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April 20, 2010

John Danks leads the Sox to a win over the Rays (Pitch F/X)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 20, 2010 10:02 pm
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Konerko had 7 TBs (HR, 2B, 1B), Andruw 5 TBs (HR, 1B) and Rios 3 TBs (3B) and 1 BB. Quentin drew 2 BBs too.



Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Danks(W, 2-0) 8.0 2 1 1 2 9 1 1.29
Jenks(S, 3) 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1.50
Totals 9.0 3 1 1 2 10 1 3.69

Pitch F/X inside



Wave them home Coxie!

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 20, 2010 8:58 pm
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2 outs means ‘It’s Windmill time!’ (h/t Tango)

Vote for Gordon. A lot!


Beckham certainly will have a chance to be voted into the 2010 Midsummer Classic as a starter, making his first appearance on the All-Star ballot. Beckham is joined by eight of his teammates, including representation at the designated-hitter slot, with the 2010 Midsummer Classic to be played at the home of the Angels.

Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times at MLB.com and all 30 club sites using the 2010 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Sprint until July 1 at 10:59 p.m. CT. …

Other Sox candidates: Paul Konerko (1B), Alexei Ramirez (SS), Mark Teahen (3B), A.J. Pierzynski (C), Andruw Jones (DH), Carlos Quentin (OF), Alex Rios (OF), Juan Pierre (OF).

Can Jordan Danks make it to the show?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 20, 2010 6:43 pm

FutureSox takes a look.

White Sox trade for LHP Andrew Dobies

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 20, 2010 5:59 pm

Kevin Thomas @ Press Herald:

The Red Sox traded Sea Dogs left-hander Andrew Dobies to the Chicago White Sox for a player to be named later or cash.

Dobies, who turned 27 today, was a third-round draft pick in 2004 out of the University of Virginia. He first landed in Portland in 2006 as a starter and played a part in the Sea Dogs’ championship run. Shoulder problems hampered his development and the Red Sox made him a reliever.

He made 32 appearances for the Sea Dogs last year (3.69) and three this season (1.80, with 8 strikeouts in 5 innings). …

Stats: Bas-Ref

And here’s a scouting report from sonsofsamhorn.net from 2006.

UPDATE: Dobies was assigned to AA Birmingham.

Does pitching out of the stretch decrease fastball velocity?

Filed under: MLB — The Wizard @ April 20, 2010 12:55 pm

Mike Fast @ THT:

It is very easy to check, and it turns out that it’s not accurate at all. A pitcher’s fastball speed turns out to be almost identical with runners on base as compared to his average fastball speed with the bases empty. If anything, the average starting pitcher throws about 0.1 mph harder with runners on base.

April 19, 2010

Gordon Beckham on Greg Walker

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 19, 2010 10:38 pm
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“Wow, where really do I start? I feel like Greg, since I’ve gotten here, has been like a dad to me, and I take his opinion and his knowledge of the game very seriously. He knows when to step in and say something, and he also knows when to sit back and let it play out.”

… [Beckham] credits Walker with helping him become a major league hitter with adjustments they made at midseason.

“We changed my swing. If you go back and look at the tape, my hands were by my head and I was very stiff, and within a month, I had my hands shoulder level and was very relaxed at the plate and hit .330 [in July]. [Walker] got me through hopefully the toughest time of my career at the start when I struggled so bad, and when everyone was saying I shouldn’t be up there, I shouldn’t be playing, I shouldn’t be in the big leagues. He didn’t believe that. He believed I should’ve been there and just got me through it.”

Getting ready to swing the bat, he came to learn, was as important as his swing.

“I never understood that when I get to a certain spot, that’s when I hit it, that’s when I’m good. And now I wiggle my hands a little bit to get to where I want to be. That’s something he helped me realize, and it helped me drive through the ball and hit the ball the other way.”

Mark Kotsay: I suck – Ozzie Guillen: No, you don’t

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 19, 2010 9:45 pm
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“It’s a matter of us swinging the bats better,” said Kotsay, who didn’t start Saturday against Cleveland right-hander Jake Westbrook and is in a 2-for-23 slump.

