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May 2, 2012

Lost in the fog (video)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 2, 2012 11:05 pm

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Alejandro De Aza legs out an infield double on a popup after the ball gets lost in smoke caused by some earlier fireworks.

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Alejandro De Aza ends up on second base with an infield double after the Indians’ infielders appear to lose the ball in the smoke.

April 15, 2012

Bill Melton and Nancy Faust

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 15, 2012 9:00 pm
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From Chuck Garfien’s twitter:

Other White Sox links:

And Deadspin’s Erik Malinowski uncovers Baseball’s unwritten rules.

April 8, 2012

Addison Reed’s cutter is a success

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 8, 2012 12:00 am
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Scott Merkin:

Addison Reed didn’t start throwing a cutter until about a month ago, when White Sox bullpen coach Juan Nieves was playing around with his pitch grips and had him throw it. The rookie right-hander broke out about three or four during his scoreless seventh in Friday’s 3-2 loss and liked the results.

“I’ve liked it ever since I threw it for the first time in the ‘pen,” said Reed. “It’s a pitch that is still developing, but I feel pretty good about it. It’s not that much different from my slider, grip-wise and the way you throw it.”

Reed had been focusing on refining his changeup during the early portion of Spring Training. But he stuck to fastballs and cutters in retiring the Rangers’ Yorvit Torrealba and Ian Kinsler on fly balls and catching David Murphy looking. Reed does plan to work the changeup back into rotation this season.

“Once I start seeing teams more often,” Reed said. “That way they aren’t just sitting on the two pitches. They see I have that third pitch and I can throw it for a strike.”

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March 3, 2012

Robin Ventura’s batting order thoughts

Ventura wants:

Chris Sale had a good start in today’s intrasquad game:

Sale said he was mindful during warmups and at the start of the game to not go hard from the onset.“

Just taking it nice and easy and really loosening it up because you have time,” he said. “You’re in no rush. That was nice to go out there and flip some in and start stretching it out and pick it up as it goes.”

Shingo Takatsu, aka Mr. Zero, made an appearance!

And a photo from today’s game. Chris Sale pitches to Alex Rios:

More pictures here.

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February 27, 2012

Sox outfield: Dayan Viciedo @ left, Alejandro De Aza @ center, Alex Rios, @ right?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 27, 2012 8:30 pm
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Scot Gregor:

It looks like the White Sox are going to be shaking up their outfield. Manager Robin Ventura indicated Dayan Viciedo is going to move from right field to left field, Alex Rios is moving from center to right and Alejandro De Aza is moving from left to center. We’ll see how this plays out … nothing is definite yet.


I don’t think Viciedo has played any games in left in the majors or the minors


Oh boy…

January 26, 2012

Robin Ventura talks about the 2012 Sox

Scott Merkin:

Ventura was asked about a few key matters during an interview session with White Sox beat reporters on Thursday and came up with a few pre-Spring Training solutions. The White Sox starting rotation, which looks to be one of its strongest suits, seems all but set with John Danks, Gavin Floyd, Chris Sale and Jake Peavy. According to Ventura, Philip Humber has the advantage at No. 5 over any of the young newcomers such as Nestor Molina or returnees such as Zach Stewart or Dylan Axelrod.”Phil would be that leader heading into the clubhouse,” Ventura said of Humber, whose breakout 2011 effort resulted in a 9-9 record and 3.75 ERA. “I don’t see anything changing with that at this point. We will see during Spring Training, but I’m confident in Phil in doing that No. 5 position.”Humber posted an 8-5 record with a 3.10 ERA and .218 opponents average against in the first half, but had a 1-4 mark, 5.01 ERA and .287 average against after the All-Star break.

Reliever Matt Thornton‘s season was slightly reversed, as the left-hander posted a 2.45 ERA over 52 games after May 1 following an 8.64 ERA in April. Thornton also had blown saves in his first four chances, although he didn’t have the best of luck behind him. Even with that slow start, Ventura tabbed Thornton on Thursday as his leading 2012 closer candidate over rookie Addison Reed and Jesse Crain. “I’m leaning on Matt doing that,” Ventura said. “I don’t think those type of things are concrete. I would like to see him do that, but we’ll see how that goes in Spring Training with him and how he feels.”

