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April 17, 2011

About Friday’s bunt

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 17, 2011 10:24 pm
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8th inning, nobody out, Juan Pierre at first, Gordon Beckham at the plate, Adam Dunn on deck. And Ozzie calls for a bunt. Why? Let Beckham swing. Don’t give free outs to the other team. According to Tango’s Run Expectancy Matrix (1993-2010) the run expectancy with a man on 1st and no outs is 0.941 runs. If the bunt is successful and the runner moves to 2nd the run expectancy DROPS to 0.721. Why bother with the bunt? Why take the bat out of Beckham’s hands?

I see Mike shares my frustration. I wish I could do what James says and try to forget the whole thing!

Ozzie Guillen doesn’t like 6-man rotations

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 17, 2011 9:22 pm
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Merkin @ CWS:

The White Sox posted the fifth-best starter ERA so far this season entering Sunday’s action. Righty Philip Humber is the likely odd-man out when Peavy returns. However, Humber has pitched well, posting a 2.45 ERA over 11 innings in two starts. Pitching coach Don Cooper has floated the idea of using a six-man rotation to keep the group rested during scheduling crunches, but Guillen said that won’t be a regular practice.

“No. I would rather have more people in the bullpen than a six-man rotation,” said Guillen. “Six-man rotation, not many people do that. Then the six-man rotation goes to seven-man rotation. You never know. But that’s pretty tough to do.”

Hector Santiago struck out 11 and walked 3 yesterday (April 16)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 17, 2011 9:18 pm
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4/16:

Winston-Salem Dash
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Santiago, H 5.0 3 0 0 3 11 0 1.00
Kloess (H, 1) 2.0 1 1 1 3 1 0 7.71
Thompson, Ta (BS, 1) 3.0 4 1 1 0 5 0 1.50
Santos, O (L, 1-1) 1.0 3 3 3 2 2 0 7.20

Groundouts-flyouts: Santiago, H 3-0.
Batters faced: Santiago, H 21.

Here are Santiago’s stats. He’s 23 and this is his 3rd year in Winston-Salem (A+). Fangraphs says his FIPs in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010 were 2.83, 3.01, 3.49, and 3.13 respectively.

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