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Entries in Chicago White Sox (34)

Wednesday
Jul312013

Peavy changes his Sox

There was a time when Jake Peavy was one of baseball's premier pitchers.

With the Padres from 2003-08 

  • Peavy was 80-55 (.593) for mediocre Padres teams that 473-500 (.486).
  • He had a 3.14 ERA and a 1.166 WHIP.
  • He allowed 7.6 hits per nine innings.
  • He allowed 0.9 homers per nine innings.
  • He walked 2.9 per nine innings while averaging 9.0 whiffs per nine innings. He had a 3.12 walk to whiff ratio.
  • He was a Cy Young Award winner once and an All-Star twice. 

The White Sox were hoping to capture his Padres success

That why on:

Now, the Red Sox are hoping to recapture his Padres success

But 2013 is not 2008

  • Batters hit .229 against Peavy in 2008. They had a .299 OBP and they slugged .345
  • Righties hit .194 against the righty, lefties .263.
  • His fastball averaged 92.6, peaking at 96.4.
  • Batter hit .239 against his slider.
  • He threw 35 cutters and batters hit .200 against them.

  • Batters have hit .244 against Peavy in 2013. They have a .285 OBP and they slugged .439.
  • Righties hit .218 against the righty, lefties .265.
  • His fastball averages 90.5, peaking at 94.2.
  • Batters hit .357 against his slider.
  • He's thrown 265 cutters and batters hit .286 against them.

With the White Sox from 2009-13 

  • Peavy was 36-29 (.554) 
  • He had a 4.00 ERA and a 1.155 WHIP.
  • He allowed 8.2 hits per nine innings.
  • He allowed 1.1 homers per nine innings.
  • He walked 2.2 per nine innings while averaging 8.0 whiffs per nine innings. He had a 3.66 walk to whiff ratio.
  • Last season, he was an All-Star. It was the only season in which he reached 20 starts in a season.

This season Peavy has allowed 14 homers

While he's not the only pitcher who has allowed 14 dingers, take a look at some of the other pitchers who have done it as well.

14 Gophers
 SLUGHRIPGSERA
Jake Peavy .439 14 80.0 13 4.27
James Shields .369 14 148.1 22 3.09
Max Scherzer .336 14 143.1 21 3.01
Jordan Zimmermann .373 14 141.0 21 3.19
Scott Kazmir .419 14 105.0 19 4.11
David Price .404 14 103.0 15 3.57
Erik Bedard .435 14 103.0 19 4.28
Created by BaseballAnalytics.org on 7/31/2013

 

Peavy was not a cheap acquisition for Boston

Not only does Boston assume the rest of Peavey's salary (he's signed through 2014 at $14.5 million), but they gave up three low-level prospects and an important trade chip in Jose Iglesias.

Forget the inflated Iglesias batting average, the Tigers don't need bats. He is a spectacular fielder who may do for Detroit what Orlando Cabrera did for the 2004 Red Sox when he was picked up on July 31, 2004 and has the ring to prove it.

The White Sox needed Peavy to pitch like an ace.

The Red Sox don't need that.

They just need Peavy to stay healthy and keep the ball in the park, pitch like a number three, and then his new Sox will do the rest.

Saturday
Jun292013

Casper Wells, Skip Schumaker Put up Zeros in Blowouts

When a position player takes the mound late in a lopsided game, it's usually a brief moment of levity during an otherwise miserable night (assuming, of course, the emergency hurler doesn't blow out his arm trying to throw the fastest recorded pitch in major league history, a la Jose Canseco). Unlike Jose, White Sox outfielder Casper Wells and Dodgers utility man Skip Schumaker didn't embarrass themselves on the bump -- both threw a scoreless inning yesterday, and both showed low-90s velocity to boot. Given the struggles of their teammates who actually get paid to pitch, you couldn't blame Wells and Schumaker for wondering, "What's so hard about this, guys? Here's a closer look at their impressive emergency outings.