In Ventura’s estimation, the team doesn’t have a true utility infielder at this point. Brent Lillibridge earned high praise from Ventura for his versatility and talent, but he wasn’t identified as a possible backup shortstop. Ventura said that Alex Rios could see time in both left field and center field, and as of now, Alejandro De Aza looks to be the leadoff man. Of course, it’s just late January and things could change by the end of Cactus League action. “Gordon [Beckham] could probably do it depending on how he feels about that and how he looks in Spring Training, as far as getting on base,” Ventura said of the leadoff slot. “He has more power than normal leadoff guys, but he’s one of them.”

January 12, 2012

Still Way Too Early CAIRO 2012 Projected Standings

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 12, 2012 11:30 pm
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Here’s the 2nd version of the extremely early, unset rosters, AL Central CAIRO projections:

DET 88.9 73.1 785 702 63.2% 1.78% 14.80% 79.74%
CLE 85.0 77.0 749 706 30.6% 3.40% 9.19% 43.14%
CHA 75.7 86.3 707 789 4.2% 0.15% 1.82% 6.12%
KC 73.5 88.5 682 755 1.8% 0.05% 0.64% 2.44%
MIN 67.4 94.6 715 850 0.4% 0.00% 0.06% 0.46%

BTW, Here’s the 1st version of the CAIRO projections:

Tigers 89 73 780 703 54.3% 4.7% 59.0%
Indians 87 75 751 696 40.8% 5.9% 46.6%
White Sox 77 85 723 795 3.3% 1.5% 4.8%
Royals 73 89 684 760 1.6% 0.2% 1.8%
Twins 66 96 698 829 0.0%

Seems the loss of Carlos Quentin lowered the White Sox projections a bit. Also, the latest version’s projections feature 2 wildcard teams.

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January 5, 2012

Alejandro De Aza finishes the DWL regular season with a .619 OPS

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 5, 2012 12:00 pm

The DWL (Dominican Winter League) regular season is over. Alejandro De Aza had 128 PA and a .198/.313/.306/.619 batting line with 17 BB and 28 K. Fangraph’s SCOUT leaderboard says:

Name Org PA xBB% xK% xHR% BBz Kz HRz SCOUT
Alejandro De Aza TIG 128 11.8% 21.3% 0.8% 0.70 -0.56 -0.41 -0.09

Like J.J. said at least De Aza’s plate discipline numbers Are similar to the ones he had with the Sox last year (17 BB, 34 K in 171 PA).

Wondering who’s atop the SCOUT leaderboard?

Name Org PA xBB% xK% xHR% BBz Kz HRz SCOUT
Ricardo Nanita TOR 134 11.5% 9.9% 2.8% 0.63 1.48 0.93 1.01

Ricardo Nanita. That’s a familiar name!

January 3, 2012

Why aren’t the Sox rebuilding?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 3, 2012 12:00 am
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Paul Swydan @ Fangraphs:

The White Sox cleared payroll this weekend, trading Carlos Quentin and Jason Frasor to the Padres and the Blue Jays, respectively. As Eno Sarris predicted a month ago, Chicago didn’t get spectacular returns for either player. But the question still remains — why aren’t the White Sox tearing it all down and starting over? The answer might be because they can’t. …

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November 15, 2011

Kenny Williams may go for a younger team and wants De Aza to bat leadoff next year

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 15, 2011 6:05 pm
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Mark Gonzales:

The fact that Williams is more receptive to acquring more young players opens an avenue that the Sox hadn’t aggressively pursued in past off-seasons.

“We’re more open to making potential moves that take us a little younger, take us a step back and live to fight another day if we can identify what we’ve identified the type targets you want in such a deal,” Williams said. “But whether you can get those targets or not remains to be seen. So we’re more open.

“For the last 12 years, we’ve been grinding it out, trying to put forth an effort to win a championship. It’s difficult to do that for such a long period of time – rebuild at the same time as you’re trying to compete. Fortunately we’ve had some teams that have done better than others, and there have been teams that didn’t meet our expectations.”


