Chicago White Sox: Coming in To Close for the Sox Is...
Reading the latest news around Major League Baseball, I saw a Chicago Tribune article that says that manager Ozzie Guillen wants to name one closer between Chris Sale or Matt Thornton since Bobby Jenks departed for Boston and switched his Sox.
Chris Sale is a flame-throwing pitcher that came onto the scene last year for the White Sox. Sale was taken as the 13th pick in last season's amateur draft and appeared in 21 games for the Sox gathering four saves and a 1.93 ERA.
Matt Thornton has been a bullpen guy for the White Sox for the past five seasons. Last year, Thornton had eight saves in 61 games for Chicago.
Who's better suited for the job?
If you haven't known, the White Sox are leaning towards making Chris Sale a starter in the future. Sale had some success in college at Florida Gulf Coast before joining Chicago. If anything happens to Jake Peavy or any other Sox starter, I'll bet you Sale will be immediately place in the rotation.
That being said, Thornton is probably more suitable since you know he's a bullpen guy and you're probably not going to keep switching him from the rotation and back.
If anything, Thornton will turn out to probably share the closer role with Sale, but get more appearances. If he fails, newly acquired Jesse Crain or Will Ohman could help.
In 71 games for the Twins last season, Crain had an ERA of 3.04 and had only one save while Joe Nathan sat all season and Jon Rauch took over closer duties. Will Ohman split time between Baltimore and Florida and carried a 3.21 ERA in 68 games and did not record a save.
Barring the completely insane, Ohman would be a specialist and Crain would be a setup man this season.
What about you White Sox fans? Who will be the closer starting the 2011 season?
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