Closer

Ronald Belisario. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Levine: Closer’s Role A Juggling Act For White Sox

For the White Sox, finding a suitable replacement for two injured closers will be a tough road to travel.

CBS Chicago–05/25/2014

Chicago Cubs pitcher LaTroy Hawkins yells at home plate umpire Tim Tschida after being escorted to the dugout by manager Dusty Baker (R), coach Gary Matthews (L of Hawkins) and others after being thrown out of a game against the St. Louis Cardinals in the ninth inning on July 20, 2004 at Wrigley Field. The Cardinals defeated the Cubs 11-8. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Wisch: The Six Most Maddening Cubs Closers Ever

It appears that the Cubs may have figured out a solution to their lack of a closer: Just never lead again.

670 The Score–04/18/2014

Nate Jones. (Winslow Townson/Getty Images)

Levine: White Sox’ Jones Starts Spring With Strained Upper Thigh

The White Sox are being careful with pitchers in spring training, including Nate Jones.

CBS Chicago–02/17/2014

Jake Peavy

Peavy As Closer ‘Not Out Of The Realm Of Possibility’

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.

670 The Score–06/13/2011

Sergio Santos

Santos: Closer Title Is ‘Insignificant’

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.

670 The Score–06/13/2011

Carlos Marmol

Abbatacola: No Surprises From Carlos Marmol

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.

670 The Score–04/21/2011

Carlos Marmol

Stone: Marmol On His Way To Being One Of The Best

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.

670 The Score–04/14/2011

Matt Thornton

Shepkowski: Mistaking ‘Should’ for ‘Could’

Every half inning of a baseball game ends when three outs are registered, not more and not less.

670 The Score–04/14/2011

Matt Thornton

Rongey: Breathe Normally

We’re 6% of the way through the White Sox season. Ten games in and a record of 6 and 4.

670 The Score–04/12/2011

Chris Sale

Shepkowski: Consider Me ‘Sold’ On White Sox Closer Change

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.

670 The Score–04/12/2011

Matt Thornton

John Smoltz Takes You Inside The Mind Of A Closer

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.

670 The Score–04/12/2011

Chris Sale

Sale Will Focus On Bullpen

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.

670 The Score–02/23/2011

Matt Thornton

Thornton Wants To Be Closer, But Championsip Is More Important

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.

670 The Score–02/22/2011

Chris Sale

Cowley: Sale Is ‘Knock Out’ Pitcher For Ninth Inning

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.

670 The Score–02/14/2011

Chris Sale

Who Will Close For The White Sox?

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.

670 The Score–02/10/2011