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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 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 7, 2010

Danks allows 2 runs over 7 innings but Sox lose.

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 7, 2010 12:27 am
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Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Danks(L, 3-1) 7.0 8 2 2 2 7 0 1.98
Santos 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.00
Pena, To 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 6.75
Totals 9.0 9 2 2 2 9 0 4.64

Sergio Santos set a White Sox record with 12 scoreless outings to start his career.

Pitch F/X: (more…)

April 14, 2010

Sox win 11-1 (Pitch F/X)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 14, 2010 9:51 pm
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John Danks holds Toronto to 1 ER; Carlos Quentin has 6 TBs including a grand slam; Andruw Jones has 7 TBs including a solo HR and a double, Gordon Beckham has 3 TBs including a double

Boxscore Videos

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March 24, 2010

Is Kenny’s phone ringing?


… The question with the 32-year-old Aquino is whether this is a flash in a pan or if Don Cooper has done something to unlock his potential. The bottom line here is that the White Sox have pitching to trade, which should make Ken Williams‘ phone ring frequently in the next week. He’d love to move Linebrink, but would he deal Pena if his staff projected that Aquino could be just as effective? Could he receive an offer rich enough to deal Santos, who has the chance to become a right-handed complement to Thornton if not, ultimately, a candidate to replace Jenks?

February 21, 2010

Don Cooper is fired up

Here’s Coop:

”I can’t wait for that first side day. Once I see that side day, I can’t wait to see batting practice. Once I see that, I want the spring games to start, then I want camp to end and get on that plane … I’m looking forward to the start of the season more than anything because it’s time for us to get back into the playoffs. Believe me, 2005 was all good, but the one thing is, you realize if you don’t win a championship, well, you come up short. I want another championship. I want the White Sox to have another championship. … As I sit here on, what, the third week of February — I’m sitting here believing we will win this division until someone steps up and proves me wrong.”

January 18, 2010

Sox sign Tony Pena

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 18, 2010 6:47 pm
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The Chicago White Sox have agreed to terms on a one-year, $1.2-million contract with right-handed pitcher Tony Pena, avoiding arbitration.

Pena, 28, went 1-2 with a 3.75 ERA (15 ER/36.0 IP), one save and 29 strikeouts in 35 relief appearances last season with the White Sox. He was acquired from the Diamondbacks on July 7 in exchange for minor-leaguer Brandon Allen. He combined to go 6-5 with a 3.99 ERA (31 ER/70.0 IP) and 55 strikeouts in 72 games in 2009 between Arizona and the Sox. Since the start of the 2007 season, Pena ranks fifth in baseball with 66 holds.

Left-handed pitcher John Danks is the White Sox last arbitration-eligible player.

January 16, 2010

Sox agree to 1-year deals with Bobby Jenks and Carlos Quentin

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 16, 2010 6:35 pm
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The Chicago White Sox have agreed to terms on one-year contracts with right-handed pitcher Bobby Jenks ($7.5 million) and outfielder Carlos Quentin ($3.2 million), avoiding arbitration with both players.

Jenks, 28, went 3-4 with a 3.71 ERA (22 ER/53.1 IP) and 29 saves with the White Sox in 2009. He fell one save shy of his fourth consecutive 30-save season. Jenks ranks third in White Sox history with 146 saves.

Quentin, 27, hit .236 (83-351) with 21 home runs and 56 RBI in 99 games last season. He was on the disabled list from May 29-July 19 with plantar fasciitis in his left foot. Quentin batted .288 (138-488) with 36 homers and 100 RBI in 2008 when he was named to the American League All-Star Team and received his first Silver Slugger Award.

Left-handed pitcher John Danks and right-hander Tony Pena are the White Sox remaining arbitration-eligible players.

Jenks played under a 1-year/$5.9 million contract last year. He gets $1.6 million more in 2010. Quentin played under a 1-year/$0.55 million contract last year. He gets $2.65 million more in 2010.


Arbitration-eligible players without a 2010 contract will exchange figures with their respective clubs on Tuesday, and arbitration hearings will be scheduled Feb. 1-21. Clubs can still negotiate with their players from the time they exchange figures until the respective hearings.

The White Sox haven’t had to go to arbitration with a player since 2001.

January 1, 2010

Tony Pena one of eight of a kind

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 1, 2010 3:16 pm


I like ground ball pitchers. But I also expect them to throw strikes and miss bats. And, if it’s at all possible, suppress home runs on whatever fly balls and line drives, they do give up.

Show me a pitcher who is good at all these things, and I’ll want him on my team. Show me a guy who isn’t good at any, and I’ll shun the man.

Is this a healthy bias? Let’s take the case of 11 pitchers I should love or hate. …

October 3, 2009

Ozzie Guillen on trading Bobby Jenks

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 3, 2009 7:43 pm
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Ozzie Guillen on trading Bobby Jenks:

“Tough call. We don’t want to trade him, but in the meanwhile, Kenny’s never going to say no to any trade if he thinks it’s going to help this organization. I still think Bobby’s going to be our closer next year. If something happens between now and next year, then we’ll make a move. Can (Matt) Thornton close a game? A lot of people doubt it; I say yes he can. He’s got good enough stuff and he’s got experience. I think right now, our bullpen’s going to make maybe a few changes. I think on paper, it’s a good bullpen, physically. But honestly, very inconsistent and we’ve got to get better.

and on Tony Pena:

“I think Pena’s fine. I think Pena’s in the spot he should be in. We just got him to help the bullpen. We put him in big spots and he failed, but all of the sudden he bounced back and pitched well. As long as he does that, he’s going to help make the organization better. He knows his role and next year, he might know his role a little bit better. I’m pretty pleased with the way he’s thrown and I know he’s going to get better.”

October 2, 2009

Scowley time

Joe Cowley hands out his 2nd annual Sox player awards:


”I don’t need Carlos to have [expletive] fun. I need Carlos to produce.” — general manager Williams, on Quentin.

September 3, 2009


Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 3, 2009 5:47 pm
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http://mlb.mlb.com/media/video.jsp?content_id=6442051 (0:35)

http://mlb.mlb.com/media/video.jsp?content_id=6332285 (0:43)

For freaking Tony Pena?

August 27, 2009

FutureSox on the Brandon Allen-Tony Pena trade

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 27, 2009 9:46 pm
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In one of Kenny Williams’ lower profile moves from this season he dealt a young 1st base prospect, Brandon Allen, to the Diamondbacks for reliever Tony Pena. Since the trade Pena’s performances have been uninspiring, to say the least, and Brandon Allen has been destroying PCL pitching, resulting in a promotion to Arizona. So I find myself posing the question; was trading Brandon Allen a mistake? …

August 18, 2009

Linebrink loses setup duties (UPDATE)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 18, 2009 9:46 pm
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Linebrink getting “break” from 8th inning role: Dotel, Pena and Carrasco to share those dutues.

no thornton?

Matt Thornton would be the logical bridge to closer Bobby Jenks, but Guillen likes to use Thornton at any point late in the game to get out of trouble. Octavio Dotel and Tony Pena will get late looks, but Guillen added that middle reliever D.J. Carrasco should not be ruled out. “If we think Carrasco is the guy to do it, we’ll just pitch him for an inning,” Guillen said. “Carrasco can do a lot of things. I think Carrasco has a stamp on his forehead, ‘pick-up garbage guy.’ Everything he’s been doing has been great.”

UPDATE: Ozzie said he wants to get Linebrink “back on start.” Linebrink’s response: “Get me back on track how?”

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. …

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