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August 24, 2009

Jose Contreras removed from the Sox pitching rotation

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 24, 2009 11:15 pm
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Here’s Ozzie Guillen:

“It’s something you keep pushing and hoping for him but nothing works. Jose is going to be in the bullpen and I don’t know who is starting in his spot [Saturday]. We are in the position right now where we can’t continue to handle guys and hope they get it done. I think enough is enough.  I feel for him, but our job is to win games and not to do people favors. We cannot handle this anymore.”

Here’s Don Cooper:

“If (Peavy) says he’s ready to give us five, six, seven (innings), that might be enough in Kenny’s mind,” said Cooper, referring to general manager Ken Williams. “But if he can’t say that, we’ll have to go for someone else.”

BTW, Jose on his demotion:

“I understand perfectly,” Contreras said.


August 22, 2009

Where’s your pride? Where’s your pride?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 22, 2009 11:13 am
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According to manager Ozzie Guillen, Jose Contreras almost had to be pushed back from Wednesday to today [Friday] because he had some sort of scratch on his eye. How did it happen? ”His wife probably beat him up because of how bad he was pitching,” Guillen joked.

August 19, 2009

Pants up!

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 19, 2009 6:13 pm


“El Duque called me and said, ‘If you want to win, wear your pants up,'” said Contreras, through interpreter Ozzie Guillen Jr., after first laughing when he heard the question about the pants comparison to El Duque’s style. “I’m not going to change that until something else happens.”

August 15, 2009

‘Big Game’ Freddy is back

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 15, 2009 1:49 pm
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Freddy Garcia will make his return to the White Sox on Tuesday night against Kansas City. Garcia has recovered from right shoulder problems. He lasted pitched for the Sox in 2006.

Freddy’s message to Ozzie: “bro, ready to roll.”

Jose Contreras will start Wednesday against Zack Greinke.

It’s official.

Jose Contreras stays in the starting rotation

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 15, 2009 11:53 am
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here’s Ozzie Guillen:

”I don’t have any choice We have to keep sending him out there. Our options aren’t that much right now. Maybe [today] we’ll change our minds, but right now we have to send him back out there and hope for the best. … Jose didn’t pitch good and the defense helped him to not pitch good. He was cruising around and just like the last time. All of a sudden we didn’t make a couple plays and everything went south. He got hit pretty hard and I think he lost his concentration.”

August 13, 2009

Fangraphs haz tRA

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 13, 2009 11:51 pm
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Good news everyone. tRA has made its way to FanGraphs thanks to Graham MacAree of Lookout Landing and statcorner.com. tRA is currently located in the player pages under the batted ball section of stats. Directly from the StatCorner glossary: tRA involves assigning run and out values to all events under a pitcher’s control and coming up with an expected number of runs allowed and outs generated in a defense and park neutral environment. tRA is on a R/9 scale and does not involve any regression of the rates.

some tRAs for 2009:  Mark Buehrle (5.15), John Danks (4.50), Jake Peavy (3.17), Gavin Floyd (5.01), Jose Contreras (4.24), Bartolo Colon (6.01), Clayton Richard (5.01)

Fangraphs’ tRA is different than statcorner’ tRA though:

There are a couple things which are different between the StatCorner version of tRA and the version implemented on FanGraphs. The main difference is we’re using Baseball Info Solutions batted ball stats instead of Gameday batted ball stats. The other difference, though probably not as major is we’re using different park factors.

the statcorner values: Buehrle, Mark (4.50), Danks, John (4.00), Peavy, Jake (3.17), Floyd, Gavin (4.26), Contreras, Jose (3.65), Colon, Bartolo (4.70), Richard, Clayton (5.01)

BTW, here’s a more detailed introduction to tRA. And here.

August 6, 2009

Ozzie Guillen waiting for his Florida Lottery check

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 6, 2009 9:44 pm
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Ozzie Guillen:

There is also a Cuban-native, Francisco Aguiar, from Tampa, Florida that has written in several times to tell me I am a bad manager, that I should retire and that I have mistreated Jose Contreras, who he considers the best pitcher on our staff. He also asks if I something against Cubans. My advice to him is to play the Florida Lottery; if he wins to buy a team and he can run it the way he wants. In terms of how I treat my Cuban players, you’d have to ask Contreras and Alexei Ramirez what they think of that.

July 28, 2009

Bartolo Colon won’t start tomorrow’s game; Jose Contreras will

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 28, 2009 11:21 pm
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Mark Gonzales:

Bartolo Colon was scratched from Wednesday night’s start because of a sore right elbow. Jose Contreras will fill in for Colon. The severity of Colon’s injury wasn’t known, but it could pave the way for Clayton Richard to get another start if Colon’s pain lingers. The Sox, however, would need another left-handed reliever to complement Matt Thornton once he returns.

July 21, 2009

John Danks to go on the DL?


