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April 24, 2010

Alex Rios’ turn to hit the walkoff HR (Pitch F/X)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 24, 2010 7:15 pm
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Konerko’s solo HR brings the Sox within 1, Quentin walks and Rios hits a 2-run HR for the walkoff win and bails out Bobby Jenks who started the 9th 2-2 and allowed 2 runs. He even walked Griffey! Freddy allowed 2 runs over 7 IP (2 BB / 5 K) and Santos pitched 1 scoreless

A look at the TBs: Rios 6 TBs (HR, 2 1B), Konerko 4 TBs (HR), Alexei 2 TBs (2B), Andruw 2 TBs (2B, BB)

Video highlights


Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Garcia, F 7.0 2 2 2 2 5 1 5.82
Santos 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Jenks(W, 1-0) 1.0 2 2 2 1 1 0 3.86
Totals 9.0 4 4 4 3 6 1 4.58

Pitch F/X says: (more…)


April 23, 2010

Andruw Jones hits a walkoff HR! (Pitch F/X)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 23, 2010 10:09 pm
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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 IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Floyd, G 6.1 7 5 5 3 4 0 8.38
Putz(BS, 1) 0.1 1 1 1 0 0 1 4.05
Thornton(W, 2-1) 2.1 0 0 0 0 5 0 1.74
Totals 9.0 8 6 6 3 9 1 4.62

Pitch F/X says: (more…)


Filed under: Chicago White Sox,Uncategorized — The Wizard @ April 23, 2010 9:03 pm

Indy Music: thesixtyone.com

Ozzie Guillen thinks the White Sox players should be embarrassed

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 23, 2010 2:51 pm

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.

Trayce Thompson at Baseball America’s Prospect Hot Sheet

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 23, 2010 12:50 pm
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at number 6:

Team: low Class A Kannapolis (South Atlantic)

Age: 19

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.

Kenny Williams gauging A.J. Pierzynski’s trade value?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 23, 2010 12:41 pm
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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?

Fangraphs on Mark Buehrle’s Hall of Fame chances

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 23, 2010 11:26 am


Rally’s WAR currently has Buehrle at 138th overall. Just behind a few Hall of Famers, like Dizzy Dean and Rich Gossage (he’s actually in a dead-heat with Roy Oswalt at this point). With a four win season Buehrle will jump to 106th all time. With another next season he’ll be around 82nd (or where Roy Halladay and Jamie Moyer sit right now). With yet another, Buerhle enters a stretch where seemingly every other pitcher listed is in the Hall of Fame.  …

Jake Peavy finds his fastball…

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 23, 2010 3:44 am
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“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)
Pitch Type Avg Speed Max Speed Avg H-Break Avg V-Break Count Strikes / % Swinging Strikes / % Nibbleness Time to Plate
FF (FourSeam Fastball) 91.77 94.5 -6.45 9.77 39 29 / 74.36% 2 / 5.13% 4.90 0.411
CH (Changeup) 84.28 86.4 -8.46 2.43 20 8 / 40.00% 1 / 5.00% 10.16 0.446
SL (Slider) 83.87 84 0.97 1.95 3 2 / 66.67% 0 / 0.00% 1.70 0.447
CU (Curveball) 79.99 82.2 2.39 -2.19 7 5 / 71.43% 1 / 14.29% 5.27 0.468
FC (Cutter) 87.68 89 -0.57 4.87 13 5 / 38.46% 0 / 0.00% 5.38 0.428
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 92.52 94.9 -9.61 8.12 26 14 / 53.85% 2 / 7.69% 5.53 0.410
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:


April 22, 2010

Justin Smoak comes to the majors

Filed under: MLB — The Wizard @ April 22, 2010 10:43 pm


MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan reports that the Rangers have promoted first base prospect Justin Smoak from Triple-A Oklahoma City and demoted struggling first baseman Chris Davis in a corresponding move.

Smoak will take over starting first base duties for the Rangers and could hang onto the gig for a long while if he performs as expected.  The 23-year-old was off to a superb start at Triple-A this year, with a .326/.500/.587 batting line and two home runs over 62 plate appearances.  He has serious, serious upside.

