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May 29, 2010

Nick Swisher engaged to Joanna Garcia

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 29, 2010 12:33 pm
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White Sox New York Yankees (see Williams, Kenny, dumb moves) player Nick Swisher is currently engaged to TV actress girlfriend, Joanna Garcia, according to a report released by the People magazine.

Nick Swisher’s engagement is not the first time an athlete is linked and engaged to an actress.

Joanna Garcia will star in “Better Together” a brand new comedy which will be aired in ABC this fall. She also appeared in “Reba”, “Privileged”, and “How I Met Your Mother”.

Swisher confirmed their relationship in September calling Garcia his lady. Nick Swisher is 29 years old while Joanna Garcia is 30 years old.

Garcia was previously engaged to Trace Ayala in 2008, Justin Timberlake’s business partner, but the marriage was not pushed through.

Mrs. Garcia [Google Images]

TV Guide reports the same thing. Sun-Times too.



Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 29, 2010 11:49 am
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Hawk, you can stop e-mailing B-R:

When I think about Yastrzemski’s career, one of the first things that always comes to mind is his league-leading .301 batting average in 1968, a year of very low offense.

Here is that season for Yaz:

1968 157 664 539 90 162 32 2 23 74 119 90 .301 .426 .495 .922 170 267

Joey Cora doesn’t like Bobby Jenks

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 29, 2010 2:20 am
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While being asked afterward about Matt Thornton pitching 1 1/3 innings to get the save, Cora took a page from Guillen’s book of snarkiness.

”Since I was the manager today, I never liked [Bobby] Jenks … [bleep] him,” Cora said, before laughing. ”No, Jenks was running during BP and tweaked the calf, so he wasn’t available. But you can put the other one if you want.”


May 28, 2010

Freddy Garcia on the pitches he threw tonight (Joe Maddon too)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 28, 2010 11:15 pm
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It was welcome relief for Garcia, who already has exceeded the expectations held by the White Sox for him as a fifth starter. He might not top 90 mph on the speed gun, or even 85 mph on some days, but most importantly, Garcia knows how to win.

“Castro caught me and called a great game,” Garcia said. “[I] threw a lot of changeups, a lot of [garbage], but sometimes you feel good and that thing works. You got to go the way the catcher tells you and you can get out of those innings, and he called a good game. I threw [the changeups] because you throw them and they swing and miss. I want to keep throwing them until they start hitting them.”

“Very good changeup, nice slider, didn’t really use his fastball that much,” said Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon of the White Sox winning pitcher. “But Freddy has readjusted to life after the 95-mph fastball, and I give him credit for that. He used to be a mid-90s guy with a great changeup off of it. Now, he’s pitching primarily with his changeup and his slider. He did a great job.”

Sox win 4-2. Pitch F/X, videos, and boxscore.

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 28, 2010 9:09 pm
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Alex Rios hit a 2-run HR. And Ramon Castro hit a solo HR. That was the only XBH for the Sox. Gordon Beckham went 2-4 and crossed the Mendoza line.


Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Garcia, F(W, 4-3) 7.0 4 2 2 2 7 0 5.26
Santos(H, 4) 0.2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.50
Thornton(S, 2) 1.1 1 0 0 0 3 0 1.77
Totals 9.0 5 2 2 2 11 0 4.49

Pitch F/X: (more…)

Several teams are interested in Bobby Jenks

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 28, 2010 8:11 pm
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According to a source, the [White] Sox have been contacted about Jenks by several teams, but the conversations have gone no further than gauging availability. And yes, he is very available. In order for the Sox to maximize his value on the trade market, they have to show that his seven saves carry more weight than his 6.35 ERA.

Dan Hudson makes to Baseball America’s Hot Sheet [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 28, 2010 6:20 pm
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Hudson at #3:

Team: Triple-A Charlotte (International)

Age: 23

Why He’s Here: 1-0, 0.00, 8 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 11 SO, 1 BB

The Scoop: Hudson hit rock bottom on April 27, when in a start against Columbus he allowed nine runs on eight hits in only one inning of work. After that outing, his ERA stood at 9.37 and he had allowed six homers through four starts. In five turns since, Hudson has dominated the IL just like we knew he could. He’s gone 3-0, 1.97 while striking out 41, walking just six and allowing one home run in five starts. With his 11-strikeout showing last Sunday, Hudson breezed past Aroldis Chapman to assume the league lead for strikeouts per nine innings with 10.99.

UPDATE: From BA’s prospect hot sheet chat:

Michelle (Florida): Hey do you think you could tell me a little more about Dan Hudson and what kind of potential he has. Also do you see a promotion any time soon to the White Sox.

Jim Shonerd: Hudson has the potential to be a middle-of-the-rotation guy. He’s got a solid low 90s fastball and a good changeup, both of which he can use to pound the strike zone. His delivery has some deception, but it’s high maintenance, which can lead to inconsistency. Given how the White Sox rotation has performed this year and the fact that Hudson went all the way from low A to the majors last year, he could certainly get called back there if there’s an opening. It’s still just his second full season though, so more time to learn in Triple-A won’t hurt.

Fangraphs Fantasy on John Ely

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 28, 2010 3:15 pm


… True to the scouting reports, Ely isn’t lighting up radar guns — his fastball is averaging 87.9 MPH. However, he’s not using the pitch much (about 32 percent), and when he does, he gets strikes (70.1 percent, 64.4% MLB average). Ely’s bread-and-butter is his changeup. According to Pitch F/X data from texasleaguers.com, he has pulled the string about 41 percent of the time. The change has garnered a strike 74.2 percent (60.7% MLB average), and it has been whiffed at 21.6 percent (12.6% MLB average). He’s also mixing in mid-80’s sliders/cutters, as well as a slooow 70 MPH curve.

