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June 19, 2011

Sergio Santos [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 19, 2011 8:30 pm
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How was Sergio’s slider today? In his blown save against Oakland (June 10), Sergio threw 38 pitches in the 9th, 3 of which were sliders. 1 of the 3 sliders was a strike; it also was a swinging strike.

Today, Sergio threw 15 pitches in the 9th, 7 of which were sliders. 3 of the 7 sliders were strikes (42.86%). 2 of the 7 were swinging strikes (28.57%).

Strike-zone pictures for today’s outing from MLB Gameday. 1st batter:

#3 was a slider. Result was a fly out on pitch #4 (fastball).

2nd batter:

#4, and #5 (swinging strike) are sliders. Result was a strike out on pitch #5.

3rd batter:

#2 (behind #4), #3, #4, and #6 (swinging strike) were sliders. Result was a strike out on pitch #6.

Steve Stone said in the beginning of the 9th that in Sergio’s blown save against Oakland the release point of his slider wasn’t the same with the release point of his fastball and batters could determine when a slider was coming and not swing at the slider, but wait for a fastball. Pitch F/X has graphs for both outings.

June 10 against Oakland:

June 19 (today) against Arizona:

That’s better.

UPDATE: J.J. takes a Pitch-F/X look at today’s Phil Humber.

Ozzie Guillen decides to put a leash on the Sox baserunners!

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 19, 2011 1:00 am
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Merkin @ CWS:

The White Sox basestealing has been shut down, and not just by the opposing catchers. With his team just 30-for-59 in stolen-base attempts this season, manager Ozzie Guillen made a decision to slow down his baserunners.”

I shut it down a little bit more, because we were giving away outs with no reason,” Guillen said. “I want to see how the team functions without the running game. The running game wasn’t working. It was killing us.”

“we were giving away outs with no reason”. Yes! That’s what I’ve been saying all year. Make that all decade. Let’s hope now that Ozzie sticks by it.

Other White Sox links: J.J. looks at Ozzie Guillen’s lineup changes and his inexplicable insistence on playing Juan Pierre, and Paul Konerko says he’s no Hall of Famer.

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