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August 5, 2011

A.J. Pierzynski and Gordon Beckham think the booing of Adam Dunn isn’t helping

Merkin @ BOG:

“I love Adam Dunn, on and off the field,” Pierzynski said. “Everyone’s been there. If you’ve ever played this game, you’ve struggled. This is not an easy game to play. It’s not something that you can go out there and say this or that and it works. It’s not football where you can get yelled and screamed it and it makes you play better. There’s only so much you can do. You’ve got to put the work in. He’s done that. He’s put the time in and he’s trying to make adjustments.”

Until those adjustments pay off in consistent offense, the boos will continue to cascade down upon Dunn’s broad shoulders at U.S. Cellular Field. Opposing pitchers will continue to target Dunn in potential game-changing situations, and the baseball nightmare will continue to be reality for the affable slugger. …

“It’s not easy when people don’t seem like they are behind you, and I know it’s tough on him,” Beckham said. “Obviously he wants to do well, we want him to do well. I definitely wouldn’t be taking it like he’s been able to. He’s been upbeat the whole time but it still hasn’t come for him. There’s still time and I believe there’s still time. If he can just get going for us in any capacity, we have a good chance to win.”

Other White Sox links:

July 19, 2011

Don’t wait for Alex Rios to go the other way

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 19, 2011 10:40 pm
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Pinto @ BA:

Alex Rios of the Chicago White Sox sports the lowest OBP in the major leagues among players with at least 300 plate appearances, .256.  Interestingly, Alex does chase more pitches than usual outside the strike zone, but in general, he swings at strikes more often than he swings at balls.  His problem lies in his approach at the plate, and approach that pitchers easily exploit. …

Other White Sox links: J.J. looks on what return we can expect if the Sox trade Edwin Jackson, Mike wonders if Mark Teahen and Brent Morel are on the move, and A.J. Pierzynski’s defense is still bad.

July 7, 2011

Dayan Viciedo goes walk crazy! [UPDATE #2]

Dayan drew 3 walks in yesterday’s game!:

Charlotte Knights
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Viciedo RF 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 .324

Dayan is hitting .324/.371/.530/.901 with 23 BB and 65 K in 336 AB.

3 walks in one game! Dayan has seen the light!

UPDATE: That’s a 6.3% BB% and a a 17.9 K%. Other numbers: .369 BABIP, 48% GB%, 17% LD%, 61 RC, 6.92 RC/27, .384 wOBA, 120 wOBA+, 145 OPS+.

Other White Sox links: J.J. gives us his roster changes thoughts, James does the same (offensive improvement is the object of both), Chuck Garfien writes about the Most Intersting Man in the Sox locker room (photo gallery) (J.J. says ‘yeah, but’), and MLB Daily Dish’s Adam Bernacchio gives us the 5 best Free-Agent bargains this off-season (Brett Ballantini has been beating this drum for aquite some time now).

UPDATE #2: John Sickels talks about Dayan Viciedo:

Cuban defector signed to $ 10 million contract in 2008. Hitting .322/.364/.528 with 15 homers, 20 walks, 65 strikeouts in 335 at-bats for Triple-A Charlotte. Power to all fields, should produce a solid batting average with plenty of homers despite so-so strike zone judgment. Poor defender at any position and likely a born DH, but he’ll hit. Age 22. Major League ETA: 2011.

June 12, 2011

Another W for Humber. 7/2 K/BB too.

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 12, 2011 10:39 pm
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Seems Crisp beat Morel’s throw to 1st for the 3rd out in the 9th. Could Morel have tagged third base before the runner got there instead of throwing at 1st? Look at the video and judge for yourself. Seems very close to me. In any case, as J.J. says, Sergio must get his breaking stuff in the strikezone.

