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And you thought this was complicated before Wednesday? "I don't have any closer," Ozzie Guillen said after yesterday's game. "I don't have any closer. I don't."
Frustration? Yes. False? Probably not.
On Wednesday with Chicago up three, Sale started the ninth with a three-run lead but, along with Crain and Thornton, failed to wrap it up. Sale and Thornton were rocked, with the latter blowing the save and taking the loss.
The fact that Sale threw 34 pitches in two innings Tuesday might've hindered his effectiveness and leash for the game. On the other hand, that Guillen tabbed the southpaw for the save capacity might hint at Sale having the next crack at the job, even though Guillen didn't stick with him. That was who he trusted in an inning that started with two righty bats.
Santos, who threw two innings Tuesday, could easily get a shot to run with it because he wasn't part of Wednesday's disaster and has thrown 7 2/3 scoreless frames this year. Crain, a closer in his farm days, has the velocity to do the job but hasn't displayed stopper-like consistency in his career.
If you haven't already done so, follow our hierarchy for speculation or a handcuff. Though Thornton's case for closing is dwindling along with his effectiveness, his owners must hang on, even by benching him until he's right. Even if Guillen announces a new direction following Chicago's off-day Thursday, this could take awhile to shake out.
Job security score: 1
Health score: 5
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