Despite his performance down the stretch and in the playoffs last season, a lot of people (including myself) aren't yet convinced that Bobby Jenks has what it takes to hold onto the closer job all year. From this morning's Daily Southtown:
"Trust me, this is a problem we love having," Cooper said.
That was the case Monday in a 5-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers. McCarthy, called upon to protect a 4-3 lead, looked so strong in the seventh and eighth innings that Guillen and Cooper seriously considered keeping him on the mound for the ninth to get the save. Instead, they went with Bobby Jenks, who pitched a 1-2-3 inning.
"Right now, we have a closer -- Bobby Jenks," Cooper said. "But I don't have a problem with using (McCarthy) in the ninth. I don't think it would be a bad move."
Factor those interesting comments with Jenks' performance in today's game (he gave up two runs off a Chris Shelton homer) and it's not hard to see the White Sox making a switch. McCarthy is an extremely talented pitcher who will rack up a ton of strikeouts in whatever role he's put in, while Jenks has frequently struggled with his control (and weight) throughout his minor league career. This is definitely a situation which bears watching.
Inside the White Sox [Daily Southtown]