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July 6, 2011

Fangraphs’ David Laurila has another awesome Q&A. It’s A.J. Pierzynski’s turn.

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 6, 2011 1:00 pm
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David Laurila @ FG:

David Laurila: Who is A.J. Pierzynski?

AJ Pierzynski: I’m not what people think I am, for one thing. A lot of people think I’m a rough-and-tough and mean person. I’m just a normal guy who likes to have fun and is lucky enough to play baseball for a living.

DL: Where does that perception come from?

AJP: From all of the stuff people have written and said about me. And that’s fine. It’s not a bad perception to have on the field. But off the field I’m just a normal guy. I’d like people to know that.

DL: How do opposing players view you?

AJP: People have said that they don’t like playing against me, but that’s just because I try to win. I want to win. I play as hard as I can and I’ll do anything I can to help my team win that day. Sometimes that frustrates people. I’m not the first one to run out and give hugs to guys, and things like that. My job is to try to win and be friends away from the game. …

July 5, 2011

Balk-off!

Bottom of the 9th, A.J. at 3rd, Big Donkey batting, Aaron Crow at the mound:


http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=16613133&c_id=cws (0:54)

Boxscore:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Buehrle 7.0 7 3 3 1 4 1 3.66
Crain 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.56
Santos(BS, 3)(W, 3-3) 1.0 3 1 1 0 1 1 3.07
Totals 9.0 10 4 4 1 5 2 3.79

RE24:A.J. Pierzynski 1.51, Adam Dunn 1.29, Alexei Ramirez -1.39, Alex Rios -1.13.

Sergio was lucky he didn’t give up more dingers though. Pitch F/X shows only 2 sliders:

Pitch Statistics
Pitch Type Avg Speed Max Speed Avg H-Break Avg V-Break Count Strikes / % Swinging Strikes / % Linear Weights Time to Plate
FF (FourSeam Fastball) 95.38 96.1 -4.07 9.55 12 10 / 83.33% 0 / 0.00% 1.2934 0.395
CH (Changeup) 88.50 88.7 -8.43 3.72 2 1 / 50.00% 0 / 0.00% -0.0304 0.428
SL (Slider) 84.55 85.2 3.74 -0.43 2 2 / 100.00% 0 / 0.00% -0.2115 0.446
Pitch classifications provided by the Gameday Algorithm and may be inaccurate. Pitch Type LWTS correspond to how many runs were likely to score on a particular pitch based on average run expectancy when each pitch was thrown and what happened as a result. Negative scores indicate more effective pitches. Time to Plate is the time, in seconds, that it takes an average pitch of this type to reach the plate. This is strongly correlated with velocity, but also factors in movement.
Inning-by-Inning Pitch Totals
Inning Pitches in Inning Strikes in Inning Strike% in Inning Cumulative Total Pitches Pitch LWTS in Inning
9 16 13Adam Dunn, 81.25 16 1.051

Other White Sox links: J.J. explains how Juan Pierre’s 3-game Game-Winning RBI streak can be costly to the Sox, James celebrates getting to .500 (it applies!) and recaps the past week, colin looks at the mystery of Adam Dunn, and Ozzie Guillen gets 2nd place on B-R’s ‘Man, if only they could hit’ leaderboard.

July 3, 2011

Will Kenny Williams trade for a reliever?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 3, 2011 11:00 pm
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Merkin @ CWS:

Guillen added that bench coach Joey Cora talked to Viciedo on Friday, and Guillen told Cora to make sure Viciedo knew, “I don’t hate him.”

“Right now I don’t think is the time,” Guillen said. “I don’t have space for [Viciedo] here, and I think we’re fine with what we have. Hopefully, we get [John] Danks back quickly, then we can make our pitching staff much stronger.

“Kenny asked me who’s available, what I have, what I need. What I need, we don’t have it. I wish I had another [Sergio] Santos, but I don’t have it.”

