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May 16, 2011

Jake Peavy issues a warning: Don’t use the 6-man rotation as an excuse

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 16, 2011 9:02 pm

Padilla @ ESPN:

“If any bad comes out of this thing, as far as guys doing bad or saying they are not sharp, I’m going to have to say that’s a hoax,” Peavy said. “The longer you go without pitching, as long as it’s not a couple of weeks, you will do plenty enough in between starts to stay sharp and you should feel outstanding.”

“I know some people like to stay in the routine and I certainly do too,” Peavy said. “I have no problems staying in a routine of things. But the more time you have off, the better you are going to feel. That’s the bottom line. You can throw a couple of sides and throw off of flat ground to stay sharp. I don’t think there’s any excuse.”

Other White Sox links: Brett Ballantini calculates the most and least valuable Sox players and James recaps the results of the past week.

Fangraphs’ Chris Cwik on Alex Rios’ struggles

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 16, 2011 3:15 pm

Cwik @ FG:

… Outside of his poor HR/FB rate, there is another aspect of Rios’ performance that warrants concern. Rios has been absolutely terrible against fastballs this season. Though he has hit fastballs well over his career, Rios currently carries the fourth worst pitch value against fastballs this season. When a hitter suffers such a drastic decline against fastballs, it’s typically due to reduced bat speed as a result of age. Rios is only 30, and it would be surprising if he lost his effectiveness this early in his career. This is purely speculation, but it’s possible something was off with Rios’ swing early in the season. That could be an explanation as to why he has really struggled against fastballs this year. …

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