Ozzie Guillen was candid after last night’s loss to the Seattle Mariners, with Bobby Jenks allowing two ER on three hits over just 0.1 innings.

In a quote from the Chicago Tribune (click here for the article), Guillen said. ”Our options are open now.”  He also went on to say that “I get paid to win games. That’s my job, win games. And I’m going to put the guys there with the best shot.”

Jenks has allowed runs in three of his last four outings, taking a pair of losses in the process. He currently has a 5.09 ERA and 1.58 WHIP. Compare that to a pair of other options in the White Sox bullpen:

  • Matt Thornton – 2.58 ERA & 1.04 WHIP with 15 consecutive scoreless outings
  • J.J. Putz – 1.50 ERA & 0.78 WHIP with 25 consecutive scoreless innings

Additionally, Guillen has said that Sergio Santos (1.80 ERA, 1.50 WHIP) could be in the mix.

Don’t forget that earlier in the season the White Sox took a similar stance, but Jenks ultimately remained the team’s closer. There’s a good chance that he ultimately regains his role, after just a few outings in the seventh or eighth.

For now, I would likely look towards Thornton to get the first shot at closing games out, but if you are a Jenks owner don’t give up hope yet.  Sooner or later, he’s likely to be returned to the closer’s role.

What are your thoughts on this news? Who do you think will get the first shot to close?  Will Jenks ultimately be returned to the role?




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