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July 29, 2010

Smells Like Mascot: All Systems Go

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 29, 2010 10:27 pm
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Carl’s latest:


Did Kenny Williams try to prevent Minnesota from getting Matt Capps?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 29, 2010 9:45 pm


8:30pm: A deal could potentially be completed tonight or tomorrow, according to La Velle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Neal hears that the Yankees, White Sox and Braves are also in on Capps.

9:10pm: The Twins acquired Capps for Ramos, according to Miller. The deal is done and will be announced tonight or tomorrow.

Ramon Castro credits Greg Walker for his 2010 improvement

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 29, 2010 9:39 pm
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Backup catcher Ramon Castro credits hitting coach Greg Walker with his resurgent season, one that could see him stealing starts from slumping A.J. Pierzynski if the incumbent doesn’t turn his season around soon.

Castro is stroking at an .870 OPS clip [1.021 after 2 HRs today], which dwarfs his career .729. His OPS+ is 129 despite a below-average career figure of 90. He’s boasting a 0.7 WAR, impressive for a player seeing such modest action, and his seven walks/12 Ks is a ratio Castro hasn’t produced since his rookie year in 1999.

“It’s just hard work,” Castro said of his resurgent season at age 34. “’Walk’ helped me with keeping my head still, keeping my hands a little more open.”

Count Castro as yet another White Sox player who applauds Walker for developing batting strategies around a player’s strength vs. forcing a roster to adapt to his beliefs.

8 K / 0 BB for Justin Collop [July 29]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 29, 2010 8:58 pm
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Collop, J (W, 8-7) 7.0 5 1 1 0 8 0 4.59
Cooney, C (H, 2) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.23
Santos, O (S, 8 ) 1.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 3.96

Collop (6th round pick in the 2009 draft) has a 92 K / 21 BB ratio in 111.2 innings.

Chris Sale: faces 2 batters, strikeouts 2 batters [July 29]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 29, 2010 8:50 pm
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Torres, C 5.0 2 0 0 1 6 0 3.41
Nunez, J (L, 3-2) 2.0 3 2 2 1 2 0 5.88
Sale 0.2 0 0 0 0 2 0 3.38
Braun 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.18

Pitches-strikes: Sale 6-6
Groundouts-flyouts: Sale 0-0

from the pbp:

Louisville Bottom 8th

  • Pitcher Change: Chris Sale replaces Jhonny Nunez.
  • Zack Cozart strikes out swinging.
  • Yonder Alonso strikes out swinging.
  • Coaching visit to mound.
  • Pitcher Change: Ryan Braun replaces Chris Sale.
  • Todd Frazier grounds out, shortstop Luis Rodriguez to first baseman Jeremy Reed.

Scouts from Washington and Arizona at today’s White Sox game


Scouts from Washington and Arizona are here for the fourth consecutive night amid reports that a three-way deal with the Sox involving Adam Dunn is percolating, although a major league source said talks have yet to advanced quickly yet.

White Sox interested in Lance Berkman, Brad Hawpe

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 29, 2010 6:38 pm
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Heyman (SI) said last friday:

chisox like prince fielder but have discussed dunn, laroche and berkman, in that order, as possible 2nd choices

If the Sox are not hot on Prince Fielder, and the Sox are out of the Adam Dunn sweepstakes, it makes sense they are interested in Lance Berkman, Brad Hawpe:

Olney (ESPN):

Heard this: The White Sox consider Lance Berkman as one of their Plan B options, now what they don’t expect to get Adam Dunn.

Renck (Denver Post):

The White Sox have been the other team poking around about Hawpe. Not sure how serious. All depends on what happens with Adam Dunn

Stats from B-R: Fielder, Dunn, Berkman, Hawpe

Other possibilities: Scott, Branyan, Laroche

UPDATE: Prince Fielder if off the market (staying in Milwaukee).

White Sox out of the Adam Dunn sweepstakes?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 29, 2010 3:42 pm
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Buster Olney (ESPN):

Heard this: The White Sox are saying internally that they are currently out of the mix on Dunn.

UPDATE: Jon Heyman (SI) says the Sox are still interested:

dunn derby could be like a damon repeat: white sox vs. tigers. plenty of interest in slugger.

and that 3-way scenarios are alive:

chisox among teams trying for adam dunn. 3-way scenarios with edwin jackson going to nats are in play.

White Sox looking for a bat and a mid-rotation starter

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 29, 2010 1:17 pm
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Rosenthal (Fox Sports):

White Sox exploring hitters other than Dunn, not all LH. Are “all over the place,” source says. Also looking for mid-rotation starter.

JJ examines whether the White Sox should trade for a starter.

UPDATE: Rosenthal says the Yankee$ are out of the Adam Dunn sweepstakes for now. Yeah right. The Yankee$ are out. Maybe it’s for 15 minutes…

White Sox scout at the Baltimore-Toronto game yesterday

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 29, 2010 1:08 pm
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Elliot (Toronto Sun):

White Sox (Bryan Little) and Mets (Bob Melvin) also watching Jays Wed nite


Trade bait on the field for Toronto: Jose Bautista, Lyle Overbay, John Buck, Edwin Encarnacion, Jason Frasor, and Kevin Gregg.

Bobby Jenks: No sign of the curveball

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 29, 2010 12:00 pm

Pitch F/X (MLB Gameday data) sees 11 fastballs and 2 sliders on yesterday’s Bobby Jenks outing:

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) 97.05 98.9 -4.85 9.24 11 9 / 81.82% 1 / 9.09% -0.7268 0.388
SL (Slider) 88.35 89.5 1.48 1.12 2 1 / 50.00% 1 / 50.00% -0.1499 0.426
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
9 13 10 76.92 13 -0.877

Frank Thomas says White Sox should add a starting pitcher (video)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 29, 2010 2:46 am

Video: http://www.csnchicago.com/07/28/10/Big-Hurt-TV-What-trade-should-the-Sox-ma/landing.html?blockID=279336&feedID=621 (2:27)

Scouts from 6 teams were at the White Sox game tonight


The Sox’s victory was witnessed in front of scouts from Washington, Arizona, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Cincinnati and San Diego.

The Diamondbacks had two scouts, but one major league source said that any talks of a possible three-way deal involving the Sox, Washington and Arizona had not accelerated. …

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