The White Sox bullpen situation is a mess that has somewhat fallen out fantasy consciousness over the past week given that they never actually won a game, so saves weren’t really a concern. But they finally won last night, and Sergio Santos pitched a pretty uneventful 8th inning in the blowout.
There’s no debating his numbers so far this season, but even more than Chris Sale, Santos has been garnering “closer-in-waiting” buzz since Bobby Jenks was struggling in the middle of the summer last year, yet he still only has one big league save in his career.
The concern now becomes that Ozzie Guillen has had a week of losing, so he really hasn’t had to think about the closer situation, which in an odd way is probably better for Matt Thornton, because distance makes the heart grow fonder. Or more specifically, the entire team sucking takes heat off your lousy closer. So is it possible that the chisox closer carousel will simply restart with Thornton getting another opportunity, and if he falters Sale gets his second run at the gig. Is it possible that Santos lost his opportunity before he ever got it?
The closer position can be volatile because you never know when a guy might lose it, but it’s becoming all the more difficult to predict as we have to try to read the minds of the managers in charge of doling out the responsibility.