But a corresponding roster move will need to be made with Torres’ arrival, and that move could involve a trip to the disabled list for Danks. It would be retroactive to the day after Friday’s first second-half start for Danks, who has an 8-6 record with a 3.98 ERA in 18 starts this season. Danks was unavailable for comment on Tuesday, as he was receiving treatment on the finger. Pitching coach Don Cooper simply is planning one start at a time.

Aside from Danks being down and out, the rest of the rotation remains the same. Mark Buehrle will finish the series Thursday against Tampa Bay, and Jose Contreras and Bartolo Colon appear to be Friday’s starters for the split doubleheader at Comerica Park against the Tigers. Gavin Floyd will get the call on Saturday. Sunday’s starter looks to be an unofficial to be announced. If Clayton Richard struggles again on Tuesday against the Rays and Danks is ready to go after the one-start absence, Danks could slide into Sunday night’s slot and Richard would move to the bullpen. That move probably would send hard-throwing rookie Aaron Poreda back to the Minors, although the White Sox will need to make another roster move when Colon is activated on Friday.

July 15, 2009

Sox pitching rotation

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 15, 2009 8:17 pm
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The current rotation is John Danks, Mark Buehrle, Jose Contreras, Gavin Floyd and then Clayton Richard.

The inside story of Scott Podsednik’s success

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 15, 2009 6:08 pm
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Hank Gargiulo:

Inside scoop: Podsednik isn’t struggling against inside pitches like he did last season. He’s gone from one of the worst against inside pitches to ranked in the top 30 in the majors.

Patience pays off:
Podsednik has a top-20 first pitch seen percentage. That means he tries to get ahead of pitchers (batters hit almost 150 points higher on average when ahead in the count).

Whiff-less ball:
Swinging strikes are a waste for hitters. They show a pitcher’s dominance and a hitter’s foolishness more than foul balls, which often prolong at-bats and called strikes. Podsednik is excellent at not whiffing. Of the 22 leadoff hitters in the majors with at least 200 at-bats this season, only two (Juan Pierre and Jacoby Ellsbury) have struck out less than Podsednik (29 K at leadoff). …

He looks at Jim Thome’s fastball problems and Jose Contreras’ magical forkball too.

July 11, 2009

Bartolo Colon update and starting rotation update

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ July 11, 2009 11:32 am
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After the minor uproar involving the entertaining ‘Where’s Bartolo’ saga from the past week, Bartolo Colon took the mound Thursday night for Charlotte and threw the ball fairly well, according to Guillen. “The control was outstanding, his velocity was not there and threw more breaking balls,” said Guillen of Colon, who gave up one run on two hits over five innings during the Knights’ 7-1 victory over Norfolk. “That’s it. You know the way Colon is. He’s like, ‘OK, let me go out and do it.’ It was nothing impressive, but it was good.” With Colon still a few starts away, though, Clayton Richard will remain in the White Sox rotation at the start of the second half. It looks as if Mark Buehrle will start the second half for the White Sox at home against Baltimore next Friday, followed by John Danks, either Floyd or Jose Contreras and then Richard. This alignment leaves three southpaws in line for the lefty-heavy Tampa Bay lineup and sets up Contreras for Detroit.

July 10, 2009

BlackJack on Clayton Richard

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 10, 2009 2:39 pm
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Jack McDowell:

Manager Ozzie Guillen calmly states that the White Sox have “no other choice” but to stick with Clayton Richard in the rotation. But in the same breath, Richard’s struggles even prompted the young lefthander to almost beg out of the rotation! …

July 8, 2009

Jose Contreras approves of this Ramon Castro guy (UPDATE)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 8, 2009 11:30 pm
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Mark Gonzales:

“It was a great pickup,” Contreras said of the acquisition of Castro from the New York Mets on May 29. “No disrespect to A.J (Pierzynski). I won 17 in a row with A.J.. But having Ramon on the team is like a fresh start with the team, as a whole. “I’ve shook off Ramon twice, and both times they hit home runs. So I’m not going to shake him off often anymore.”

Ozzie Guillen commented on Contreras’ resurgence:

“I think it’s like making a big trade,” Guillen said. “That’s the way I look at it. That’s a big trade for us to have him. He came up right on time when we most needed it. We struggled early when he got here. Since he’s got here, stuff has started turning around with the pitching staff. I think everyone is back on track.”


July 3, 2009

Sox alter pitching rotation (UPDATE)

Mark Gonzales:

White Sox ace Mark Buehrle will make two more starts before the All-Star break and start the second half of the season July 17 against Baltimore.

The decision was made two days before the American League All-Star roster will be announced. The left-hander, who is 8-2 with a 3.09 ERA, has a chance to make the AL squad. If he’s selected, the Sox have the option of adjusting their rotation for the second half.

The rotation is set up so left-hander John Danks, Gavin Floyd and Buehrle will face Minnesota next weekend. …

UPDATE: Con Cooper doesn’t like the idea of Buehrle pitching in the All-Star game after his Sunday start:


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