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.
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.
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.
The current rotation is John Danks, Mark Buehrle, Jose Contreras, Gavin Floyd and then Clayton Richard.
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.
“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.”
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: