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As much as I wanted to put Shingo and his Frisbee ball on the list, he can't possibly make the cut. For this section of the article, I will choose one closer and two setup men.
In terms of the ninth inning, the discussion starts and ends with Bobby Jenks. He barely beat out Billy Koch and his 1000.00 ERA for the title. Seriously, Dustin Hermanson and Sergio Santos deserve honorable mention, but they really weren't close.
Before arriving in Chicago, Jenks was known for his erratic personality, his love for alcohol and his 100 MPH heater. Sounds like Kenny Powers to me. Nevertheless, the organization juiced out 173 saves of the man.
My left-handed reliever would have to be Matt Thornton. After swapping Joe Borchard for him, he has been very effective in a Sox uniform. Over the last six seasons, Thornton has maintained a 3.21 ERA coupled with a 1.18 WHIP.
Yeah, the guy can't close games (20 saves in his career) but he's definitely solid enough to stick on this squad. Hey, he's better than Damaso Marte or Andy Sisco.
My choice for right-handed setup man would probably no other than Mike McDougal.
Just kidding. But this a toughy, the team hasn't really had any good right-handed setup men over the course of the decade. Putz and Linebrink were expected to be dependable, but we all know that didn't happen.
I'm not making this stretch because I don't really wanted to get lambasted for allowing someone like Tony Pena on this team. So Jenks and Thornton it is.