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May 16, 2011

Jake Peavy issues a warning: Don’t use the 6-man rotation as an excuse

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 16, 2011 9:02 pm

Padilla @ ESPN:

“If any bad comes out of this thing, as far as guys doing bad or saying they are not sharp, I’m going to have to say that’s a hoax,” Peavy said. “The longer you go without pitching, as long as it’s not a couple of weeks, you will do plenty enough in between starts to stay sharp and you should feel outstanding.”

“I know some people like to stay in the routine and I certainly do too,” Peavy said. “I have no problems staying in a routine of things. But the more time you have off, the better you are going to feel. That’s the bottom line. You can throw a couple of sides and throw off of flat ground to stay sharp. I don’t think there’s any excuse.”

Other White Sox links: Brett Ballantini calculates the most and least valuable Sox players and James recaps the results of the past week.


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 12, 2011

Adam Dunn launches a baseball into orbit [UPDATE]

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=14722245&topic_id=8878818&c_id=cws (0:54)

More video from last night’s game here.

UPDATE: The hittracker says the true distance of Dunn’s dinger was 442 feet.

Jake Peavy makes his return

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 12, 2011 3:00 am
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Peavy says he’s at about 80% of his San Diego form. And he wants to reach 93-94 mph by July. He should’ve earned the win tonight but the Sox left too many runners on base. Thankfully Paulie’s athleticism came through! The Boxscore says:


Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Peavy 6.0 7 4 4 0 4 0 6.00
Crain 1.0 1 0 0 1 0 0 3.31
Santos(W, 2-0) 2.0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0.00
Thornton(S, 1) 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6.75
Totals 10.0 9 4 4 2 5 0 4.13

Pitch F/X says Peavy’s slider wasn’t so good but his changeup was:

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) 91.35 93.1 -5.74 10.63 14 11 / 78.57% 1 / 7.14% 0.4461 0.414
CH (Changeup) 82.26 86.4 -7.77 3.51 16 12 / 75.00% 1 / 6.25% -1.0295 0.457
SL (Slider) 82.68 85.7 1.64 3.54 13 9 / 69.23% 1 / 7.69% 0.9830 0.452
CU (Curveball) 75.60 75.6 3.75 -4.82 1 1 / 100.00% 0 / 0.00% -0.0431 0.492
FC (Cutter) 86.58 89.2 0.66 4.92 16 10 / 62.50% 1 / 6.25% -0.0637 0.431
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 90.44 93.3 -9.00 8.04 27 21 / 77.78% 2 / 7.41% -0.5596 0.418
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 24 19 79.17 24 0.801
2 14 10 71.43 38 -0.862
3 19 13 68.42 57 1.299
4 11 8 72.73 68 -0.834
5 6 4 66.67 74 -0.834
6 13 10 76.92 87 0.163

Other White Sox links: J.J.’s recap of tonight’s game, Brent Ballantini breaks down the Sox 6-man rotation, FutureSox notes the prospects in the Sox system aren’t age appropriate, and James gives goals to the Sox players for the West coast trip and looks at the Sox improvement.



May 11, 2011

Today’s Jake Peavy pitchcount: 80-100 pitches

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 11, 2011 2:38 am
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Merkin @ CWS:

Cooper’s goals for Peavy center in the 80-100 pitch area, but he also expects a winning effort from the right-hander as he joins this unique six-man rotation. That “sick feeling” Cooper had when Peavy suffered the torn lat has been replaced by excitement to watch him throw

May 9, 2011

Jake Peavy will make his first start of the season Wednesday night

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 9, 2011 8:40 pm
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More by Merkin here.

May 7, 2011

The fire and the passion are coming! [UPDATE #2]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 7, 2011 11:33 pm
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Peavy is bringing them:

“I do want to bring some enthusiasm, some fire, some passion,” Peavy said Saturday. “I certainly think the ballclub could use a shot in the arm. I not promising anything, by any means, but I can promise you this: We’re going to compete on that day. Not to say that we haven’t been—but there’s going to be more energy than we’ve had and go out there and try to turn things around, because we’ve dug ourselves a pretty nice hole here.”

UPDATE: More Peavy:

“I’ve heard that, and it was tough for me to hear [questions like] ‘Are you going to be honest with the guys this time, and tell them how you feel?’” Peavy said. “I’ve been honest my whole time in Chicago. I’m a competitor — I’m going to pitch if I feel I can pitch. If I’m under doctor’s order not to, I won’t. But I’ve been honest with everybody, and we all think at this point in time I’m as healthy and strong as I can be out of surgery. We don’t think we’re putting anything at risk. So I look forward to getting the ball and create some positive energy.”

