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).
August 5, 2011
“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.”
Other White Sox links:
- James wonders what does it take to get into Ozzie Guillen’s doghouse, and observes how pathetic the Sox offense is without Paul Konerko.
- Mike says Kenny Williams now wishes he had been a seller before the trading deadline passed. The Sox haven’t won a game after Kenny said ‘I won’t sell’ on Saturday.
- J.J. says Brent Morel hasn’t been given a propder chance to develop due to the Sox offensive struggles.
- At Fangraphs Joe Pawlikowski looked at the Sox Adam Dunn/Alex Rios problem and Marc Hulet reviewed the 2011 Sox Top 10 prospect list.
- Ozzie Guillen spoke about his future with the Sox and other things in an interview with Graham Bensinger (full interview).
At least Counsell turns 41 in 2 weeks.
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:
with projections: 12.9%
ELO version: 11.6%
… 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.
August 3, 2011
“They bring the right approach to the plate,” Guillen said after the Yankees collected 11 hits in seven innings and ran up John Danks’ pitch count to 114 after six innings. “They don’t swing at that many bad pitches. And they go with one plan and stick with it. It showed how good you can be.
“They fouled off a lot of pitches. They get you to work, they make you throw strikes and when they see a good pitch to hit, they’re hitting. Right now, the way they swing the bat as a team, you better be good to shut those guys down. It seems like they’re on every pitch. And they lay off tough pitches. Those guys lock in.”
If only the White Sox coach had the same opinion that Ozzie Guillen has…
Other White Sox links: James looks at ‘Why are the White Sox bad at the things they care about?’, J.J. looks at the Sox bullpen, FutureSox looks at July’s prospects of the month, Matt Thornton thinks he’s expandable unlike Chris Sale and Sergio Santos, and Dayan Viciedo made his return.
August 2, 2011
“I don’t care how tough you are that has to bother him,” Guillen said. “If that doesn’t bother you that means you don’t care about the game. But he hasn’t changed since we got him. He’s the same guy. Maybe when he goes home he starts crying, but when he’s around us he’s very god. He’s stayed the same way.
“Obviously he gets upset around here but I don’t see any change. He’s the same guy since spring training. I don’t see any change with the character and I don’t see any change with the swing. He’s struggled since spring training. Hopefully he gets a couple of hits here and there and helps us to win a couple of games.”
[Terry] Doyle, a 37th-round selection by the White Sox in 2008, has been nothing but consistent – consistently good – since making his professional debut following a solid career at Boston College. Yet, when you look at some of his numbers, there is some head scratching involved.
The New Hampshire native is 4-9 with 2.99 ERA this season in 20 starts split between Winston-Salem and Birmingham. He has proven to be one of the most effective and dominant pitchers in the Chicago system, yet has won only 22 games in just under four seasons. It all goes back to the numbers.
Since the beginning of the 2010 season, he has made 30 starts in which he has allowed two earned runs or less at Kannapolis, Winston-Salem and now Birmingham. He has an ERA of 1.50 in those starts yet amazingly, his record is only 12-10 with eight no decisions in those outings. …
Forget ERA too. Look at his H/9, HR/9, BB/9, SO/9, SO/BB numbers:
|2010||24||2 Teams||2 Lgs||A+-A||CHW||12||10||.545||2.94||27||27||0||0||0||0||168.1||146||65||55||15||46||0||157||8||1||10||693||1.141||7.8||0.8||2.5||8.4||3.41|
|2011||25||2 Teams||2 Lgs||A+-AA||CHW||4||9||.308||2.99||20||20||0||3||1||0||132.1||124||49||44||10||21||0||89||3||0||4||533||1.096||8.4||0.7||1.4||6.1||4.24|
|Rk (2 seasons)||Rk||6||3||.667||2.66||22||10||7||0||0||0||81.1||78||31||24||1||18||0||102||6||0||9||333||1.180||8.6||0.1||2.0||11.3||5.67|
|A+ (2 seasons)||A+||9||13||.409||3.38||31||31||0||1||0||0||194.1||186||87||73||16||45||0||148||10||1||10||808||1.189||8.6||0.7||2.1||6.9||3.29|
|A (1 season)||A||4||2||.667||0.96||7||7||0||0||0||0||47.0||31||5||5||2||12||0||58||0||0||2||182||0.915||5.9||0.4||2.3||11.1||4.83|
|AA (1 season)||AA||3||4||.429||3.19||9||9||0||2||1||0||59.1||53||22||21||7||10||0||40||1||0||2||236||1.062||8.0||1.1||1.5||6.1||4.00|
Doyle is doing a heck of a job. His HR/9 is a bit higher this year. Hopefully he brings it down like in other years. And hopefully the Sox give him a chance in Spring Training 2012.
UPDATE: That July 11 game screwed his stats up in a big way. Doyle has allowed 7 home runs all year and 5 of them came in that 4 1/3 inning start. If we overlook that 1 game he has allowed only 2 home runs all year! Couldn’t Birmingham’s manager pull him earlier? OK, the guy had a bad game. No big deal. Take him out. Why send him out there for the 5th inning?
August 1, 2011
The White Sox will take on the New York Yankees and left-hander CC Sabathia without their best hitter.
Paul Konerko, who was hit near his left knee by a pitch from Red Sox lefty Andrew Miller and sustained a bruised left calf on Sunday, is not in the starting lineup as the Sox continue an important homestand tonight with a four-game series against New York at U.S. Cellular Field.
Will the Sox have any offense tonight?
Adam Dunn, who has three hits against lefties this season, will play first base. Carlos Quentin slides into Dunn’s customary designed hitter spot while Brent Lillibridge will play right right field.
And who will play left right field?