saved

We’ve also added Revised Zone Ratings, which The Hardball Times used to carry. …

BIZ – Balls in Zone
Plays Made – Total Plays Made
OOZ – Plays Made out of Zone

Then there’s some other fielding stats that were added such as:

FE – Fielding Errors
TE – Throwing Errors
DPS – Double Plays Started
DPT – Double Plays Turned
DPF – Double Plays Finished
Scp – First Baseman Scoops

Here’s a link to the 2010 White Sox fielding page. And Gordon Beckham, and Alexei Ramirez.

UPDATE: And a clarification.

Super 2 to bite the dust?

Filed under: MLB — The Wizard @ April 11, 2010 6:15 pm


… If a team parks a player in the minor leagues for at least 20 days to begin the season, it can delay his free agency by one year. Teams looking to save money go a step further and keep players down for about two months, which prevents them from gaining the Super 2 status that gives the top 17 percent of any service class an extra year of salary arbitration…. It’s the rare issue unsatisfactory to both players and management. For nearly every team, the rules make it fiscally irresponsible not to bury roster-worthy players. And it’s something both MLB labor relations head Rob Manfred and players’ association executive director Michael Weiner hope to change, if not eliminate, after the current CBA expires in December 2011.

… In all likelihood, the Super 2 will be negotiated into the ether. Whether something similar replaces it – like making the cutoff day two years, 90 days to force teams that want to engage in service-time chicanery to lose players for more than three months – or they scrap it and emerge with something new, it needs fixing.

Gordon Beckham’s homer ties it. Andruw Jones’ RBI single wins it.

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 11, 2010 3:32 pm
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Konerko and Kotsay homered too. Videos.

From the Pitch F/X 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) 85.71 87.6 0.97 8.81 15 10 / 66.67% 0 / 0.00% 7.16 0.440
CH (Changeup) 78.66 82.3 5.74 4.18 24 12 / 50.00% 2 / 8.33% 8.26 0.485
CU (Curveball) 69.55 70 -9.40 -6.28 2 1 / 50.00% 1 / 50.00% 14.25 0.554
FC (Cutter) 83.54 86.9 -1.39 6.18 56 37 / 66.07% 2 / 3.57% 6.20 0.454
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 84.37 86.4 5.51 5.99 16 13 / 81.25% 0 / 0.00% 4.72 0.457
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.

Ozzie Guillen won’t mind a 20-10 loss and likes Toronto

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 11, 2010 1:15 pm
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Earlier this morning, Ozzie said he wouldn’t necessarily mind another loss if the Sox hit the ball for a change.

“I don’t want to win, I want to score,” Ozzie said. “I don’t care if the score is 20-19 because it would show me we could hit. Every game for us, especially in our division, is a must-win game. But like I said yesterday, don’t try to do too much. Just do what you’re supposed to do, don’t push it.”

How about a win?

and Gonzales:

“I like Toronto,” manager Ozzie Guillen said. “I don’t like when we go on the field and they kick our butts every day.”

Joe Coley disagrees.

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