Chicago White Sox

Posted by Baseball Bob at 21:56
Feb 122011

Summary 88-74 B

If the Red Sox season was a failure at 89 wins, the White Sox season has to be seen as a roaring success at a win fewer. Not expected to break even, the Sox surprised everyone by hanging in, and taking over first place at the all-star break by winning their final 8 games of the first half. They remained in first, leading by as much as 3½, until August 9th and finished second, 6 games back. An altogether successful season, and one of baseball’s biggest surprises.

Hitters 78.75-83.25 C

Anytime Juan Pierre leads your team in plate appearances, you know you don’t have a dynamic offense! Paul Konerko hit very well, with support from Carlos Quentin and a surprising Andruw Jones (perhaps the Yankees weren’t so foolish after all?) but Ramirez and Rios were ordinary and Pierre and Pierzynski actively bad, and it all evens out to an ordinary offense.

Starters 87.5-74.5 B

John Danks was very good, and Gavin Floyd turned in another solid season, leading the White Sox to have a decent rotation. Freddy Garcia turned in 28 starts of above-average performance (why is it that no one would give him a ML contract?) though Mark Buehrle was disappointing. Still, these four gave the White Sox a solid rotation, and they got reasonable production out of the fifth spot, shared by Peavy and Jackson.

Bullpen 39/404 C-

The reliever who pitched the most innings, Tony Pena, was effective in only half of his appearances, which is useless. In fact, Thornton and Putz between them had more value than the entire bullpen together, hence the rating. And Putz, of course, is gone. This is a case that shows the ratings have some consistency: the theory is that the starters value is the team value, if the hitters and bullpen are average. Well, in this case, the hitters and bullpen WERE average, and the starters “deserved” an 87.5-74.5 record. So what was the Sox record? 88-74. Wow, I bet it doesn’t always work THAT well!

Charts

Run Scoring

Runs Times
<3 45
3 18
4 20
5 21
6 22
>6 36

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Batters

Batter PA OPS wOBA Grade
Juan Pierre 734 657 .312 D+
Paul Konerko 631 977 .415 A+
Alexei Ramirez 626 744 .322 C-
Alex Rios 617 791 .345 C+
Carlos Quentin 527 821 .356 B-
A.J. Pierzynski 503 688 .299 D
Gordon Beckham 498 695 .305 D+
Omar Vizquel 391 672 .303 D+
Mark Kotsay 359 682 .297 D
Andruw Jones 328 827 .364 B
Mark Teahen 262 709 .309 D+
Ramon Castro 128 832 .362 B
Dayan Viciedo 106 840 .365 B
Brent Lillibridge 101 626 .268 F

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Starters

Starter Games Innings ERA W/L Deserved
Mark Buehrle 33 210.1 4.28 13 – 13 15 – 18
John Danks 32 212.2 3.72 15 – 11 20 – 12
Gavin Floyd 30 187.1 4.08 10 – 13 18 – 12
Freddy Garcia 28 157.0 4.64 12 – 6 14.25 – 13.75
Jake Peavy 17 107.0 4.63 7 – 6 8.75 – 8.25
Edwin Jackson 11 74.2 3.24 4 – 2 8.5 – 2.5
Daniel Hudson 3 15.2 6.32 1 – 1 1 – 2
Lucas Harrell 3 14.1 6.28 1 – 0 1 – 2
Tony Pena 3 19.0 6.16 1 – 1 1 – 2
Carlos Torres 1 6.0 7.50 0 – 1 0 – 1

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Relievers

Reliever G IP ERA Val Gr Effective Ineffective yikes YIKES!
Tony Pena 49 81.2 4.85 -12 F 27 19 4 4
Matt Thornton 61 60.2 2.67 24 A+ 47 13 2 2
Scott Linebrink 51 56.1 4.47 2 D 32 22 4 0
J.J. Putz 59 54.0 2.83 27 A+ 46 9 5 0
Sergio Santos 56 51.2 2.96 -1 D- 35 26 2 2
Bobby Jenks 54 51.1 4.56 8 C 38 9 6 3
Randy Williams 27 24.2 5.40 -12 F 11 17 0 2
Chris Sale 21 23.1 1.93 3 C 14 11 0 0
Erick Threets 11 12.1 0.00 4 A+ 8 4 0 0
Lucas Harrell 5 9.2 2.79 -1 F 2 3 0 0
Carlos Torres 4 7.2 9.39 -4 F 1 1 2 0
Gregory Infante 5 4.2 0.00 2 A+ 4 2 0 0
Jeff Marquez 1 1.0 18.00 -1 F 0 1 0 0

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