Can the emphatic southpaw close the door for the “Good Guys” in black?
If Thornton doesn’t fulfill his relief role for the Southsiders, Ozzie Guillen will call for another flame-throwing lefty to finalize ball games: 22-year old, ’10 first round pick, Chris Sale.
Thoughts concerning the South Side’s chances in ’11 complimentary of respected voices around the Major League:
When you bring up the White Sox to people around the game, it’s amazing how many say they have no idea what to make of them. “I never know with them,” said an official of one AL team. “I think I might have less feel for them than any team in baseball, every year. They have a lot of talent. But they’re so combustible.” And an NL executive calls them “the biggest boom-or-bust team in baseball.” So will Jake Peavy win 12 games or two? Will Matt Thornton, the closer, miss Matt Thornton, the setup dominator? Will Ozzie Guillen talk himself right out the door? You’ve got me. (Courtesy of ESPN)
Burning question: If Peavy cannot stay healthy, will the club opt to stay within the organization (Phil Humber) or make a move outside the organization (via trade) to shore up the back end of the starting rotation? Key pitcher: Chris Sale. With only two months in the bigs under his belt, I have a feeling the kid from the Sunshine State will be counted on to do way too much this season. Either Sale will eventually replace Peavy or Humber as the #5 or he will be called upon to relive Thornton as closer. Which is more likely? A spot on the starting staff or a job slamming the door shut in the bullpen? Welcome to the big show, Chris. Your golden opportunity is waiting.