Chicago White Sox

Chicago White Sox Fantasy Baseball Daily Bullpen Updates and Closer Depth Chart

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CHW*Juan MinayaAaron BummerGregory InfanteNate Jones8/21/17
(DL)Nate Jones

* = closer-by-committee

Previous updates:

August 21, 2017
Chicago White Sox — Juan Minaya still looks like the man to own for the White Sox, but he’s not making things easy. After Aaron Bummer walked a man on four pitches, in came Minaya. He walked the next guy, induced a double play, then gave up a two-run homer, but managed to retire Elvis Andrus to nail down a rocky save. Meanwhile, Gregory Infante has begun to get late-inning looks in a setup role, and the newly promoted Danny Farquhar is also someone to watch — last night he pitched a scoreless seventh.

Updated hierarchy: *Minaya | Bummer | Infante.
* = closer-by-committee

August 19, 2017
Chicago White Sox — The White Sox bullpen finally managed to pull out a save last night, and you can thank Juan Minaya for that. Earlier in the game, Aaron Bummer pitched out of a two-on, one out jam in arguably the highest-leverage spot. Although Bummer also had a runner score, he’s still a better option than Jake Petricka and his 9.00 ERA and 2.05 WHIP. If you’re desperate enough for saves to look at the second option in Chicago, we think it’s Bummer.

Updated hierarchy: *Minaya | Bummer | Petricka.
* = closer-by-committee

August 17, 2017
Chicago White Sox — Things are getting really sad in the White Sox bullpen, guys. No one on the active roster has a save, a streak that was prolonged against the odds Wednesday night. With a two-run lead, Juan Minaya retired the last two men in the eighth on seven pitches. Rather than letting him go for a five-out save, Rick Renteria trotted out Gregory Infante, who induced a flyout. But when a pinch hitter was announced, Renteria pulled Infante for lefty Aaron Bummer — then yanked Bummer in favor of Jake Petricka after he gave up a single. Three line drives later, it was another walk-off for LA. Petricka has given up eight runs this month and has as many baserunners allowed as outs recorded (16). We still think Minaya has the best stuff, but if you’re this desperate for saves, troll for eighth-inning guys, stream our VSW picks, something, anything but this! Don’t own a White Sox reliever!

Hierarchy remains: *Minaya | Petricka | Bummer.
* = closer-by-committee

August 16, 2017
Chicago White Sox — Prior to Tuesday’s tilt with the Dodgers, Rick Renteria said that he plans to give different guys chances to prove themselves. Some proved themselves better than others. In a 1-1 game, Juan Minaya got through the seventh and allowed a hit to the only batter he faced in the eighth. Aaron Bummer was next, and he induced a fielder’s choice before walking the next two guys. On came Jake Petricka, who got the second out but followed that with a HBP and three singles to blow the game wide open. Based on usage, Petricka was probably going to get the first save chance if Chicago grabbed a lead, but after Tuesday’s troubles it may be Minaya after all. If you’re looking for reliable options here, good luck.

Hierarchy remains: *Minaya | Petricka | Bummer.
* = closer-by-committee

August 13, 2017
Chicago White Sox — The White Sox traded Tyler Clippard to the Astros late Sunday night, further depleting an already barren bullpen. It will be a fluid situation that we’ll continue to monitor, but for now we like Juan Minaya to head a committee that also includes Jake Petricka and Aaron Bummer.

Updated hierarchy: *Minaya | Petricka | Bummer.
* = closer-by-committee

July 28, 2017
Chicago White Sox — The White Sox continued to hemorrhage their bullpen Thursday, trading Dan Jennings to the Tampa Bay Rays. What’s left? The newly activated Jake Petricka, the only reliever on the opening day roster still with the team, may be in the mix for saves soon.

Updated hierarchy: *Clippard | Minaya | Petricka.
* = closer-by-committee

July 27, 2017
Chicago White Sox — The White Sox activated Jake Petricka from the DL on Wednesday. Rick Renteria said that Petricka could be an option in the late innings. Petricka hasn’t pitched since a disastrous outing on June 28, so we’ll see just how quickly Renteria throws Petricka into the fire.

Hierarchy remains: *Clippard | Jennings | Minaya.
* = closer-by-committee

July 26, 2017
Chicago White Sox — Hey White Sox fans, did you like that clean, drama-free save from Anthony Swarzak the other night? Too bad! With Swarzak headed up I-94 to Milwaukee, it’s Tyler Clippard time again — or whatever gallimaufry of negative-WAR relievers Rick Renteria has left to compose a committee. For second in line behind Clippard and Dan Jennings right now, we’ll put our marker on Juan Minaya, who’s had some bad luck (.333 BABIP, 13% HR/FB), but boasts the best K-rate of anyone on the current roster of mismatched Sox. Recently signed Danny Farquhar could be in the hierarchy very soon.

Updated hierarchy: *Clippard | Jennings | Minaya.
* = closer-by-committee

July 25, 2017
Chicago White Sox – Anthony Swarzak finished off the 8th inning last night, then stayed on to pick up his first career save. Five days ago, Rick Renteria named Tyler Clippard his new closer after David Robertson was dealt to the Yankees. But after two shaky outings, Renteria now seems to be leaning toward Swarzak, saying after yesterday’s game that he went with the guy pitching the best right now. This looks like a committee going forward, with Swarzak in the lead after his outing yesterday. Swarzak, however, has thrown 94(!) pitches over the last four days; all three of his outings crossed multiple innings. He’ll need the day off today, and might get Wednesday off as well.

Updated hierarchy: *Swarzak | Clippard | Jennings.
* = closer-by-committee

July 24, 2017
Chicago White Sox – Dating back to July 12, when his ERA was 1.73, Tyler Clippard has given up 16 earned runs in 10.2 innings. He didn’t add to that total yesterday, as he only faced one batter and allowed a walkoff base hit, but that now makes two bad appearances for his new team. If the White Sox succeed in trading Anthony Swarzak, we don’t know what’s going to become of the closer position, but lefty Dan Jennings might be worth an add if you have the roster space.

Hierarchy remains: Clippard | Swarzak | Jennings.

July 22, 2017
Chicago White Sox —  Tyler Clippard’s first appearance with the White Sox didn’t go as planned. Entering a tie game in the tenth inning, he loaded the bases with no outs, taking the loss on a sacrifice fly. If Clippard isn’t more effective in Chicago than he was in New York, he won’t be the closer for long.

Hierarchy remains: Clippard | Swarzak | Jennings.

July 19, 2017
Chicago White Sox — Both David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle were traded to the Yankees late Tuesday night, with Tyler Clippard part of the package that came back to the White Sox. Clippard has struggled lately, but he has experience as a closer and is likely to take over the ninth inning for Chicago. Anthony Swarzak will be next in line for save chances if he also doesn’t eventually get traded.

Updated hierarchy: Clippard | Swarzak | Jennings.

July 3, 2017
Chicago White Sox — David Robertson — currently ranked #20 in Jon Heyman’s assessment of trade chips — will be off the next three days welcoming his second child. Tommy Kahnle should get any save chances against Oakland.

Hierarchy remains: Robertson | Kahnle | Swarzak.

May 5, 2017
Chicago White Sox – The White Sox got some tough news Thursday, as righty Nate Jones was placed on the 10-day disabled list (retroactive to May 1) with elbow neuritis. Expect Anthony Swarzak (0.00 ERA, two holds, just three hits and one walk allowed in 14 innings with 16 Ks) to get more looks in the late innings.

