Memo to Ozzie Guillen: Stop Using Scott Linebrink to Close

JJ SSenior Writer IJuly 8, 2008

The closer role hasn't been a problem for the White Sox since the days of Billy Koch, Tom Gordon, and Damaso Marte. Since those horrendous years, Shingo Takatsu, Dustin Hermanson, and Bobby Jenks have all done excellent jobs closing out games in the ninth inning.

 But now, the White Sox have a problem. Jenks was put on the 15-day disabled list today and hasn't pitched a game since June 29 after experiencing pain in his back, leaving a hole in the back of the bullpen.

Ozzie Guillen chose Scott Linebrink, easily the best relief pitcher on a team that's full of high-caliber bullpen pitchers, to fill that role.

And Linebrink hasn't got the job done.

This isn't meant to be a knock on Linebrink. It's more a knock on Guillen for continually throwing Linebrink out there in situations he is going to have trouble succeeding in.

To see why Linebrink has been set up to fail and who the White Sox should use to close, check out the rest of the article HERE at