Casper Wells: 1 IP, 1 K, 1 BB, 0 H, 0 ER vs. Indians

Like a ghostly apparition, Casper is often in a major league clubhouse one second and gone the next. The former Tigers farmhand has passed through Seattle, Toronto, Oakland and the South Side -- just this season. If the whole hitting thing doesn't pan out, the former two-way star at Towson showed he could have a future on the mound.

Wells threw 13 fastballs out of 16 total pitches, averaging 89.8 MPH and topping out at 93.4 MPH. He also tossed in two changeups and a nasty 84 MPH breaking ball on the inside corner that Cleveland's Asdrubal Cabrera swung over for strike three. Wells mostly buzzed Indians hitters with high heat, throwing 11 pitches (69 percent) in the upper third of the strike zone.

Casper Wells' pitch location vs. Indians on 6/28/13

 

Skip Schumaker: 1 IP, 1 K, 2 BB, 1 H, 0 ER vs. Phillies

While Wells is a mop-up pitching neophyte, Schumaker is a grizzled veteran. Last night's outing was Schumaker's third pitching appearance in the majors, as he also faced the Dodgers while with St. Louis on August 23, 2011 (1 IP, 2 K, 1 BB, 1 H, 2 ER) and the Rockies earlier this year on April 29 (1 IP, 0 K, 1 BB, 2 H, 0 ER).

Schumaker doesn't have Wells' formal pitching pedigree -- he made just a handful of appearances while in college at Loyola Marymount and UC Santa Barbara -- but he showed plenty of zip last night, too. He threw 15 fastballs out of 24 total pitches, sitting at 89.4 MPH and reaching 91.1 MPH. Skip struck out Philly's Humberto Quintero swinging on a 90 MPH four-seamer thrown belt high and over the middle of the plate. That's gotta wound a hitter's ego, no? Schumaker also scared the bejesus out of John Mayberry Jr. with 91 MPH heater thrown high and inside.

His secondary weapon was a changeup with good separation from his fastball (80.1 MPH average), and he tossed a pair of high 60s-low-70s curveballs as well. You know, just so the position player with experience at all three outfield spots and second base and a 90 MPH fastball could show he's not a one-trick pony.

Skip Schumaker's pitch location vs. Phillies on 6/28/13

Monday
Apr222013

Why are the Royals, Twins, Red Sox, Orioles, and Rangers above .500?

AL Teams Batting Average and BA w/RISP

I can't help be fascinated with the differential between team batting average and team average with runners in scoring position as an indicator of team success.

AL teams are hitting .251 overall and .251 with runners in scoring position 

 

It stands to reason then that the teams that are succeeding this young season are the ones with the highest positive differential between the two figures.

As you mouse over the teams, you can see that in terms of batting, the team closest to the average is Houston. Remember, this only takes into account batting and clearly the 5-13 Astros have problems that far exceed their ability to hit with runners in scoring position.

When you look at the Kansas City Royals numbers you can see why they are a first place team. Their batting avg. is fifth best in the league, but their abilty to hit with runners in scoring position is the best in the AL and  at +55 points, you can see a reason for their success.

Look at the Twins, and you can see a reason for their surprising early success. They have a +49 point differential. The Red Sox have a +35 which has brought them success when paired with their strong pitching.

Wonder why the Tigers with their great bats are off to a rocky start? How about hitting 42 points lower with runners in scoring position as an answer? 

The Angels have the highest batting average in the league at .280, but are only hitting .223 w/RISP. This puts them in the bottom four in the league.

But no team is exhibiting worse timely hitting than the White Sox

Chicago, like Toronto, is not hitting well overall, both at .232. But as bad as the Jays are hitting with RISP at .200, that is robust compared to the White Sox at .170, a -62 differential.

Unless, and until, those two teams narrow the gap, the liklihood of even reaching .500 this season remains remote.

In the meantime, as the Royals, Twins, Red Sox, Orioles, and Rangers continue to hit well with runners in scoring position, we will see them above .500 and challenging in their respective divisions.