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May 30, 2010

Sox win 8-5. Pitch F/X, videos, and boxscore.

Video recap.

Highlights: Nix hit a Grand Slam HR. Rios hit a solo HR and two 1B, Konerko hit a 2B, a 1B, and drew a BB. Teahen hit a 2B and a 1B. Vizquel hit a 2B and a 1B too. Alexei hit two 1B.


Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Peavy(W, 4-4) 5.1 10 5 5 0 5 1 6.23
Santos(H, 5) 0.2 2 0 0 0 1 0 0.48
Thornton(H, 3) 2.1 1 0 0 1 1 0 1.59
Pena, To 0.2 0 0 0 0 1 0 4.05
Totals 9.0 13 5 5 1 8 1 4.58

Pitch F/X: (more…)

Ozzie Guillen refused Kenny Williams’ attempts to add players multiple times

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 30, 2010 2:50 pm
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here’s Ozzie:

“I remember telling Kenny 20 times, ‘I like what we have. I think we are OK. Don’t add any more players.’ “He kept calling me every week. Well, I guess Kenny knew more than I do because he said he wanted to add someone else and I was,’No, no, no.'”

Ozzie says now June is Judgment Month:

“It’s going to be a month that is going to show [general manager] Kenny [Williams], ‘OK, we add or we subtract,'” Guillen said. “What way are we going to go? Or we going to move people or add people to help?

“That’s what I call this month. I want to keep those guys, but in the meanwhile, if we keep playing like that, Kenny has a job to do and [White Sox assistant general manager] Rick [Hahn] have a job to do. They have to do what they have to do.

“We have to play good for them and make it tough for them to make decisions,” Guillen said. “Right now, the way we are playing, it’s easy to make decisions. We have not performed the way we thought. When you play good, make them think about it and say, ‘Wow. What are we going to do?’ That’s what I expect the players to do to make this month very good and hopefully they can stay good.”

Don’t expect a big return in a potential Paul Konerko trade

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 30, 2010 2:41 pm
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Cowley (twitter):

And don’t think the Sox would be getting some top prospect for Konerko. It would be to dump money and do Konerko a solid.


If Williams does trade Konerko, he won’t get much of anything back in return. Sure, Konerko is one of the big bats likely to hit the trade market this summer, but he’s likely nothing more than a three or four-month rental.

While Konerko would be a nice boost to a contending team, that he’s a rental player means the Sox won’t get anything better than a B-/C+ prospect in return.

How about a pitcher like Fabio Martinez (B-/B-), Tyler Skaggs (B-/B-), Jordan Walden (B-/B-), Jon Bachanov (B-/C+), Ryan Chafee (C+/C+), Tyler Chatwood (C+), Pat Corbin (C+)? Letter grades are from John Sickels’ and Baseball-Intellect’s 2010 Angels prospects lists. More prospect lists here.

Bruce Levine on Carlos Quentin

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 30, 2010 1:03 pm

from Tuesday’s Bruce Levine’s chat:

Q: In your humble opinion, what do you think Carlos Quentins current trade value is, should he become available?

A: Not sure on that one. Not sure I really even know whether Quentin is the player we are seeing now or the one we saw in 2008. He’s a guy who is wound really tight. Really a good guy who internalizes way too much. I advise a slump buster for him.

If Mark Buehrle is traded, he isn’t coming back to the South Side

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 30, 2010 12:53 pm
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from Tuesday’s Bruce Levine’s chat:

Q: Bruce-If we see the Sox drop off next month and Kenny starts to trade people , like Mark Buehrle, is there a chance we could see him comeback to the team after the season?

A: Buehrle if traded will not be back. You’re not going to bring back a guy making $14 million if you’ve already made a decision to move a lifelong Sox player. He wouldn’t come back. His choice would be St. Louis. He’s always said he wanted to play for his hometown team at least for one year.

White Sox and sabermetrics

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 30, 2010 12:46 pm
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from Tuesday’s Bruce Levine’s chat:

Q: Do you the White Sox have many scouts or front office people who lean more towards the stats based, Sabermetric kind of player evaluation?

A: They do a nice combination of both. Assistant GM Rick Hahn is a statistical genius. He has a photgraphic memory. However he combines old school techniques and is a firm believer in scouting. Dan Fabian is also involved in technical data for the team.

Cafeteria y Restaurante de Pancho is the place for Alexei Ramirez

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 30, 2010 12:33 pm


So on that April day in 2008, the newly minted Sox player headed straight to the humble Logan Square eatery Cafeteria y Restaurante de Pancho, 2200 N. California.

There, he not only found the arroz y habichuelas — rice and creamy, buttery black beans — of his mother’s kitchen, but a second home in Chicago and a friend in owner Francisco “Pancho” Mendez.

Over a recent lunch of bistec encebollado con maduros — flank steak made with a garlic, adobo, oregano, black pepper and vinegar rub and paired with sweet fried plaintains — Ramirez said, “If I’m not home or at the ballpark, I’m here.” …

Paul Konerko to the Angels? [speculation]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 30, 2010 2:37 am
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And although A.J. Pierzynski, J.J. Putz and Jenks have received plenty of scrutiny, first baseman Paul Konerko might be added to the list in the wake of a season-threatening ankle fracture suffered by Los Angeles Angels first baseman Kendry Morales.

Konerko possesses full trade-veto rights by virtue of having at least 10 years in the majors and more than the past five years with the same team. But he nearly signed with the Angels after the 2005 season and he maintains a friendship with Angels manager Mike Scioscia from their days in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ farm system.

Cowley, who makes the same speculation, reminds us that Konerko said in last year that he’d be willing to waive his no-trade clause “if he felt it could help the Sox, as well as put him in a good place.”

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