Updated hierarchy: Robertson | Kahnle | Swarzak.

April 23, 2017
Chicago White Sox – Dan Jennings hasn’t gotten a hold yet this season, and pitched the 5th inning yesterday with the White Sox trailing. It’s a little hard to guess how this bullpen would shake out if both David Robertson and set-up man Nate Jones were to go down, but right now we’ll give the edge to Tommy Kahnle, who throws hard and has seen some late-inning work recently.

Updated hierarchy: Robertson | Jones | Kahnle.

February 27, 2017
Chicago White Sox – As of right now, the White Sox still have David Robertson as their closer.  However, with the White Sox in rebuilding mode, Robertson has been the subject of trade rumors.  Nate Jones and Dan Jennings, Chicago’s primary seventh and eighth inning men from last year, will return in 2017.  Jones had stellar numbers last season, as he finished with 80 Ks in 70.2 innings and a WHIP of 0.89, and should take over as closer if Robertson is dealt.  Another name to keep in the back of your mind is Zack Burdi, who is seen as the closer of the future.

Starting 2017 hierarchy: Robertson | Jones | Jennings.

September 5, 2016
Chicago White Sox – After almost every other arm in the White Sox bullpen had been used, Tommy Kahnle came on for the save in the 12th inning, and converted. He does not factor in to the White Sox usual late inning plans.

Hierarchy remains: Robertson | Jones | Jennings.

August 30, 2016
Chicago White Sox — The major league leader in blown saves is Nate Jones, who suffered his ninth on Monday night. It’s mostly been a matter of bad timing, however; his 0.93 WHIP and 3.25 FIP don’t point to any significant problems.

Hierarchy remains: Robertson | Jones | Jennings.

August 11, 2016
Chicago White Sox — In his last six outings, Matt Albers has given up nine runs in 6.2 IP, and he took the loss in the 14th last night. Pitching two scoreless innings ahead of him was Dan Jennings, who gave up a leadoff triple in the 13th, then struck out the side.

Updated hierarchy: Robertson | Jones | Jennings.

August 10, 2016
Chicago White Sox – After a David Robertson blown save, Lieutenant Dan Jennings recorded the final out of the 10th inning to pick up his first career save. And hopefully some ice cream.

Hierarchy remains: Robertson | Jones | Albers.

August 1, 2016
Chicago White Sox – The Cardinals acquired Zach Duke yesterday, and while the lefty will have to do some work to crack the St. Louis hierarchy, he does leave a hole in the Chicago bullpen. Look for Matt Albers to get more holds as as result.

Updated hierarchy: Robertson | Jones | Albers.

July 25, 2016
Chicago White Sox – It was an eventful day for the White Sox bullpen, especially for closer David Robertson, who managed to pick up wins in both Saturday’s suspended game and Sunday. In the first game — in which the White Sox started Matt Albers in place of the suspended Chris Sale and followed him with five other relievers — Robertson did his job, keeping the game tied in the 9th inning and earning the victory when the White Sox walked off. In the second game, he did the opposite of his job, allowing three home runs and blowing the game, only to pick up the win when the White Sox rallied — a first in the modern era. Baseball is strange.

Hierarchy remains: Robertson | Jones | Duke.

July 22, 2016
Chicago White Sox — The White Sox are quickly slipping out of contention, and rumors are flying that the team is listening to offers for closer David Robertson, who is owed $29.45 million through the end of the 2018 season. With the deadline less than two weeks away, stay tuned.

Hierarchy remains: Robertson | Jones | Duke.

July 10, 2016
Chicago White Sox — With David Robertson unavailable, Nate Jones got four outs to record his third save of the season.  Robertson will be out until after the All-Star break, and Jones should continue to close while he is out.

Hierarchy remains: Robertson | Jones | Duke.

June 30, 2016
Chicago White Sox — Nate Jones earned a save by retiring one batter with the tying run at the plate, avoiding the indignity of Chicago losing a game they led 9-1 at the start of the ninth.

Hierarchy remains: Robertson | Jones | Duke.

June 23, 2016
Chicago White Sox — The Vulture Save Watch nailed Zach Duke’s first save of the season, as David Robertson and Nate Jones rested.

Hierarchy remains: Robertson | Jones | Duke.

June 9, 2016
Chicago White Sox — Chicago has lost 12 of their last 14, and David Robertson has suffered from a lack of regular use. In his first action since last Wednesday, he came in with the Sox down seven in the eighth, and immediately boosted the lead into double digits. If the team keeps struggling, there could be another summer of Robertson trade rumors ahead.

Hierarchy remains: Robertson | Jones | Duke.

May 29, 2016
Chicago White Sox – The White Sox blew a six run lead in the ninth inning yesterday.  David Robertson got the call to start the inning, as he hadn’t pitched since May 23rd and only had three appearances since May 9th.  It began well, with Robertson striking out the first batter, but it unraveled quickly from there.  Six of the next seven batters reached and Robertson was pulled with the score 7-6.  Tommy Kahnle came on and immediately gave up a game tying double, followed by two walks and a walk-off single.  It was a rough day, to say the least, but it shouldn’t impact the White Sox late inning bullpen plans moving forward.

Hierarchy remains: Robertson | Jones | Duke.

April 25, 2016
Chicago White Sox – Zach Duke had been used more like a LOOGY in the early going — he didn’t pitch a full inning in any of his first six outings — but he’s now had five straight outings where he’s gone an inning or more, including Sunday, when he pitched the 7th ahead of Nate Jones and David Robertson. Look to him as a possible source of holds going forward.

Updated hierarchy: Robertson | Jones | Duke.

April 20, 2016
Chicago White Sox — Nate Jones earned the first save of his career thanks to a pair of scoreless innings in a 5-0 victory.

Hierarchy remains: Robertson | Jones | Albers.

April 16, 2016
Chicago White Sox — Chris Sale pitched a complete game shutout on Friday night, but Jake Petricka was ready to come in if Sale had needed help. We expected David Robertson to get the day off, but Petricka — who has always had control issues — was a bit of a surprise. He’s not in the hierarchy now, but we’ll keep an eye on it.

Hierarchy remains: Robertson | Jones | Albers.

February 29, 2016
Chicago White Sox – The back end of the White Sox bullpen settled into a nice groove at the end of last season and the good news is that all of the key members will be returning for 2016.  David Robertson has established himself as a solid closer, with the potential to be elite, after he finished last season with a WHIP under 1.00 and 86 Ks in only 63.1 innings.  Flamethrower Nate Jones pitched well after returning toward the end of last season, and has been impressive so far this spring.  Matt Albers re-signed after a successful first year with the White Sox and should slot into the late innings too.  Zach Duke could see time in the later innings as well, as a situational lefty.

Starting 2016 hierarchy: Robertson | Jones | Albers.
Holds candidates: Jones, Albers, Zach Duke.

October 3, 2015
Chicago White Sox – Matt Albers got the 8th inning ahead of David Robertson on Friday night, pitching a clean frame to earn his 6th hold and lower his ERA to 1.21. Nate Jones, meanwhile, hasn’t pitched in over a week.

Updated hierarchy: Robertson | Albers | Jones.

