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April 12, 2010

Sox win in 11. 9 TBs for Andruw Jones, 8 for Mark Teahen (Pitch F/X)

Peavy allows 7 ERs in 5.2 IP. But 9 TBs from Andruw Jones, 8 from Mark Teahen, 3 from Alex Rios and 5.1 shutdown innings from the bullpen help the Sox win it in 11.

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April 11, 2010

Ozzie Guillen wanted to go DH-less today

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 11, 2010 8:00 pm
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Not only is manager Ozzie Guillen rotating his designated hitter, he was ready to give it up completely Sunday and, potentially, let the pitcher hit. Bench coach Joey Cora talked him out of it.

After DH Andruw Jones singled home the go-ahead run in the bottom of the eighth, Guillen considered putting Jones in left field for his defense, which would have moved the pitcher into Juan Pierre’s leadoff spot.

But Pierre was due to bat fourth in a one-run game and the Sox would have had to use a pinch-hitter for him in a tie game. Guillen only had Jayson Nix and Omar Vizquel left on the bench, which might have left him short in extra innings.

Gordon Beckham’s homer ties it. Andruw Jones’ RBI single wins it.

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 11, 2010 3:32 pm
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Konerko and Kotsay homered too. Videos.

From the Pitch F/X tool:

Pitch Statistics (Velocity Histogram)
Pitch Type Avg Speed Max Speed Avg H-Break Avg V-Break Count Strikes / % Swinging Strikes / % Nibbleness Time to Plate
FF (FourSeam Fastball) 85.71 87.6 0.97 8.81 15 10 / 66.67% 0 / 0.00% 7.16 0.440
CH (Changeup) 78.66 82.3 5.74 4.18 24 12 / 50.00% 2 / 8.33% 8.26 0.485
CU (Curveball) 69.55 70 -9.40 -6.28 2 1 / 50.00% 1 / 50.00% 14.25 0.554
FC (Cutter) 83.54 86.9 -1.39 6.18 56 37 / 66.07% 2 / 3.57% 6.20 0.454
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 84.37 86.4 5.51 5.99 16 13 / 81.25% 0 / 0.00% 4.72 0.457
Pitch classifications provided by the Gameday Algorithm and may be inaccurate.
Clicking individual pitch types will provide individual velocity histograms for each pitch.

Nibbleness is the arithmetic mean of the distance of each pitch, in inches, from the edge of a normalized strikezone. Lower indicates “more Nibbley”.
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.

April 8, 2010

Ozzie Guillen explains why Andruw Jones played CF and not LF

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 8, 2010 11:58 pm
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White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen proved once again to be a man of his word by putting Andruw Jones into Thursday’s series finale against Cleveland as the team’s center fielder. Alex Rios moved to left field and Juan Pierre switched to designated hitter.”That’s the way we’re going to play him and it’s something we might use a lot of the time during the season,” said Guillen of taking Pierre out of the field but keeping him in the lineup. “I don’t think it’s any different. It’s going to be different for him because most of the time he’s on the field, but in the meanwhile, like I say, we’ve got to get some guys at-bats.”

Guillen opted for Jones in center and Rios in left because Rios had played left field previously for the White Sox. Guillen also believes Jones, one of the game’s top defensive center fielders over the past 15 years, has some good play in center left in his game.

“We don’t have a regular in anything, not in the outfield,” Guillen said. “Maybe Carlos Quentin, but you’re going to see Carlos moving around. The others, we’re going to have three, four guys moving back and forth.”

April 7, 2010

Andruw Jones to play mostly in OF, not DH says Ozzie Guillen [UPDATE #2]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 7, 2010 6:08 pm
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Ozzie also said that when A. Jones is in lineup he’ll mosty be in OF, not DH.

Does that mean less Juan Pierre?

UPDATE: Gregor has more:

Ozzie said the left-handed hitting Kotsay and right-handed Andruw Jones are likely to platoon this season, with a slight twist.

Jones will be the designated hitter quite a bit vs. left-handed starters, but Ozzie said he is more likely to play the outfield when he does start.

Jones can play all three outfield spots, and it looks like he’ll be mostly used in left, with Pierre either taking a seat or moving to DH.

