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May 12, 2010

Justin Smoak hits HR #4 (video)

Filed under: MLB — The Wizard @ May 12, 2010 11:19 pm

http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=7990259 (0:49)

Smoak: .194/.320/.484/.755 with 12 BB / 11 K in 62 ABs. And that’s with a .174 BABIP.

Trayce Thompson hits 2 HRs

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 12, 2010 10:44 pm
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Trayce Thompson drilled a pair of homers and knocked in a career-high five runs as Class A Kannapolis defeated Delmarva, 8-3, on Wednesday night.


ThompsonĀ is hitting .244/.301/.535/.836 with 7 BB / 22 K in 86 ABs

Freddy slows down (Pitch F/X)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 12, 2010 10:12 pm
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Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Garcia, F(W, 2-2) 7.0 9 2 2 2 3 1 4.75
Thornton(H, 2) 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2.20
Jenks(S, 6) 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 6.23
Totals 9.0 11 2 2 2 5 1 4.64

Pitch F/X: (more…)

Ozzie Guillen says Lebron James can’t come to Chicago

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 12, 2010 9:23 pm
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Before closing out his analysis of the Chicago professional sports landscape, Guillen ventured into the world of the NBA and addressed LeBron James’ future.

“He can’t go to Chicago because he wants to be the man and Ozzie Guillen is the man,” said Guillen with a laugh. “He’s going to be No. 3 there. Lou Piniella is No. 2.”

If that’s the obstacle to getting LeBron in a Bulls jersey, Ozzie is gone in 60 seconds.

Walker sees the light, wants more singles

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 12, 2010 8:24 pm

Here’s Greg Walker:

“As a hitting coach, you step back and look at the body of work. But overall we’ve done some good things, some neat things, that trend itself to be a really good offensive team. Nobody thought we would hit with power. We are hitting with power. The only thing we haven’t done is we haven’t got enough singles. We are working on that. … The way I would put it is coming into this year, we had a lot of questions about offense and some have been answered. Some are still out there, but I see a light at the end of the tunnel. I don’t look at it so much as where we are at. I look at the potential we’ve got. You’ve never heard me one time say this team is not talented enough to be good.”

Fautino returns

BA’s Wednesday Dish:

Fautino Back On The Hill

Righthander Fautino de los Santos has rarely been heard from since blowing through two Class A stops in the White Sox system in 2007, going a combined 10-5, 2.65 and earning a trip to the Futures Game. Traded to the A’s in the Nick Swisher deal after that season, de los Santos logged just 35 innings over the last two years after needing Tommy John surgery in 2008. After a prolonged rehab period, de los Santos finally got back on the mound for high Class A Stockton last night, making his 2010 debut by coming out of the bullpen in the seventh inning of the Ports’ game against Modesto. He didn’t take long to knock off any rust, retiring all six hitters he faced and striking out two of them.


Smith, M (W, 3-2) 6.0 5 2 1 0 4 0 5.63
De Los Santos (H, 1) 2.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.00
Smyth (S, 4) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1.21

Stats: B-R, FI

Meanwhile, Nick Swisher has an 165 OPS+ for the Yankees, Gio Gonzales has a 114 ERA+ and Ryan Sweeney has an 105 OPS+ for the A’s, and Kanekoa Texeira has a 114 ERA+ for the Mariners.

How about the players on the Sox end? Wilson Betemit was released, Jeff Marquez is struggling in the minors, and Jhonny Nunez is kinda struggling in the minors.

Greg Walker on offensive statistics

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 12, 2010 1:21 pm


The most important stat in offense is winning games,” hitting coach Greg Walker said. “That’s all that matters. If you score seven runs like we did on Sunday and lose, then you look back and say we left this guy on third and there’s always negatives to find on offense.

“I can look at every game we lose and find something we could have done better to win the game.”

Walker’s talent is wasted…

6 K / 0 BB for John Ely tonight (5/11)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 12, 2010 2:52 am
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Ely(W, 1-1) 6.0 6 2 2 0 6 0 3.86
Weaver, Jf(H, 1) 0.2 1 1 1 0 2 0 4.91
Sherrill 0.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 7.94
Ortiz, Ra(H, 1) 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5.16
Monasterios 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.18
Totals 9.0 8 3 3 0 8 0 4.76

meanwhile Juan Pierre is posting a 41 OPS+ (as of May 11) …

UPDATE: Rogers:

Ely, who turns 24 on Thursday, gave up five runs in the first three innings he pitched in the big leagues but hung on to last six innings in that debut against the Mets. He’s allowed only three runs in his last 15 2-3 innings, cutting his ERA to 3.86. He has 17 strikeouts and only three walks in is 18 2-3 innings, using his power changeup and Bugs Bunny curveball to make up for his fastball rarely touching 90 mph.

Paul Konerko would fetch a bunch?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 12, 2010 2:38 am
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Barry Rozner breaks down the trade situation:

Paul Konerko would fetch a bunch, but he’s got full no-trade protection, would require a substantial new deal to move, and the Sox might even decide they want to extend him considering their fondness for him and his current production.

A.J. Pierzynski will have his 10-and-5 no-trade protection as of June 14, so a decision will be forthcoming on him, but with an average just over .200 the Sox would be selling low.

would that “bunch” be able to play baseball?

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