2 HRs for the birthday boy. Videos. Boxscore:
8 TBs for Andruw (2 HRs, BB), 5 TBs for Paulie (HR, 1B, BB), 4 TBs for Q! (HR)
And 5 Ks for The Thorndog:
|Chi White Sox
Pitch F/X says: (more…)
Ozzie’s comments (video here):
“I have to sit there and watch. You see the way they play! It’s pretty bad. Are they embarrassed about the way they play? I hope [so] because I am. It’s 40-something degrees, and people can’t pay to come out and watch this game and they are freezing their [butts] off watching this game. They should be embarrassed to the fans. If they don’t want to be here they can talk to [general manager] Kenny [Williams] or [assistant GM] Rick [Hahn]. If they don’t think they can win here, that’s easy. My door is open. Let me know pretty soon before it’s too late. We might do something about it.”
“There’s a lot of way you can talk to your players. You can pep talk them. You can do a lot of things. But if they don’t believe that we believe in them they are wrong. It’s one thing if the manager believes he has a good ballclub. [It’s another] if the players believe they are good. I don’t think they believe they are good. To me it’s getting old, very old. I know it’s my job but to me I’m getting tired, mentally tired of watching the same baseball game day in and day out. How many games have we played? Sixteen games? I feel we have already gone through the [expletive] All-Star break. That’s how I feel about this ballclub right now.”
No Ozzie. These are the players you requested. You wanted Juan Pierre, Mark Kotsay and ran Jim Thome out of town. Look on the fuckin’ mirror.
at number 6:
Team: low Class A Kannapolis (South Atlantic)
Why He’s Here: .385/.500/.846 (10-for-26), 3 HR, 3 2B, 7 RBIs, 6 R, 3 BB, 8 SO, 0-for-1 SB
The Scoop: Thompson struck out 41 times in 106 at-bats last summer in Rookie ball. But even with a strikeout rate hovering near 40 percent, Appalachian League managers were not deterred, praising the second-round pick for his power and physicality. This year, Thompson is making his doubters look foolish, connecting for six extra-base hits in his first week of South Atlantic League play. It’s too soon to make lofty comparisons, but Thompson’s career beginnings are reminiscent of another second-round prep pick from Southern California: Mike Stanton. The Marlins’ slugger hit all of .161/.226/.268 with 21 whiffs in 56 at-bats during his 2007 pro debut.
And Nathan Jones is at the ‘Helium Watch’ section (end).
UPDATE: And from the hot sheet chat:
Mike (Utica, NY): Does Thompson have more upside than anyone in the Whitesox system?
Matthew Eddy: You could make that case. But Jared Mitchell might have something to say about that when all’s said and done.
from Cowley’s obituary column:
According to one source, general manager Ken Williams already has called around about catcher A.J. Pierzynski just to gauge his trade value. He didn’t like what he heard. … Why would Reinsdorf want to pay for a Pierzynski on a fifth-place team when he can have a cheaper Tyler Flowers?
“I’m very happy with my stuff,” Peavy said after failing to retiring a batter in the fifth and being charged with seven earned runs. “My stuff was as good as it can get. Location was a tough thing. Walking seven guys is unacceptable.”
Peavy said he made some changes in his delivery that enabled him to increase his velocity by a few mph.
“It was what we did discover, it was shocking and it made complete sense,” said Peavy, who has 15 strikeouts and 15 walks in 22 innings. “Like I said, there’s no excuse for walking seven guys in any game. I can’t ever remember walking three or four guys in a start. As far as taking a positive, absolutely.
“To be able to use my lower half and get my arm slot back where it needs to be, we had a lot of swings and misses on fastballs. Later in the game, we may have gave away some pitches.”
Pitch F/X says (Peavy’s 4/22 start):
|Pitch Statistics (Velocity Histogram)
||Strikes / %
||Swinging Strikes / %
||Time to Plate
|FF (FourSeam Fastball)
||29 / 74.36%
||2 / 5.13%
||8 / 40.00%
||1 / 5.00%
||2 / 66.67%
||0 / 0.00%
||5 / 71.43%
||1 / 14.29%
||5 / 38.46%
||0 / 0.00%
|FT (TwoSeam Fastball)
||14 / 53.85%
||2 / 7.69%
|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.
Peavy’s fastball was slower in his previous starts: