Thursday, April 14, 2011
Don't look now, but Jenks is looking good
Bobby Jenks hasn't allowed a hit in four innings with the Red Sox.
The Chicago White Sox relievers are blowing late leads, and manager Ozzie Guillen said he doesn't have a closer. The bullpen seems to be in disarray just 12 games into the season, prompting Guillen to joke about wanting to call Bobby Thigpen out of retirement.
But Guillen doesn't have to go that far back to pick a former Sox reliever named Bobby to help. The one the Sox let walk away in the offseason is off to a great start in Boston.
Bobby Jenks hasn't allowed a run or even a hit in four innings over four games for the Red Sox. Jenks is no longer closing games. He will generally be asked to pitch in the seventh to set it up for Daniel Bard in the eighth and closer Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth.
Meanwhile in Chicago, Matt Thornton and Chris Sale have ERAs over 7.00. Tony Pena and Will Ohman are sporting ERAs over 11.00. The bullpen has four of the five Sox losses, and has also blown a league-leading six saves in seven opportunities.
The off day Thursday comes at a good time, but things don't look that good for Friday night. The Sox get to face the Angels' Jered Weaver, who is off to a 3-0 start. Weaver struck out 15 in his last start, and is holding opposing hitters to a batting average of just .130.