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April 30, 2011

Fangraphs on Gordon Beckham’s struggles

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 30, 2011 6:35 pm
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Zimmerman @ FG:

Gordon Beckham – Beckham had such a promising rookie year, but he has been a disappointment in 2010 and 2011. Two items really seem to be the cause of his struggles. First, he walk rate is at 4.1%, down from 9.5% just two years ago. Second, he has an IFFB% [Infield Fly Ball % (IFFB/FlyBall)] of 27.3%, second worst in the league behind Carlos Lee‘s 31.6%.

In other White Sox blogs, J.J. examines past Tuesday’s Phillip Humber start against the Yankee$ and the implications of the upcoming Tuesday’s Francisco Liriano start against the White Sox, and James asks ‘Are the White Sox unwatchable?’ and examines past Wednesday’s Bartolo Colon start against the White Sox.

April 29, 2011

Jake Peavy struck out 8 and walked 0 tonight in AAA Charlotte

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 29, 2011 11:15 pm
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Merkin @ CWS:

White Sox starter Jake Peavy made another rehab appearance on Friday, pitching 5 2/3 strong innings for Triple-A Charlotte. Peavy allowed seven hits and three runs, but struck out eight batters while throwing 85 pitches, 62 for strikes.

“I gave up a few runs, a two-run homer late, but I made a lot of good pitches,” said Peavy. “I couldn’t feel any better stuff-wise. I thought I was much better than I’ve been in the past. I feel better than I have in quite some time.”

So what’s next?

“Hopefully, I have one or two more [starts] before I come back,” said Peavy. “I’d like to go in five days, and I expect my body to respond. But I think Charlotte is off Wednesday, so I’m not sure. I’ll just take it in stride. Maybe they’ll send me to [Double-A] Birmingham. We’ll see.”

Peavy’s next (last?) rehab start is Wednesday, May 4, at AA Birmingham. The Sox play at the Angels 5 days later, May 9.

A look at the 2011 Brandon McCarthy

Filed under: MLB — The Wizard @ April 29, 2011 11:10 pm
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Boddy @ THT:

While it’s pretty rare to find a pitcher who has made such major changes in approach and arm angle in the major leagues, it’s even more rare to find someone who has made whole cloth mechanical changes in addition to revamping how he attacks hitters.McCarthy has obviously made the basic mechanical change of arm slot (as shown in PITCHf/x data), but it goes way beyond that when you examine the video evidence. Compare his mechanics from 2009 in this high-speed shot by Trip Somers of TexasLeaguers.com to the video I shot in 2011:

Jose Martinez hitting .400/.446/.553/.999

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 29, 2011 11:05 pm
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Stats. BABIP: .431.

Latest addition to the ‘things Kenny doesn’t like’ list

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 29, 2011 8:08 pm
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Padilla @ ESPN:

“I don’t particularly understand the whole social media thing,” Williams said. “I understand how it can work for you at times, but I certainly see more of the pitfalls. I don’t get it. I don’t get why people would want to tell all of their business and their whereabouts all the time, but maybe I’m just old-fashioned.”

Williams said he agreed with the league’s punishment and said he knew it was a matter of not letting social media usage get out of control around baseball.

“They’re absolutely right handling it in the fashion they did,” Williams said. “If I’m sitting in Joe Torre’s chair, I’d make the same decision that he just made — and that’s with the mindset that it’s in the best interest of baseball.”

And here’s the list (imagine KW in Colbert’s place!):

UPDATE: More Kenny:

“I think Major League Baseball is there to be the caretakers of the game,” Williams said. “And they have to do things for the whole of the game and this kind of falls into that category where if you let this whole social media thing get out of control – none of know what the boundaries kind of are right now to all of this and how to navigate our way through it.

Smells Like Mascot: The Easter Egg Offense

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 29, 2011 7:30 pm
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Carl’s latest:

http://smellslikemascot.blogspot.com/2011/04/easter-egg-offense.html

:p

April 28, 2011

Kevin Goldstein on Jose Martinez and Dayan Viciedo

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 28, 2011 11:00 pm
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Goldstein @ BP:

  • Jose Martinez, OF, White Sox (High-A Winston-Salem): 2-for-4, HR (1), R, RBI. Former highly-ranked prospect is now interesting sleeper; finally goes deep, but three straight multi-hit games have him back over .400 at .403/.452/.571 in 19 overall.
  • Dayan Viciedo, OF, White Sox (Triple-A Charlotte): 2-for-5, 2B, HR (3), 2 R, 2 RBI, K. Home runs in back-to-back games but still at just .243/.278/.419 in 19 games; playing exclusively in right field.

Martinez has a .453 BABIP. Last time (4/22) it was .479. Progress!

This is funny!

Filed under: MLB — The Wizard @ April 28, 2011 10:36 pm

http://deadspin.com/5796016/. And it doesn’t involve the White Sox!

April 27, 2011

Ozzie Guillen concerned for Gordon Beckham

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 27, 2011 10:58 pm
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Gonzales @ CT:

According to Guillen, it’s [Gordon] Beckham‘s mannerisms that worry him.

“I’m concerned about his body language,” Guillen said. “Because I say that, I don’t worry about people making outs. As long as you get good at-bats and your body language is positive, then I can live with that. The only way you come out of it is playing. He’s going to play.

“It’s another test for this kid. Hopefully he handles it like he handled it last year.”

