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April 20, 2011

Jacob Petricka has struck out 22 and walked 4 on his 3 outings this year

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 20, 2011 3:20 pm
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Kannapolis Intimidators
Petricka 6.0 0 0 0 1 9 0 0.00
Reed 2.0 1 0 0 1 4 0 0.00
Wilson, J 2.0 0 0 0 3 2 0 0.00
Negus 2.0 1 0 0 2 1 0 0.00
Cooney, C 2.2 1 0 0 1 1 0 0.00
Upchurch (W, 1-0) 1.1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.00


Kannapolis Intimidators
Petricka (W, 1-0) 5.0 4 0 0 1 7 0 0.00
Arroyo 1.2 5 3 3 1 3 0 4.05
Ballinger, J (S, 1) 2.1 1 0 0 1 2 0 1.35


Kannapolis Intimidators
Petricka 6.0 5 1 1 2 6 0 0.53
Burnside (W, 2-0) 2.0 3 4 4 1 0 1 4.85
Wilson, J (S, 2) 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.29

John Sickels on Addison Reed and Trayce Thompson

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 20, 2011 3:18 pm
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From his 4/14 Q&A:

Q: Addison Reed

Why would the White Sox NOT try him as a starter? He’s been relieving so far this season at Low-A Kannapolis. Why set his ceiling so low? Yes, he probably has a better chance of making an impact in the majors as a reliever, but why not try him as a starter first and shift him to the pen if things don’t work out? Especially in a system so devoid of pitching talent.

A: well actually I agree with you totally, but they didn’t ask me.


Q: Trayce Thompson

Will he ever be more than a Ryan Harvey clone.

A: probably not

I’m not a big Thompson guy.

Baseball America on Trayce Thompson

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 20, 2011 2:11 pm
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Shonerd @ BA:

White Sox center fielder Trayce Thompson [B-R] was off to a fairly quiet start, hitting just .200/.308/.422 through his first 45 at-bats for low Class A Kannapolis, though he did have three home runs. That changed last night, as the athletic 20-year-old homered twice and went 4-for-5 against West Virginia, raising his line to .260/.351/.580 in the process. His five homers moves him into a tie for the South Atlantic League lead.

Thompson went 0-4 in today’s game and now he’s hitting .241/.328/.537/.865.

April 19, 2011

White Sox say Jake Peavy’s arm is still attached to his body

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 19, 2011 7:28 pm

Merkin @ CWS:

According to the White Sox, Peavy left Monday’s game with muscle tenderness (irritation) in his right posterior shoulder (the lat area). On Tuesday, the White Sox flew Peavy to Chicago, where he saw team doctors and had an MRI.Everything was normal, with no signs of any problems, according to the MRI. That test was followed by a clinical exam, also proving to be very benign.The latest plan is to start Peavy on a six-day course of anti-inflammatory medication. During the first three days, Peavy will solely take the medication and won’t do any throwing. On the fourth day, he’s going to resume a throwing program.

If this plan works as laid out, Peavy would miss Saturday’s Minor League rehab start with Triple-A Charlotte. He would then go back on a regular schedule with bullpens and side sessions to prepare for his next start, which originally was scheduled for Thursday, April 28. …

No King Felix? Aww…




Jake Peavy’s insurance covers about 70% of his salary if he can’t play

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 19, 2011 2:53 pm
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Kaplan @ CSN:

Baseball sources tell us that while Jake Peavy’s contract calls for him to be paid $16 million in 2011 and $17 million in 2012, plus a $4 million dollar buyout of his 2013 option year which was for $22 million, the White Sox are significantly protected by an insurance policy that was originally purchased by the San Diego Padres when Peavy signed his current three-year deal in 2009. While exact figures are not available we hear that approximately 70% of the dollars owed to Peavy are covered by insurance. Depending on the severity of his injury, that savings should allow the White Sox some flexibility if they decide to trade for another pitcher during the season.

Kenny will go after King Felix!


April 18, 2011

Jake Peavy exits his 3rd rehab game in the 1st inning [UPDATE #3]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 18, 2011 8:23 pm
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Gregor @ DH:

The 29-year-old starter was initially scheduled to throw 90-95 pitches for the [Class AA Birmingham] Barons, but Peavy came out with two outs in the first inning after allowing 3 runs on 4 hits.


Birmingham Barons
Peavy 0.2 4 3 3 0 0 0 6.23
Axelrod 3.1 3 1 1 0 3 0 2.7

Pitches-strikes: Peavy 15-10.
Groundouts-flyouts: Peavy 1-0.
Batters faced: Peavy 6.