Boxscore:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Humber(W, 6-3) 7.0 4 3 3 2 7 1 2.95
Thornton(H, 8 ) 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 4.63
Santos(S, 12) 1.0 2 1 1 1 1 0 3.41
Totals 9.0 6 4 4 4 8 1 4.10

RE24: Adam Dunn 1.92, Carlos Quentin 1.12 Alex Rios -1.44, Alexei Ramirez -1.32.

Pitch F/X for Humber:

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) 89.95 91.9 -5.97 7.73 44 32 / 72.73% 0 / 0.00% -0.2030 0.419
CH (Changeup) 83.13 84.8 -5.75 5.01 12 8 / 66.67% 0 / 0.00% -0.9588 0.453
SL (Slider) 83.85 85.4 0.92 2.83 10 4 / 40.00% 3 / 30.00% 0.0458 0.447
CU (Curveball) 79.58 81.5 5.51 -5.45 36 20 / 55.56% 8 / 22.22% -0.7153 0.477
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 88.90 88.9 -9.48 6.30 1 1 / 100.00% 0 / 0.00% -0.2644 0.421
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
1 25 14 56.00 25 0.389
2 10 8 80.00 35 -0.862
3 7 5 71.43 42 -0.834
4 14 8 57.14 56 -0.848
5 14 9 64.29 70 -0.862
6 11 7 63.64 81 -0.004
7 22 14 63.64 103 0.926

and 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) 94.89 96 -3.48 8.73 19 14 / 73.68% 0 / 0.00% 0.1315 0.396
CH (Changeup) 86.35 87.7 -9.14 3.14 4 2 / 50.00% 1 / 25.00% 0.0449 0.437
SL (Slider) 83.77 84.4 3.98 -1.42 3 1 / 33.33% 0 / 0.00% 0.1480 0.454
CU (Curveball) 83.90 85.9 3.77 -2.13 2 0 / 0.00% 0 / 0.00% 0.1399 0.455
Inning-by-Inning Pitch Totals
Inning Pitches in Inning Strikes in Inning Strike% in Inning Cumulative Total Pitches Pitch LWTS in Inning
9 28 17 60.71 28 0.464

Lillibridge!

8th inning, Sox up 3-2. 1 on, Coco Crisp hits one to the fence. Brent Lillibridge is tracking it. Ball goes over the fence. And then:

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=15795827&topic_id=8879206&c_id=cws (0:50)

and Danks’ 2nd win of 2011 was preserved!

Boxscore:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Danks(W, 2-8) 7.2 4 2 2 2 4 0 4.54
Crain(S, 1) 1.1 0 0 0 1 1 0 3.10
Totals 9.0 4 2 2 3 5 0 4.10

RE24: Alex Rios 0.56, Ramon Castro 0.48, Alexei Ramirez 0.47, Paul Konerko -1.44, Brent Morel -0.82, Gordon Beckham -0.50.

Pitch F/X for John Danks:

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) 92.13 94.5 4.87 10.12 44 27 / 61.36% 2 / 4.55% -1.7938 0.413
CH (Changeup) 82.71 84.1 6.68 6.32 20 16 / 80.00% 2 / 10.00% 0.3825 0.459
CU (Curveball) 77.76 78.8 -2.90 -0.28 5 3 / 60.00% 1 / 20.00% -0.2023 0.484
FC (Cutter) 88.10 91.4 -1.12 5.32 40 25 / 62.50% 1 / 2.50% -0.5303 0.426
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 92.85 94.2 7.31 10.09 4 3 / 75.00% 0 / 0.00% -0.2896 0.410
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
1 17 11 64.71 17 -0.862
2 10 5 50.00 27 -0.743
3 19 12 63.16 46 -0.518
4 19 12 63.16 65 0.149
5 12 10 83.33 77 -0.038
6 12 6 50.00 89 0.240
7 15 10 66.67 104 -0.848
8 9 8 88.89 113 0.187

June 7, 2011

Phil Humber’s White Sox defeat King Felix’s Mariners [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 7, 2011 10:39 pm
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6/7:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Humber(W, 5-3) 7.2 5 1 1 3 5 0 2.87
Sale 1.1 1 0 0 0 0 0 4.44
Totals 9.0 6 1 1 3 5 0 4.05

RE24 values: Omar Vizquel 1.42, Paul Konerko 1.17, Carlos Quentin 1.16, Brent Morel 1.03, Juan Pierre -1.97.