“Obviously, they’re going to go with who is swinging the hot bat. I had some tough outs, but for the most part I suck right now. When I get the opportunity to get back in the lineup, you want to be able to get some hits and help this club win.”

This brings memories of the Mackowiak CF experiment. Mackowiak was saying ‘I suck out there’ but Ozzie kept playing him in CF.

Jon Gilmore is hitting .366/.391/.463/.854!

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 19, 2010 2:50 pm
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Jon Gilmore is hitting .366/.391/.463/.854. Is this a break out? FutureSox takes a look.

Playoff Odds

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 19, 2010 2:16 pm

Baseball Prospectus

Original version

Division: 13.8%, Wildcard: 6.6%, Playoffs: 20.4%


Division: 7.0%, Wildcard: 0.8%, Playoffs: 7.8%


Division: 9.9%, Wildcard: 3.9%, Playoffs: 13.8%


Division: 6.7% Playoffs: 9.6%

White Sox baseball: Hackin’ it

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 19, 2010 11:39 am
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Erik takes a look at the 2010 White Sox swing numbers and the numbers are … well, see for yourself!

BTW, here are the 2010 White Sox Plate discipline stats [Fangraphs]

And a quick explanation of the these numbers from the Fangraphs Quick glossary:

O-Swing% – Percentage of pitches a batter swings at outside the strike zone
Z-Swing% – Percentage of pitches a batter swings at inside the strike zone.
Swing% – Total percentage of pitches a batter swings at
O-Contact% – Percentage of times a batter makes contact with the ball when swinging at pitches thrown outside the strike zone
Z-Contact% – Percentage of times a batter makes contact with the ball when swinging at pitches thrown inside the strike zone
Contact% – Total percentage of contact made when swinging at all pitches
Zone% – Percentage of pitches seen inside the strike zone
F-Strike% – First pitch strike percentage

Patience my young padawan

Filed under: MLB — The Wizard @ April 19, 2010 11:18 am


One of my main goals, in researching baseball, is to identify situations in which batters are not performing to the best of their abilities. I’ve previously shown that batters are least selective on 3-2 counts. This means that they are swinging at more pitches, whether they are in the strike zone or not. It seems that in this situation batters try to maximize swings at strikes in order to protect the plate. Perhaps this seems like the right approach on the surface but I’m not so sure that it is. I think that the same attitudes which led to the undervaluation of walks and on-base percentage (pre-Moneyball) are still around and are causing batters to be less selective than they should be on full counts. Alternatively batters could be trying too hard to avoid strike outs (especially strike outs looking.) Whatever the cause, I believe that most batters are adopting a less productive approach on 3-2 than they are capable of. …

April 18, 2010

Trayce Thompson hits his first professional HR

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 18, 2010 8:00 pm
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Thompson’s first professional HR:

Trayce Thompson hit his first professional home run in the seventh inning and scored the winning run in the ninth to put the Intimidators (4-7) past the Crawdads. … Down 3-0 in the seventh, Thompson, in his second game with the Intimidators hit his first professional home run, a solo shot, making it 3-1.


Scouting reports and videos of Trayce here and updated here.

One-click bookmark to download Youtube videos [NEW METHOD] or audio-only

Filed under: Uncategorized — The Wizard @ April 18, 2010 2:47 pm

1. Go to webtrickz and save the “PwnYouTube video” bookmark in your bookmark list or drag it to your bookmark bar or save the following code as a bookmark:


2. Now, when you are viewing the Youtube video you want to save, click on the bookmark and a bar with download links will appear on the top of the Youtube page:

Download YouTube videos easily using bookmarklets

3. To download only the audio use dirpy. Dirpy can downlawd the video too if you want.

Beckham: We are pressing too much – Walker: Put pressure on the pitcher

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 18, 2010 2:14 pm
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Here’s Gordon Beckham:

“I’ve said it for a week now. I think we are really pressing. We really want to win so bad that we are almost hindering ourselves in a certain way.”

And Greg Walker:

“The issue there is putting the pressure on the pitcher,” Walker said. “It almost seems like that in the big situations, all it takes is a flyball or a ground ball even and we are putting the pressure on ourselves. We are the one in trouble instead of the pitcher in trouble.

Well, today’s culprit wasn’t the hitting…

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