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May 20, 2010

Sox rally falls short.

Only Sox XBH hit of the night was a 2B by A.J. Pierzynski. Juan Pierre had 3 1B, Carlos Quentin and Alexei Ramirez had 2 1B each, and Mark Kotsay drew 2 BB.


Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Peavy(L, 3-3) 6.0 8 6 6 2 8 1 5.74
Williams, R 1.2 2 0 0 0 0 0 3.86
Pena, To 1.1 1 0 0 1 1 0 5.21
Totals 9.0 11 6 6 3 9 1 4.54

Pitch F/X says: (more…)

Ozzie Guillen at the Florida Marlins

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 20, 2010 10:45 pm
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“The have a very good minor league system and (make) very good trades,” Guillen said. “They make trades, give away one guy and bring seven guys to the organization. At least one of them is going to come out pretty good. They make pretty good trades every year, and they manage the system. Their scouting’s been great, and they take advantage of the fact that people don’t support them. They have excuses because they say they can’t sign this guy, ‘OK I’ll trade you a guy and you give me five.’ You’re always going to have good players. To me, that organization is well done. They do it without money, but most of the time they are right on. When they’re the one with the players, they’re going to ask for a lot, and they always get them.”

Is there a dig at Kenny?

Jose Contreras picks up his 2nd save (video)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 20, 2010 10:34 pm

http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=8190795 (0:51)


Philadelphia IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Contreras(S, 2) 1.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0.63

Gordon Beckham changes his at-bat song

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 20, 2010 10:03 pm
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The new at-bat song is a Paul Konerko suggestion: Metallica’s ‘Seek & Destroy. ‘ Beckham wanted to go song-less:

Ozzie Guillen thought Beckham’s previous at-bat song, The Outfield’s ‘Your Love’, wasn’t ‘Chicago Tough’:

“(‘Your Love’) is a romantic song,” Guillen said. “You need to pick a song that’s tough.”

he added:

“I don’t know how people (decide) when they’re going to change what kind of music they’re playing. When Babe Ruth hit, and all those guys were playing, they didn’t have a sound system in the stadium, and they had like 4,000 hits. I think the last thing Paul Molitor and all those Hall of Famers worried about was what kind of music was playing.”

but if Beckham starts hitting things change:

“If he’s going to start hitting, I’ll bring the band. I’ll pay every day for them to have a concert for him,” said a smiling Guillen. … “But … I would bring Michael Jackson back to life. I would have a concert every day and fire all the coaches.”

UPDATE: Michael and the band are coming!

Fangraphs says don’t give up on Gavin Floyd

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 20, 2010 2:22 pm


It’s true that Floyd isn’t throwing as well as he did during his career-best ‘09 season. But, he’s still showing the skills of a solid starter. Floyd has 7.6 K/9, and he has issued 3.4 BB/9. His ground ball rate is a career-high 50 percent, a positive development for a guy who has been plagued by the long ball in the past (career 1.33 HR/9)

Gavin has been plagued by a .381 batting average on balls in play, compared to a career .298 BABIP. Grounders generally have a higher BABIP than fly balls, but that 2010 mark is obscenely high and will drop. …

Gordon Beckham’s struggles

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 20, 2010 3:22 am
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His hitting coach:

Beckham’s problems now are almost certainly mental, hitting coach Greg Walker said. ”It has been all along,” Walker said. ”His swing is pretty simple. It’s a mind thing. He’s put himself in a position where he’s worrying about what he’s doing wrong instead of concentrating on what he does right.”

Walker said he saw Beckham’s problems beginning in spring training. ”He came into spring really hot,” Walker said, ”which shows he’s pretty darn good. Then I saw he started thinking about the pitches he was missing. If you concentrate on the negatives, it’ll eat you up.”

and J.J. Stankenvitz’s analysis:

While Beckham’s plate discipline numbers are roughly in line with the MLB average, he’s not supposed to be an MLB-average hitter. Beckham is swinging at more pitches out of the strike zone and making more contact with those pitches than he did in 2009, which leads to 1) more strikeouts and 2) more weakly-hit balls in play.

The latter is worse given that, if you swing and miss, you aren’t out unless there’s two strikes. No matter the count, if you hit a ball weakly into play, chances are, you’re going to be out.

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