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December 20, 2010

Jesse Crain is learning to throw a split-finger

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 20, 2010 3:16 pm
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Reifert tweets:

[Jesse] Crain on Sox: “I’m really excited and getting better. I’m learning to throw a split finger and working with Coop will make me better.”

and

Crain on his White Sox role: “I am going to be the right-handed pitcher between [Chris] Sale and [Matt] Thornton at the end of the game.”

Seems Sale will not be the closer.

UPDATE: Merkin @ CWS:

The 2011 closer’s job seems to belong to either Matt Thornton or rookie Chris Sale, but with both of them throwing from the left side, Crain stands just a tick ahead of Sergio Santos as the team’s right-handed closing option.”That was part of what attracted me, as well,” said Crain, who fits the mold of what J.J. Putz did for the White Sox in 2010 — being able to work anywhere from the sixth through the ninth. “I’ll definitely have opportunities to finish games.”

With Crain’s addition, the White Sox have five solid arms in their bullpen, and they could go with a couple of youngsters to fill out the seven-man bullpen. Crain was part of that all-in, 2011 mentality for the White Sox, with general manager Ken Williams telling MLB.com this past Saturday how there was more money to work with in free agency after he originally stated the team was tapped out following Konerko’s return.

3 Comments »

  1. Could he have better numbers than last year?

    Comment by Anonymous — December 20, 2010 @ December 20, 2010 9:33 pm | Reply

    • I think the odds say no. He had a .270 BABIP this year. And he’s a flyball pitcher coming to the Cell.

      But if Coop can teach him a new pitch, who knows?

      Comment by The Wizard — December 20, 2010 @ December 20, 2010 9:56 pm | Reply

  2. your right about that. target feild has proved to be a hard park to hit at. hope that doesn’t hurt us and he effectivly uses the split and gets a lot of ground balls.

    Comment by Anonymous — December 20, 2010 @ December 20, 2010 10:07 pm | Reply


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