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June 10, 2011

Sergio blows it

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 10, 2011 11:35 pm
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2 outs, nobody on, an 0-2 count and then Sergio loses the 2-run lead and the game.

Couldn’t Ozzie pull him after the walks? The more the time passes the more the A’s players could figure out ‘this guy has only his fastball tonight’ as Pitch-F/X shows:

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) 95.14 96.9 -3.02 6.90 23 14 / 60.87% 1 / 4.35% 0.9191 0.399
CH (Changeup) 86.34 88.4 -5.83 -2.09 5 2 / 40.00% 1 / 20.00% 0.4028 0.438
SL (Slider) 84.20 85.2 3.97 -3.92 3 1 / 33.33% 0 / 0.00% 0.6632 0.452
CU (Curveball) 85.40 85.4 5.05 -3.13 3 1 / 33.33% 1 / 33.33% -0.1119 0.449
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 88.90 89.5 -8.75 -0.01 4 1 / 25.00% 0 / 0.00% 0.1776 0.425
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
9 38 19 50.00 38 2.051

As Ballantini says:


Padilla @ ESPN:

It seems obvious that there is a problem with Santos’ slider. It’s not only that he can’t throw his best pitch for an effective strike, he doesn’t seem to be able to get a grip on it. He threw one to the backstop, appeared to hit Kurt Suzuki with another and a third went for Matsui’s RBI single.

“I just didn’t have a feel for it,” Santos said. “I did but I just couldn’t repeat it consistently. That ended up kind of messing me up because it’s usually my put-away pitch. I couldn’t do it to Willingham. I tried three times and nothing.”



  1. I honestly thought they would have stuck with Thornton since he only threw 2 pitches in the 8th, and there was some lefties due up. santos hasn’t been looking too sharp, but he will figure it out, good to see matt throwing well though!

    Comment by Anonymous — June 11, 2011 @ June 11, 2011 11:54 am | Reply

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