September 30, 2015
Chicago White Sox — Matt Albers has quietly put together a streak of 21.1 scoreless innings since Aug. 5, which is the longest active streak in baseball. He earned his fourth hold in as many appearances on Tuesday, and has now moved ahead of Zach Duke.

Updated Hierarchy: Robertson | Jones | Albers.

September 18, 2015
Chicago White Sox — Staked to a 2-1 lead in the ninth inning on Thursday, closer David Robertson gave up a three-run home run of sorts to Billy Butler (I bet Avisail Garcia wishes he had that one back) for his seventh blown save. Robertson has allowed seven runs (five earned) in the last four days, and could need a night off to clear his head.

Hierarchy remains: Robertson | Jones | Duke.

August 17, 2015
Chicago White Sox – Nate Jones got the 8th inning in a 3-run game on Sunday, striking out the side ahead of David Robertson. Jones has been electric since returning to the big leagues, and has shown that he still has “closer-in-waiting” stuff. Look for him to share 8th inning duties with Zach Duke going forward — if Jones hasn’t passed him already, that is.

Updated hierarchy: Robertson | Jones | Duke.

August 11, 2015
Chicago White Sox – Nate Jones continues to impress in Chicago. The flame-throwing right-hander pitched 1.2 innings to close out the game for Chris Sale last night. Jones was given plenty of breathing room, but we expect him to get work in higher leverage spots in the near future.

Updated hierarchy: Robertson | Duke | Jones.

August 8, 2015
Chicago White Sox — For the first time since April 2014, Nate Jones appeared in a major league game, notching two strikeouts in a perfect inning. Jones was hitting 100 MPH during his rehab appearances, and could challenge for a high-leverage role almost immediately.

Hierarchy remains: Robertson | Duke | Petricka.

June 24, 2015
Chicago White Sox — Jake Petricka finished the 8th inning with a two-run lead, and when the White Sox ran the lead to four in the top of the 9th, he stayed on to pick up the save. Robertson was available, but the lack of a new save opportunity kept him out of this one.

Hierarchy remains: Robertson | Duke | Petricka.

May 29, 2015
Chicago White Sox — Before Thursday’s doubleheader with the Orioles, manager Robin Ventura expressed support for closer David Robertson, who has allowed six earned runs in his last eight outings. With Robertson unavailable, the White Sox turned to Zach Duke, as predicted in Thursday’s VSW, in the first game. Duke got the last out in the eighth and the first two in the ninth before allowing a two-run home run to Chris Davis. In relief of Duke came old friend Jake Petricka, who got the final out to earn his first save of the season. Petricka has moved ahead of Dan Jennings, who allowed three hits and a run with the team behind in game two. Jennings has had a difficult time adjusting to his unprecedented dual role as White Sox reliever and Marlins manager, with a 8.31 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP since the move was made on May 18.

Updated hierarchy: Robertson | Duke | Petricka.

May 16, 2015
Chicago White Sox — Chicago had Thursday off, but it was Zach Duke, not David Robertson, called on for the save late Friday night, with Zach Putnam warming behind him. Duke escaped when the tying run became the final out, in a classic 8-6-3-5-2 rundown after a double. After early speculation about a possible injury, Robin Ventura explained that he wanted another day of rest for Robertson, who made four appearances in the five days prior (70 pitches).

Hierarchy remains: Robertson | Duke | Jennings.

May 1, 2015
Chicago White Sox – In a meaningless, no-pressure spot in the ninth inning Thursday night, Jake Petricka allowed three runs on four hits to balloon his ERA to 7.20. Robin Ventura could continue to give Petricka a breather from the high-pressure situations. Look for Dan Jennings to fill in more in the late innings, as he has become a reliable arm in the pen (BAA of .147 in 9 appearances).

Updated hierarchy: Robertson | Duke | Jennings.

April 27, 2015
Chicago White Sox — After making some mechanical adjustments recently, Jake Petricka was used in a tight seventh, and should continue to get important innings for the Sox.

Updated hierarchy: Robertson | Duke | Petricka.

April 15, 2015
Chicago White Sox – Dan Jennings has picked up back-to-back holds for the White Sox after some early struggles. He’s tied with teammate Zach Duke and a host of others for the AL lead in holds now and seems to be favored at this point over Javy Guerra.

Updated hierarchy: Robertson | Duke | Jennings.

April 12, 2015
Chicago White Sox – Zach Duke picked up his second straight 8th inning hold on Sunday. The White Sox have been wise to make good on their offseason investment (3 years, $15M), as Duke has been one of the only reliable arms in the Chicago bullpen thus far. Would-be set-up man Zach Putnam has struggled out of the gate (4 ERs in 2 innings) after struggling during the spring (9.35 ERA) and might be looking at a trip to the minors if he can’t sort things out soon.

Updated hierarchy: Robertson | Duke | Guerra.

March 31, 2015
Chicago White Sox – Jake Petricka has been battling forearm and elbow soreness for the past week and will open the season on the disabled list. Petricka was the heavy favorite to set up for David Robertson (who was battling a sore forearm himself earlier this spring), and the White Sox may have to mix and match until his return. Zach Putnam has had an awful spring, though he’s come around as of late; given his brief experience in the closer role, we’ll move him to first in line by default. Javy Guerra and Zach Duke will likely see their roles increase as well.

Updated hierarchy: Robertson | Putnam | Guerra.

March 6, 2015
Chicago White Sox – Chicago’s bullpen was a mess right from the start in 2014. To ensure that didn’t happen again, the Sox went out and signed former Yankees closer David Robertson. Jake Petricka and Zach Putnam, who split the closer’s job at the end of 2014, should slide into set-up roles in front of Robertson. The White Sox also added veteran lefty Zach Duke in the off-season, and he could see some time in the later innings.

Starting 2015 hierarchy: Robertson | Petricka | Putnam.
Holds candidates: Petricka, Putnam.

September 28, 2014
Chicago White Sox — Javy Guerra picked up his first save of the season last night.  Jake Petricka started the 9th inning, but left with a lower back injury.  Guerra was able to come on and get the last three outs for a White Sox win on a night when they honored retiring Paul Konerko.

Hierarchy remains: Petricka | Putnam | Guerra.

September 24, 2014
Chicago White Sox — Jake Petricka gave back a game to the Tigers in the bottom of the ninth last night, but Robin Ventura and the White Sox brass still like him to close, both now and perhaps next year.

Hierarchy remains: Petricka | Putnam | Guerra.

September 20, 2014
Chicago White Sox — The White Sox brought closer Jake Petricka on to get the last two outs in the 8th.  Lefty Eric Surkamp got the first out of the 9th, and then Zach Putnam recorded the last two outs to pick up the save.

Hierarchy remains: Petricka | Putnam | Guerra.

September 20, 2014
Chicago White Sox — The White Sox brought closer Jake Petricka on to get the last two outs in the 8th.  Lefty Eric Surkamp got the first out of the 9th, and then Zach Putnam recorded the last two outs to pick up the save.

Hierarchy remains: Petricka | Putnam | Guerra.

September 17, 2014
Chicago White Sox — Zach Putnam earned his fifth save on Tuesday while Jake Petricka stood by if needed. Petricka blew a save on Monday, and Chicago’s bullpen remains in flux.

Hierarchy remains: Petricka | Putnam | Guerra.

