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Word on the Street: Guillen squares off with Jenks

Word on the Street: Guillen squares off with Jenks

Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010
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Jenks disappointed in departure from Sox

Bobby Jenks, the White Sox's closer the past several seasons, was non-tendered by the team this offseason and wound up signing with the Boston Red Sox. The 29-year-old veteran said he understood the business behind the call, but was still upset nonetheless.

"It was my first hope, and it hurt," Jenks said in an article on mlb.com. "During my first conversation with my wife after the season, she looked me in the eyes and said that she would go anywhere with me. I said that I wanted to go back to Chicago.

"Once they signed Adam Dunn and gave him my number, I knew it was official. With that move right there, even though they talked to me after Paul Konerko and Dunn signed, it was almost like an afterthought, I felt. They never made it seem like they wanted to bring me back."(MLB.com)

Guillen's son fires back at Jenks

Oney Guillen, the son of White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, took some shots right back at departed pitcher Bobby Jenks, who was unhappy with the way the White Sox handled his situation in the offseason.

The younger Guillen had several tweets ripping Jenks after the former hefty closer said he "was looking forward to playing for a manager who knows how to run a bullpen."

One such Tweet: "and you say the manager didnt trust u? he kept putting ur fat there and u kept blowing it, he never took u away from that role unreal" (Yahoo Sports)

Is Jay Cutler the best Bears QB ever?

Maybe, according to Daily Chicago Sports Tab blog, even considering Cutler still has one game left to play in just his second season with the team. As it stands right now, he already ranks eighth in team history in passing yards (with 6,772) and is tied for sixth with 50 touchdown passes. Cutlers QB rating of 82.5 is better than any other quarterback in the franchise's top ten yards in passing while his completion percentage of 60.8 is best among those ten passers.

On this current trend, Cutler could be the Bears best statistical quarterback sometime in the 2012-13 season, overtaking Sid Luckman. (Daily Chicago Sports Tab)

Cubs going after Fausto Carmona?

Reports have come out from ESPN's Bruce Levine that the Cubs may be interested in Cleveland Indians starter Fausto Carmona. But, Al Yellon of the blog Bleed Cubbie Blue doesn't think that will be such a good idea, as the asking price from Cleveland is likely too much.

To get Carmona, a former 19-game winner, it would likely cost the Cubs Brett Jackson and Chris Archer, two of the top prospects in the organization. But, to get Matt Garza from the Tampa Bay Rays, it may only take minor league catcher Robinson Chirinos and shortstop Hak-Ju Lee. (Bleed Cubbie Blue)

Former Bear takes a shot at team

Brandon Lloyd, a former Chicago Bears receiver, was named to the AFC Pro Bowl Tuesday and in a conference call with the press, was asked if he had anything to say to his former teams (San Francisco, Washington and Chicago). He responded with "Yeah, there is something I'd like to say to them: Bleep you. I mean that in the most professional way." (Denver Post)

Joe Blanton an option for Cubs?

If the Cubs don't trade for Carmona or Garza, they could go after Joe Blanton of the Philadelphia Phillies, according to BleacherReport.com. Blanton could be a perfect Plan B after he was deemed expendable when the Phillies shocked the world by signing Cliff Lee in the offseason. (BleacherReport.com)
Bulls targeting a shooting guard

There has been a lot of talk lately regarding the Bulls and trading for a shooting guard, which is their main area of need. One such name being brought up in the discussion is J.R. Smith of the Denver Nuggets, but he likely wouldn't be dealt until Denver determines where superstar Carmelo Anthony is going. However, another name has been thrown into the mix as Courtney Lee of the Houston Rockets could be a good fit. (Yahoo Sports)
Bears-Jets game sets ratings record

The Bears' tilt against the New York Jets Sunday ranked as the highest preliminary television rating for the single-game window in the 13 seasons of the current AFC package on CBS. The package of all NFL games on CBS earned a 15.4 overnight rating and 30 share, the best ever. (Wall Street Journal)Palmeiro to miss out on Hall of Fame?

Rafael Palmeiro, a member of the 500 home-run club who spent his career with the Cubs, Rangers and Orioles, is likely not to be voted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame after testing positive for steroids in his career. Palmeiro is one of four players in MLB history to have at least 3,000 hits and 500 home runs, but his positive steroid test is a big blemish on his otherwise Hall of Fame career. (USA Today)

By the numbers: Lucas Giolito showed impressive control in White Sox debut

By the numbers: Lucas Giolito showed impressive control in White Sox debut

Lucas Giolito didn't pick up a win in his White Sox debut, but there were plenty of encouraging signs. 

At the top of that list has to be his control, which was an issue that plagued the Sox No. 6 prospect in the past

Here's a closer look at his precision last night against the Twins: 

0 - Maybe the most important number of all. Giolito did not walk a single batter. 

