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May 9, 2010

Matt Thornton: not an ERA guy

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 9, 2010 10:44 pm
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Merkin:

“As a reliever, ERA is something I don’t really pay attention to, because all it takes is one pitch,” Thornton said. “ERA is something you can’t really pay attention to as a bullpen. You look at your WHIP, how many baserunners you’re allowing, and batting average against. That’s a lot more important than ERA.”

Bobby Jenks thinks removing him from closer doesn’t make sense

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 9, 2010 10:39 pm
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Merkin:

He might get a few days to figure out the real problem, with Matt Thornton, J.J. Putz, or even Sergio Santos, moving into the closer’s role, although Jenks doesn’t see the need for a change.

“No, that doesn’t even make sense,” Jenks said. “Physically, I feel great. My fastball is back to what it used to be, and the stuff is there, but it just was off the mark today.”

What doesn’t make sense is why Ozzie put him in with a 2-run lead. Bobby needs a margin bigger than 4 runs.

UPDATE: Merkin:

In 13 games pitched this season, Bobby Jenks has retired the side without giving up a hit or issuing a walk just twice

Sox prospect Brandon Short has a 26-game hitting streak

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 9, 2010 12:36 pm
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MiLB.com:

Brandon Short had a career-high five hits Saturday, extending the Minor Leagues’ longest hitting streak of the season to 26 games, as the Winston-Salem Dash outlasted the Salem Red Sox, 16-13.

Short, a 28th-round pick by the White Sox in 2008, is five games from tying the longest streak in Carolina League history, set by Martinsville’s Orge Pat Cooper in 1948.

Stats: .387/.406/.569/.975 with 3 BB (2.1% BB%) / 23 K (16.1 K%) in 143 PAs/137 ABs. .419 wOBA. .445 BABIP. Age: 21. Level: A+.

Unfortunately the .445 BABIP is completely unsustainable (his OBP at the road is .347 and that’s with a .396 BABIP). And that walk rate is just awful.

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