August 31, 2014
Chicago White Sox — Jake Petricka gave up a hit and a walk in the 9th inning yesterday but was still able to record his 10th save of the season.  Meanwhile, Zach Putnam pitched a perfect 8th against the Tigers 4-5-6 hitters and hasn’t given up any runs in August.  It looks like Petricka is still the closer for now but Putnam is right there if Petricka slips up.

Hierarchy remains: Petricka | Putnam | Guerra.

August 28, 2014
Chicago White Sox — One day after Jake Petricka’s second straight blown save sent him to the Hot Seat, Robin Ventura tried to squeeze a two-inning save out of Javy Guerra. When Guerra hit a batter with his 33rd pitch, putting two men on with two out, it was Zach Putnam summoned for the one-out, three-pitch save. Ventura didn’t say much after the game — the link to his postgame news conference almost immediately sent viewers to a test pattern — but earlier Wednesday, he put his struggling bullpen on notice that results will be required of anyone expecting to return next year. We won’t elevate Putnam or anyone else to the top spot without more info, but we will give Petricka his closer committee asterisk back. If Ventura does make a change, we expect the chances to be split among Putnam, Guerra, Petricka, and Matt Lindstrom, in that pecking order.

Updated hierarchy: Petricka | Putnam | Guerra.

August 27, 2014
Chicago White Sox — Jake Petricka blew his second straight save on Tuesday, and the last five batters he’s faced have scratched out two doubles, two home runs, and an intentional walk. There are three other guys in the White Sox bullpen who have at least three saves this year, so Petricka can’t afford too many more nights like this.

Hierarchy remains: Petricka | Putnam | Lindstrom.
Jake Petricka to Hot Seat.

August 13, 2014
Chicago White Sox — Matt Lindstrom was activated from the disabled list on Tuesday; although Jake Petricka will retain the closer role, Robin Ventura indicated that Lindstrom will be used in high-leverage spots going forward. Just to make things interesting, Petricka blew Tuesday night’s save and needed Zach Putnam’s help to escape without a loss.

Updated hierarchy: Petricka | Putnam | Lindstrom.

August 9, 2014
Chicago White Sox – Although Zach Putnam and Jake Petricka were splitting saves prior to Putnam going on the DL, manager Robin Ventura has said that Petricka will remain the primary closer even though Putnam has returned from his injury.

Hierarchy remains: Petricka | Putnam | Belisario.

August 8, 2014
Chicago White Sox – Zach Putnam was activated from the disabled list following Thursday’s game, though Robin Ventura hasn’t specified what his role will be yet. Jake Petricka has done a serviceable, though not spectacular, job as the full-time closer in Putnam’s absence, so Putnam could return to his pre-injury role of splitting save chances. More likely, though, is that Ventura starts Putnam off in a few non-save situations to gauge the righty’s effectiveness, with the potential of moving him back in to the 9th inning if he proves himself healthy. Also of note on the South Side, Matt Lindstrom, who started the year as the closer, is about a week from returning.

Updated hierarchy: Petricka | Putnam | Belisario.

August 6, 2014
Chicago White Sox — Down 15 in the ninth, Robin Ventura summoned the most expensive option he had: Adam “Big Donkey” Dunn. The active leader in striking out couldn’t induce one of his own, but managing to hold a team to one run in an inning deserves a commendation by White Sox standards. Meanwhile, Zach Putnam joined Matt Lindstrom in Charlotte on injury rehab.

Hierarchy remains: Petricka | Belisario | Guerra.

August 4, 2014
Chicago White Sox – The White Sox bullpen on Sunday gave up 15 runs in 4 innings — and they were all earned. I’m not even mad. That’s amazing.

Hierarchy remains: Petricka | Belisario | Guerra.

August 3, 2014
Chicago White Sox — The White Sox had to call on Jake Petricka in the 8th inning last night trying to hold on to a one run lead.  He came on with two runners on and got the first man to ground out before giving up a go-ahead two run double.  Petricka was charged with a blown save but before the game Robin Ventura said that he has been impressed with Petricka in the closer’s role.  Matt Lindstrom, or Linstrom as the Charlotte Knights like to call him, threw an inning on Friday night and is expected to pitch every other day and could return to the White Sox as early as Thursday.

Hierarchy remains: Petricka | Belisario | Guerra.

July 31, 2014
Chicago White Sox — Nate Jones suffered a UCL tear during rehab from his back surgery; after undergoing Tommy John surgery on Tuesday, he is expected to be out for the next 12 to 18 months. Matt Lindstrom starts a rehab assignment on Friday.

Hierarchy remains: Petricka | Belisario | Guerra.

July 24, 2014
Chicago White Sox — With today’s news that Zach Putnam is headed to the disabled list with shoulder inflammation, Jake Petricka went, by default, from part-time closer to full-time closer. He responded well in his first save chance on Thursday night, striking out two in a perfect inning, and has the chance to seize the role for good ahead of Putnam’s (and Matt Lindstrom’s and Nate Jones’s) return.

Updated hierarchy: Petricka | Belisario | Guerra.

July 24, 2014
Chicago White Sox — Chicago’s bullpen may soon become crowded if Nate Jones and Matt Lindstrom can return as planned early next month. Jones has been throwing on flat ground for some time now. Lindstrom will pitch batting practice this weekend, then start a minor league rehab assignment if all goes well.

Hierarchy remains: Putnam | Petricka | Belisario.

July 22, 2014
Chicago White Sox – Chicago’s closer committee continued to chug along on Monday, as Jake Petricka got the save after Zach Putnam had converted the previous two chances. Additionally, displaced closer Ronald Belisario has shined since the All-Star break, having picked up three holds in three opportunities, including one on Monday night. All three holds have come in the eighth inning, and he’s pitched his way back into the conversation should Petricka and Putnam be unavailable.

Updated hierarchy: Putnam | Petricka | Belisario.

July 20, 2014
Chicago White Sox – Zach Putnam got the save on Friday, so it was Jake Petricka’s turn to try for the last three outs on Saturday. But Petricka was only able to get two of those outs, also allowing a hit and a walk before being yanked by Robin Ventura — Putnam would strike out the game’s final hitter to earn the save. With two saves in two days, and an uncomfortably quick hook on Petricka, Putnam has inched to the top of the White Sox closer-by-committee.

Updated hierarchy: Putnam | Petricka | Guerra.

July 19, 2014
Chicago White Sox — Zach Putnam got the first save opportunity coming out of the All-Star break and converted for his third save of the season.  It’s hard to read too much into one game, especially with the way Robin Ventura has been using his relievers recently, but it looks like we are back to Putnam and Petricka sharing the closing duties for now.

Updated hierarchy: Petricka | Putnam | Guerra.

July 15, 2014
Chicago White Sox – The White Sox aren’t very good and nobody wants what Robin Ventura is selling in the late innings. TRADE DEADLINE BUY/SELL: None

July 13, 2014
Chicago White Sox — After yesterday’s game, it looks like Jake Petricka is moving towards becoming the closer of the White Sox.  His main competition, Zach Putnam, was brought on in the 6th inning and gave up 3 hits and a run in his 1.1 innings of work.  Petricka was saved for the 9th inning and, although it wasn’t a save opportunity after the White Sox scored 3 runs in the top of the 9th, he pitched a perfect inning with one strikeout.  This still could be a committee but Petricka is, at the very least, the top of the committee at this point.

