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April 7, 2011

Brent Lillibridge: a subscriber of KW’s ‘CF is the easiest OF position’ theory?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 7, 2011 11:09 pm
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Merkin @ CWS:

[Brent] Lillibridge has proven to be most adept at handling the outfield challenge, although he admitted playing left field or right field has a different feel than being in center.

“Corners are tougher. The balls aren’t going straight at you. They hook or fade,” Lillibridge said. “I’m just looking forward to doing my job. Run some bases, chase the balls down in the outfield like a dog and go from there.”

5 rehab starts for Jake Peavy?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 7, 2011 11:00 pm
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Merkin @ CWS:

Right-handed pitcher Jake Peavy has a target of five innings and/or 75 pitches during his rehab start for Double-A Birmingham on Friday.

His set days to throw are April 8, 13, 18, 23 and 28, with Peavy hoping to return to the Majors after throwing back-to-back 100-pitch efforts. Nothing is etched in stone, though, for his comeback.

“Who knows? Something may come up, God forbid,” said White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper. “So, those are his days to throw, and we’ll roll with whatever comes our way.

“Could it be earlier? It could. Could it be later? It could. We just have see how things lay out.”

Peavy is working his way back from rotator cuff tendinitis, which shut down his comeback after a Spring Training start on March 19.

Edwin Jackson pitches 8 innings striking out 13 and 1 walking 1 [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 7, 2011 3:53 pm
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4/7:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Jackson, E(W, 2-0) 8.0 4 1 1 1 13 0 1.93
Santos 1.0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0.00
Totals 9.0 6 1 1 1 14 0 5.09

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) 94.23 95.9 -4.94 9.40 28 22 / 78.57% 2 / 7.14% 0.8286 0.401
CH (Changeup) 86.20 86.9 -6.94 5.53 11 7 / 63.64% 0 / 0.00% -0.3170 0.438
SL (Slider) 86.51 89.1 -1.08 1.46 49 32 / 65.31% 13 / 26.53% -3.1834 0.436
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 93.53 96.5 -8.42 9.07 30 16 / 53.33% 0 / 0.00% -1.3048 0.404
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 17 11 64.71 17 -0.364
2 13 9 69.23 30 -0.862
3 17 8 47.06 47 -0.547
4 14 10 71.43 61 -0.862
5 14 9 64.29 75 -0.862
6 11 8 72.73 86 -0.609
7 8 8 100.00 94 -0.350
8 24 14 58.33 118 0.480

Excellent!

UPDATE: J.J. has more on EJ’s un-hittable slider.

A.J. agrees:

“I remember facing him,” said A.J. Pierzynski, who had the pleasure of catching Jackson in the White Sox’ 5-1 win over Tampa Bay before 38,579 at U.S. Cellular Field. “You didn’t want him to get ahead of you because then it was, ‘Oh boy, I’ve got to try to hit this slider.’ It’s as good as any slider there is.”

Adam Dunn… [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 7, 2011 1:39 pm
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UPDATE: Garfien gives us the long version:

Adam Dunn had experienced stomach pains before, but never quite like this. For several days, there were shooting pains coming from the upper reaches of his abdomen. He assumed it wasn’t anything serious.

That was until he flipped on the television while in his hotel room in Kansas City on Tuesday morning and saw a story about the Cardinal’s Matt Holliday who needed his appendix taken out after playing on Opening Day.

The reporter mentioned Holliday’s symptoms. Dunn made a mental checklist

“Got that … got that … got that,” he said to himself.

Uh-oh.

Wednesday at 2:30 a.m., White Sox general manager Kenny Williams received a phone call. It was team trainer Herm Schneider calling from a Kansas City hospital, informing him that Williams’ $56 million slugger was about to have an emergency appendectomy.

White Sox DFA OF Lastings Milledge [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 7, 2011 1:17 pm
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whitesox PR:

Prior to today’s game vs. Tampa Bay, the Chicago White Sox designated outfielder Lastings Milledge for assignment and purchased the contract of right-handed pitcher Jeff Gray from Class AAA Charlotte.

Milledge, 26, appeared in two games with the Sox this season, going 1-4 with a double and a run scored.

Gray, 29, was signed by the White Sox as a free agent on November 23, 2010. He is 1-1 with a 4.91 ERA (22 ER/40.1 IP) in 36 major-league relief appearances with Oakland (2008-09) and the Cubs (2010).

Gray will wear uniform No. 60.

Dammit, 4 ABs?

Hopefully he isn’t claimed and goes to Charlotte.

UPDATE: J.J. asks why was Milledge DFA’d and not Lillibridge. Seems strange. And he thinks Milledge will be claimed. Unfortunately, I think so too. Someone will want him after his strong spring training.

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