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The Process Versus White Sox Hitters

Oh great, a really good offensive team!

A.J. Pierzynski Left .701 .732
Ramon Castro Right .830 .710
Paul Konerko Right .977 .835
Adam Dunn Left .759 .965
Dayan Viciedo* Right .960 .729
Mark Teahen Left .709 .727
Gordon Beckham Right .777 .736
Omar Vizquel Switch .580 .639
Brent Lillibridge Right .640 .497
Alexei Ramirez Right .848 .717
Brent Morel* Right .974 .594
Juan Pierre Left .707 .659
Alexis Rios Right .725 .773
Lastings Milledge Right .793 .688
Carlos Quentin Right .819 .880

(Three-year samples used when possible)
*Career numbers because of small sample size in recent years. These tables all exclude 2011 stats

(Favors means the split is +/- .020 points)
Matchup favors LHP: Pierzynski, Dunn, Vizquel, Rios, Quentin
Matchup favors RHP: Castro, Konerko, Viciedo, Beckham, Lillibridge, Ramirez, Morel, Pierre, Milliedge
Matchup is a push: Teahen

(Credit to Chris St. John for the data)

Analysis after the jump…

While the Rays’ offense is struggling to get hits, let alone runs (seven runs in five games), they travel to Chicago to go against what should be one of best offenses in the league in their offensively friendly home. U.S. Cellular Field ranks as one of the top 10 scoring parks over the past three years and top five for home runs (ESPN Park Factors). Last season, it had the honor of being the most home run friendly stadium in the majors.

Before a pitch is thrown, the Rays have caught a major break in the four game series. New White Sox slugger, Adam Dunn, is expected to miss the series after undergoing an emergency appendectomy. Even in Dunn’s absence, Chicago has noted power threats in Paul Konerko and Carlos Quentin as well as good overall hitters in Alex Rios and Alexi Ramirez. To top it off, they have a trio of talented youngsters: Dayan Viciedo, Gordon Beckham, and Brent Morel.

Thus far, Tampa Bay’s pitching staff held opposing offenses to a reasonable 22 runs in five games. Looking at the platoon splits, Joe Maddon will have to mix and match quite a bit if he wants to keep that average around four runs a game. Making things even more interesting, there are multiple reverse-platoon opportunities in this series outside of the Danks Theory matchup.

Though Alex Rios and Carlos Quentin both bat from the right side of the plate, they have been better against similar-handed pitchers over the last few seasons. Quentin is also pretty good against left-handers where Rio’s drops off a bit. Looking at individual pitches, Quentin is a dead-red fastball hitter, but struggles with sliders. This would be a good time for David Price to find his slider. Quentin also has some issues with changeups which is good news for James Shields.

Even at his age (35), Paul Konerko is one of the premier sluggers in baseball. He crushed 39 home runs in 2010 and is another fastball masher in the heart of the White Sox order. Similar to Quentin, he is susceptible to sliders and struggles at times with curveballs. Outside of David Price, a left-hander should not be on the mound at the same time Konerko is at the plate.

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