Updated hierarchy: Petricka | Guerra | Putnam.

July 10, 2014
Chicago White Sox — The Sox bullpen ruined a strong outing from would-be All-Star Chris Sale on Wednesday. Entering with two outs in the eighth, Jake Petricka gave up three hits and a walk without retiring a batter; after Javy Guerra got out of that jam, he came back out for the ninth and blew the save. Post-game criticism centered on Ventura’s decision to pull Sale, and with Chicago’s bullpen, that second-guessing seems pretty reasonable.

Hierarchy remains: Putnam | Petricka | Guerra.

July 7, 2014
Chicago White Sox – Robin Ventura has said that he’s going to wait for someone to emerge in the White Sox closer by committee, and on Sunday, Jake Petricka did an awful lot of emerging. Mixing in a 98 mph fastball, struck out two hitters in two perfect innings, picking up his third save of the year. It’s hard to know what to make of this appearance, as Zach Putnam was unavailable and Javy Guerra was warming up in the 9th inning. Additionally, Petricka’s ratios are still kind of terrible (48.2 IPs, 36 Ks, 24 BBs). But Sunday’s outing stretched his scoreless streak to 12 consecutive innings, and he’s now neck and neck with Putnam for save chances in Chicago.

Hierarchy remains: Putnam | Petricka | Guerra.

July 6, 2014
Chicago White Sox – The White Sox took a 2 run lead in the bottom of the 8th inning yesterday and then brought on lefty Eric Surkamp to start the 9th inning.  He walked the only batter he faced before Zach Putnam came on to try and close it out.  Putnam gave up a sacrifice fly and then back to back two-out singles to allow the Mariners to tie the game.  Manager Robin Ventura said after the game that he is going to keep using different people until somebody emerges.  It seems likely somebody else gets a shot at the next save opportunity, but, even with the blown save yesterday, Putnam seems like the best bet overall for saves in the White Sox bullpen.

Hierarchy remains: Putnam | Petricka | Guerra.

June 30, 2014
Chicago White Sox – We’re paying close attention to the White Sox, who on Sunday used Jake Petricka to protect a 4-run 9th inning lead. Robin Ventura keeps saying that he isn’t ready to name a new closer yet, but based on the last several days, Zach Putnam and Petricka continue to look like the two main options.

Hierarchy remains: Putnam | Petricka | Guerra.

June 29, 2014
Chicago White Sox – Zach Putnam recorded his first career save on Saturday.  He got the last out of the 8th inning and then came back out for the 9th to finish the game.  Putnam has been effective against both righties and lefties this season so we think he is the best option to close games.  However, Jake Petricka was warming up in the bullpen in the 9th inning yesterday and Robin Ventura has said they will mix and match so this is still very much a committee.  We will move Putnam to the top of the committee but it could be anybody getting the next save opportunity.

Updated hierarchy: Putnam | Petricka | Guerra.

June 28, 2014
Chicago White Sox – Jake Petricka came on to get the last two outs of the 9th inning and preserve a White Sox win.  After the game Robin Ventura said they don’t have a closer right now.  He did mention that Petricka would be used in the later innings but that it could be a tight spot in the 7th or 8th and not always the 9th inning.  It sounds like a committee right now but we will continue to monitor this to see if anybody emerges as the primary closer.

Updated hierarchy: Petricka | Putnam | Guerra.

June 27, 2014
Chicago White Sox – Ronald Belisario could only get 1 out in the 9th inning on Friday night and after the game, Robin Ventura finally pulled the plug on the laboring righty.  The only person mentioned specifically as being “in the mix” for save opportunities is Jake Petricka — the man who bailed Belisario out on Friday.  We like Zach Putnam’s ratios a lot better, and Daniel Webb has carried the “future closer” tag for a while, but actually converting a save carries some weight.

Updated hierarchy: Petricka | Putnam | Guerra.

June 25, 2014
Chicago White Sox — Robin Ventura announced on Tuesday that he was sticking with Ronald Belisario as the White Sox closer despite his troubles — which include 11 earned runs over 11 IP in his 13 appearances in the role. Although Belisario’s peripherals strongly suggest that he’s pitched better than his stats, general manager Rick Hahn made a point of telling the Chicago Tribune that Ventura is free to be “more flexible” in his approach to the ninth, mentioning Zach Putnam, Javy Guerra, and Daniel Webb as options.

Hierarchy remains: Belisario | Putnam | Petricka.

June 10, 2014
Chicago White Sox – Zach Putnam got the final two outs of the 8th inning on Monday, marking the fourth straight time that he’d bridged the gap to Ronald Belisario.  The 26-year-old righty doesn’t have the best ratios in the world (19 Ks vs 9 BBs in 24.1 innings), but he keeps the ball in the ballpark and it’s hard to find fault with his 1.48 ERA.  Though Belisario continues to make his owners a bit nervous, Putnam and Jake Petricka (1.59 ERA) have turned into a solid late-inning duo for Chicago.

Updated hierarchy: Belisario | Putnam | Petricka.

May 29, 2014
Chicago White Sox — After finally picking up a drama-free save on Tuesday, Ronald Belisario blew Wednesday’s save chance before salvaging a win after the Sox broke a 2-2 tie in the bottom half of the ninth. Manager Robin Ventura didn’t say anything after the game, but this was Belisario’s third blown save in six chances, so the current closer remains firmly in the hot seat. At least Ronald is having fun though.

Hierarchy remains: Belisario | Webb | Petricka.

May 28, 2014
Chicago White Sox — Jake Petricka pitched the seventh and eighth innings of a one-run game, then Ronald Belisario delivered a clean ninth for a pleasantly undramatic White Sox save.

Hierarchy remains: Belisario | Webb | Petricka.

May 27, 2014
Chicago White Sox — After Zach Putnam loaded the bases with a four-run lead in the eighth, Scott Downs came in and retired his fellow lefty, pinch-hitter Daniel Murphy. Downs stayed on to pitch the ninth and earn his first save of the year. As the only lefty in the White Sox pen, Downs is likely to see continued use in a matchup role.

Hierarchy remains: Belisario | Webb | Petricka.

May 25, 2014
Chicago White Sox — Ronald Belisario blew the save yesterday by allowing three runs in the 9th and now has given up at least 1 run in all three of his save chances.  Manager Robin Ventura never committed to Belisario as closer after Lindstrom’s injury and will likely consider other options after yesterday.  Daniel Webb or Jake Petricka could see the next save opportunity if Ventura wants to make a change.

Ronald Belisario to Hot Seat.

May 22, 2014
Chicago White Sox — Bad news for Matt Lindstrom Wednesday; the righthander will need surgery on his injured ankle and is unlikely to return before late August. In his absence, Robin Ventura has chosen Ronald Belisario and his speedy sinker as the team’s closer.

Hierarchy remains: Belisario | Webb | Petricka.

May 21, 2014
Chicago White Sox — After Jake Petricka pitched a solid seventh for the Sox, Chicago scored three runs in the top of the eighth — only to see Scott Downs and a horrid Frank Francisco give them right back. After Zach Putnam got out of the jam, it was indeed Ronald Belisario who got the first post-Lindstrom save chance. Belisario gave up one run (on a bizarre passed ball and a single through a shifted infield) before striking out Lorenzo Cain to clinch the win. He’s not likely to be able to go tomorrow, but he’s still our best bet for saves from this pen with Lindstrom out.

