It looked like the White Sox were about to win two-in-a-row for just the third time this season, but that would not be the case as Bobby Jenks gave up a three run bomb to Toronto Blue Jays leadoff hitter, Fred Lewis. As I sat at the Cell in section 152 the blast was a no-doubter, the entire crowd let out a groan as the ball left Lewis’ bat.
The boo’s began and editorial comments began to fly, “Ozzie should be fired,” “Bobby lose some weight, you fat ass,” and “Way to go Ozzie you really know how to manage the ‘pen!”
As annoyed and disappointed that I was by the Jenks aka Stenks home run I was not calling for anyone’s head. First off, Stenks is the closer for the White Sox per Kenny Williams, White Sox GM, and pitching coach, Don Cooper. Ozzie went to his closer for the second time this series and he failed. Now Ozzie will have to meet with this coaching staff and maybe Williams to make a decision on who should close games this upcoming week.
“Maybe the next couple of days we use somebody different,” Guillen said. “That way we can see if Bobby can get regrouped and come back to his form. Obviously, he is not throwing the ball well. The good thing is we have options, and we will see what happens the next few days.”
There seems to be obvious choices such as former closer J.J. Putz or my preseason prediction of Matt Thornton taking over the duties. The thing about Thornton is he can close out two innings for you like a Mariano Rivera, while Putz is a one-inning guy at best. Let’s not forget the other night where Putz served up a three run bomb in the 12th inning for a 7-4 loss to the Blue Jays. Of course, Stenks does not agree with the idea that he needs to clear his head and work in different situations, “That doesn’t make sense,” Jenks said.
Doesn’t make sense? Let’s me honest every closing situation comes with drama Stenks! You’ve only had two spotless innings this entire season in 13 appearances with 5 saves, your whip is 2.17, and your era is 6.75. YOU STENK!
This craptacular outing from Stenks overshadowed a brilliant day at the plate by Alexis Rios who went 4-4 with the tying homerun, a double, three-runs, and is on an 11-game hitting streak. He’s batting .324 for the season with 6 home runs, 17-rbi’s and nine stolen bases. Can you say living up to the billing. He has 30/30 type numbers in the making, which was the reason Kenny Williams, signed him to begin with. He and Peavy are living up to the billing, now if a couple of areas can sure up, the White Sox can begin to make a run at this thing.
Sniff… Bobby you Stenk.