Other White Sox links: J.J. explains why Paul Konerko and Phil Humber weren’t named to the All-Star game, James examines if double plays are killing the Sox, Andy at B-R wonders what will Adam Dunn’s final numbers be, Jim takes a detailed look into A.J. Pierzynski’s play, and Matt at MLBBB breaks down the draft success rate of picks from 1987 to 2001.

And John Sickels rants on bashing baseball players.

July 1, 2011

Another nasty 1-2-3 inning for Sergio Santos

Nice comeback. Alexei and Juan came through. Sergio and the bullpen shut it down. Crain has been very good this year.

RE24: Juan Pierre 1.58, Alexei Ramirez 1.07, A.J. Pierzynski 0.88, Alex Rios 0.69, Carlos Quentin -2.05, Edwin Jackson (P) -0.75, Brent Lillibridge -0.59, Edwin Jackson -0.55 (H).

Boxscore:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Jackson, E(W, 5-6) 6.0 5 4 4 1 5 1 4.24
Bruney(H, 3) 1.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 3.27
Crain(H, 12) 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2.63
Santos(S, 18) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2.92
Totals 9.0 7 4 4 1 10 1 3.84

At-bat screenshots for Santos from MLB Gameday:

1st batter:

pitch #1: 94mph 4-seam fastball: foul
pitch #2: 84mph slider: foul
pitch #3: 86mph slider: swinging strike

2nd batter:

pitch #1: 95mph 4-seam fastball: strike
pitch #2: 84mph slider: strike
pitch #3: 85mph slider: swinging strike

3rd batter:

pitch #1: 95mph 4-seam fastball: strike
pitch #2: 84mph slider: ground out

The first pitch was a 4-seam fastball all time though.

Pitch F/X for Santos:

Pitch Statistics
Pitch Type Avg Speed Max Speed Avg H-Break Avg V-Break Count Strikes / % Swinging Strikes / % Linear Weights Time to Plate
FF (FourSeam Fastball) 94.80 95.3 -2.36 7.57 3 3 / 100.00% 0 / 0.00% -0.1292 0.392
SL (Slider) 84.54 85.7 3.76 -1.99 5 5 / 100.00% 2 / 40.00% -0.7332 0.442
Pitch classifications provided by the Gameday Algorithm and may be inaccurate. Pitch Type LWTS correspond to how many runs were likely to score on a particular pitch based on average run expectancy when each pitch was thrown and what happened as a result. Negative scores indicate more effective pitches. Time to Plate is the time, in seconds, that it takes an average pitch of this type to reach the plate. This is strongly correlated with velocity, but also factors in movement.
Inning-by-Inning Pitch Totals
Inning Pitches in Inning Strikes in Inning Strike% in Inning Cumulative Total Pitches Pitch LWTS in Inning
9 8 8 100.00 8 -0.862

Pitch F/X for Crain:

Pitch Statistics
Pitch Type Avg Speed Max Speed Avg H-Break Avg V-Break Count Strikes / % Swinging Strikes / % Linear Weights Time to Plate
FF (FourSeam Fastball) 94.71 95.3 -1.53 10.19 9 6 / 66.67% 1 / 11.11% -0.5081 0.394
SL (Slider) 85.13 86.3 2.61 0.78 8 6 / 75.00% 3 / 37.50% 0.1163 0.436
CU (Curveball) 72.40 72.4 5.57 -9.71 1 0 / 0.00% 0 / 0.00% 0.0421 0.527
Pitch classifications provided by the Gameday Algorithm and may be inaccurate. Pitch Type LWTS correspond to how many runs were likely to score on a particular pitch based on average run expectancy when each pitch was thrown and what happened as a result. Negative scores indicate more effective pitches. Time to Plate is the time, in seconds, that it takes an average pitch of this type to reach the plate. This is strongly correlated with velocity, but also factors in movement.
Inning-by-Inning Pitch Totals
Inning Pitches in Inning Strikes in Inning Strike% in Inning Cumulative Total Pitches Pitch LWTS in Inning
8 18 12 66.67 18 -0.350

June 30, 2011

Sergio Santos eases up on the slider. Gets strikes on his fastball too.

