Results! South Side Satisfaction Survey, pitchers

Two fireballing lefties lead the way in the pitchers' portion of the performance evaluation, and a very likely suspect brings up the rear.

The pitchers’ portion of the South Side Satisfaction Survey only drew about two-thirds of the votes the position players’ half did, but the people who did participate were kinder almost all the way across the board.

Chris Sale: 9.00

My score: 10
White Sox first-round picks Sale has already outproduced: Joe Borchard, Aaron Poreda, Lance Broadway, Kyle McCulloch, Royce Ring, Kris Honel, Jason Stumm, among others.

Matt Thornton: 8.25

My score: 9
If he didn’t give up that walk-off homer to Jim Thome, I’m guessing he’d be markedly higher.

Sergio Santos: 7.70

My score: 9
Last year: 8.16 ERA, 1.99 WHIP, 1.50 K/BB
This year: 2.96 ERA, 1.529 WHIP, 2.15 K/BB
I’m glad to see the novelty hasn’t worn off yet, because he’s still an amazing story.

Freddy Garcia: 7.52

My score: 8
Garcia had by far the lowest expectations, so he gets the benefit of a handicap. Still, he threw more innings in 2010 (157) than he did in over the previous three seasons (129).

John Danks: 7.51

My score: 8
The White Sox’ most consistent starter all year gets his due. He may never reach that first tier of AL lefties, but he’s reliable.

Edwin Jackson: 7.36

My score: 8
Only one person appears to really hold the loss of Daniel Hudson against him.

J.J. Putz: 7.12

My score: 7
It’s a shame he didn’t peak later than he did, but coming off elbow surgery, he was one of the best relief deals out there.

Gavin Floyd: 6.23

My score: 6
We like Floyd better than Joe Cowley does, apparently.

Mark Buehrle: 6.06

My score: 6
The first guy without a 9, Buehrle didn’t really capture the imagination this year, but he was solid.

Tony Pena: 5.19

My score: 3

This was the graph I anticipated the most, and it didn’t let me down. I can’t make up my mind whether Pena will be non-tendered.

Lucas Harrell: 4.02

My score: 3

Harrell exceeded very low expectations and picked up his first career victory in an emergency start. Unlike George Costanza, he didn’t leave the audience wanting more.

Gregory Infante: 3.99

My score: 4

Infante was off the radar at the start of the season, and a September call-up at the end. Good season, but needs to throw more strikes to bad major-league hitters.

Bobby Jenks: 3.98

My score: 3

Looks like most people are content with the Jenks Era coming to an end.

Carlos Torres: 3.54

My score: 2

I like when a graph has two separate peaks. Looks like a group of people thought he did OK, and another considers him nothing more than a AAAA starter.

Jake Peavy: 3.20

My score: 2
I was harder on Peavy than most. I thought he could get injured or pitch unimpressively, but not both.

Scott Linebrink: 2.99

My score: 2
The crowd seemed to be more favorable to pitchers than hitters, and Linebrink might benefit more than anybody .

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Wow, I thought Chris Sale was a lock to be higher than 9. He was close, but really what more do you want the guy to do? Come on, mystery voter, a 5? FIVE? And someone voted six, too?
I may as well start calling you all Lisa, because you’re tearing me apart. Five, really. You people…


He threw all of 23.1 innings this year… great innings, but giving him a 10 is sorta like giving a hitter a 10 for OPSing .950 in 50 at-bats.
The 5 is weird though. I gave him an 8 or a 9, I don’t remember.


See those giant peaks at 5 for Lucas Harrell and Gregory Infante?
That’s people saying “Who the heck are these guys?”
(like me 🙂 )


Chis Sale was the biggest surprise of the year. In April I hadn’t even heard of him. Hopefully he will stay in the bullpen for 2011. We need him there badly!!
But Segio Santos?? He began the season in great form but somewhere along the way forgot how to throw strikes. He helped us blow a couple of big games. Strictly a novelty as far as I’m concerned but I would invite him back in 2011.


Yeah, I think he’s invited back. Any plans you’ve heard of to stretch Santos out for a future rotation spot? I mean, if Tony Pena can do it, Sergio could be the next CYA winner…


Is his change really good enough for starts? I think they would have to be extra careful in the stretching process since the guy doesn’t have a decade of work building up his endurance like most pitchers do.


If cheap and good is a novelty, hopefully we can get a whole team of novelties.
I don’t even remember what I gave him, but the 7.7 we collectively awarded him seems fair enough. Out of curiosity, Soxfan1, what did you give him? Anything under 6 is crazy.
He definitely wasn’t as sharp in the second half, but in the bullpen, stuff and velocity can usually carry you a ways. If Cooper can get him to stay over the plate a bit more consistently, I’m thinking Sergio is a 7th inning guy who can fill in at closer. I for one am excited, hopeful and optimistic about his future. And his price.


Yet another endorsement for Don Cooper. Looking at the scores for guys throwing most of the innings, the average is quite high without much variation. The price of gold can keep going up, Coop will still be worth his weight in it


It continues to amaze me that the casual fan continues to hold Ozzie absolutely responsible for the mis-use, and mis-management of the pitching staff (when it occurs), while Coop escapes any/all criticism…I have dubbed him “The Teflon Don” since anytime anything related to a pitching fiasco happens (bullpen blows a save, starter left in too long), it ALWAYS falls on Ozzie’s lap. Don’t they know that he doesn’t have the first clue about pitching? How many managers in this game actually do? And, how many times does he need to say so before anyone will start believing him? Yet, Coop always gets the credit for “fixing” a pitcher’s mechanics…It’s laughable.


The successes far outweigh the fiascos, though, regardless of how you want to divide responsibility among the coaches.


There is a place for a guy like Pena somewhere. Pitched about 80 innings out of the bullpen (didn’t that lead the league) and made starts of 7, 6 and 6 innings.