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April 13, 2010

Teahen = Clutch

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 13, 2010 7:46 pm


Now the good: Mark Teahen had an absolutely extraordinary night, as did Andruw Jones. Teahen was the living definition of clutch last night, coming through three times in high leverage situations.

  • He hit a 2-out, RBI single to tie the game in the 6th. The leverage was 1.86; the win probability added was 14.6%.
  • Led off the 9th with a game-tying homer against Jays’ closer Jason Frasor. The leverage Index was at 2.9, WPA + 33.3%.
  • Hit a go-ahead RBI triple in the 11th to score Vizquel for 1st. LI 3.43. WPA +32.9%.

April 12, 2010

Sox win in 11. 9 TBs for Andruw Jones, 8 for Mark Teahen (Pitch F/X)

Peavy allows 7 ERs in 5.2 IP. But 9 TBs from Andruw Jones, 8 from Mark Teahen, 3 from Alex Rios and 5.1 shutdown innings from the bullpen help the Sox win it in 11.

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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?

March 31, 2010

Joe Poz’s sleeper pick: Mark Teahen

Joe Poz:

I have been a Teahen booster for a long time, and except for a terrific second half in 2006 — when he hit .319 with 18 homers in 83 games — he has mostly disappointed. I tend to believe that most of it has had to do with his circumstances in Kansas City, where the Royals moved him from position to position and bounced him up and down the lineup. Teahen is now settled in Chicago — he will be the White Sox everyday third baseman (his favorite position). And he will be playing in the best home run park in the American League. Scouts keep telling me that Teahen is what he is — a .270 or so hitter with only moderate power and good base running instincts. I think he might be a bit more. …

March 30, 2010

Scouting Jake Peavy

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 30, 2010 8:01 pm
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Here is what one respected scout told me the other day about Jake Peavy, who threw all fastballs during a Cactus League loss vs. the Royals last week:

“He lost confidence in his fastball when he was with the Padres last year. He was just throwing sliders and cutters. They’re both great pitches and he gets a lot of movement with them. But he’s got to get the fastball back.”

March 26, 2010

HardballTalk on the 2010 Sox


Ozzie Guillen is more or less immune from heat over his antics, his tweeting and his tendency to shoot off at the mouth from time to time, but he could be under some pressure this year all the same. Why? Because this seems more like the team he wanted than the team Kenny Williams wanted. Back at the Winter Meetings Ozzie was adamant that he not be tied down with a dedicated DH. Williams listened, passed on bringing back Thome or Dye and now there’s a decent chance that Mark Kotsay and Omar Vizquel will be getting at bats from the DH slot. Juan Pierre was clearly a Guillen priority. He’s moving Gordon Beckam to second base just as he was getting used to third (and after being drafted as a shortstop).  I don’t think Ozzie’s  job is in jeopardy or anything, but if the team doesn’t produce, Guillen is probably due a lot of the heat for it. How he reacts to the heat could put his job in jeopardy of course, because anything is possible with Ozzie. …

March 24, 2010

Final cuts next week? Interim cuts on the weekend?


Guillen said after Wednesday’s game that his final roster cuts will probably come sometime next week. However, he may pare down the number of players in camp on Sunday or Monday.

Guillen and the White Sox coaching staff are trying to figure out whether the team can carry 12 pitchers to begin the season. Reliever Sergio Santos has created problems for the team because of his outstanding pitching so far.

“I got my team,” Guillen said. “We have one guy who is a tough problem. You know who it is. It’s Santos.” …

Dan Hudson is waiting for an answer:

“I’m just hanging on until they tell me (otherwise),” Hudson said. “I’m just hanging around the locker room until they kick me out – they haven’t really told me anything.” …

Kenny is impressed:

Sergio Santos, a converted infielder who looks as if he’ll break camp as a Major League reliever in just one year’s transformation time, stands at the forefront of this group.”I’ve been surprised how Santos, for a position change guy, can locate his fastball and throw a slider for strikes and a changeup behind in the count,” Williams said. “It just doesn’t happen.”

Santos, 26, entered camp with the reputation of possessing a high-octane fastball in the 98-mph range. But his pitchability, for lack of a better word, has been off the charts.

With nine strikeouts over 5 2/3 scoreless innings heading into his next scheduled outing Thursday against San Diego, the right-hander has put himself as the prime contender for that 12th spot on the pitching staff. Santos is out of Minor League options, so through this great spring, he also has made himself attractive to other teams with thin bullpens. …

March 21, 2010

Greg Walker on Mark Teahen

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 21, 2010 9:54 pm
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“Right now the effort level is too high,” hitting coach Greg Walker said Sunday morning. That was before Teahen headed to the minor league complex to get extra at-bats in an effort to find the stroke that produced a .404 batting average against the Sox last season while playing for the Royals.

“There’s no fluidity to it. Everything is hard. He needs to slow the game down,” Walker continued. “All we’re looking for is the guy who hits to all fields and hits line drives and in gaps and drives in runs. He’s done it before.”

