Posts in category "Bullpen"

White Sox relievers are fungible to a fault

White Sox relievers are fungible to a fault
“”We’ve got a bunch of guys who are really bad at starting,” -Will Ohman, Feb. 26, 2011 Leave it to Will Ohman to make the self-deprecating statement that would later be used in his own post-mortem.  The 2012 season would see the White Sox take a step away from investing in “failed starters”, and their... Read more »

Matt Thornton can't stop righties, and other things to remember

Matt Thornton can't stop righties, and other things to remember
Notice a trend, perchance? We had a nice little peak there–far longer than the average peak for a reliever–and now Thornton has slid all the way back to where he was just a wide-eyed 31 year-old, not yet learned in The Way of Coop. One could hate the sinner–and Thornton has done himself no favors... Read more »

Rising and falling relievers

Rising and falling relievers
In order to spare him a tough matchup in an inning that had already been through a rough start, Addison Reed replaced Matt Thornton in the bottom of the 8th Tuesday night, and ended the evening with a quite rare four-out save. The interplay brought both relievers’ ERA’s to 3.83 on the season, which is... Read more »
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Loose threads

Sometimes a game doesn’t offer a clear, unifying narrative upon which to craft an entire post around, but merely a smattering of disparate thoughts. – The White Sox lost to the Blue Jays 3-2 in 11 innings Monday night, while the Tigers had a miserable old time in Minnesota and lost 9-3.  Nights where the... Read more »

Morning notes: White Sox will give this 'winning streak' thing a try

Morning notes: White Sox will give this 'winning streak' thing a try
A casual glance at the standings gives the impression that something like a crucial August series is taking place this weekend.  The Angels–still a heavy favorite to end their season in October with a wild card berth safely in tow–head into town fresh off a split with the Rangers where their bullpen allowed 11 runs... Read more »

An interesting time for Hector Santiago to get demoted

An interesting time for Hector Santiago to get demoted
Francisco Liriano and Rey Olmedo being added to the roster meant that someone needed to exit from the bullpen to make room for Philip Humber, even if he’ll probably never actually sit down there. With the bullpen holding two semi-effective lefty rookies, Leyson Septimo and Hector Santiago seemed to be the two men at risk,... Read more »
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Morning notes: Just another panicked Monday

Morning notes: Just another panicked Monday
“We’re all waiting for Gavin Floyd and John Danks to come back,” my mother opined to me over our weekly Sunday dinner together, “but has anyone pointed out that they haven’t been any good?” “They’ll be fine”, I said dismissively, foolishly thinking this would be enough. “They haven’t been any good.” “Danks was terrible, but... Read more »

Brett Myers is here to help

Brett Myers is here to help
Faced with a bullpen where the only men with an ERA under 3.50 are Jesse Crain–who’s record has been saved by being on the DL for the last month–and Donnie Veal–who has faced two batters this season–Kenny Williams took the time to act upon what had become a fairly glaring need. On Saturday, the White... Read more »

A bullpen turns its lonely eyes to Jesse Crain

A bullpen turns its lonely eyes to Jesse Crain
Even before Thursday night’s dull thud, the White Sox bullpen was already pretty comfortably the third-worst group in the American League.  Their 3.92 ERA was third-worst, their adjusted-for-ballpark ERA was third-worst, their adjusted xFIP was third-worst. One could quibble about how the A’s are pitching way above their peripherals, or how the Orioles are doomed... Read more »
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Robin's cry for help

Ventura’s use of Leyson Septimo was disappointing, but imagine how he feels every time he stares into the bullpen.  Click the title to follow the link to my post on Southside Showdown.