Hierarchy remains: Belisario | Webb | Petricka.

May 20, 2014
Chicago White Sox — Matt Lindstrom has been placed on the DL with an injured ankle; in his absence, the White Sox are likely to turn to a closer committee of Ronald Belisario (who hasn’t allowed a run in his last 12 outings), Daniel Webb (who has 17 walks in 17 games this year), and young Jake Petricka, who earned his first career save on Monday night. We like Belisario best going forward, but note that he did pitch two innings last night. If Robin Ventura is forced to use Frank Francisco in a high-leverage spot, he might wind up charging the mound again.

Updated hierarchy: Belisario | Webb | Petricka.

May 20, 2014
Chicago White SoxMatt Lindstrom limped off the field in the ninth inning of Monday’s 7-6 win after he appeared to injure his left ankle. Scott Downs and Jake Petricka combined to close the game, with Petricka picking up his first career save. Sox manager Robin Ventura gave no specifics on the injury, but did say that it “didn’t look good.” We expect Belisario and Webb to form a committee if Lindstrom is indeed headed to the disabled list, with Webb getting the first crack at a save due to Belisario pitching two innings on Monday.

Hierarchy remains: Lindstrom | Belisario | Webb.

May 14, 2014
Chicago White Sox — Hope you didn’t run out and buy that Frank Francisco White Sox jersey. In his second appearance of the year, he gave up three runs to Oakland, raising his ERA to 13.50. Meanwhile, Matt Lindstrom, who’s supposed to be the class of this outfit, pitched the eighth inning down nine runs and got tagged for two more.

Hierarchy remains: Lindstrom | Belisario | Webb.

May 11, 2014
Chicago White Sox — The White Sox have called up Frank Francisco.  Francisco was dominating Triple-A, having allowed 0 runs with 12 Ks in 8 innings.  Lindstrom has been solid as the closer recently, and it’s not clear how the White Sox will use Francisco immediately, but he could start seeing high-leverage situations if he can continue to pitch as well as he did in Charlotte.  No hierarchy change.

May 7, 2014
Chicago White Sox — Frank Francisco’s stats so far at AAA Charlotte: 7 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 11 K. Don’t say we didn’t warn you. No hierarchy change.

May 4, 2014
Chicago White Sox – Nate Jones is going to have surgery on his lower back.  The White Sox have said this will not end his season, but this is not good news for those holding out hope that Jones would come back and take over as closer.  No hierarchy change.

April 26, 2014
Chicago White Sox – Despite four straight scoreless outings, Ronald Belisario still has an ERA over 7, thanks in large part to an April 9th appearance in Colorado where he gave up 5 runs while recording only one out.  But his recent stretch — almost all of which has come pitching ahead of Matt Lindstrom — has him in a position to see save opportunities if the closer continues to struggle.  Last night, Lindstrom entered in a 4-4  game in the 9th and gave up a 2-run bomb to Evan Longoria.  (He ended up getting the win after Jose Abreu hit a walk off grand slam in the bottom half.)  Lindstrom is already on the Hot Seat, and Belisario has become a sneaky add for those looking to speculate.  Hierarchy change: Ronald Belisario to Set-up, Daniel Webb to 2nd in line.

April 22, 2014
Chicago White Sox — Ronald Belisario got an inning-ending double play in the seventh before returning for the eighth to earn his third hold of the season. Maikel Cleto hasn’t pitched in five days, and Belisario has not allowed a run in each of his last two outings. Hierarchy change: Ronald Belisario to 2nd in line, replacing Maikel Cleto.

April 16, 2014
Chicago White Sox — The Sox signed ex-closer Frank Francisco on Monday and assigned him to their AAA team in Charlotte. With the struggles in the White Sox pen so far, Francisco has a good shot at being this year’s Kevin Gregg. That might be the saddest sentence I’ve ever typed. No hierarchy change.

April 11, 2014
Chicago White Sox — Other than Matt Lindstrom, who is entrenched as Chicago’s not-very-good closer, the White Sox bullpen has been a different animal almost every night this season.  Yesterday, it was Daniel Webb who bridged the gap to Lindstrom, throwing two perfect innings with 2 Ks.  Webb now has a 2.84 ERA, a 0.95 WHIP, and a 7/2 K/BB ratio this season.  As mentioned yesterday, Ronald Belisario is hurting and has an ERA in the teens. Hierarchy change: Daniel Webb to Set-up, replacing Ronald Belisario.

April 10, 2014
Chicago White Sox — Ronald Belisario entered a tie game with one on; he gave up five singles and wound up tagged for five runs. This probably wouldn’t be news if he hadn’t also left the game with tightness in his lower back. Maikel Cleto continues to pitch well and would probably slide into a set-up role if the injury is at all serious. Hierarchy change: Maikel Cleto to 2nd in line, replacing Daniel Webb.

April 5, 2014
Chicago White Sox — Nate Jones has been placed on the DL with a strained hip that is related to his injury during spring training.  Robin Ventura has said that Daniel Webb and Maikel Cleto will see time in the later innings. Hierarchy change: Daniel Webb to 2nd in line, Nate Jones to DL.

April 4, 2014
Chicago White Sox — It was a bad day for White Sox relievers: Nate Jones walked the two men he faced in the seventh, Maikel Cleto let them score, Ronald Belisario gave up a tying home run in the eighth, and Matt Lindstrom blew the save and got tagged for the loss in the ninth. He remains on the Hot Seat, while Jones has had a recurrence of his spring training gluteal strain. There are no good options for Robin Ventura at this point, and he could certainly do worse than Belisario. Hierarchy change: Ronald Belisario to Set-up, Nate Jones to 2nd in line.

March 31, 2014
Chicago White Sox – Crazy old Robin Ventura is going with Matt Lindstrom as his closer to start the year.  Nate Jones is still worth hanging on to for a while, in case Lindstrom has a tough start out of the gate. Also keep an eye on Ronald Belisario, who made his White Sox debut in the eighth inning yesterday. Hierarchy change: Matt Lindstrom to Closer, Nate Jones to Set-up.

March 31, 2014
Chicago White Sox – The White Sox apparently know who their closer is.  They just aren’t revealing it publicly yet.  The names that have been mentioned over the last several weeks are Nate Jones, Matt Lindstrom, and Daniel Webb, with Jones being considered the heavy favorite by most beat writers.  We’d like to say for certain that it’s one of those three, but two years ago, Robin Ventura started the season off by surprising everyone and using Hector Santiago as his closer.  We’ll monitor this situation throughout the day and will send an alert if anyone other than Jones is revealed to be the stopper.  No hierarchy change.

March 23, 2014
Chicago White Sox — The White Sox are not ready to name their closer yet.  Nate Jones has thrown five scoreless innings in spring training and still looks like the best bet to get the job.  However, Matt Lindstrom finally appears to be healthy and if youngster Daniel Webb is able to make the roster out of spring training, they could both challenge Jones.  Ronald Belisario could also factor into the late innings.  No hierarchy change.

March 13, 2014
Chicago White Sox — Nate Jones’s tremendous strikeout rate and breakout potential have made him a trendy sleeper. Ranked #23 in our preseason closer rankings.

