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September 24, 2010

BP’s Mark Teahen Q&A

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 24, 2010 1:37 pm

David Laurila @ BP:

DL: A player once told me that when guys in the minors say it’s all about “team,” they’re full of crap because everyone is playing for themselves and trying to get to the big leagues. Is that accurate?

MT: Yeah, that’s pretty accurate. I mean, especially with the first group you get drafted with, it’s easy to pull for the guys around you—you all want to be on the same path to the big leagues. You’re trying to win games in the minor leagues, but everyone is trying to get to the next level and get to the big leagues. As much as you pull for the guys around you, because your success is tied to theirs, everybody is trying to get to that next level and ultimately you have to be a little selfish in the minors.

Is there much jealousy in the minor leagues?

MT: Yeah, I mean everybody—no matter where you are—always wants to be at the next level, so there is a lot of that. And obviously the guys that get drafted higher get a little better push or more opportunity, but it’s the nature of the beast. You always want to be moving up, no matter what profession you’re in. If somebody’s getting a better shot than you are, you’re always a little jealous and want to be the guy getting the shot. …

August 8, 2010

White Sox try to keep the team roster Teahen-less

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 8, 2010 12:36 pm
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Kenny likes the current team:

Another consideration is that the Sox like the way their roster is constructed while putting a premium on defense, where Omar Vizquel has solidified the third base position since Teahen was injured.

“There’s no rush,” general manager Ken Williams said Sunday morning. … “I think more than anything, you’re trying to put the best roster on the field to win today’s game. The last thing I want to happen is we lose this division by one game, a half game, and we think back and were there times, and I do that. I go back, ‘we should have won this game, we should have won that game. You put the best team out there when you can put the best team out there. There are advantages, roster-wise, when you get to September, but the focus has to be on today.”

You should’ve thought that before trading for him and then giving him a 3-year contract, Kenny.

July 27, 2010

Strange way to break a slump…

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 27, 2010 10:18 pm
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What the hell?

After having a line drive turned into a double play and watching Ichiro Suzuki jump over the right-field fence to take away a home run Monday, Mark Kotsay and his White Sox teammates went a non-traditional direction Tuesday to bring the left-handed hitter some luck on offense.

They set up a fire pit during batting practice and burned his bats, in a salute to Pedro Cerrano from the movie “Major League.” According to Kotsay, the ritual was executed by Mark Teahen.

“I walked out and saw what was going on, and obviously I wanted to find out what was going on, but I had nothing to do with it,” Kotsay said. “There are quirky things like changing your uniform or your undershirt or your shoes, but never burning bats.”

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 3, 2010

Mark Teahen 4-6 weeks out

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 3, 2010 12:37 pm


Surgery performed Thursday morning on the right middle finger of White Sox third baseman Mark Teahen was a success. A pin was inserted in Teahen’s finger to aid the healing process. Teahen is expected to be sidelined from four to six weeks.

May 30, 2010

Sox win 8-5. Pitch F/X, videos, and boxscore.

Video recap.

Highlights: Nix hit a Grand Slam HR. Rios hit a solo HR and two 1B, Konerko hit a 2B, a 1B, and drew a BB. Teahen hit a 2B and a 1B. Vizquel hit a 2B and a 1B too. Alexei hit two 1B.


Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Peavy(W, 4-4) 5.1 10 5 5 0 5 1 6.23
Santos(H, 5) 0.2 2 0 0 0 1 0 0.48
Thornton(H, 3) 2.1 1 0 0 1 1 0 1.59
Pena, To 0.2 0 0 0 0 1 0 4.05
Totals 9.0 13 5 5 1 8 1 4.58

Pitch F/X: (more…)

May 27, 2010

Sox lose 5-1. Pitch F/X, videos, and boxscore.

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 27, 2010 11:00 pm
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Teahen hit a solo HR.


Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Floyd, G(L, 2-5) 7.0 4 3 3 1 5 2 6.02
Linebrink 1.0 3 2 2 0 3 0 4.42
Totals 8.0 7 5 5 1 8 2 4.54

Pitch F/X: (more…)

May 24, 2010

Sox win 7-2. Pitch F/X, videos, and boxscore.

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 24, 2010 11:34 pm
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Rios had a 2-run HR and a SB. Teahen had a 2B and 2 1B. And Alexei drew his 6th BB!


Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Danks(W, 4-3) 5.0 6 2 2 2 5 0 2.37
Santos(H, 3) 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0.52
Thornton 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2.00
Putz 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3.68
Jenks 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 5.06
Totals 9.0 7 2 2 3 8 0 4.47

Jenks hit 98. Santos & Thornton & Putz 97. (more…)

We’re #1!

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 24, 2010 6:25 pm
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not in something good though:

teams this season with the most “regular” players (meaning “Qualified for league batting title” to date) with an OPS+ less than 101:

Rk Year Tm Lg #Matching
1 2010 Chicago White Sox AL 6 Gordon Beckham / Juan Pierre / A.J. Pierzynski / Carlos Quentin / Alexei Ramirez / Mark Teahen
2 2010 Houston Astros NL 5 Michael Bourn / Pedro Feliz / Jeff Keppinger / Carlos Lee / Hunter Pence

There are 4 teams with 4 after Houston.

May 15, 2010

Peavy pitches into the 9th and Thornton closes it for the 5-4 win!

Peavy allowed 3 runs with 2 outs in the 1st but Sox comeback for the win. Thornton earned his 1st save for the season. Beckham, who batted 2nd, went 1-5 and increased his average!

Video highlights

A look at the TBs: Alexei 3 (3 1B), Pierre 2 (2 1B). Andruw had 1 BB, and Teahen 2 BB.


Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Peavy(W, 3-2) 8.1 7 4 4 1 5 1 5.37
Thornton(S, 1) 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.12
Totals 9.0 7 4 4 1 5 1 4.61

The Pitch F/X tool says: (more…)

May 6, 2010

Mark Teahen wants to improve his pre-pitch movement

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 6, 2010 3:03 am


“I’ve been working to make my pre-pitch a little shorter so I feel like I’m on time and ready for every ball,” said Teahen, talking about his pre-pitch movement. “I’ve felt in between and uncomfortable. It’s a matter of getting the reps and trying to get that feel of being on time and ready to react to anything. I haven’t felt that way lately.”

Teahen has struggled more on grounders hit down the line, as opposed to his glove side.

“Just talking with [bench coach] Joey [Cora], I’ve been leaning toward the left on the pre-pitch so the balls hit to my right, it takes me a lot longer to get back in that direction,” Teahen said. “We are trying to get balanced and the pre-pitch smaller so it’s less room for error. I want to be on time and ready to move the other way.

“It still feels like my position, but I get ticked off when I’m not playing as well as I know I can. It’s just a matter of me getting the work in and hopefully it translates into the game, where I feel more comfortable.”

May 5, 2010

Freddy goes 6. Andruw and Rios go yard. Sox win 9-2.

Video highlights

A look at the TBs: Rios 6 TBs (HR, 2B), Andruw 4 TBs (HR, BB), Teahen 3 TBs (2B, 1B ), Konerko 2 TBs (2B), Pierre 2 (2 1B). Beckham and AJ had 2 BB each too.


Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Garcia, F(W, 1-2) 6.0 10 2 2 0 4 0 5.28
Linebrink 1.0 2 0 0 0 0 0 4.76
Putz 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.70
Jenks 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4.09
Totals 9.0 12 2 2 0 4 0 4.73

The Pitch F/X tool says:

Linebrink hit 97, Putz 96, Jenks 98. In detail:


Pitch Statistics
Pitch Type Avg Speed Max Speed Avg H-Break Avg V-Break Count Strikes / % Swinging Strikes / % Nibbleness Time to Plate
FF (FourSeam Fastball) 87.66 90.4 -5.28 11.55 30 16 / 53.33% 0 / 0.00% 7.85 0.436
CH (Changeup) 81.41 83.6 -6.80 7.72 28 21 / 75.00% 5 / 17.86% 8.18 0.470
SL (Slider) 80.45 84.6 2.57 3.82 20 16 / 80.00% 0 / 0.00% 6.77 0.472
CU (Curveball) 71.90 71.9 8.35 -2.88 1 0 / 0.00% 0 / 0.00% 9.46 0.536
FS (Splitter) 81.68 83.8 -0.48 5.06 5 5 / 100.00% 0 / 0.00% 5.45 0.468
Pitch classifications provided by the Gameday Algorithm and may be inaccurate.

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 29, 2010

Ozzie Guillen on Juan Pierre

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 29, 2010 6:56 pm
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Here’s Ozzie:

“I don’t know if he’s putting a lot of pressure on himself or trying to do too much, but I’ll try and give him a breather, [maybe] bat him second, I don’t know. Try and figure out who my leadoff hitter will be. Maybe it will let him relax a little bit.”

How about he can’t do it?

Guillen mentions Mark Teahen and Gordon Beckham as possible leadoff hitter replacements. Scot Gregor wants Jordan Danks. See that K% Scot?

April 25, 2010

Konerko’s HR in 3rd consecutive game leads Sox to a 3-2 victory (Pitch F/X)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 25, 2010 6:03 pm
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Danks’ goes 8, allowing 2, striking out 5, and walking 0. 74 of his 107 pitches were strikes. Paulie’s solo HR breaks the 2-2 tie and the Sox hang on for the 3-2 win.

Video highlights

Boxscore: Konerko 6 TBs (HR, 2B, 2 BB), Teahen 2 TBs (2B)

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Danks(W, 3-0) 8.0 7 2 2 0 5 1 1.55
Jenks(S, 4) 1.0 1 0 0 1 2 0 3.38
Totals 9.0 8 2 2 1 7 1 4.45

The Pitch F/X tool says: (more…)

April 20, 2010

Vote for Gordon. A lot!


Beckham certainly will have a chance to be voted into the 2010 Midsummer Classic as a starter, making his first appearance on the All-Star ballot. Beckham is joined by eight of his teammates, including representation at the designated-hitter slot, with the 2010 Midsummer Classic to be played at the home of the Angels.

Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times at MLB.com and all 30 club sites using the 2010 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Sprint until July 1 at 10:59 p.m. CT. …

Other Sox candidates: Paul Konerko (1B), Alexei Ramirez (SS), Mark Teahen (3B), A.J. Pierzynski (C), Andruw Jones (DH), Carlos Quentin (OF), Alex Rios (OF), Juan Pierre (OF).

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