General manager Ken Williams reiterated Tuesday that Alejandro De Aza would be his choice as the Chicago White Sox’s leadoff batter in 2012.

“I don’t make the lineup out,” Williams said Tuesday night. “If I were making the lineup out, he would be my leadoff hitter. Robin (Ventura) makes the lineup out. He’ll be given a suggestion, though.”

You can relax J.J.!

October 28, 2011

Gordon Beckham missed ‘Super Two’ status by 23 service days

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 28, 2011 1:00 pm
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This year the ‘Super Two’ cutoff was 2 years and 146 days of service time (it was rather late). Gordon Beckham had 2 years and 123 days of service time.

Alejandro De Aza missed by 7 days! He had 2 years and 139 days of service time.

As MLBTR says:

Some players with more than two and less than three years of service time go to arbitration, while others don’t. Going to arbitration an extra time, the right earned by baseball’s super two players, is a clear advantage; super twos earn more than others in their service class.

BTW, Dayan Viciedo has accumulated 123 days of service time.

September 4, 2011

Adam Dunn, pitcher?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 4, 2011 11:40 pm
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Padilla @ ESPN:

ESPN’s Pedro Gomez reported the White Sox considered using Adam Dunn to pitch in the ninth inning, but manager Ozzie Guillen nixed that idea.

Couldn’t make things any worse…

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August 20, 2011

Kenny Williams is angry

Merkin @ CWS:

“Go get the inspirational speeches from someone else. I’m [angry],” Williams told MLB.com, responding to a question concerning the White Sox chances to claim an American League Central over the final 40 games. “This team should be 10 games over .500 right now.

“That’s the bad news. The good news is we still have time to right the ship. But if you are looking for inspiration, or anyone is, or pats on the back from this recent surge, you are looking at the wrong person. I’ll give you a pat on the back if you end up in first place.”

Williams said that anything short of winning the division would be an obvious disappointment, adding that winning the division really isn’t even good enough in the White Sox championship-oriented minds. He acknowledged, as an example, being impressed by Alejandro De Aza’s play since called up to the big league club, as the outfielder is batting .310 and infusing life into the White Sox lineup.

But he added that he’ll be more impressed if De Aza keeps it up.

“Nothing is going to impress me the rest of the year unless we are in first place at the end,” Williams said. “Other than that, it’s just find a way to win today.”

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August 1, 2011

Paul Konerko won’t play tonight

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 1, 2011 3:00 pm
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Schouwen @ CST:

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?

Other White Sox links: James looks at yesterday’s trade deadline and recaps the last week, J.J. looks at Phil Humber’s performance, and colin looks at Alejandro De Aza.

July 26, 2011

Ken Rosenthal says Jerry Reinsdorf wants to trim the White Sox payroll [UPDATE #2]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 26, 2011 11:57 pm
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Rosenthal @ MLB Buzz:

The White Sox do not figure to become outright sellers, not when they’re only 3 1/2 games out of first place in the AL Central. But owner Jerry Reinsdorf wants to trim payroll, according to a major-league source.

So, while the White Sox aren’t about to dust off their dreaded “white flag,” Williams could seek to make deals that lower the payroll while keeping the team competitive for a post-season run.

The Sox went “all-in” this season, increasing their Opening Day payroll to a club-record $127.7 million, the fifth-highest in the majors. However, the team ranks only 19th in home attendance, and their average is down more than 2,000 from a year ago, dropping from 27,091 to 24,647.

Those numbers hint at financial pressure, and the White Sox possibly could move two players – right-hander Edwin Jackson ($8.35 million) and right fielder Carlos Quentin ($5.05 million) without greatly compromising their chances. …

Other White Sox trade links:

UPDATE: Kenny’s answer to Rosenthal’s report:

“We should just get to the Trade Deadline and where we are, what we do, what we may do, all these questions will be answered,” Williams said. “And let’s go from there. We’ll see how we do this week.”When asked if there were any untouchables on his roster, Williams smiled and reiterated, “Let’s see how we do this week.”
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