As for Jenks, the decision makers in the organization will point to his 5-for-5 save rate. That will change if he slips up on those situations, as the Sox have options in J.J. Putz, Thornton and now Sergio Santos.
Regardless of whether or not the Sox can pull out of the slump they are in, some things are obvious. The emergence of Santos as a dominant force in the bullpen has made Bobby expendable. What is Bobby worth on the market right now? -- Sasha; Chicago
As far as possible trades go, most teams usually don't start identifying their status as contenders or pretenders until late June. But Ken Williams is aggressive (as we saw with his attempts to get Jake Peavy last May) and could be willing to shake things up sooner rather than later.
What the deal with Bobby Jenks? He has been especially terrible lately. Could he be trade bait before he loses his appeal to other teams? -- Jim; Washington, D.C.
Jenks, like several closers, does better in one-run situations. He's 5-for-5 in save situations but his ERA is 4.50 as the result of giving up runs in non-save situations or entering with a multiple-run lead.
Anybody mention Podsednik's batting average and stolen bases for Kansas City to Kenny Williams? --
Mike Accadia; Park Forest
No, but I wrote it for Monday's editions.
A scoring question.: The Sox won Thursday 7-5, which means the winning run was the sixth run. The sixth run was scored by Jones on Konerko's homer in the ninth. The pitcher of record at that time was Thornton; Floyd having left after seven and Jenks yet to arrive. Why was Floyd given the win instead of Thornton? -- Luther Snow; Decorah, IA
The Sox took the lead for good in the top of the seventh, and Floyd was the pitcher of record at the time they took the lead and even pitched a scoreless bottom of the seventh, so he gets the win.
Every time I see Pierre and Omar Vizquel batting next to each other, I cringe. The best you can hope for in that situation is two singles. No team in their right mind would fear facing those two back-to-back. I know Ozzie likes the NL style of play, but this is taking things a bit too far. Why doesn't he split them up if the two are playing on the same day? -- Brian; Tinley Park
Brian, I clearly see your point. In the case of Saturday's lineup, Vizquel's past success against Javy Vazquez made him an ideal choice to bat leadoff.
Is there some reason known only to insiders why Jones has not been penciled into the every-day starting lineup? Yes, his last two years were bad, but given his evident physical condition, his age, his defense, his speed/baserunning, his arm, his obvious power -- do the Sox really have a better outfielder than he has been so far this year, and still just 33? Why not Jones-Rios-Quentin as a fixture? -- Bob Hammel; Bloomington, Ind.
Bob, Jones told me last Saturday that his back spasms originally flared up during the final game in Toronto and that's why he missed a game in Cleveland. I think your Jones-Rios-Quentin alignment makes sense as long as everyone is healthy. There will be times to mix in a left-handed bat, but not at the expense of Jones.
With Juan Pierre struggling on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball, are the Sox any closer to calling up Jordan Danks. And same with A.J. Pierzynski and Tyler Flowers? -- Joshua Strong
The top prospects at Triple-A Charlotte aren't close to being promoted, although Daniel Hudson rebounded from a horrible start at Columbus with seven shutout innings and 10 strikeouts Sunday in a win at Toledo.
Outfielder Stefan Gartrell has been impressive with a .316 batting average but has 28 strikeouts. He did impress Guillen in spring training.
As for the big names, Tyler Flowers is batting .286 with four home runs and 21 RBIs. It's tough to break in a new catcher with a veteran staff, although Flowers has handled many of the Sox's pitchers.
Jordan Danks is hitting .276 but has 24 strikeouts.
So the team can't hit, can't pitch and can't field. They won't let Beckham play shortstop and are in the process of ruining him. Alexei Ramirez hit a lot better when he played second, but they won't even consider a move. They trade for Teahen, the only reason I see is that they were tired of him killing them. Jenks is a disaster waiting to happen. Tell me why I root for this over-priced, under-hearted team. -- Matt Terlap; Littleton, Colo.
Maybe you follow this team because of the thought of watching the Denver Broncos' quarterback competition.
After watching Linebrink's only pitch -- a straight fastball right down the middle over and over and over again -- leading to countless Sox losses last year and now this year (more to come), I am astounded that we can't TRY someone better than him: Randy Williams (absolutely pathetic WHIP of 2.6) and Tony Pena. Putting these guys is equivalent to conceding the game. This is absolutely no exaggeration. Which leads me to my question, to you, -- why aren't you doing your job? If you aren't asking Ozzie why he bothers putting them in, you are as irresponsible as he is. -- Luke; Chicago
Luke, your memory is about as short as my fingernails. Linebrink had five scoreless outings before blowing the lead in the sixth inning -- too early to bring in Putz (he was saved for the eighth and struck out Derek Jeter). Santos and Pena pitched the night before.
If Linebrink can't hold a three-run lead after five scoreless outings, then it's time for him and Pena to reverse roles. But then Pena gave up six runs Sunday.
And keep in mind that Linebrink is signed through 2011. There's always Ryan Braun (10 scoreless outings at Charlotte) or left-hander Erick Threets (whom I wrote before spring training could get a strong look and nearly made the opening day roster).
Or you could have Ryan Bukvich or Dewon Day or Heath Phillips.
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