Despite his modest stuff, Ely has managed to get swinging strikes 9.1 percent to this point (8-8.5% MLB average), while getting batters to chase his pitches out of the zone 29.1% (27.7% MLB average). …

Smells Like Mascot: Duncan’s Teeth

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 28, 2010 1:37 am
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Carl’s latest, not Sox related:


Go Hawks!

May 27, 2010

Sox lose 5-1. Pitch F/X, videos, and boxscore.

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 27, 2010 11:00 pm
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Teahen hit a solo HR.


Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Floyd, G(L, 2-5) 7.0 4 3 3 1 5 2 6.02
Linebrink 1.0 3 2 2 0 3 0 4.42
Totals 8.0 7 5 5 1 8 2 4.54

Pitch F/X: (more…)

Kenny Williams-Ozzie Guillen relationship deteriorating rapidly? [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 27, 2010 10:25 pm
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Well-placed baseball sources insist that the relationship between White Sox GM Kenny Williams and Ozzie Guillen is rapidly heading in the wrong direction.

“Kenny and Ozzie do not have anywhere near the relationship they once had and it appears that they only deal with each other when absolutely necessary,” said a longtime scout who has been around the big leagues for a long time. “If the team continues to struggle throughout the rest of the season it could become a bigger problem that will have to be dealt with.”


ESPN.com’s Buster Olney has heard that Ozzie Guillen and White Sox GM Kenny Williams do not have a good relationship at this point.

The Dash is dashing!

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 27, 2010 6:47 pm
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Eddy @ BA:

As teams near the 50-game line, we begin to see the true best and worst emerge. One-third of the schedule has elapsed, and if Winston-Salem continues at this pace they’ll win about 97 regular season games.

1 Winston-Salem Dash 32 14 .696 Carolina HiA White Sox 46

The Barons aren’t doing so well…

John Ely allows 1 ER with 4 K & 2 BB in 7.1 innings (5/27)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 27, 2010 3:58 pm

John Ely had 4 K / 2 BB and allowed 1 ER in 7.1 innings. The Dodgers’ O took the day off:

Ely(L, 3-2) 7.1 4 1 1 2 4 0 3.00
Weaver, Jf 0.2 0 0 0 0 1 0 2.70
Totals 8.0 4 1 1 2 5 0 4.19

Pitch F/X says:

Pitch Statistics
Pitch Type Avg Speed Max Speed Avg H-Break Avg V-Break Count Strikes / % Swinging Strikes / % Linear Weights Time to Plate
FF (FourSeam Fastball) 88.59 89.9 -3.14 11.75 46 29 / 63.04% 1 / 2.17% -1.3771 0.423
CH (Changeup) 80.52 86.2 -1.51 9.16 30 23 / 76.67% 6 / 20.00% 0.0926 0.464
SL (Slider) 85.95 86.4 1.81 6.57 8 3 / 37.50% 1 / 12.50% 0.0862 0.433
CU (Curveball) 70.29 71.9 3.73 -3.93 11 8 / 72.73% 2 / 18.18% -0.6723 0.533
FC (Cutter) 82.37 86.5 -1.52 10.95 3 2 / 66.67% 0 / 0.00% -0.0832 0.454
Pitch classifications provided by the Gameday Algorithm and may be inaccurate.

Pitch Type LWTS correspond to how many runs were likely to score on a particular pitch based on average run expectancy when each pitch was thrown and what happened as a result. Negative scores indicate more effective pitches.

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.

Inning-by-Inning Pitch Totals
Inning Pitches in Inning Strikes in Inning Strike% in Inning Cumulative Total Pitches Pitch LWTS in Inning
1 15 9 60.00 15 -0.532
2 11 8 72.73 26 -0.848
3 12 7 58.33 38 -0.834
4 11 8 72.73 49 -0.004
5 11 8 72.73 60 -0.834
6 11 8 72.73 71 -0.848
7 14 7 50.00 85 0.258
8 13 10 76.92 98 1.688

BTB says Gavin Floyd isn’t regressing

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 27, 2010 2:24 pm
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… The underlying numbers, on the other hand, indicate that Floyd is far from declining. His FIP is a slightly improved 3.67, although his 4.04 xFIP isn’t as impressive. Floyd is walking slightly more batters this year, but he’s maintained his strikeout rate and increased his groundball rate 5%, up to 49% this season.

One of the primary reasons for his 2009 improvement was an increased ability to miss bats, and that’s something that he hasn’t lost in 2010. His contact rate has actually improved this season, progressing from 82% in 2008 to 78% in 2009, and it’s down to slightly below 77% now. He’s getting more swings on balls outside of the zone, and more swinging strikes in general. So while his ERA does look awfully ugly today, he does seem primed to improve a good deal, and that may have already began in his last start.

John Ely will take the mound at Wrigley Field at 1:20 pm CT (CSN)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 27, 2010 3:39 am

and his dad is standing by his team:

… Ely is from Harvey, Ill., a community about 20 miles from the North Side. And he is bringing his 3-1 record and stupefying control home.

But his proud dad won’t make the short drive. Being wheelchair-bound is part of the reason, given old Wrigley Field’s access issues. A small part. The bulk of it is that Mr. Ely is a fan of the city’s other team.

“It’s part mobility issues, because Wrigley isn’t wheelchair-friendly,” said the 24-year-old righty, “and partly because he’s a die-hard White Sox fan and he doesn’t come here.”

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