BTW, here’s Will Carroll from last Monday (April 11):

Jake Peavy, White Sox (post-surgical shoulder, 4/30)

Peavy went three innings at AA Birmingham on Friday. It’s one time that “going to Birmingham” didn’t include a visit to Dr. James Andrews for an injured pitcher, but then again, maybe the White Sox might have taken the opportunity for Peavy to visit Dr. Fleisig and check his biomechanics. Instead, Peavy just threw and things appeared to go well. The Sox have a very flexible calendar for Peavy’s return, one that sources tell me is going to be based more on Peavy’s responses than a normal five-day pitching rotation. The three innings of work included 71 pitches, a lack of efficiency that has to be a bit concerning. He’ll throw again later this week and move on from there. If all goes well, he’ll be back in the Sox rotation around the end of the month.

The news this time aren’t so good…

UPDATE: Brent Ballantini tweets that the initial report on Peavy is “left with discomfort” and he will be further evaluated tommorow.

UPDATE #2: The Tribune’s Daniel Pauling reports that Peavy rarely touched 90mph and that the few pitches he threw were up.

UPDATE #3: CSN has the video (0:52).

Will the White Sox win a game again this year?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 18, 2011 8:00 pm

Wake up dammit

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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Winston-Salem Dash
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.

April 16, 2011

Jake Peavy to return before this month is over?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 16, 2011 11:31 pm
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Merkin @ CWS:

Jake Peavy appears headed for a big league return with the White Sox during the last weekend of April at U.S. Cellular Field.

The right-hander has another rehab start scheduled for Monday with Double-A Birmingham, where he has a target of 90-95 pitches. Peavy moves on to pitch for Triple-A Charlotte next Saturday, viewing that start as something akin to what would be his last Spring Training effort, where he gets the pitch count up around 110.

Those two starts leave Peavy in line to return to the club on April 28, the last day of an 11-game White Sox road trip against Tampa Bay, Detroit and New York. Based on Peavy’s comments Saturday, following a 34-pitch side session in the White Sox bullpen, he’ll be facing Baltimore at home either on April 29 or 30.


Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 16, 2011 10:49 pm

Career Profile from John Sickels and Looking back at Cameron for Konerko: Part 1 and Looking back at Cameron for Konerko: Part 2 from JJ

Introducing Dr. Fishbein [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 16, 2011 10:38 pm
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Chicago White Sox assistant general manager Rick Hahn was on WSCR’s ‘Danny Mac Show’:

“In fact this last offseason we hired a fellow by the name of Dr. Jeff Fishbein, who’s a sports psychologist, he works exclusively with the White Sox now. He’s worked previously, for the last 10 years, with the [Florida] Marlins before that. He’s been around, going back all the way to SoxFest, he spent a few weeks down in Arizona with us in Spring Training, and he’s just available as a resource.

“Ozzie, over the years, has joked on numerous occasions that ‘I don’t need a pitching coach or a hitting coach, I need a team of shrinks.’ And this year he actually has someone on staff right now, who’s available as a resource, to help with some of the performance and on-field issues, which are very real. And I do think that probably four or five years ago, there was finally a little bit of a breakthrough in the game, which obviously is very slow to change.

“But when a guy like Zack Greinke can come out and say ‘I have these very real psychological issues that prevent me from performing and I need help,’ And then he’s able to rebound and have a Cy Young caliber season after he gets that help. All of a sudden I think it became a little more acceptable for guys to say ‘You know what, I need some help as well.’ And we’re, as an organization, now providing them that resource.”

Hopefully he can keep Q’s head straight! BTW, audio at the link.

UPDATE: Quentin’s psychiatrist last winter was Dr. Sherlin.

Alexei Ramirez’ 2011 Adjustments

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 16, 2011 9:51 pm

Pinto @ BA:

The heat maps Baseball Analytics produces give a nice view of how pitchers and batters adjust to each other.  Alexei Ramirez provides a good example of this in 2011.  During his first three years in the majors, pitchers tended to avoid the inside part of the plate against him, but used most of the strike zone: …

April 15, 2011

The Santos rules? What Santos rules?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 15, 2011 9:08 pm
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Merkin @ CWS:

Sergio Santos has become the popular choice to become the White Sox closer, pitching scoreless baseball since the start of Spring Training. Even with his 96 mph fastball, slider and changeup developing quickly, that job never would have been a thought in 2010 when Santos was making the big league transformation from infielder to pitcher.

Last-season restrictions such as keeping Santos to one inning per outing, which happened every appearance but two through June, and restricting his back-to-back work have been removed. The White Sox view him as a prime reliever, not a talented project.

“Just be prepared for anything, that was the message they got to us,” Santos said. “[Matt] Thornton was our closer, but be prepared for the seventh or eighth, back-to-back, two innings.

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