The White Sox decided to tighten up the bullpen in front of closer Bobby Jenks so they signed Octavio Dotel and Scott Linebrink to get the game to the closer. 27-year old righty reliever Bobby Jenks has incredible stuff as hitter’s often appear to be at his mercy. He pitched in 66 games (0 starts) for the White Sox last season and he was 3-5 with 40 saves, a 2.77 ERA and a 0.89 WHIP. Jenks has now pitched in 165 games (0 starts) in his major league career and he is 7-10 with 87 saves, a 3.26 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP. He has whiffed 186 batters in only 174 innings in his major league career and that shows what kind of dominating stuff he has.
34-year old righty Octavio Dotel pitched in 33 games (0 starts) last season for the Royals & Braves and he was 2-1 with 11 saves, a 4.11 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP. Dotel has now pitched in 428 games (34 starts) in his major league career and he is 39-32 with 82 saves, a 3.76 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP. He also whiffed 773 batters in only 641 career major league innings which shows what kind of stuff he has.
31-year old righty Scott Linebrink will likely handle the 7th inning for the White Sox this season. He pitched in 71 games (0 starts) for the Brewers & Padres last season and he was 5-6 with 1 save, a 3.71 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP. Linebrink is a solid pitcher and he will do a good job in 2008 for the White Sox.
31-year old lefty Matt Thornton will be the top man from the port side in 2008 for the White Sox. He pitched in 68 games (0 starts) for the White Sox last season and he was 4-4 with a 4.79 ERA and a 1.51 WHIP. Thornton also whiffed almost a batter an inning last season (55Ks, 56.1 innings) which shows how deep and powerful that the White Sox bullpen is.
31-year old righty Mike MacDougal will need to pitch better this season or the White Sox won’t hesitate to cut him loose. He pitched in 54 games (0 starts) for the White Sox last season and he was 2-5 with a 6.80 ERA and a 1.96 WHIP. MacDougal is a better pitcher than that though. He has pitched in 241 games (3 starts) in his major league career and he is 13-20 with 50 saves, a 4.18 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP. MacDougal is effective when he throws strikes, which isn’t that often.
23-year old lefty Boone Logan will be the lefty specialist for the White Sox in 2008 and they need him to pitch a little bit better this season. He pitched in 68 games (0 starts) for the White Sox last season and he was 2-1 with a 4.97 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP.
26-year old righty Nick Masset will be the long reliever for the White Sox this season. He basically made the team because he was oout of options so there will be pressure on him to produce this season. Masset pitched in 27 games (1 start) for the White Sox last season and he was 2-3 with a 7.09 ERA and a 1.98 WHIP.
27-year old righty Ehren Wasserman didn’t make the team because he still had minor league options left. But, he will be the first reliever called up by the White Sox this season. He pitched in 33 games (0 starts) for the White Sox last season and he was 1-1 with a 2.74 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP.
25-year old lefty Andy Sisco has a big time arm but he doesn’t know where the ball is going. He pitched in 19 games (0 starts) for the White Sox last season and he was 0-1 with a 8.36 ERA and a 2.14 WHIP.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2008 SEASON: B+