12:43 PM EDT, April 14, 2011
Chris Sale? Next.
Jesse Crain? Not so fast.
Matt Thornton? Kill me now.
“I don’t have any closer,’’ White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said after his latest three stoogies nyuk-nyuk-nyukked a three-run lead over Oakland into an extra-inning loss Wednesday afternoon.
For those of you scoring at home, the bullpen cost the Sox three wins in the last six games. For those of you scoring at home, the bullpen cost them a sweep of the homestand. For those of you scoring at home, stop scoring at home after the eighth inning.
“I wish I knew who I could bring in in the ninth,’’ Guillen lamented.
How about Mark Buehrle? How about John Danks? Has to be better than playing reliever roulette.
Guillen removed Buehrle and Danks after both pitched brilliantly through eight innings Tuesday and Wednesday. Buehrle left leading 1-0. Danks left leading 4-1. Both were around 100 pitches, a pretty easy 100 pitches. But neither got a win.
Tip to Sox VP/Breads&Circuses Brooks Boyer: Capitalize on the bullpen by staging a “Rope-and-Stool Night.’’
Look, I understand that Guillen wants to protect his starters from wearing out in the second half, but at this rate, the second half won’t matter. It’s one thing when a starter loses a decision. It’s far worse when the team loses a game. Guillen’s responsibility is to win games, even if the bullpen has to shop at Costco for Kleenex. The only thing Guillen has done is protect his starters from getting wins.
In my world, complete games solve your closer problem. Short-term, anyway, and I was happy to think short-term even before this week’s disasters. Give the bullpen all the time off you can manage until you’re forced to see how many relievers get out of the clown car.
The Sox could’ve been the first team to win in double figures. Instead, they’re the first team to allow double figures in runs in the ninth inning.
“All in’’ apparently refers to runners on base in a save situation.
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