May 10, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT
Bobby Jenks’ blown save Sunday afternoon was his first of the year, but the ugly outing raised his ERA to 6.75 ERA and afterward Ozzie Guillen talked as if switching closers was on his mind.
Matt Thornton is among the league’s top setup men and Jenks’ declining raw stuff made him one of my “bust” picks coming into the season, but stripping him of ninth-inning duties now would seem premature even if a 13-19 record has Guillen looking to shake things up.
Jenks’ average fastball is still above 94 miles per hour and he has 16 strikeouts in 12 innings, so while his days as an elite closer are likely gone he still looks capable of getting back on track. It’ll be interesting to see if Guillen and the struggling White Sox have the patience to let him, because they were rumored to be tiring of Jenks during the offseason.
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