March 9, 2014
Chicago White Sox – The White Sox traded their closer Addison Reed in the off-season and Robin Ventura has not announced who will take over his job for 2014.  Nate Jones and Matt Lindstrom seem to be the favorites for the job but both are battling injuries so far.  Jones should be the leading candidate, as he is 6 years younger, has a fastball in the upper 90s, and was 8th among relievers with 89 strikeouts last year.  However, Robin Ventura proved that he is unpredictable when he let Hector Santiago start out closing 2 years ago.  Rookie Daniel Webb could also be an option.  Starting 2014 hierarchy: Closer – Nate Jones, Set-up – Matt Lindstrom, 2nd in line – Daniel Webb.

August 11, 2013
Chicago White Sox – Nate Jones got the last two outs of the 7th and the first two outs of the 8th all via the strikeout on Saturday night.  He has 68 K’s in 59 innings this season while Matt Lindstrom only has 32 K’s against 22 walks on the season.  Hierarchy change: Nate Jones to Set-up, Matt Lindstrom to 2nd in line.

July 30, 2013
Chicago White Sox — Injured All-Star righthander Jesse Crain was traded to the Rays on Monday. No hierarchy change.

July 17, 2013
Chicago White Sox — With the White Sox languishing in the AL Central basement, Addison Reed could be traded if another team makes a great offer. If Reed does move, he’ll either take on a setup role (drastically decreasing his value) or close for a better team (mildly increasing it). On balance, we think the rest of this season will see a slight regression in Reed’s worth to you. Meanwhile, if Reed is traded, Matt Lindstrom will probably be the White Sox pitcher who benefits most. Jesse Crain could be in the mix also, once he returns from his injury, but (as noted in the link above) he’s even more likely to be flipped this month. TRADE DEADLINE BUY/SELL: BUY Matt Lindstrom, SELL Addison Reed.

July 13, 2013
Chicago White Sox – Matt Thornton has been traded to the Boston Red Sox.  Matt Lindstrom and Nate Jones should see time in the set-up role with Thornton gone.  Hierarchy change: Matt Lindstrom to Set-up, Nate Jones to 2nd in line.

July 9, 2013
Chicago White Sox — Matt Thornton, the subject of several recent trade rumors, was ineffective in a tied eighth inning on Monday night and caught the loss. No hierarchy change.

July 4, 2013
Chicago White Sox — The White Sox have placed Jesse Crain on the 15-day DL with a shoulder strain.  Matt Lindstrom ended up taking the loss last night but he has pitched well so far this year and has picked up 9 holds.  He should see more time in the late innings while Crain is out. Hierarchy change: Matt Thornton to Set-up, Matt Lindstrom to 2nd in line, Jesse Crain to DL.

May 15, 2013
Chicago White Sox — Jesse Crain entered in the eighth inning to hold a two-run lead; he leads the league with 10 holds and has regularly performed in a set-up role over the last few weeks, while lefty Matt Thornton has been used more situationally. Hierarchy change: Jesse Crain to Set-up, replacing Matt Thornton.

April 7, 2013
Chicago White Sox — The Sox turned to Jesse Crain in a very important spot in the eighth inning on Saturday, and it seems that he has moved ahead of Matt Lindstrom in Chicago’s bullpen. Hierarchy change: Jesse Crain to 2nd in line, replacing Matt Lindstrom.

February 24, 2013
Chicago White Sox – Starting 2013 hierarchy: Closer- Addison Reed, Set-up- Matt Thornton, 2nd in line- Matt Lindstrom.

September 25, 2012
Chicago White Sox – After the White Sox grabbed the lead from the Indians in the bottom of the 8th, Robin Ventura sent lefty Matt Thornton out in a save situation in the 9th. Thornton gave up hits to two of the three batters he faced, so he was pulled for another lefty — Donnie Veal — who ultimately earned his first major league save. Although Addison Reed remains on the Hot Seat, it’s likely that this was just a reaction to an unexpected lead change. No hierarchy change.

September 19, 2012
Chicago White Sox – Matt Thornton pitched a clean 8th inning, then stayed on to face the first hitter of the 9th before giving way to Addison Reed, who recorded the final two outs. Thornton and Brett Myers are jockeying for the 8th inning role, but as a lefty, Thornton is probably more likely to pick up a random save here and there, given Robin Ventura’s recent tendency to play match-ups all the way through the 9th. Hierarchy change: Matt Thornton to Set-up, Brett Myers to 2nd in line.

September 16, 2012
Chicago White Sox – Addison Reed allowed three baserunners without recording an out on Saturday, and had to be bailed out by Matt Thornton, who picked up the save. Reed has now allowed multiple baserunners, and at least one run, in 7 of his last 9 appearances. Addison Reed to Hot Seat.

September 2, 2012
Chicago White Sox – Addison Reed pitched the 8th inning with the White Sox trailing 4-0, but he had not pitched since August 25. He is in no danger of losing his job, and was just getting some work in between save opportunities. No hierarchy change.

July 29, 2012

Chicago White Sox – Matt Thornton pitched the 9th inning in a four-run game yesterday, and has picked up two 7th-inning-or-later holds this week. Meanwhile, Jesse Crain has been a little shaky since returning from the DL, allowing 5 baserunners over 2.1 innings. Hierarchy change: Matt Thornton to 2nd in line, replacing Jesse Crain.

July 22, 2012
Chicago White Sox – The White Sox acquired Brett Myers from the Astros on Saturday, but Addison Reed will keep his job for the time being, said White Sox GM Kenny Williams. Myers will pitch in a set-up role and will get save chances on nights when Reed is unavailable. Also on Saturday, Jesse Crain returned from the disabled list. He, too, will factor in the late innings for the White Sox. Hierarchy change: Brett Myers to Set-up, Jesse Crain to 2nd in line.

July 13, 2012
Chicago White Sox – The White Sox are buying, and that’s potentially bad news for their solid, but young bullpen. They could look to acquire a veteran, and even though Addison Reed has only blown one save in 14 chances, the acquisition of a Huston Street or a Jonathan Broxton could mean Reed is pushed back to set-up duty. TRADE DEADLINE BUY: None. SELL: Addison Reed.

July 8, 2012
Chicago White Sox – Matt Thornton picked up the save yesterday as predicted in the vulture save watch. Addison Reed is still the closer and was just given the night off after pitching in the previous three days. No hierarchy change.

July 5, 2012
Chicago White Sox – Jesse Crain was placed on the 15 day DL with a shoulder injury. Matt Thornton piched the 8th and 9th innings of a tie game last night and will move back to the set-up role. Hierarchy change: Matt Thornton to Set-up, Nate Jones to 2nd in line, Jesse Crain to DL

May 31, 2012
Chicago White Sox – Jesse Crain continues to dominate hitters, with a 1.26 ERA and 0.91 WHIP, and he picked up his second consecutive 8th inning hold last night. Hierarchy change: Jesse Crain to Set-up, Matt Thornton to 2nd in line.

May 25, 2012
Chicago White Sox – Jesse Crain (1.59 ERA, 16 Ks in 11.1 IPs) logged his 5th consecutive scoreless outing since returning from the DL, pitching ahead of Matt Thornton and Addison Reed in the White Sox victory on Thursday. Hierarchy change: Jesse Crain to 2nd in line, replacing Nate Jones.

