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August 6, 2009

Phil Rogers’ crystal ball

Division races, Offseason moves, and the Jake Peavy trade:

The White Sox (specifically, Jerry Reinsdorf, Ken Williams and Rick Hahn) don’t get enough credit for wisely managing their payroll. Even with Jake Peavy, they have only about $61 million commited in salary next season. The big issues — once Dye and Thome are resolved — will be what to do with expensive closer Bobby Jenks and whether to count on Scott Podsednik to play center field and hit leadoff. …


BDD’s Defensive Metrics series: LF

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 6, 2009 2:23 pm
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Brian Joseph:

While UZR/150 is the stat du jour for many when it comes to defensive stats, there are plenty of statistics available that offer us some insight on defensive performance. For this reason, I thought it would be a great exercise to look at as many defensive metrics — from the unpopular fielding % and RF/9 to the very popular fielding value and UZR/150 — and rank them by position for each league. The next step was to add those rankings up and come up with a cumulative ranking at each position. Over the next week or so, I will look at each position around the Majors and present how the players ranked out at each position and which metrics were used (and where I pulled the data from).

Here is the LF entry:

LF (Fielding %, RF/9, UZR/150, F2O%, ARM, RZR, OOZ, Fielding Value, +/-)

July 15, 2009

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 9, 2009

Chris Getz looking for hitting advice (UPDATE)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 9, 2009 9:02 pm
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If there’s something weird and it don’t look good who you gonna call? Scott Podsednik!

Getz credited some changes in his batting style that led to the first four-hit game of his career.

“I had become kind of one dimensional with my approach, and I opened it up. I talked to [Scott] Podsednik about what he’s trying to do — stay inside the ball — and I’m trying to work on a little bit of a different approach, similar to his.

Scott Podsednik? For sure?


July 2, 2009

Smells Like Mascot: Hair Apparent

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 2, 2009 11:08 am
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Smells Like Mascot: Hair Apparent:



Smells Like Mascot: A Kenny Williams Composition:


‘Hair Apparent’ is awesomely awesome! Pure Genius I tell you!

June 28, 2009

Ozzie Guillen: Scott Podsednik to CF when Carlos Quentin returns

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 28, 2009 8:39 pm
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Mark Gonzales:

Left fielder Scott Podsednik will move to center field once Carlos Quentin returns from plantar fasciitis of the left foot, Guillen said. Quentin will accompany the team to Cleveland and Kansas City and could start a minor-league rehabilitation assignment next month.


June 27, 2009

Scott Podsednik at his new hitting approach

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 27, 2009 9:04 pm

Scott Gregor:

Podsednik, released by the Colorado Rockies at the end of spring training, continues to move up in the batter’s box like Seattle Mariners star Ichiro Suzuki.

“I’ve wanted to use my ability to run more,” Podsednik said. “I felt like I was leaving some hits out there on the table by not using my ability to run, so I created some movement in the box that allows me to get down the line quicker, and that has allowed me to make some things happened.”

June 24, 2009

Peytra Eileen? That doesn’t sound grindy!

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 24, 2009 12:05 pm
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nor Chicago Tough:

Outfielder Scott Podsednik is expected to rejoin the Sox on Tuesday after his wife, Lisa, gave birth Sunday to a 7-pound girl named Peytra Eileen.

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