UPDATE #2: Merkin explains things:

With five right-handed starters scheduled by Cleveland and Minnesota, the right-handed-hitting Andruw Jones might not find many at-bats in this first homestand. When Jones does get out on the field, though, manager Ozzie Guillen said on Wednesday that the veteran will get plenty of time in the outfield.”I’m pretty sure when Jones is in the lineup, he’ll be in the outfield. That’s what we think,” Guillen said. “Maybe I might change or not. He’s one of the best outfielders we have.” …

April 2, 2010

Ozzie Guillen to try to give a lot of playing time to Andruw Jones; Omar Vizquel too

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 2, 2010 9:27 pm
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“Andruw will be in the lineup against lefties,” Guillen said. “I don’t know where. It can in the outfield or as a designated hitter. I don’t know where, but I’d rather have him in the outfield when he’s playing. I don’t want to call him a backup or a fourth outfielder. He’s another outfielder.”

“The thing about this team is I have the flexibility to change the lineup because I have Andruw and Kotsay,” Guillen said. “I have five guys in the outfield who can rotate in the DH spot. It just depends how they’re swinging the bat and how they’re playing.”

“I think the way that Andruw Jones played in Spring Training, he should start,” Guillen said. “But Kotsay, the same way. Everybody in the outfield has had a pretty good Spring Training.”

UPDATE: Curtright:

”The way he’s played, he deserves to be in the lineup more often,” said Guillen, who’s blessed with five worthy candidates for the three outfield spots and designated hitter. ”I’m not going to say he’s a backup. I’m not going to say he’s a fourth or fifth outfielder. He’s another outfielder.”

”I’d rather have him in the outfield than DHing when he’s playing,” Guillen said. ”To get the best out of him, I’ll try to give him a lot of playing time.”

UPDATE #2: Andruw Jones too:

“The way Andruw Jones played in spring training, he should start,” Guillen said. “But Kotsay did the same way and (Alex) Rios had a good spring training.

“To get the best out of him, I’ll try to get him a lot of playing time. Same with (Omar) Vizquel. Andruw is not a fourth or fifth outfielder. I’m going to have a meeting with him and tell him his situation, what’s best for the ballclub. I will get him a lot of playing time.”

March 30, 2010

Scouting Jake Peavy

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 30, 2010 8:01 pm
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Here is what one respected scout told me the other day about Jake Peavy, who threw all fastballs during a Cactus League loss vs. the Royals last week:

“He lost confidence in his fastball when he was with the Padres last year. He was just throwing sliders and cutters. They’re both great pitches and he gets a lot of movement with them. But he’s got to get the fastball back.”

March 26, 2010

HardballTalk on the 2010 Sox


Ozzie Guillen is more or less immune from heat over his antics, his tweeting and his tendency to shoot off at the mouth from time to time, but he could be under some pressure this year all the same. Why? Because this seems more like the team he wanted than the team Kenny Williams wanted. Back at the Winter Meetings Ozzie was adamant that he not be tied down with a dedicated DH. Williams listened, passed on bringing back Thome or Dye and now there’s a decent chance that Mark Kotsay and Omar Vizquel will be getting at bats from the DH slot. Juan Pierre was clearly a Guillen priority. He’s moving Gordon Beckam to second base just as he was getting used to third (and after being drafted as a shortstop).  I don’t think Ozzie’s  job is in jeopardy or anything, but if the team doesn’t produce, Guillen is probably due a lot of the heat for it. How he reacts to the heat could put his job in jeopardy of course, because anything is possible with Ozzie. …

March 25, 2010

Andruw Jones to get look at left field

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 25, 2010 12:22 pm


Andruw Jones will make a rare start in left field as the Sox look at more ways to increase his versatility. Mark Kotsay also will start at first as Paul Konerko and Gordon Beckham will get a break before the Sox’s two-day trip to Tucson.

March 24, 2010

Final cuts next week? Interim cuts on the weekend?


Guillen said after Wednesday’s game that his final roster cuts will probably come sometime next week. However, he may pare down the number of players in camp on Sunday or Monday.

Guillen and the White Sox coaching staff are trying to figure out whether the team can carry 12 pitchers to begin the season. Reliever Sergio Santos has created problems for the team because of his outstanding pitching so far.

“I got my team,” Guillen said. “We have one guy who is a tough problem. You know who it is. It’s Santos.” …

Dan Hudson is waiting for an answer:

“I’m just hanging on until they tell me (otherwise),” Hudson said. “I’m just hanging around the locker room until they kick me out – they haven’t really told me anything.” …

Kenny is impressed:

Sergio Santos, a converted infielder who looks as if he’ll break camp as a Major League reliever in just one year’s transformation time, stands at the forefront of this group.”I’ve been surprised how Santos, for a position change guy, can locate his fastball and throw a slider for strikes and a changeup behind in the count,” Williams said. “It just doesn’t happen.”

