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Hector Santiago is your new White Sox closer

Apr 8, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

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White Sox manager Robin Ventura refused to anoint one pitcher as the team’s closer all spring and told reporters at the start of the regular season that they’d have to “wait and see” who gets the nod in the ninth-inning when the first save opportunity arises.

Well, the secret is finally out.

Hector Santiago, a 24-year-old left-hander from Newark, New Jersey, was called on to finish off Saturday’s 4-3 victory over the Rangers and did so effectively, tossing 11 pitches in a perfect ninth.

After the game Ventura was asked if Santiago is officially the team’s new primary saves man. According to Scot Gregor of the Arlington Heights Daily Herald, the rookie manager responded: “He is.”

Santiago registered an underwhelming 3.56 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 74/39 K/BB ratio across 83 1/3 innings last season at Double-A Birmingham, but the White Sox like his screwball and clearly believe in his confidence. If he falls apart, look for Addison Reed to get the next shot. Matt Thornton is also an option.

  1. rooney24 - Apr 8, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Seems like Ventura is trying to hard to be mysterious. What does it save you to not declare your closer ahead of time? For one game, the other team may not know who will close. But, as soon as you have that first save opportunity, the opposing team now knows and the mystery is gone. This isn’t like the NFL where knowing who will start at QB might actually change your game plan. Knowing who is going to close isn’t going to change the way an opposing manager sets his lineup.

  2. iinformeduthusly - Apr 8, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Hey Sox fans what did yas think of Opening day?

    Did yas like how Ron Washington was willing to bunt with no out in the 1st inning with his #2 guy after a lead off double?

    And how Robin was not willing to bunt in the 3rd after his #8 hitter lead off the inning with a double?

    The difference between a good manager and a common scrubby manager that will will nothing.

    • iinformeduthusly - Apr 8, 2012 at 11:22 AM

      Oh ya
      Any Manager who is not willing to bunt with his #9 hitter after a lead off double should be fired immediately after the game. If he is too stupid to understand the game he has no business managing it.

    • The Wizard - Apr 8, 2012 at 8:59 PM

      I love it.

      I wish Ventura never bunts. I hate giving away outs.

      the run expectancy with a man on 2nd and 0 outs is 1.170 for the 1993-2010 period. the run expectancy with a man on 3rd and 1 out is 0.989. last time I checked 0.989 was smaller than 1.170.

  3. sloiggles - Apr 8, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    how did YOU like that second game…where that scrub manager beat the Rangers. whole lotta talk from the teams fanbase that can’t get over the hump. Don’t worry. Pennants are much bigger in Texas though right?

  4. illegalblues - Apr 8, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    Reed is obviously the most talented member of the ChiSox relief staff right now, but does it really matter who the closer is?

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