Pitch F/X for Humber:

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) 90.73 92.6 -5.23 7.57 54 36 / 66.67% 0 / 0.00% -1.2960 0.416
CH (Changeup) 83.68 85 -5.15 5.63 10 4 / 40.00% 1 / 10.00% -0.1808 0.451
SL (Slider) 84.72 86.3 0.35 2.84 14 10 / 71.43% 5 / 35.71% 0.2458 0.440
CU (Curveball) 80.40 82.2 5.95 -4.61 26 18 / 69.23% 5 / 19.23% -1.1158 0.468
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 89.55 90.9 -9.17 5.88 2 1 / 50.00% 0 / 0.00% -0.3465 0.422
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
1 15 11 73.33 15 -0.019
2 7 6 85.71 22 -0.848
3 20 12 60.00 42 -0.020
4 18 10 55.56 60 -0.048
5 7 5 71.43 67 -0.834
6 8 6 75.00 75 -0.848
7 16 11 68.75 91 0.163
8 15 8 53.33 106 -0.240

UPDATE: Greenberg @ ESPN:

“My curveball’s always been my best pitch, and so I’ve always been real hesitant to go to a slider,” Humber said. “Because I’ve always been told sometimes guys with good curveballs, if they start throwing a slider, they lose their curveball. From what I heard, you kind of lose the feel for what you’re doing, because it’s a real similar pitch, but it’s not the same. So it’s hard to separate the two.”

June 3, 2011

Q’s rocket pushes White Sox to 3 games under .500

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 3, 2011 10:50 pm
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Carlos Quentin hit a 3-run HR (epic bat flip) and Juan Pierre and Brent Lillibridge jacked solo HRs. Brent Morel brought the D. Pierre had a nice catch too. The defense was pretty god.

RE24 values: Quentin 4.04, Pierre 0.98, Morel 0.68. Alexei -1.44, Dunn -0.79.

6/3 Boxscore:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Buehrle(W, 5-4) 6.0 10 3 3 1 4 1 3.95
Bruney(H, 1) 0.2 0 0 0 1 1 0 13.50
Thornton(H, 6) 1.0 3 1 1 0 0 0 5.79
Santos(S, 10) 1.1 0 0 0 1 2 0 1.29
Totals 9.0 13 4 4 3 7 1 4.12

Pitch F/X for Mark Buehrle:

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) 84.72 88 1.94 7.06 33 15 / 45.45% 0 / 0.00% 0.6064 0.446
CH (Changeup) 78.64 80.6 7.72 5.03 20 19 / 95.00% 4 / 20.00% 0.7972 0.482
CU (Curveball) 74.65 80.9 -2.59 -2.19 11 5 / 45.45% 0 / 0.00% 0.5792 0.510
FC (Cutter) 81.93 83.3 -1.93 4.32 11 6 / 54.55% 2 / 18.18% 0.1613 0.464
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 85.18 87.6 8.66 6.75 24 17 / 70.83% 2 / 8.33% -0.6282 0.449
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
1 22 12 54.55 22 -0.034
2 11 8 72.73 33 -0.561
3 14 8 57.14 47 -0.848
4 17 12 70.59 64 0.925
5 20 13 65.00 84 2.383
6 15 9 60.00 99 -0.350

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 18, 2011

Do the Sox have a chance?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 18, 2011 3:30 pm
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BTB takes a look. Crist St. John:

Legendary Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully likes to repeat a quote from a well-known former Major League manager, “Give me 50 games and I’ll know what kind of team I have.” I don’t remember who said it, or what the exact quote is, but that’s the gist of it. Just for reference, 50 games into the MLB season usually lands around the end of May. … I wanted to test this out and see how quickly we know how good a team actually is, so I did what any regular baseball fan would do: I went to coolstandings.com and grabbed the record at the end of each month for every team since 1998, when the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and Arizona Diamondbacks were added to the major leagues. Then, I looked at the end of month winning percentage and compared it to the end of season win total, using a linear regression. I also split each month up into bins of team winning percentage, where each bin contains about 65 teams.

and a followup. Crist St. John:

Last week, I looked at when we can tell whether or not a team is actually good or bad. I’d like to take that one step further by asking the question: “how far back can a team be and still have a shot at winning their division?” Again, all data were collected from coolstandings.com. … I looked at how many games ahead of the division a team was at the end of each month and plotted that versus end of season team wins. A negative games ahead number is equal to how many games behind the division leader the team is. For instance, the top two teams in a division are 20-10 and 19-11, respectively. The 20-10 team will be one game ahead and the 19-11 team will be negative one game ahead. I won’t be focusing on the wild card teams here, since the amount of games back they are is more closely related to how good the first place team is.

Other White Sox links: FutureSox looks at the Sox relieving pitching prospects that could help the big club, Mike says Brent Morel is the wrong fall guy, James wants more Morel, and J.J. doesn’t like what he saw from Juan Pierre yesterday.

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.

May 8, 2011

Will Brent Morel bat second tomorrow?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 8, 2011 9:22 pm
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Padilla @ ESPN:

“I don’t think Alexei is the typical second hitter,” Guillen said. “The only one we have here, he handles the bat well, is Morel. Morel can swing the bat, put the ball in play. But right now I will wait until Morel gets better and put Missile down there and we can put Morel batting second. I almost did it today, but I don’t want to get too anxious just because he had three hits [Saturday]. If he continues to swing the bat, we’ll see.”

also,

April 22, 2011

Carlos Quentin: now OPSing 1.121 (video) [UPDATE]

Video: HR #1 (0:54), HR #2 (0:52). Dr. Fishbein is doing an awesome job!

BTW, here are some BABIPs from statcorner:

Gordon Beckham: .237
Adam Dunn: .250
Brent Morel: .250
A.J. Pierzynski: .250
Alexei Ramirez: .241
Alex Rios: .213

Edwin Jackson: .342
Jesse Crain: .200
Will Ohman: .348
Chris Sale: .346
Sergio Santos: .250
Matt Thornton: .400

(more…)

April 15, 2011

Joe Crede speaks

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 15, 2011 8:24 pm
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JJ has the interview

April 4, 2011

John Sickels on Brent Morel

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 4, 2011 9:47 pm
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Sickels:

Here ten more rookie predictions. Although each of them is intended to be plausible, this is just for fun. Don’t take these especially seriously. …

Brent Morel, 3B, Chicago White Sox: Morel hits well in April, poorly in May, well in June, poorly in July, well in August, and poorly in September, but plays well enough with the glove to stay in the lineup despite his very streaky hitting. He finishes at .261/.329/.422 but quietly swipes 17 bases.

March 24, 2011

Brent Morel gets 3B

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 24, 2011 6:30 pm
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Merkin @ CWS:

What was assumed to be official White Sox news became just that prior to Thursday’s game against the Cubs, when manager Ozzie Guillen announced rookie Brent Morel as the team’s starting third baseman.

Mark Teahen will fill the super-sub role, playing third base, first base and the outfield.

“Teahen will be here just for his offense,” Guillen said. “Moving around to different positions, it’s hard for everyone. We don’t expect him to be a Gold Glove. We expect him to do the best he can. There’s no doubt if this kid [Morel] makes the ballclub, he has to play every day.”

Guillen plans to protect Morel against tough right-handed pitchers, but won’t use Teahen only against those high-end hurlers.

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