UPDATE #2: Is the money coming in too? Heyman @ SI:

One piece of good news about Jake Peavy, who has yet to pitch this season: The White Sox have insurance on Peavy, according to sources. One source suggested the team has already met its deductible, meaning it will begin receiving payments on Peavy if it hasn’t already. White Sox GM Ken Williams recently defended the trade that brought Peavy to Chicago from San Diego two years ago, saying a No. 1 pitcher is imperative.

Jake Peavy to return on Wednesday (May 11) in Anaheim?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 7, 2011 3:30 am
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Padilla @ ESPN:

“I think he’s coming here [Friday] or [Saturday], and then we’ll have a sideline and see,” pitching coach Don Cooper said. “Nothing is definite. We haven’t sat down and spoke about it. But it looks good for the 11th [of May].”

and what happens to Phil Humber?

“We’ll figure all that out,” Cooper said. “Nobody is out. Who knows? We got some off days there. We might give some guys extra rest here and there, but nobody is out. We haven’t gotten that far. We’re here [Friday] playing [Felix] Hernandez and the Seattle Mariners and we got an off day six days from now.”

Thats J.J.’s suggestion too. Spot starts to give Peavy breaks.

Ozzie says Humber will stay in the rotation:

“He’s staying in the rotation,” Guillen said after Humber received a no-decision with two runs allowed over seven innings in a 3-2 loss to the Mariners on Friday night. “He has to stay. I don’t think we are going to see anything different. When Jake comes in the rotation, we will talk to [general manager] Kenny [Williams] and Coop [pitching coach Don Cooper] to see what we are going to do. But this kid has earned and deserves to be in the rotation.”

Other White Sox posts: Mike looks back on his ‘keys to the season’ list.

May 5, 2011

Jake Peavy throws 100 pitches (71 strikes) in Charlotte and goes to Seattle [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 5, 2011 11:05 pm
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Charlotte Knights
Peavy (W, 1-1) 7.0 4 5 5 1 5 1 4.82
Kinney 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3.29
Bruney 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2.3

Pitches-strikes: Peavy 100-71.
Groundouts-flyouts: Peavy 6-5.

Shouwen @ CST:

According to the stadium radar gun, Peavy’s fastest pitch was 93 mph. Most of his fastballs were in the upper 80s.

Merkin @ CWS:

A healthy Peavy will join the White Sox in Seattle on Friday and could start either Wednesday in Anaheim or next Friday in Oakland. Wednesday would back him up an extra day.

Phil Humber, who starts Friday with Felix Hernandez on the mound for the Mariners, is almost certain to get another start on this road trip.

UPDATE: CSN has the video (0:42).

April 29, 2011

Jake Peavy struck out 8 and walked 0 tonight in AAA Charlotte

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 29, 2011 11:15 pm
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Merkin @ CWS:

White Sox starter Jake Peavy made another rehab appearance on Friday, pitching 5 2/3 strong innings for Triple-A Charlotte. Peavy allowed seven hits and three runs, but struck out eight batters while throwing 85 pitches, 62 for strikes.

“I gave up a few runs, a two-run homer late, but I made a lot of good pitches,” said Peavy. “I couldn’t feel any better stuff-wise. I thought I was much better than I’ve been in the past. I feel better than I have in quite some time.”

So what’s next?

“Hopefully, I have one or two more [starts] before I come back,” said Peavy. “I’d like to go in five days, and I expect my body to respond. But I think Charlotte is off Wednesday, so I’m not sure. I’ll just take it in stride. Maybe they’ll send me to [Double-A] Birmingham. We’ll see.”

Peavy’s next (last?) rehab start is Wednesday, May 4, at AA Birmingham. The Sox play at the Angels 5 days later, May 9.

April 19, 2011

White Sox say Jake Peavy’s arm is still attached to his body

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 19, 2011 7:28 pm

Merkin @ CWS:

According to the White Sox, Peavy left Monday’s game with muscle tenderness (irritation) in his right posterior shoulder (the lat area). On Tuesday, the White Sox flew Peavy to Chicago, where he saw team doctors and had an MRI.Everything was normal, with no signs of any problems, according to the MRI. That test was followed by a clinical exam, also proving to be very benign.The latest plan is to start Peavy on a six-day course of anti-inflammatory medication. During the first three days, Peavy will solely take the medication and won’t do any throwing. On the fourth day, he’s going to resume a throwing program.