- Giolito hit one Twin. It was Brian Dozier on the first at-bat of the game. First-game nerves? We'll chalk it up to that. 

64 - Giolito hurled 64 strikes out of 99 pitches, resulting in a strike percentage above league average

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A fair number of those strikes the 23-year-old threw were hit hard, though. CSN's Dan Hayes noted the exit velocities against Giolito in the first inning: 

Although he got out of that inning unscathed, Minnesota did get to the right-hander: 

- The number of dingers slammed off Giolitio. 

The exit velocities on those, according to MLB Exit Velocity

98.9 - Jorge Polanco's fourth inning homer.

105.5 - Kennys Vargas' fifth inning homer.

104.3 - Eddie Rosario's sixth inning homer. 

All of the homers hit were on fastballs, which was his go-to pitch according to Hayes. Here's a look at his pitch selection: 

69 - Fastballs

16 - Changeups

12 - Curveballs

The bottom line: 

4 - Earned runs Giolito gave up. 

Lucas Giolito's White Sox debut drew rave reviews

Lucas Giolito's White Sox debut drew rave reviews

Lucas Giolito’s first outing may not have netted the outcome the White Sox hoped for, but the look and feel was most definitely there.

The team’s sixth-ranked prospect showed just how much progress he’s made the over the entire season and in particular the last six weeks in his White Sox debut on Tuesday night.

Giolito was promoted from Triple-A Charlotte early Tuesday and looked poised and confident for six innings despite a heavy reliance on the fastball because his curve wasn’t where he wanted. While he yielded three home runs in a 4-1 loss to the Minnesota Twins, Giolito and the White Sox liked what they saw.

“Excellent,” manager Rick Renteria said. “I thought it was a very positive outing.

“Lucas I thought threw the ball very, very well. Fastball was very good. He was using his breaking ball. He threw some that were a little short. But all and all, I thought his mound presence, his attack of the strike zone -- I don’t think he walked anybody, he threw a lot of strikes -- he looked very, very good to me. Very pleased.”

Once the top pitching prospect in baseball, Giolito had lost a little bit of the shine even by the time he was traded to the White Sox last December in the Adam Eaton deal. He struggled at times during a nomadic 2016 campaign with the Nationals -- he was moved seven times in all -- and saw a dip in fastball velocity as his mechanics got out of whack.

Though excited by the trade to the White Sox, Giolito admitted in spring training he wasn’t quite where he yet wanted to be. He struggled early this season at Triple-A Charlotte, posting a 5.40 ERA in his first 16 starts and often failed to pitch deep into games.

But along the way Giolito found his confidence, rediscovered his curveball and began to pitch more consistently. That was the pitcher the White Sox saw on Tuesday night, the one who despite not having his entire arsenal didn’t panic.

Working almost entirely with his fastball -- 69 of his 99 pitchers were four-seamers -- Giolito pitched at a quick pace and got into a rhythm. Giolito got 10 swings and misses, including eight with the fastball, and didn’t walk anyone.

“I felt relaxed,” Giolito said. “I felt confident the whole time.

“I feel like tonight I was able to control the game a lot better. Last year my time in the big leagues the game would speed up on me a lot. I’d walk a guy, give up a couple of base hits and start to kind of get out of control. Tonight, I felt under control, I was able to trust my stuff, it was just those mistakes.”

Giolito’s outing wasn’t perfect. He tried to go inside with fastballs three times and left them over the middle. Jorge Polanco blasted a game-tying solo homer off Giolito in the fourth, Kennys Vargas hit one off him in the fifth and Eddie Rosario hit a two-run, opposite-field shot in the sixth.

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But that he was effective enough to keep the White Sox in the game in spite of his offense, which blew bases-loaded opportunities in the second and third innings, and minus all of his pitches wasn’t lost on Omar Narvaez. Narvaez liked how Giolito competed and the way he spotted his fastball in and out, up and down.

“I think he’s going to be one of our best pitchers,” Narvaez said. “His fastball is kind of sneaky and he has a great changeup. He uses it whenever he wants to and he has a really, really good curveball.

“He made a lot of good pitches (with the fastball). Every time we worked behind he just came back with the fastball.”

Giolito threw his curveball 12 times and used the changeup 16. While he induced a few groundballs with his curve, Giolito wasn’t as effective in two-strike situations, spiking the pitch in front of the plate. Even so, Giolito felt good about what he accomplished and that’s great for the White Sox.

“I feel like I belong,” Giolito said. “I feel like my stuff plays. I’m happy I didn’t walk anyone tonight. I was able to command the fastball pretty well, but fastball-changeup was pretty much all I had. I wasn’t throwing the curveball as well as I would have liked, but I’m going to work on that for the next start and hopefully be able to command that pitch a little better.”