“This is what you’re going to see,” manager Ozzie Guillen said. “I’m going to go with my gut feeling. If you’re throwing the ball better … Obviously Thornton is going to get most opportunities, but I’m going to put the best guys out there, the ones I think are going to do the job.
“The way (Sergio) Santos is throwing, Sale is throwing, if Thornton needs a break, we’ll give it to him.”
“Santos is very aggressive. Don’t be surprised if you see Santos in the ninth,” Guillen said. “All the people out there, they see ‘closer’ — that’s a title. I don’t know who gets that title. I’m going to go by my gut.
Sounds good. I don’t want Thornton to be a ‘9th inning only’ pitcher.
UPDATE: Merkin @ CWS:
From the beginning of Spring Training, White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper stressed one word where his bullpen was concerned: flexibility.Matt Thornton was anointed as closer at the start of the 2011 campaign. But with Chris Sale, Sergio Santos and Jesse Crain also able to effectively pitch the ninth, even before Thornton’s two blown saves, the hard-throwing left-hander wasn’t considered an automatic ninth-inning option like New York’s Mariano Rivera or Kansas City’s Joakim Soria, as examples.
“We didn’t have the quote, unquote closer name,” said Cooper of his bullpen. “We have more than a few guys who can handle the last three outs.
Speaking of pitchers, James takes a look at Edwin Jackson’s Opening Day masterpiece:
Jackson didn’t have spot-perfect control (64.7% strikes), but his slider was so unhittable (26.5% whiff rate) and confusing that he worked ahead in the count frequently while racking up a jaw-dropping 13 strikeouts. …
Man, Jackson is going to get a pretty big contract after this year.Advertisements