If this plan works as laid out, Peavy would miss Saturday’s Minor League rehab start with Triple-A Charlotte. He would then go back on a regular schedule with bullpens and side sessions to prepare for his next start, which originally was scheduled for Thursday, April 28. …

No King Felix? Aww…




Jake Peavy’s insurance covers about 70% of his salary if he can’t play

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 19, 2011 2:53 pm
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Kaplan @ CSN:

Baseball sources tell us that while Jake Peavy’s contract calls for him to be paid $16 million in 2011 and $17 million in 2012, plus a $4 million dollar buyout of his 2013 option year which was for $22 million, the White Sox are significantly protected by an insurance policy that was originally purchased by the San Diego Padres when Peavy signed his current three-year deal in 2009. While exact figures are not available we hear that approximately 70% of the dollars owed to Peavy are covered by insurance. Depending on the severity of his injury, that savings should allow the White Sox some flexibility if they decide to trade for another pitcher during the season.

Kenny will go after King Felix!


April 18, 2011

Jake Peavy exits his 3rd rehab game in the 1st inning [UPDATE #3]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 18, 2011 8:23 pm
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Gregor @ DH:

The 29-year-old starter was initially scheduled to throw 90-95 pitches for the [Class AA Birmingham] Barons, but Peavy came out with two outs in the first inning after allowing 3 runs on 4 hits.


Birmingham Barons
Peavy 0.2 4 3 3 0 0 0 6.23
Axelrod 3.1 3 1 1 0 3 0 2.7

Pitches-strikes: Peavy 15-10.
Groundouts-flyouts: Peavy 1-0.
Batters faced: Peavy 6.

BTW, here’s Will Carroll from last Monday (April 11):

Jake Peavy, White Sox (post-surgical shoulder, 4/30)

Peavy went three innings at AA Birmingham on Friday. It’s one time that “going to Birmingham” didn’t include a visit to Dr. James Andrews for an injured pitcher, but then again, maybe the White Sox might have taken the opportunity for Peavy to visit Dr. Fleisig and check his biomechanics. Instead, Peavy just threw and things appeared to go well. The Sox have a very flexible calendar for Peavy’s return, one that sources tell me is going to be based more on Peavy’s responses than a normal five-day pitching rotation. The three innings of work included 71 pitches, a lack of efficiency that has to be a bit concerning. He’ll throw again later this week and move on from there. If all goes well, he’ll be back in the Sox rotation around the end of the month.

The news this time aren’t so good…

UPDATE: Brent Ballantini tweets that the initial report on Peavy is “left with discomfort” and he will be further evaluated tommorow.

UPDATE #2: The Tribune’s Daniel Pauling reports that Peavy rarely touched 90mph and that the few pitches he threw were up.

UPDATE #3: CSN has the video (0:52).

April 17, 2011

Ozzie Guillen doesn’t like 6-man rotations

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 17, 2011 9:22 pm
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Merkin @ CWS:

The White Sox posted the fifth-best starter ERA so far this season entering Sunday’s action. Righty Philip Humber is the likely odd-man out when Peavy returns. However, Humber has pitched well, posting a 2.45 ERA over 11 innings in two starts. Pitching coach Don Cooper has floated the idea of using a six-man rotation to keep the group rested during scheduling crunches, but Guillen said that won’t be a regular practice.

“No. I would rather have more people in the bullpen than a six-man rotation,” said Guillen. “Six-man rotation, not many people do that. Then the six-man rotation goes to seven-man rotation. You never know. But that’s pretty tough to do.”

April 16, 2011

Jake Peavy to return before this month is over?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 16, 2011 11:31 pm
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Merkin @ CWS:

Jake Peavy appears headed for a big league return with the White Sox during the last weekend of April at U.S. Cellular Field.

The right-hander has another rehab start scheduled for Monday with Double-A Birmingham, where he has a target of 90-95 pitches. Peavy moves on to pitch for Triple-A Charlotte next Saturday, viewing that start as something akin to what would be his last Spring Training effort, where he gets the pitch count up around 110.

Those two starts leave Peavy in line to return to the club on April 28, the last day of an 11-game White Sox road trip against Tampa Bay, Detroit and New York. Based on Peavy’s comments Saturday, following a 34-pitch side session in the White Sox bullpen, he’ll be facing Baltimore at home either on April 29 or 30.

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