Davis, meanwhile, had been batting just .188 with a 556 OPS in 48 at-bats.  He may need to find another organization in order to continue his major league career.

Stats (AAA): .326/.500/.587 with 6 K / 16 BB in 42 ABs. And a .342 BABIP.

UPDATE: Satchel Price likes.

Trayce Thompson: en fuego!

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 22, 2010 9:22 pm

Thompson hit HR. #3 tonight!

#2 was 2 days ago.

#1 (as a pro) was 4 days ago.

Thompson is batting now .385/.448/.846/1.294 with 3 BB / 8 K in 26 ABs.

Gordon Beckham’s ‘Out of the Park for Parkinson’s’ video

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 22, 2010 7:12 pm


Chicago White Sox player Gordon Beckham launched Out of the Park for Parkinson’s in 2010 to raise awareness and support to help end Parkinson’s disease. For every home run Gordon hits during the 2010 season, a donation will be made to the National Parkinson Foundation.

Gordon needs your help! Pledge or donate today for chances to win valuable prizes and to meet Gordon at a post season Homerun Celebration party!

All proceeds benefit the National Parkinson Foundation (NPF), a national non-profit organization that funds research, education and outreach programs to improve the lives of people with Parkinson’s. NPF has a strong presence in Chicago, supporting the work of Northwestern University’s Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorder Center, and through our local chapter, the Parkinson Association of Illinois.

John Sickels on 2009 unsigned Sox draftee Bryan Morgado

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 22, 2010 7:06 pm


Bryan Morgado, LHP, University of Tennessee
A draft-eligible sophomore last year, Morgado was picked by the White Sox in the third round but did not sign. That may have been a mistake, as his performance this spring has been erratic. He has an ugly 5.88 ERA and has walked 28 in 52 innings, but has allowed just 44 hits and has fanned 60. The K/IP and H/IP point to his potential. Mechanical problems are his biggest issue, but he still has a live arm with a 90+ fastball that someone could take a chance on fairly early.

Ozzie Guillen on Carlos Quentin’s plate discipline

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 22, 2010 6:34 pm
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“I think Carlos right now is going crazy,” Guillen said. “I think, just looking at his at-bats, I think he’s guessing at the wrong pitch. He’s very out front with the breaking ball and very late with the fastball. I told (bench coach) Joey Cora during the game it seems like he’s between every pitch. One thing about it, he’s looking for one pitch in particular. … He’s swinging at a lot of bad pitches,” Guillen said. “Right now he’s swinging too much.”


“When he is swinging the bat good, he’s got to drive it to right-center. Right now he is just swinging too much, not looking for a particular pitch.”


“One thing about Carlos, he’s seen a lot of pitches in the past,” Guillen said. “Now, whatever he sees he swings at. Last night, his last at-bat, I don’t think he swung at one strike. I don’t think it’s just Carlos, anybody, use me as an example. When you swing at bad pitches, you’re going to make a lot of outs.”

Here are Quentin’s plate discipline numbers. His O(utside)-Swing% is down to a career best 22.8%. His F(irst)-Strike% is also down to 49.2% from 57.5% in 2008 and 58.2% in 2009. His contact numbers are down though.

Quentin also has a .175 BABIP. Brutal…

John Sickels on Tyler Flowers

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 22, 2010 2:57 pm


White Sox catching prospect Tyler Flowers is thriving offensively at Triple-A Charlotte, hitting .316/.447/.553 through 11 games, with 11 RBI, six walks, and 10 strikeouts in 38 at-bats. This is improved production compared to his ’09 trial at the same level, where he hit .286/.364/.438 in 31 games. His defense has been so-so; he’s throw out three of 12 runners for a 25% percentage, also giving up two passed balls and making one error so far. His defense is never going to be great, but it should be enough to keep him in the lineup if he hits as expected.

Paul Konerko will be available this summer says Jayson Stark

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 22, 2010 2:53 pm
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Being available is only half of it. Someone wanting you is the other half:

Paul Konerko: He’s finally in the last year of that five-year, $60 million contract. He’d still have nearly $5 million coming by late July. And the White Sox should have enough pitching to scramble back into contention. But if not, it’s hard to imagine Konerko would use his no-trade rights to block a deal to a team with a shot to win.

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