May 19, 2012
Chicago White Sox – Nate Jones pitched the 8th inning in a one-run game on Friday. While Robin Ventura still hasn’t declared that he’s moving away from the closer-by-committee he first established a few weeks ago, Addison Reed has been the only one getting save chances. Meanwhile, Hector Santiago has been relegated to an early innings/mop-up role, while Jones and his 99 mph fastball have been called on in some tight spots. Hierarchy change: Nate Jones to 2nd in line, replacing Hector Santiago.

May 16, 2012
Chicago White Sox – Hector Santiago pitched in the 9th inning on Tuesday when the White Sox were down 4 runs. Though he’s supposedly part of a closer-by-committee in Chicago, Addison Reed and Matt Thornton both seem positioned to get more opportunities than the young lefty. Hierarchy change: Matt Thornton to Set-up, Hector Santiago to 2nd in line.

May 11, 2012
Chicago White Sox – White Sox GM Kenny Williams told that Chris Sale was being moved back to the rotation. Apparently, after being sent to the bullpen, Sale called Williams and asked for one more shot at starting, and Williams agreed. Williams said that Addison Reed will be the closer. Hierarchy change: Addison Reed to Closer, Hector Santiago to Set-up, Matt Thornton to 2nd in line.

May 9, 2012
Chicago White Sox – Closer Chris Sale was summoned in the 8th inning on Tuesday, and was lifted in the 9th after surrendering the lead; Addison Reed eventually got the save in the 10th. Robin Ventura said after the game that he’d intended to use Sale for a 2-inning save and that the lefty was still the closer, but after the game, pitching coach Don Cooper had some cryptic remarks about Sale’s future. Cooper, speaking to the Chicago Sun-Times, likened Sale to Neftali Feliz, who the Rangers had given a few extra days between starts, and suggested that Sale could quickly and easily be moved back to the rotation. Sale also told the Sun-Times that he wants to start again, and if he does, Reed could be poised to seize the job. Even if Sale isn’t yo-yo-ed back, another bad outing or two could see Reed (0.00 ERA, 12 Ks in 9 IPs) surpass him. Hierarchy change: Addison Reed to Set-up, Hector Santiago to 2nd in line. Chris Sale to Hot Seat.

May 6, 2012
Chicago White Sox – Chris Sale doesn’t embark on his new role as closer until Monday, so the White Sox, up by one run in the 9th, called on Hector Santiago. But Santiago struggled, allowing two baserunners, and Addison Reed came in to bail him out for the one-out save. No hierarchy change.

May 5, 2012
Chicago White Sox – Chris Sale has been moved from the starting rotation to the bullpen and will immediately take over as closer. Chris Sale experienced elbow soreness after his last start and the White Sox decided a move to the bullpen would be better for his health. Sale will be given a few days off and will start closing on Monday in Cleveland. Hierarchy change: Chris Sale to Closer, Hector Santiago to Set-up, Matt Thornton to 2nd in line.

April 30, 2012
Chicago White Sox — Matt Thornton’s save last night against the heart of the Red Sox order was explained by Robin Ventura as a matchup-based decision. “Nothing against Hector, he still will be in there in the ninth.” Savvy fantasy owners know, though, that Santiago’s leash is growing shorter and shorter. No hierarchy change.

April 29, 2012
Chicago White Sox- Matt Thornton got the save today, working a perfect 1.1 innings with 2 Ks. Hector Santiago was warming up in the bullpen in the 9th but Thornton made quick work of the Red Sox to finish the game. Manager Robin Ventura backed Santiago after his last blown save on Wednesday, so it’s hard to say that Thornton is the new closer at this point. Thornton is having a great season and still may be worth having on your roster but it’s not clear if he will be getting all the saves in the future. Closer Monkey will continue to monitor the situation to see what Ventura has to say. No hierarchy change.

April 26, 2012
Chicago White Sox – Hector Santiago blew the save on Wednesday but after the game manager Robin Ventura said he would stick with Santiago as closer. Santiago is already on the hot seat so even with Ventura’s backing after the game, do not be surprised if a change is made soon if Santiago doesn’t figure out to stop giving up homeruns (He’s already given up 4 in 6 .1 innings so far this year). No hierarchy change.

April 17, 2012
Chicago White Sox – Hector Santiago had an ugly outing on Monday, allowing two HRs and blowing the save against the Orioles. It was Santiago’s first blown save this year, but he now has a 6.75 ERA. Given that he won the job at the 11th hour in spring training– and the fact that he’s now got a total of 6 MLB appearances in his career– Robin Ventura will have him on a short leash. Hector Santiago to Hot Seat.

April 7, 2012
Chicago White Sox- Hector Santiago closed out the White Sox victory on Saturday. The White Sox mystery closer has been revealed, though the young lefty was not the trendy choice until he was seen warming up in the bullpen for a possible save opportunity that never materialized on Friday. Jesse Crain seems to have fallen into a middle inning role, leaving Matt Thornton and Addison Reed to pitch the 7th and 8th. Hierarchy change: Hector Santiago to Closer, Matt Thornton to Set-up.

March 19, 2012
Chicago White Sox- The White Sox traded away closer Sergio Santos in the offseason and moved Chris Sale to the rotation. Manager Robin Ventura has not declared a closer yet but Matt Thornton and Jessie Crain are the early favorites with Thornton likely to get the first crack at it. Prospect Addison Reed might be the best arm in the bullpen so don’t be surprised if he is the closer before the end of the season. Starting 2012 hierarchy: Closer- Matt Thornton, Set-up- Jesse Crain, 2nd in line- Addison Reed.

Dec. 15, 2011
Chicago White Sox- Down the stretch in 2011, the White Sox split closing opportunities between Sergio Santos and Chris Sale. They’ve since traded Santos and announced that Sale will move to the rotation, which means a full revamp of the back end of their bullpen. The way it stands now, Jesse Crain will get the first crack at closing. Hierarchy change: Jesse Crain to Closer, Matt Thornton to Set-up, Addison Reed to 2nd in line.

Sept. 28, 2011
Chicago White Sox- The White Sox continue to share their 9th inning opportunities. After Sergio Santos got the save two days ago, they went to Chris Sale last night. Barring a lefty-heavy 9th inning, a save opp on the season’s final day should go back to Santos. No hierarchy change.

Sept. 21, 2011
Chicago White Sox- Sergio Santos was on the bench for the 9th inning last night after giving up runs in his previous two outings. Chris Sale picked up a 1.2 inning save, but barring another blown save, Santos will still get the majority of the remaining opportunities this year. No hierarchy change.

Sept. 5, 2011
Chicago White Sox- After getting knocked around a bit last night, Sergio Santos was yanked in favor of Chris Sale, who got the final out of the game and the save. Sale was brought in for a lefty, so this wasn’t a total vote of no confidence in Santos. Though this is clearly a platoon, Santos will still see more than half of the remaining save opps this season. No hierarchy change.

Sept. 4, 2011
Chicago White Sox- Sergio Santos blew the save last night, which means Chris Sale could be in line for more save opps. This was already a platoon that had Santos getting the majority of looks, but if he continues to falter, Sale could start seeing more chances. Also last night, Jesse Crain pitched the 7th, and has surpassed Matt Thornton on the depth chart. Hierarchy change: Crain to 2nd in line, replacing Thornton. Santos to “Hot Seat.”

Aug. 27, 2011
Chicago White Sox- Sale got the save last night, but it was a strategic move facing a lineup that hit righties hard. Santos is clearly still the first choice. No hierarchy change.

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