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September 4, 2011

The 10 strongest White Sox pitches

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 4, 2011 8:20 pm

Brett Ballantini hasn’t quit on the 2011 season:

I took a look at the dozen regulars in the rotation and pen and studied their runs saved per 100 pitches, a stat you can ferret out yourself over at FanGraphs, and came up with the top 10 White Sox “out” pitches.

Rank
Pitcher
Pitch
Runs Saved
Percent Thrown
Average Velocity
1 Sergio Santos
Slider
4.98
32.1
84.8
2
Chris Sale
Changeup
2.92 11.6
87.1
3
Chris Sale
Slider
2.80
36.6
82.1
4
Gavin Floyd
Cutter
2.45
27.8
85.7
5
Mark Buehrle
Curve
2.09
8.8
72.0
6
Jesse Crain
Fastball
2.07
38.9
94.4
7
Sergio Santos
Fastball
1.77
58.2
95.2
8
Mark Buehrle
Changeup
1.67
22.1
78.8
9
John Danks
Changeup
1.59
18.5
83.4
10
Mark Buehrle
Cutter
1.49
19.8
82.3

It bodes well for Sale when and if he eventually joins the rotation that his changeup—which GM Ken Williams raved over during his very first interview about Sale back June 2010—is even more effective than his killer slider. But in a nod to how strong that slider is, Sale has shifted about seven percent of fastballs thrown in 2010 to sliders in 2011.

Perhaps the most laudatory pitches in the top 10, however, come from Crain and Santos at No. 6 and No. 7, because to have a bread and butter pitch like a fastball actually be an effective tool for outs speaks to the bite their fastballs have. …

Read Ballentini’s whole article at the link.

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