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June 29, 2010

Why did you listen to Ozzie, Kenny? Why?

JJ looks at what it will take to land Adam Dunn:

Granted, getting Dunn would probably mean parting with one good prospect and another marginal one. Cowley points out that Brent Morel isn’t a fit with Washington thanks to Ryan Zimmerman, but I have to wonder if Dayan Viciedo would interest the Nats. Viciedo should ultimately will end up a first baseman, and while the Nationals do have a first base prospect in Double-A, Viciedo could provide a more immediate impact.

The elephant in the room is Dan Hudson, who I would hate to see the Sox trade for a half-year rental player. In fact, there really aren’t a whole lot of circumstances in which I’d be okay with the Sox trading Hudson.

Kenny, you screwed up. If you had not listen to Ozzie and signed Jim Thome in the off-season, you wouldn’t be in a situation where you have to give up 6 years of Dan Hudson (or Flowers) for 2-3 months of Adam Dunn. And what did Big Jim sign for? $1.5 million. You gave $1.5 million to Mark Kotsay. Hell, you gave $14 million to Mark Teahen. Losing Dan Hudson for $1.5 million. That would suck…


June 7, 2010

White Sox are open for business

Buster Olney via MLBTR:

Heard this from multiple executives: The White Sox have made it clear they are open for business, and ready to trade off parts … from what has been a very disappointing team. The perception of other teams is that Paul Konerko is available right now, and … as we know, Chicago GM Ken Williams is a deal-maker,someone who will move quickly — as he did with the Contreras and Thome deals last fall.

Other players mentioned by MLBTR: A.J. Pierzynski, Mark Buehrle, Bobby Jenks, J.J. Putz, Scott Linebrink, Tony Pena, Matt Thornton, Andruw Jones, Freddy Garcia, Mark Kotsay, Omar Vizquel, Ramon Castro.

May 30, 2010

Paul Konerko to the Angels? [speculation]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 30, 2010 2:37 am
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And although A.J. Pierzynski, J.J. Putz and Jenks have received plenty of scrutiny, first baseman Paul Konerko might be added to the list in the wake of a season-threatening ankle fracture suffered by Los Angeles Angels first baseman Kendry Morales.

Konerko possesses full trade-veto rights by virtue of having at least 10 years in the majors and more than the past five years with the same team. But he nearly signed with the Angels after the 2005 season and he maintains a friendship with Angels manager Mike Scioscia from their days in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ farm system.

Cowley, who makes the same speculation, reminds us that Konerko said in last year that he’d be willing to waive his no-trade clause “if he felt it could help the Sox, as well as put him in a good place.”

May 26, 2010

Sox win 5-4. Pitch F/X, videos, and boxscore.

Kotsay had a 2-run HR and a BB. Pierre had a 2B. Buehrle was called for 2 balks. Ozzie was ejected and was mad.


Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Buehrle 2.1 3 0 0 0 1 0 4.38
Williams, R 0.2 3 1 1 0 0 0 5.82
Pena, To(W, 1-1) 4.0 2 0 0 1 3 0 4.21
Thornton 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.89
Jenks 1.0 3 3 3 3 1 0 6.35
Totals 9.0 11 4 4 4 5 0 4.52

Pitch F/X: (more…)

May 25, 2010

Sox lose 7-3. Pitch F/X, videos, and boxscore.

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 25, 2010 9:33 pm
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Kotsay had two 2B and a 1B. Alexei had two 2B. Andruw had a 2B. Quentin had a 2B.

Video highlights


Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Peavy(L, 3-4) 6.0 8 6 6 1 5 2 6.05
Linebrink 2.0 2 1 1 0 2 0 3.63
Totals 8.0 10 7 7 1 7 2 4.53

Pitch F/X: (more…)

May 21, 2010

Alexei helps Buehrle get the win. Santos finishes the game. (Pitch F/X)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 21, 2010 9:51 pm
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Alexei had a 3-run HR and a 2-run 2B. Kotsay had a solo HR and 2 1B.  Quentin had 2 1B.


Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Buehrle(W, 3-5) 8.0 3 0 0 3 3 0 4.55
Santos 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.59
Totals 9.0 3 0 0 3 5 0 4.43

Pitch F/X says: (more…)

May 20, 2010

Sox rally falls short.