The Sox and Teahen realize two weeks are left before the regular season, but they want more signs of encouragement from their new third baseman, who is hitting .120 in 25 at-bats and hasn’t hit the ball with authority.

“All that matters is that he’s ready to go on Opening Day,” Walker said. “There’s still time. But to accelerate the process, he needs more at-bats.”

March 20, 2010

BaseballMusings looks on the Sox offense

BaseballMusings plugs the Marcel projections into the Lineup Analysis Tool:

  • Best lineup: 4.89 runs per game
  • Probable lineup: 4.84 runs per game
  • Worst lineup: 4.67 runs per game
  • Regressed lineup: 4.56 runs per game

The White Sox probable lineup comes very close to the optimum lineup, just 0.5 behind. One reason is that Guillen puts Pierre, Beckham and Quentin consecutively in the lineup. The LAT slots them 9-1-2 instead of 1-2-3, but keeping those three together helps get the most out of the order.

The lineup used now is ‘Pierre, Beckham, Quentin, Konerko, Rios, Pierzynski, Ramirez, Teahen and Kotsay.’ When I used the LAT back in February 1, the projected lineup was ‘Pierre, Rios, Quentin, Konerko, Teahen, Beckham, Pierzynski, Ramirez and Kotsay,’ and the results were:

Best lineup: 4.89 runs per game
Probable lineup: 4.81 runs per game
Worst lineup: 4.67 runs per game

Seems the current lineup projection is closer to the optimal run production!

March 17, 2010

Ozzie Guillen has two thirds of the lineup down


… “I know my lineup,” Guillen said. “I got my lineup against lefties and righties already.” But when pressed for the exact batting order, Guillen came up with several possibilities, even though he claims that “it’s easier than in the past.” He listed Pierre, Gordon Beckham, Carlos Quentin and Paul Konerko as the first four. And he seemed certain that Mark Teahen would bat eighth and Alexei Ramirez ninth. Five through seven? “(Mark) Kotsay fifth and A.J. seventh, or … (those) two lefties will bat fifth and seventh with (Alex) Rios in the middle,” he said. “Or I might put Kotsay in the middle.” …

March 13, 2010

Ozzie Guillen worried for Mark Teahen and his swing

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 13, 2010 9:14 pm
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With another three hitless at-bats Saturday, the veteran’s average dropped to .105 through seven games with the White Sox. And Guillen’s postgame tune changed just a bit.

As has been pointed out with closer Bobby Jenks’ struggles, these March statistics ultimately mean nothing. Nonetheless, Guillen sees something missing with Teahen.

“I’m starting to worry a little bit about Teahen,” Guillen said. “I see the same swing. He’s not getting anything going for himself. He has to work to try to get better. He’s going to get more at-bats. Right now, he’s struggling at the plate.” …

Walker’s on it.

BTW, Ozzie is worrie about Jenks too.

March 10, 2010

Alexei promises more bunting in April

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 10, 2010 2:40 pm
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”The only difference you’ll see in April this year is I’m going to try to bunt a little more,” Ramirez said through an interpreter. ”I need to get it out of my mind that it’s too cold and just play the game, see what happens. I feel like I have the experience now; I know what to expect. That’s also going to help.”

February 25, 2010

Ozzie Guillen explains his pitching philosophy

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 25, 2010 12:00 pm
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[Daniel] Cabrera will have to harness his wildness to have any shot of making the Sox’s bullpen.

“I want him to worry about one pitch,” manager Ozzie Guillen said. “Fastball right in the middle of the plate and then take care of the rest. I don’t see why this kid with that kind of arm is bouncing around all over the place.

“Maybe too much coaching. Maybe trying to be perfect. Too much stuff. Here, our philosophy is throw as hard as you can, try to hit the middle of the plate and go for it.”

February 22, 2010

Walker’s probable lineup


Walker’s not sure what the regular lineup is going to look like.

Pierre is going to lead off, likely followed by Gordon Beckham, Quentin and Konerko. Walk said Teahen could hit fifth, likely followed by Rios, A.J. Pierzynski, Ramirez and whoever the DH is that day.

February 14, 2010

Ozzie wants a new identity

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 14, 2010 6:57 pm
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From Cowley’s ‘What Ozzie wants: A new identity for Sox‘ column:

The 2010 model is about pitching and defense, getting on base and creating pressure, scoring runs by any means necessary. There is still power, but it’s more spread out.

The 2010 model is about getting on base? is any 2010 acquisition on base threat? Juan Pierre? .339 OBP for the last 3 years. Mark Teahen? .330. Andruw Jones? .304. Omar Vizquel? .301. A ‘during the 2009 season’ acquisition like Alex Rios? .330. Mark Kotsay? .315. And we lost a starter with a .380 OBP. I don’t see any ‘getting on base’ player. I hope the pitching will be strong. Otherwise 2010 will suck. Big Time.

And as soon as I finish I see this.

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