Other links: Lindsay Willhite uses B-R and looks at some White Sox numbers, and FutureSox compiles the White Sox All-Draft Pick Team.

April 26, 2011

Trayce Thompson is on fire

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 26, 2011 11:49 pm
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After going 3-4 with a HR today,

Stats

BTW, here are a couple more links to checkout: J.J. takes a look at Humber’s masterpiece yesterday, and James takes a look at Mark Buehrle, and another at Mark Teahen.

Gavin Floyd struck out 10 and walked 1 tonight

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 26, 2011 10:50 pm
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Boxscore:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Floyd, G(W, 3-1) 8.0 4 2 2 1 10 2 3.60
Thornton(H, 1) 0.1 0 0 0 1 0 0 6.43
Santos(S, 2) 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Totals 9.0 4 2 2 2 10 2 4.14

Floyd’s curveball was awesome tonight:

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) 90.60 92.5 -5.03 9.16 35 22 / 62.86% 4 / 11.43% -0.1221 0.415
CH (Changeup) 83.80 85.3 -6.57 8.60 7 2 / 28.57% 0 / 0.00% 0.1175 0.450
CU (Curveball) 77.60 79.4 9.01 -5.58 31 20 / 64.52% 5 / 16.13% -1.9682 0.488
FC (Cutter) 84.44 86.9 0.37 4.71 25 20 / 80.00% 6 / 24.00% -0.8447 0.444
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 90.38 91.5 -9.50 8.12 4 2 / 50.00% 0 / 0.00% -0.0197 0.414
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 14 8 57.14 14 -0.862
2 12 9 75.00 26 0.596
3 15 8 53.33 41 -0.547
4 12 7 58.33 53 -0.834
5 10 6 60.00 63 0.596
6 9 7 77.78 72 -0.575
7 17 10 58.82 89 -0.862
8 10 8 80.00 99 -0.848
9 3 3 100.00 102 0.498

Matt Thornton, and Sergio Santos inside:

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Lillibridge! (video)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 26, 2011 10:30 pm
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bottom of the 9th, sox up 3-2, 2 on, 2 out:

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=14189617&topic_id=8878818&c_id=cws (0:58)

Lillibridge also caught the ball hit that was hit by the previous batter:

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=14189465&topic_id=8878818&c_id=cws (0:44)

John Sickels on Addison Reed

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 26, 2011 6:50 pm
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Sickels @ MLBall:

The Chicago White Sox promoted right-handed pitching prospect Addison Reed from Low-A Kannapolis to High-A Winston-Salem, where he threw two shutout innings of relief on April 23rd. He now has 10 innings pitched combined at the two levels, giving up four hits, one run, one walk, with 14 strikeouts. Drafted in the third round out of San Diego State last  year, Reed closed in 2009 but started last year in college. The Sox seem to think he’ll advanced more quickly as a reliever, due to outstanding command of his low-90s fastball, slider, and curve. His arsenal is diverse enough to start, but he throws harder when used in the bullpen. Personally, I’d use him as a starter until he proves he can’t handle it, but he could reach the majors within a year as a reliever.

Fangraphs on John Danks and Alex Rios

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 26, 2011 12:30 pm
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Cwik @ FG:

Still just 26, [John] Danks has always been considered an above-average starter, but his strikeout rate has always prevented him from being elite. While a career 7.06 K/9 isn’t a bad thing, it’s not exceptional either. This season, Danks is fooling hitters more than ever. Through 33.0 innings pitched, Danks has struck out a batter per inning. Typically, we would attribute that large of a jump to luck or blame it on small sample size, but Danks has made some adjustments this season that may allow him to sustain his success. …

Catania  @ FG:

The big culprit in Rios’ case is that he’s falling behind in counts from pitch one and having trouble from there: In 48 plate appearances in which he faced an 0-1 count, [Alex] Rios has managed just 6 hits while striking out 12 times. But his first-pitch strike percentage (63.7%) is his highest ever by a good margin, so it stands to reason that as that tapers off, he’ll start seeing more hitter’s counts, giving him more opportunities to be aggressive rather than defensive. …

April 25, 2011

Phil Humber!

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 25, 2011 8:59 pm
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Wow, I didn’t expect that:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Humber(W, 2-2) 7.0 1 0 0 2 5 0 3.20
Sale(H, 1) 0.2 0 0 0 0 1 0 5.79
Santos(S, 1) 1.1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0.00
Totals 9.0 3 0 0 2 7 0 4.23

Pitch-F/X:

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) 89.89 92.2 -5.59 9.13 37 23 / 62.16% 1 / 2.70% -1.5581 0.419
SI (Sinker) 88.75 89.6 -7.76 5.57 4 4 / 100.00% 0 / 0.00% -0.4706 0.426
CH (Changeup) 82.98 85.1 -0.30 4.36 30 16 / 53.33% 4 / 13.33% -1.3148 0.451
CU (Curveball) 80.02 82.9 7.82 -4.47 29 23 / 79.31% 1 / 3.45% -1.3135 0.472
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 20 14 70.00 20 -0.848
2 14 11 78.57 34 -0.848
3 14 8 57.14 48 -0.862
4 16 9 56.25 64 -0.518
5 6 3 50.00 70 -0.713
6 9 7 77.78 79 -0.834
7 21 14 66.67 100 -0.034

Chris Sale, and Sergio Santos inside:
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