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 30, 2011 11:45 pm
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Will today’s Juan Pierre heroics ensure he gets to chance to do more damage? J.J. takes a look. Good game by Beckham too.

RE24: Gordon Beckham 3.47, Juan Pierre 1.10, A.J. Pierzynski 1.06, Adam Dunn -1.86, Omar Vizquel -1.27.

Boxscore:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Peavy 6.0 7 4 4 2 4 1 4.47
Ohman 1.0 1 0 0 2 1 0 4.84
Sale 1.1 1 0 0 1 2 0 3.71
Crain(W, 4-2) 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.70
Santos(S, 17) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3.00
Totals 10.0 9 4 4 5 9 1 3.84

What about Sergio? Here’s Pitch F/X:

Pitch Statistics
Pitch Type Avg Speed Max Speed Avg H-Break Avg V-Break Count Strikes / % Swinging Strikes / % Linear Weights Time to Plate
FF (FourSeam Fastball) 94.48 95.8 -0.31 6.07 12 7 / 58.33% 1 / 8.33% -0.0350 0.391
SL (Slider) 84.25 85.1 4.01 -2.41 6 5 / 83.33% 2 / 33.33% -0.8274 0.440
Pitch classifications provided by the Gameday Algorithm and may be inaccurate. Pitch Type LWTS correspond to how many runs were likely to score on a particular pitch based on average run expectancy when each pitch was thrown and what happened as a result. Negative scores indicate more effective pitches. Time to Plate is the time, in seconds, that it takes an average pitch of this type to reach the plate. This is strongly correlated with velocity, but also factors in movement.
Inning-by-Inning Pitch Totals
Inning Pitches in Inning Strikes in Inning Strike% in Inning Cumulative Total Pitches Pitch LWTS in Inning
10 18 12 66.67 18 -0.862

Relese point looks OK:

For video highlights go here or here or click the video tab here.

June 24, 2011

Teahen! [UPDATE: AJ!]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 24, 2011 10:05 pm
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Teahen: http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=16244811&c_id=cws (0:51)

Walk-off now please!

UPDATE: Time for that walk-off boys.

A.J.: http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=16250931&c_id=cws (1:02)

UPDATE #2: And we give up 4 unearned runs… Damn…

June 17, 2011

A.J. Pierzynski blames Gavin Floyd for the frequent basestealers; Ozzie tells him to look in the mirror

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 17, 2011 2:00 am
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A.J. Pierzynski deflects the blame:

Last night, Pierzynski unflinchingly put the blame on Floyd’s shoulders, saying, “We all know where we stand with the running game when Gavin is out there. Everyone knows where we stand, and it’s just part of the game.”

but Ozzie doesn’t,

“It’s not fair? When a guy steals second and third with a slide step, you have to wear it, you gotta admit you’re not throwing the ball well right now,” Guillen said. “If you have to take the blame, take the blame. The people think it’s your fault, well, it’s somebody’s fault. It’s not my fault. It has to be between the pitcher and the catcher, and the pitcher went slide step twice.” … “When the team loses, I take the heat,” he said. “When they steal bases, obviously A.J.’s gotta take the heat. Who else is going to take the heat? He’s got to wear it and live with it.”

Other White Sox links: J.J. agrees A.J. Pierzynski deserves blame, James interviews Robin Ventura, Ozzie Guillen says Adam Dunn may play 1-2 games in the field in the upcoming Interleague series, and Omar Vizquel shows his artistic side (3:42 video).

June 16, 2011

Back to hat-tippin’

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 16, 2011 1:30 am
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Gregor @ DH:

Pavano needed only 96 pitches.Juan Pierre,Dayan Viciedo,

“You’ve got to tip your hat when he does that,” Pierzynski said.

