It appears that the Cubs may have figured out a solution to their lack of a closer: Just never lead again.
The White Sox are being careful with pitchers in spring training, including Nate Jones.
As Phil Humber continues to have success as a starting pitcher and Jake Peavy continues to struggle to stay healthy, the notion of moving Peavy to the team’s closer may start to build some merit and some momentum among fans.
Coming out of spring training, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen named Matt Thornton as the team’s closer. But after Thornton struggled to close out ball games, the competition for that position opened back up, and it appears to have been claimed by Sergio Santos.
With the Chicago Cubs leading 1-0 in the ninth inning of the first half of Wednesday’s Cubs doubleheader, Carlos Marmol walked Cameron Maybin, who would eventually score on a sacrifice fly to tie the game.
At any given time, there’s roughly 10 closers in baseball who can be considered lock-down, dominant guys. The Chicago Cubs may not have one right now, but they could soon enough.
Every half inning of a baseball game ends when three outs are registered, not more and not less.
We’re 6% of the way through the White Sox season. Ten games in and a record of 6 and 4.
Close games have not gone the White Sox way early in 2011, losing both one-run contests they’ve been in this year after falling 2-1 to the Oakland Athletics on Monday night.
So far this season, Mat Thornton has struggled to close out games for the Chicago White Sox. He has three blown saves, an 0-1 record and a 2.73 WHIP.
Over the offseason it wasn’t clear if Chris Sale’s role for the 2011 season would be as a starter or coming out of the bullpen.
For the Chicago White Sox, the competition to be the team’s closer might be the only positional battle taking place during training camp. While players like Matt Thornton want the job, winning is ultimately more important.
For the 2011 Chicago White Sox, there are far more questions about the pitching than there are about the offense. And two of the major pitching questions can be answered with one player’s heath.
One of the biggest questions for the Chicago White Sox heading into the 2011 season in who will be the team’s closer. And it looks like it’s too early to try and answer that question.