Only Sox XBH hit of the night was a 2B by A.J. Pierzynski. Juan Pierre had 3 1B, Carlos Quentin and Alexei Ramirez had 2 1B each, and Mark Kotsay drew 2 BB.


Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Peavy(L, 3-3) 6.0 8 6 6 2 8 1 5.74
Williams, R 1.2 2 0 0 0 0 0 3.86
Pena, To 1.1 1 0 0 1 1 0 5.21
Totals 9.0 11 6 6 3 9 1 4.54

Pitch F/X says: (more…)

May 1, 2010

Andruw goes yard twice. Sox win 7-6. (Pitch F/X)

A.J.’s 2-run double overcomes Linebrinks disastrous 4 run outing and pushs the Sox to a 7-6 win.

A look at the TBs: Andruw 8 TBs (2 HR, BB, SB), A.J. Pierzynski 4 TBs (2B, 2 1B), Kotsay 4 TBs (HR, BB), Konerko 2 TBs (2B, BB). Carlos had 2 BBs too.

Video highlights


Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Danks 5.0 6 2 2 3 1 0 1.85
Linebrink(BS, 1)(W, 1-0) 1.1 4 4 4 0 0 1 4.82
Williams, R(H, 1) 0.1 0 0 0 1 1 0 4.50
Putz(H, 1) 1.1 0 0 0 0 2 0 3.00
Jenks(S, 5) 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 4.50
Totals 9.0 11 6 6 4 5 1 4.63

Pitch F/X says: (more…)

April 26, 2010

A.J. Pierzynski is on-notice


Tyler Flowers has a .421 wOBA for Triple-A Charlotte and may A.J. Pierzynski be put on notice:

And Ozzie says:

“I might move (Mark) Teahen up in A.J.’s spot and move A.J. down,” he said. “If I do that, I don’t want those guys to feel I don’t have confidence in them. But when the manager changes the lineups and moves people, that’s for a reason. I have a couple days to think about it.”

BTW, A.J. has a .151 BABIP.

UPDATE: I forgot Mark Kotsay! I put him in Harrelson’s place.

April 22, 2010

Christina Kahrl on how to fix the White Sox problems

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 22, 2010 12:57 pm
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Problem: Getting offense at DH and catcher.

Solution: It’s springtime, so plant Flowers.

Why? It’s already just a matter of time before Tyler Flowers arrives to stay in The Show. He’s already off to a decent start at Triple-A Charlotte (translated .472 slugging, .261 TAv), and the South Side needs runs, ranking 27thin MLB in True Average at .243. A.J. Pierzynski (.145 TAv) is cold at the plate and in the walk year of his contract, while Mark Kotsay is a popular bench player, he’s not a starting DH (.127 TAv). Between the DH at-bats against right-handers and the opportunity to sit AJP to get Flowers time behind the plate, the Sox should squeeze in Flowers’ 2010 PECOTA-projected .270 TAv.

April 19, 2010

Mark Kotsay: I suck – Ozzie Guillen: No, you don’t

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 19, 2010 9:45 pm
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“It’s a matter of us swinging the bats better,” said Kotsay, who didn’t start Saturday against Cleveland right-hander Jake Westbrook and is in a 2-for-23 slump.

“Obviously, they’re going to go with who is swinging the hot bat. I had some tough outs, but for the most part I suck right now. When I get the opportunity to get back in the lineup, you want to be able to get some hits and help this club win.”

This brings memories of the Mackowiak CF experiment. Mackowiak was saying ‘I suck out there’ but Ozzie kept playing him in CF.

April 11, 2010

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 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 4, 2010

Opening Day lineup

1. Juan Pierre LF
2. Gordon Beckham 2B
3. Carlos Quentin RF
4. Paul Konerko 1B
5. Mark Kotsay DH
6. Alex Rios CF
7. A.J. Pierzynski C
8. Mark Teahen 3B
9. Alexei Ranmirez SS
Mark Buehrle is pitching (will be his club-record 8th Opening Day start)

The Sox could use a .360 wOBA in DH. Anyone? Anyone?

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.”

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