Sigh…

Other White Sox links: James says Jake Peavy isn’t a relief pitcher and looks at the Juan Pierre-Dayan Viciedo scenario. Mike looks at the Juan Pierre-Viciedo scenario too.

June 4, 2011

J.J. explains Phil Humber’s success [UPDATE]

Stankevitz @ BL:

Humber’s two best pitches this season have been his 12-6 curveball and his straight changeup. Since entering the rotation, he’s thrown his curveball on 24.6 percent of pitches; his changeup, 22.1 percent. Humber’s effectiveness with his curveball has been key in his turnaround, as it’s gone from a good to a great pitch. …

Other White Sox links: FutureSox looks at Mike Blanke’s promotion A+ Winston-Salem, Kenny Williams believes in the White Sox but doesn’t think anything he says matters and doesn’t plan on trading John Danks, Frank Thomas says Adam Dunn needs to play the field more, Ozzie Guillen says John Danks’ 0-8 start is 80% the fault of the offense, and A.J. Pierzynski gave Minnie Driver a few tips for throwing the first pitch in yesterday’s game: No windup and aim high (go to the 7:40 point)! And Minnie was wearing #11 when she threw the game’s first pitch (video). The ladies love Omar!

UPDATE: More Minnie:


http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?c_id=cws&content_id=15630563 (1:26)

First video:


http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?c_id=cws&content_id=15500495 (0:30)

One more:

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?c_id=cws&content_id=16468343 (1:46)

June 3, 2011

Kenny Williams wants more pitching

Merkin @ CWS:

“If [White Sox chairman] Jerry [Reinsdorf] and Kenny had their way, it would always be pitching,” Laumann said. “I don’t necessarily disagree with that. You also need guys to catch and throw across the field and score some runs.” … “We will deal from the depth of the Draft, which looks like it’s in the college pitching, and that’s a good thing for us,” Laumann said. “Or if we feel like there’s one position player that stands out as an impact guy, we can possibly get him at 47 and feel confident about the next two or three college arms.”

Other White Sox links: James has fun with arbitrary datesSergio Santos hasn’t changed, A.J. Pierzynski is balancing his hands, Don Cooper says the 6-man rotation will stick around for a while, and Josh Phegley has good day at the plate and says he always goes after the first available fastball he sees.

May 31, 2011

Juan Pierre, A.J. Pierzynski, and Omar Vizquel are clutch

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 31, 2011 10:20 pm
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Lombardi @ B-R:

A list for discussion purposes: It’s all active players with at least 1,000 games played between 1996 and 2011 (to date). And, it’s their “WPA Clutch” ranking in those games played since 1996.Here is the list -

Rk Player Clutch G From To Age PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB SO HBP SH SF GDP SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS Pos Tm
1 Ichiro Suzuki 5.7 1641 2001 2011 27-37 7580 7000 1074 2305 267 71 90 576 475 159 697 47 28 30 49 396 92 .329 .374 .426 .801 *98/D SEA
2 Juan Pierre 4.4 1648 2000 2011 22-33 7047 6403 923 1900 222 84 14 445 403 8 402 91 133 17 82 536 181 .297 .346 .364 .710 *87/D COL-FLA-CHC-LAD-CHW
3 Scott Podsednik 4.1 1016 2001 2010 25-34 4129 3707 544 1036 171 41 41 300 327 7 595 24 49 22 64 301 102 .279 .340 .381 .721 *78/D9 SEA-MIL-CHW-COL-TOT
4 Bill Hall 3.8 1031 2002 2011 22-31 3619 3287 442 819 208 21 124 438 278 13 956 13 15 26 62 60 39 .249 .308 .438 .746 5648/791 MIL-TOT-BOS-HOU
5 Bobby Abreu 3.0 2160 1996 2011 22-37 9326 7829 1382 2313 537 57 278 1289 1378 109 1690 33 7 79 151 380 123 .295 .400 .485 .885 *9/D78 HOU-PHI-TOT-NYY-LAA
6 Aaron Rowand 2.8 1293 2001 2011 23-33 4626 4191 600 1153 258 17 133 525 258 22 871 121 31 25 109 66 29 .275 .333 .440 .773 *87/9D CHW-PHI-SFG
7 A.J. Pierzynski 2.7 1414 1998 2011 21-34 5395 5028 586 1426 291 16 122 622 215 51 598 93 26 33 162 13 19 .284 .323 .421 .744 *2/D MIN-SFG-CHW
8 Chone Figgins 2.6 1145 2002 2011 24-33 4986 4382 675 1238 177 56 33 388 497 6 752 9 61 37 67 329 116 .283 .354 .371 .725 *548/769D ANA-LAA-SEA
9 Omar Vizquel 2.6 2009 1996 2011 29-44 8447 7398 1072 2066 350 59 67 721 761 23 768 41 179 68 152 320 116 .279 .347 .370 .717 *65/4D39 CLE-SFG-TEX-CHW

Paul Konerko, and Adam Dunn aren’t. Neither is Big Jim…

May 30, 2011

Morel walks!

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 30, 2011 6:40 pm
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Season’s not over! Brent Morel’s first walk in 2011′s first 114 at bats.

also,

Heating up!

May 17, 2011

Mark Teahen down, Dallas McPherson up

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 17, 2011 9:14 pm
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whitesox.com:

Prior to tonight’s game vs. Texas, the Chicago White Sox placed infielder Mark Teahen on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to May 12) with a strained right oblique and purchased the contract of infielder Dallas McPherson from Class AAA Charlotte. … McPherson, who will wear uniform No. 45, was signed by the Sox as a free agent on November 10, 2010. The White Sox 40-man roster is at 36.

McPherson is hitting .305/.366/.458/.824 with 39 K and 12 BB, a .361 wOBA and a .435 BABIP. Clay Davenport says his EQA (Equivalent Average) is .291 and McPherson’s Major League EQA is .229.

UPDATE: And McPherson singles on his first White Sox at-bat! Bring him in boys!

BP about Equivalent Average:

A measure of total offensive value per out, with corrections for league offensive level, home park, and team pitching. EQA considers batting as well as baserunning, but not the value of a position player’s defense. The EqA adjusted for all-time also has a correction for league difficulty. The scale is deliberately set to approximate that of batting average. League average EqA is always equal to .260.

Dayan Viciedo wasn’t the one that got the call because: 1: he’s more of an outfielder, 2. he wouldn’t get regular ABs like in AAA.

Well , he wasn’t getting enough ABs last year in the Majors but that didn’t stop the Sox from calling him up.

Other White Sox links: James says A.J. Pierzynski is hurting the Sox. Jim takes a look too. Mike says calling up McPherson is the Right Move For the Wrong Reason.

May 14, 2011

Coop, where is my cutter?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 14, 2011 11:34 pm
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Gonzales @ CT:

An extra two days of rest means more time for John Danks to discover his signature cut fastball that has eluded him for most of this season.

“It hasn’t been very good for most of my starts,” said Danks, who is 0-6 and won’t start again until Tuesday against the Rangers. “In talking with A.J. (Pierzynski) and Coop (pitching coach Don Cooper), it’s almost like I’m throwing it too hard. I’m not giving it a chance to do anything. We’ll work on it. It has been a pitch I’ve gone to a lot the past two years, and I need it now.” …

May 13, 2011

BTB: AL Central Hitters wOBA

Only 3 White Sox players are above the AL Central average. The Indians and Royals have 6 players that are above the AL Central average. The Tigers have five. Minnesota is worse than the Sox; only one.

Other White Sox links: J.J. comes up with an awesome nickname for Adam Dunn: Canonyero and looks on ex-Sox Brandon McCarthy’s success in Oakland, James looks at Jake Peavy’s return, the Sox search for a #2 hitter and replacing some of the Sox problematic players, and Jim looks at the sophomore struggles of Chris Sale.

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