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May 12, 2012

Chris Sale averaged 91.7 mph on his two-seamer tonight (May 12)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 12, 2012 11:00 pm
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Royals @ Sox:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Sale(L, 3-2) 5.0 7 3 3 2 3 0 3.08
Jones, N 2.1 1 0 0 0 4 0 1.26
Ohman 0.1 1 1 1 0 0 0 5.40
Stewart 1.1 3 1 1 0 0 0 2.89
Totals 9.0 12 5 5 2 7 0 3.50

Balk: Ohman.
Pitches-strikes: Sale 103-66, Jones, N 29-21, Ohman 9-6, Stewart 22-16.
Groundouts-flyouts: Sale 7-4, Jones, N 3-0, Ohman 1-0, Stewart 3-1.
Batters faced: Sale 24, Jones, N 8, Ohman 2, Stewart 7.
Inherited runners-scored: Stewart 1-1.

Pitch F/X for Chris Sale:

Pitch Statistics
Pitch Type Avg Speed Max Speed Avg H-Break Avg V-Break Count Strikes / % Whiffs / % SNIPs / % Linear Weights
FA (Fastball) 88.43 89.1 10.27 0.75 3 2 / 66.67% 0 / 0.00% 0 / 0.00% -0.5037
FF (FourSeam Fastball) 92.10 94.6 7.58 3.98 5 4 / 80.00% 1 / 20.00% 3 / 75.00% 0.3357
CH (Changeup) 84.34 87.5 11.60 -0.13 10 7 / 70.00% 3 / 30.00% 6 / 66.67% -0.7669
SL (Slider) 78.17 82 -5.23 -6.04 19 12 / 63.16% 0 / 0.00% 8 / 53.33% -0.0868
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 91.72 95.4 9.99 2.83 66 41 / 62.12% 2 / 3.03% 30 / 54.55% 1.2610
Pitch classifications provided by the Gameday Algorithm.
SNIPs are “Strikes Not In Play” and do not include any balls in play.
Inning-by-Inning Pitch Totals
Inning Pitches in Inning Strikes in Inning Strike% in Inning Cumulative Total Pitches Pitch LWTS in Inning
1 42 23 54.76 42 1.791
2 17 12 70.59 59 -0.848
3 12 7 58.33 71 -0.834
4 18 13 72.22 89 0.480
5 14 11 78.57 103 -0.350

Sale couldn’t find the plate and threw only 2 of his first 11 pitches for strikes. He threw 23 of the 46 pitches in the first inning  for strikes. After the first inning things were much better but the offense decided to take the night off.

In his first 5 starts Sale averaged 92.35, 91.60, 93.44, 94.35, 94.26 (last to first start) mph on his two-seamer. So, today velocity was down. The game started 1 hour later than scheduled due to a rain-delay, and the air was pretty dump. Sale, also, threw 19 sliders tonight. Number of sliders in his first 5 starts: 23, 28, 49, 18, 31 (last to first start).

More Pitch-F/X readings inside.

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Gordon Beckham’s swing returns to its roots

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 12, 2012 3:30 am
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Daryl Van Schouwen:

White Sox hitting coach Jeff Manto is satisfied with one of the most analyzed and scrutinized swings in Chicago — Gordon Beckham’s.General manager Ken Williams drew more attention to it last season, saying he longed for Beckham’s college and (successful) rookie swing.“He’s gotten that back to where he was in the minor leagues and when he first got here,’’ Manto said Monday. “That’s what the project has been, to get him to where he was.’’… “I feel like I’m doing what I thought I would do,’’ said Beckham, whose average was up to .217 after a 3-for-27 start.

“Where he was, I don’t think he could have sustained a major-league season, 600 plate appearances,’’ Manto said. “The bat path was a little off, and his shoulders were steep. Right now he’s square, head with the shoulders. He has way better balance, and he’s way more aggressive. In the position he is now, being taller, and the bat path a little better, he can sustain. I’m not saying he can hit .300 or .280, but he’s able to make adjustments throughout a season.’’

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Less sliders for Sale

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 12, 2012 3:00 am
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Bruce Levine:

Sale will start Saturday night against Kansas City, but don’t look for his signature slider to be his dominant pitch. Part of the rehab for the pitcher will focus on throwing more fastballs and changeups. Those two pitches do not put any added strain on the elbow because they are thrown overhand with no added torque on the arm.

“I don’t think it is any different than it is for anyone else,” Sale said. “If you go out there and throw a lot of sliders it’s going to be harder on your elbow. We will have to back off that a little bit, but not for one second will I stop using it.”

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