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First Pitch: K.C. in April? Trouble for Gavin

First Pitch: K.C. in April? Trouble for Gavin

Tuesday, April 5, 2011Posted: 6:35 p.m.

By Brett Ballantini
CSNChicago.com

KANSAS CITY Look for the top of the White Sox order, along with No. 8 hitter Alexei Ramirez, to do most of the damage vs. Kansas City Royals starter Luke Hochevarwho has solid career marks vs. the Pale Hose.

Luke Hochevars splits

In April (month worsts in OPSWHIP): 3-3, 5.89 ERA, .890 OPS, 1.74 WHIP, 1.88 KBB
Vs. the White Sox: 3-3, 3.65 ERA, .656 OPS, 1.24 WHIP, 1.38 KBB
At Kauffman Stadium: 10-16, 4.40 ERA, .740 OPS, 0.98 WHIP, 1.27 KBB

White Sox vs. Hochevar

Juan Pierre, lf: 3-6, 1.071 OPS
Gordon Beckham, 2b: 4-11, HR, 1.098 OPS
Adam Dunn, dh
Paul Konerko, 1b: 2-15, .483 OPS
Alex Rios, cf: 1-14, two Ks, .205 OPS
Carlos Quentin, rf: 2-8, .500 OPS
A.J. Pierzynski, c: 2-14, .286 OPS
Alexei Ramirez, ss: 6-13, 1.101 OPS
Brent Morel, 3b

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Gavin Floyd has suffered terribly in the month of April and at the hands of the Royals. Nearly everyone in K.C.s lineup has his the young righthander hard, even super-small sample size hitters like Matt Treanor and Jeff Francoeur.

Gavin Floyds splits

In April (all but record are career month worsts): 8-8, 6.30 ERA, .829 OPS, 1.63 WHIP, 1.23 KBB
Vs. Royals: 3-7, 4.79 ERA, .752 OPS, 1.35 WHIP, 3.20 KBB
At Kauffman Stadium: 1-4, 6.62 ERA, .808 OPS, 1.44 WHIP, 3.14 KBB

Royals vs. Floyd

Mike Aviles, 3b: 6-21, .681 OPS
Melky Cabrera, cf: 3-9, HR, two RBI, 1.178 OPS
Alex Gordon, lf: 4-12, HR, two RBI, 1.051 OPS
Billy Butler, dh: 7-27, .570 OPS, five RBI
Kila Kaaihue, lb: 1-3, 1.667 OPS
Jeff Francoeur, rf: 4-6, HR, two RBI, 1.833 OPS
Alcides Escobar, ss
Matt Treanor, c: 2-4, HR, three RBI, 2.100 OPS
Chris Getz, 2b: 2-3, 1.333 OPS

Brett Ballantini is CSNChicago.coms White Sox Insider. Follow him @CSNChi_Beatnik on Twitter for up-to-the-minute Sox information.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Hawk rips Lackey, Swarzak traded, Coop misses Q

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Hawk rips Lackey, Swarzak traded, Coop misses Q

After a wild day at Wrigley Field against the Cubs, Chuck Garfien and Dan Hayes discuss John Lackey hitting four White Sox batters and also play Hawk Harrelson's epic on-air rant directed at the Cubs pitcher.

"Jeff the Sox Fan" appears on the podcast and suggests what he thinks Jose Abreu should have done to Lackey when he was hit for a second time.

While they taped the podcast, Anthony Swarzak was traded to the Brewers. What kind of return did the White Sox get? Garfien also interviews White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper about losing Quintana to the Cubs, why he can't watch Quintana and Chris Sale pitch in different uniform, when some minor leaguers like Reynaldo Lopez will be called up and more.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

How White Sox aggressive deadline strategy paid off in Anthony Swarzak trade

How White Sox aggressive deadline strategy paid off in Anthony Swarzak trade

The White Sox jumped out ahead of a crowded reliever market once again and traded Anthony Swarzak to the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night.

The White Sox acquired 25-year-old outfielder Ryan Cordell from the Brewers in exchange for the veteran reliever, a baseball source confirmed. The No. 17 prospect in the Brewers farm system, Cordell was hitting .284/.349/.506 with 10 home runs and 45 RBIs in 292 plate appearances at Triple-A Colorado Springs this season.

A nonroster invitee to big league camp this spring, Swarzak was 4-3 with a 2.23 ERA, one save and 52 strikeouts in 48 1/3 innings this season. He’s the third reliever the White Sox have traded since the second half began as they also dealt David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle to the New York Yankees with Todd Frazier on July 18.

TA free agent after the season, Swarzak has fared extremely well in high-leverage situations, stranding 26 of the 35 runners he had inherited. He pitched in two high-leverage spots in the team’s previous two games, earning his first career save Monday. Swarzak, whose 9.68 strikeouts per nine is a career high, also earned a hold on Sunday in Kansas City.

“I’ve been waiting for that opportunity for a long time,” Swarzak said of Monday’s save. “It’s nice that I went in there and got it done. You think about that moment for years and then it finally happens. You just are trying to take a step back and reflect on what just happened, and I’ll be able to come in tomorrow and be ready to go.”

Two American League scouts said Monday that Swarzak still had good trade value even though he’s viewed as a rental. While he wouldn’t likely net the White Sox a top-150 prospect, they could wrangle a “good” minor-leaguer in a deal. One element that could have potentially derailed the White Sox was an abundance of strong relief options in the market, perhaps as many as 20 pitchers.

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After the White Sox traded Robertson and Kahnle, general manager Rick Hahn indicated they moved the pair early in anticipation of a competitive marketplace when they acquired Blake Rutherford and others from the New York Yankees. The Baltimore Orioles are a team that could have wreaked havoc on the relief market if they decide to sell -- something one AL source said they’ve gone back and forth on every day -- because they could flood it with Zach Britton and others.

The move is the third made by the White Sox in a span of two weeks, including the trade of Jose Quintana to the Cubs on July 13. The White Sox still have several veterans on the roster who could draw trade interest, including starting pitcher Miguel Gonzalez.

“We are still open for business,” Hahn said last week.

Today’s Knuckleball’s Jon Heyman first reported the deal that sent Swarzak to the Brewers. Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal initially reported the teams’ were discussing a trade for Swarzak.