Santos, 26, entered camp with the reputation of possessing a high-octane fastball in the 98-mph range. But his pitchability, for lack of a better word, has been off the charts.

With nine strikeouts over 5 2/3 scoreless innings heading into his next scheduled outing Thursday against San Diego, the right-hander has put himself as the prime contender for that 12th spot on the pitching staff. Santos is out of Minor League options, so through this great spring, he also has made himself attractive to other teams with thin bullpens. …

March 17, 2010

Ozzie Guillen has two thirds of the lineup down


… “I know my lineup,” Guillen said. “I got my lineup against lefties and righties already.” But when pressed for the exact batting order, Guillen came up with several possibilities, even though he claims that “it’s easier than in the past.” He listed Pierre, Gordon Beckham, Carlos Quentin and Paul Konerko as the first four. And he seemed certain that Mark Teahen would bat eighth and Alexei Ramirez ninth. Five through seven? “(Mark) Kotsay fifth and A.J. seventh, or … (those) two lefties will bat fifth and seventh with (Alex) Rios in the middle,” he said. “Or I might put Kotsay in the middle.” …

March 15, 2010

Chris Jaffe has 5 questions for the Sox

Jaffe @ THT:

4. What does the future hold for Gordon Beckham?

Good things – and lots of them. His performance with the Sox last year showed that the team was right to draft him with their No. 1 pick in 2008, and then move him out of the minors after only 59 games. The kid looks like the real deal and should have a terrific future in front of him.

… For a clearer picture what’s in store for him, I did a little digging for comps. Last year, the 22-year-old Beckham posted a 107 OPS+. So, I went to Baseball-Reference.com’s excellent Play Index and did a search for seasons by: 1) 22-year-olds since 1900, who 2) played an infield defensive position (short, third, or second), 3) posted an OPS+ between 97 and 117, and 4) either qualified for a batting title or had 400 PA.

Fifty-three names popped up. Two were in 2009 (Beckham himself and Everth Cabrera) – leaving the remaining 51 to serve as forecasting tools for Beckham. (I know B-ref has easily available sim scores, but I don’t really trust them because of the differences of era and park. Besides, I think it matters to account for defensive position.) I then dug into their careers to get an idea what the short- and long-term future could be for him (they’re all listed in references and resources at the end of this column if your curious). …

March 3, 2010

So, the DH by committee begins

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 3, 2010 6:04 pm
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Mark Kotsay will serve as the designated hitter Thursday when the Sox play the Los Angeles Angels in Tempe. The plan remains to rotate the DHs, and Alex Rios will get some time there while he recovers from a sore right throwing shoulder. Andruw Jones will start Thursday in center field, but will serve as the DH against left-handers.


It also means that Guillen will begin to show the versatility his DH-by-committee plan really gives him. With Alex Rios nursing a sore throwing shoulder, Guillen will sit him out of the opener and then start Rios as the DH for a few games, while Andruw Jones plays in the outfield.

February 27, 2010

No! Don’t trade Gordon Beckham! Please Kenny!


“I want Adrian [Gonzalez] to be my teammate over here,” Peavy said.

Interesting thought.

Peavy said he has already discussed the idea with White Sox general manager Ken Williams. Williams didn’t really need the suggestion, because the talk in White Sox camp is that whenever the Padres decide to move on trading their first baseman, Williams will be one of the first in line to make a deal.

“That’s really what we need, a big left-handed hitter,” one Sox person said. “They’re saying Kenny would give anything to get him, maybe even [Gordon] Beckham.”  …

More from Knobler:

[Alex] Rios hit .199 in his 41 games with the White Sox after he was claimed on waivers last August, but he insists that the Sox and Guillen suit his style of play more than the Blue Jays did. “I don’t think this team’s a ‘Moneyball’ team,” Rios said. “This is how you should play baseball.” …

Too much time listening to Hawk Harrelson…

February 24, 2010

February 24 links

– BDD’s Top Prospects Compilation: Update #15:

Spreadsheet: 2009-2010-Top-Prospect-Lists.xls [210 KB]

– Opening Day (1985 and on) and Year-end (1999 and on) payroll information for all MLB teams from Biz of Baseball. Also some, not all, player salaries for years before 1985.

– MLBTR’s White Sox Offseason Review.

– Final draft order.

Mark Gonzales tells us the areas the Sox will be focusing on in their Spring Training workouts.

Golebiewski @ BDD: “Can Chris B. Young Be Salvaged?”

– Players improve in the second year of a 2-yr contract.

– Wrist Injuries and Power: A Quick Glance.

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