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August 5, 2011

Is Paul Konerko sending a message to Alex Rios?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 5, 2011 11:41 pm
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Gonzales @ CT:

Paul Konerko recalled how he salvaged his 2003 season, when he batted .197 in a poor first half but elected to make some changes under new hitting coach Greg Walker and raised his average by 37 points.

It’s tough because in the second half, I felt I was as good as any hitter in the field, and you look up and you’re hitting .220,” Konerko said. “But I told myself I’m going to survive. People need to gain a little perspective on the outside.”

And it may be working:

Alex Rios said he’s started the process of revamping his batting stance in an effort to resurrect his production.

Rios, who didn’t start for the White Sox on Friday night for the second consecutive game, said he has moved his hands away from the middle of his body and said he will continue this if he feels aggressive and comfortable.

This is the start of a process that Rios hopes won’t require the entire offseason to get comfortable with. …

Frank Thomas suggested to Rios to change his batting stance last Sunday:

For Rios, on the other hand, Thomas suggested an entire overhaul of his plate approach.

“Right now, he’s fighting himself,” Thomas said. “For me, I would change that stance. We talked about it the other day. There’s nothing wrong with going in the cage and messing around with it. We saw one of the most successful players to ever play this game, Cal Ripken, he had a new stance every week. I told Alex, the bottom line is hitting the baseball. Go in the cage and figure something out, Get comfortable, because he’s not comfortable right now.”

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Stephen Colbert’s playground until Friday 11:59 pm ET.

Filed under: MLB,Uncategorized — The Wizard @ August 5, 2011 10:24 pm
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Brian Bruney DFA’d; Zach Stewart to start tomorrow

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 5, 2011 10:10 pm
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Stewart made 1 start after being traded, Sunday with Charlotte:

Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Stewart (L, 0-1) 6.1 10 3 3 0 5 0 4.26
Reed 1.2 0 0 0 0 3 0 2.45

Smells Like Mascot: Two Crashes

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 5, 2011 3:00 pm
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Carl’s latest:

http://smellslikemascot.blogspot.com/2011/08/two-crashes.html

Carl’s on fire!

White Sox sign 3B Tyler Williams

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 5, 2011 2:15 pm
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Eddy @ BA:

The White Sox now employ two of general manager Kenny Williams’ three sons after signing Tyler Williams, whom the Diamondbacks released on July 26 after he went 2-for-24 in 10 games in the Arizona League. Arizona had signed him as a nondrafted free agent from Pima (Ariz.) CC. The White Sox drafted Kenny [Williams] Jr. in the sixth round in ’08 (he plays for Double-A Birmingham) and Kyle [Williams] in the 47th round in ’06 (he did not sign and forged a career in the NFL).

A.J. Pierzynski and Gordon Beckham think the booing of Adam Dunn isn’t helping

Merkin @ BOG:

“I love Adam Dunn, on and off the field,” Pierzynski said. “Everyone’s been there. If you’ve ever played this game, you’ve struggled. This is not an easy game to play. It’s not something that you can go out there and say this or that and it works. It’s not football where you can get yelled and screamed it and it makes you play better. There’s only so much you can do. You’ve got to put the work in. He’s done that. He’s put the time in and he’s trying to make adjustments.”

Until those adjustments pay off in consistent offense, the boos will continue to cascade down upon Dunn’s broad shoulders at U.S. Cellular Field. Opposing pitchers will continue to target Dunn in potential game-changing situations, and the baseball nightmare will continue to be reality for the affable slugger. …

“It’s not easy when people don’t seem like they are behind you, and I know it’s tough on him,” Beckham said. “Obviously he wants to do well, we want him to do well. I definitely wouldn’t be taking it like he’s been able to. He’s been upbeat the whole time but it still hasn’t come for him. There’s still time and I believe there’s still time. If he can just get going for us in any capacity, we have a good chance to win.”

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Stephen Colbert wants Adam Dunn and Craig Counsell to be tested for performance diminishing drugs

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MLB,Uncategorized — The Wizard @ August 5, 2011 1:00 pm
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At least Counsell turns 41 in 2 weeks.

Sweep… [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 5, 2011 3:00 am

Game 1: Sox lose 3-2

Game 2: Sox lose 6-0

Game 3: Sox lose 18-7

Game 4: Sox lose 7-2

Playoffs? Don’t even think about it.

UPDATE: Sox playoff odds from Clay Davenport:

real data, no projections: 6%

with projections: 12.9%

ELO version: 11.6%

And

THT’s Jeff Moore talks about Zach Stewart

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 5, 2011 2:55 am
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Moore @ THT:

… Called up for a cameo in the majors earlier this year, Stewart made three starts, two of which were okay and one of which was horrendous. Stewart spent his time in the Jays system at Double-A, a repeat assignment from last year that turned in similar results. Now with the White Sox, Stewart has been assigned to Triple-A.

Stewart is not an ace in the making, but could still be a reliable mid-rotation starter. If his change-up never fully develops the way a few organizations have now hoped it will, he can be a reliable bullpen arm, which is the path Cincinnati had him on prior to 2009.

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