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April 29, 2010

Oh Paulie! I didn’t knew you could hit them like that.

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 29, 2010 10:19 pm
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2 HRs for Konerko and a good pitching by Gavin Floyd lead the Sox to a 7-5 win

A look at the TBs: Konerko 8 TBs (2 HR), Beckham 3 TBs (2B, 1B, BB). Andruw had 2 BB. Rios had 2 SBs and a BB.

Video Highlights

Boxscore:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Floyd, G(W, 1-2) 7.0 5 3 1 0 5 1 6.49
Thornton(H, 1) 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1.59
Jenks 1.0 3 2 2 0 3 0 5.00
Totals 9.0 9 5 3 0 9 1 4.48

The Pitch F/X tool says: (more…)

Justin Smoak hits his first home run in the majors (video)

Filed under: MLB — The Wizard @ April 29, 2010 10:18 pm
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http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=7730903 (0:52)

Ozzie Guillen on Juan Pierre

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 29, 2010 6:56 pm
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Here’s Ozzie:

“I don’t know if he’s putting a lot of pressure on himself or trying to do too much, but I’ll try and give him a breather, [maybe] bat him second, I don’t know. Try and figure out who my leadoff hitter will be. Maybe it will let him relax a little bit.”

How about he can’t do it?

Guillen mentions Mark Teahen and Gordon Beckham as possible leadoff hitter replacements. Scot Gregor wants Jordan Danks. See that K% Scot?

Fangraphs on Juan Pierre’s wiffle bat

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 29, 2010 11:57 am
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Anderson:

Question: What does Chris Coghlan have in common with Juan Pierre?

Answer: Those are the only two qualified batters with a .000 ISO.

Seeing Pierre’s name associated with no extra base hits is probably not too surprising. Through 80 plate appearances, Pierre’s line is .222/.282/.222. His career ISO is .071 and his projected ISO is .063 (rest of the season version). …

Now the gamer has improved to .200/.261/.200/.461.

His place on the on-notice list is secure:

What was Kenny thinking? Did he listen to Ozzie? Why?

Happy Gilmore

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 29, 2010 2:56 am
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Collins @ W-S Journal:

As a 21-year-old playing baseball for a living, third baseman Jon Gilmore of the Winston-Salem Dash has more reasons than most for looking forward to work every day. But the biggest reason that Gilmore can’t wait to get to BB&T Ballpark is not so much what he does, as how well he has been doing it. Baseball is a blast when you’re hitting .397, Gilmore’s average going into last night’s home game against the Frederick Keys. He was coming off a four-hit game against the Keys that ran his hitting streak to 14 games and propelled him to third in the Carolina League in batting average behind Eric Hosmer of the Wilmington Blue Rocks (.435) and Oscar Tejada of the Salem Red Sox (.403). “It’s nice when you come to the ballpark and you think you’ve got a good chance of getting a couple of hits,” Gilmore said.

… Gilmore also has benefitted from his relationship with Ben Zobrist of the Tampa Bay Rays, who is married to Gilmore’s sister Julianna. Zobrist played every position but pitcher and catcher last season with the Rays and hit .297 with 27 homers and 91 RBIs.”He’s been a huge help, really,” Gilmore said. “He can help me with my approach. I got to hit with him a few times in the offseason, and I take every piece of advice I can get from him.”

the .484 BABIP holds me back…

Back to 90

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 29, 2010 2:48 am
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says the Pitch F/X tool was Peavy’s fastball tonight (4/28):

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) 90.11 91.7 -5.43 9.39 33 22 / 66.67% 1 / 3.03% 5.52 0.413
CH (Changeup) 82.63 83.9 -7.24 3.47 11 4 / 36.36% 1 / 9.09% 6.94 0.448
SL (Slider) 84.31 86.6 2.85 3.91 18 11 / 61.11% 2 / 11.11% 4.60 0.435
CU (Curveball) 78.47 80.7 4.64 -2.50 17 11 / 64.71% 0 / 0.00% 5.00 0.469
FC (Cutter) 86.39 89.5 0.93 7.16 15 11 / 73.33% 2 / 13.33% 4.60 0.427
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 90.23 91.4 -9.63 8.17 12 7 / 58.33% 1 / 8.33% 6.83 0.414
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.

UPDATE: Peavy:

”We talked about this being a process. Anyone that watched the game can see it coming together. It’s just frustrating when you can’t make a pitch in that first inning. It’s coming. I just found my mechanics of where I needed to throw it. The bottom line is I’m still searching, but it’s coming. The end result is not about finding it, though; it’s about winning games. You’re not paid to try and find your mechanics.”

Peavy’s velocity had picked up 2-3 mph on his last start compared to his first 3 starts but that didn’t last: (more…)

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