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Royals vs White Sox Series Preview

General:

Record 39-35, 2nd in the AL Central, 1.5 games back

 

Pitching

Suspected starters for the series:

Game Date Time WhiteSox Starter Roya's Starter
1 Mon, Jun 28 8:10 PM Buehrle (6-6) Lerew (0-1)
2 Tue, Jun 29 8:10 PM Floyd (2-7) Bannister (7-5)
3 Wed, Jun 30 8:10 PM Peavy (7-5) Greinke (3-8)

 

The White Sox Starters Stats:

Name K/9 BB/9 K/BB GB% BABIP ERA FIP xFIP wFB/C wSL/C wCT/C wCB/C wCH/C
Gavin Floyd 8.0 3.0 2.7 49% 0.331 4.80 3.47 3.78 -0.51 0.60   1.62 -0.08
Mark Buehrle 4.7 2.1 2.2 46% 0.326 4.60 3.95 4.55 0.78 3.39 -1.46 -2.58 -1.67
Jake Peavy 7.8 2.8 2.8 41% 0.287 4.71 4.06 4.07 0.42 1.26 0.35 0.83 -0.90

 

I have included the wXX/C value from Fangraphs.com to show which pitches the starter throws and the productivity of those pitches. The prefix "w" in front of any of the pitch types denotes runs above average. When the pitch type trails with "/C" it denotes per 100 pitches. wFB/C would be fastball runs above average per 100 fastballs. A positive value is good, negative value is bad. A value of 3 means the pitch is getting great results.

Projected White Sox Lineup

This is the most popular lineup after Teahen went down.  Usually one or two subs a night:

 

Order Name and Position
1 Pierre-LF
2 Vizquel-3B
3 Rios-CF
4 Konerko-1B
5 Quentin-RF
6 Kotsay-DH
7 Pierzynski-C
8 Ramirez-SS
9 Beckham-2B

 

Hitter stats (using Fangraphs now instead of B-Ref and limiting data to main players)

wOBA Name Pos PA AVG OBP SLG wOBA BB% K% BABIP HR SB CS
0.417 Paul Konerko 1B 285 0.302 0.396 0.583 0.417 13% 18% 0.295 19 0 0
0.398 Alex Rios OF 282 0.311 0.369 0.541 0.398 7% 14% 0.319 13 20 6
0.340 Carlos Quentin OF 263 0.229 0.327 0.454 0.340 9% 17% 0.223 12 0 0
0.337 Andruw Jones DH/OF 185 0.203 0.314 0.443 0.337 14% 24% 0.198 10 7 2
0.318 Mark Kotsay 1B/DH 175 0.211 0.314 0.368 0.300 13% 11% 0.200 6 1 2
0.300 Alexei Ramirez SS 269 0.265 0.300 0.399 0.297 5% 15% 0.292 6 2 6
0.297 Juan Pierre OF 322 0.246 0.313 0.277 0.286 6% 7% 0.265 0 28 7
0.286 A.J. Pierzynski C 234 0.245 0.281 0.368 0.284 3% 6% 0.248 4 0 1
0.284 Omar Vizquel 3B 127 0.250 0.312 0.321 0.283 8% 15% 0.281 1 2 2
0.283 Gordon Beckham 2B 266 0.203 0.271 0.275 0.251 7% 20% 0.243 2 4 2

 

Defense Stats:

Name Pos Inn UZR UZR/150
Juan Pierre LF 570 8 23
Alexei Ramirez SS 621 6 13
Alex Rios CF 586 6 16
Gordon Beckham 2B 576 2 3
Omar Vizquel 3B 172 0 3
Andruw Jones LF 71 0 -6
Mark Kotsay 1B 126 0 -3
Andruw Jones RF 154 -1 -7
Jayson Nix 3B 113 -2 -31
Paul Konerko 1B 522 -5 -15
Carlos Quentin RF 453 -14 -39

 

Injury news:

Mark Teahen is out with fractured finger (15 day DL)