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April 14, 2011

JJ takes a look on Matt Thornton’s struggles

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 14, 2011 11:42 pm
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Stankevitz @ BL:

While some of Matt Thornton’s early-season struggles have been due to bad luck, command issues have plagued him as well. …

Terrific article. James pointed to Thornton’s command too.:

His control hasn’t been up to his usual standard, his fastball maxing out at 95.6 mph isn’t up to his usual standard, has struck out on 2 batters in 3.1 innings, and he gave a go-ahead 3-run HR to Rays 1st basemen Dan Johnson, who was perhaps the only player having a worst start to the season than Rays RF Matt Joyce.

Fangraphs’s Chris Cwik has a post on the White Sox bullpen struggles too:

Despite his early troubles, Thornton has gotten consistent support from his manager. Guillen also likely realizes that Thornton is his best pitcher, and that he should be able to rebound rather quickly. For now, the frustration with the pen is at a high point and Guillen is likely to ride the hot hand. Could that include Tony Pena? Maybe, but it’s not likely. Once Thornton returns to form, he should return to the closer role.

Ryan Buch struck out 8 and walked 1 (April 13)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 14, 2011 10:37 pm
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Kannapolis Intimidators
Buch, R (W, 1-1) 6.0 5 2 1 1 8 0 1.50
Reed 2.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.00
Negus 1.0 2 1 1 0 1 0 3.00

Groundouts-flyouts: Buch, R 8-1, Reed 0-2.
Batters faced: Buch, R 24, Reed 6.

From FutureSox’s Kannapolis Intimidators overview:

Buch has good stuff, including a hammer curve that acts as his out pitch, but has struggled with his control, and that will be the key to his development as a prospect. If he can learn to master the strike zone better, he could be in for a big breakout year.

Jake Peavy strikes out 4 and walks none in his 2nd rehab start

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 14, 2011 12:09 am
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Charlotte Knights
Peavy (L, 0-1) 6.0 8 2 2 0 4 1 3.00
Harrell 3.0 4 3 3 2 2 0 5.63

Pitches-strikes: Peavy 72-55.
Groundouts-flyouts: Peavy 5-3.
Batters faced: Peavy 24.

Merkin say Peavy could be back before May:

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