Chicago White Sox Fantasy Baseball Closer Information and Depth Chart
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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 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 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 CSNChicago.com 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.