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You'd think, that going into the season with a roster featuring the likes of Latos, Gonzalez, Danks, a young Rodon, the Erik Johnson project and now a struggling Shields, over the course of the season, it might be a good idea to invest a roster spot (or 2) in long-relief arms??? Many of these-caliber SPs could be "off" on any given night and require an early hook yet the leader in innings pitched out of our pen this year is Dan Jennings...acquired to be a lefty specialist--averaging just over 1 inning per appearance. Everyone else is mostly a strict 1-inning guy. The issue is 2-fold...not only do you blow your bullpen arms by covering 5 innings on a wild night by your starter, but you're forced to leave in that wild starter WAY too long (to save the pen)--further decreasing your chances of winning even more. Seems these types of situations are abundant these days.

 

Good defense limits pitch counts as well--a good thought to keep in mind as we continue to run out defensive liabilities Garcia, Melky, a very young, unpolished SS in Anderson (although offensively talented). There are many ways our starters could run into trouble!! Do we have any long relief arms in the system? Anyone come to mind as a possible acquisition?

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QUOTE (FT35 @ Jun 15, 2016 -> 03:02 PM)
You'd think, that going into the season with a roster featuring the likes of Latos, Gonzalez, Danks, a young Rodon, the Erik Johnson project and now a struggling Shields, over the course of the season, it might be a good idea to invest a roster spot (or 2) in long-relief arms??? Many of these-caliber SPs could be "off" on any given night and require an early hook yet the leader in innings pitched out of our pen this year is Dan Jennings...acquired to be a lefty specialist--averaging just over 1 inning per appearance. Everyone else is mostly a strict 1-inning guy. The issue is 2-fold...not only do you blow your bullpen arms by covering 5 innings on a wild night by your starter, but you're forced to leave in that wild starter WAY too long (to save the pen)--further decreasing your chances of winning even more. Seems these types of situations are abundant these days.

 

Good defense limits pitch counts as well--a good thought to keep in mind as we continue to run out defensive liabilities Garcia, Melky, a very young, unpolished SS in Anderson (although offensively talented). There are many ways our starters could run into trouble!! Do we have any long relief arms in the system? Anyone come to mind as a possible acquisition?

 

That's actually a very good point. We have Carroll as a mop up guy - and I guess Turner and Volstad, etc. could also do that role. Basically if you have a guy coming in for the 3rd or 4th inning the game is most likely out of reach so it really doesn't matter how good they are. But it would be nice to have.

 

Would think we'll focus on OF and late inning guy who's talented first thogh

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I really like when we have Carroll up as mop up. But we do have jennings and albers who can both go 2 innings or more.

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QUOTE (bmags @ Jun 15, 2016 -> 03:40 PM)
I really like when we have Carroll up as mop up. But we do have jennings and albers who can both go 2 innings or more.

 

Carroll has turned into a legitimate pumpkin. No reason he should ever see Chicago ever again.

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QUOTE (ChiSox59 @ Jun 15, 2016 -> 03:41 PM)
Carroll has turned into a legitimate pumpkin. No reason he should ever see Chicago ever again.

 

I disagree. his outing vs. Texas was bad, but every one of our relievers was bad in Texas. He recovered the next day.

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QUOTE (ChiSox59 @ Jun 15, 2016 -> 03:41 PM)
Carroll has turned into a legitimate pumpkin. No reason he should ever see Chicago ever again.

 

Carroll is fine if he isn't overexposed. As a long reliever and a mop up guy, he will give you OK numbers, and cover some innings. Really where our starters have been lately, that would have some real value.

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QUOTE (ChiSox59 @ Jun 15, 2016 -> 03:41 PM)
Carroll has turned into a legitimate pumpkin. No reason he should ever see Chicago ever again.

 

Agree...I'm not sold on Carroll but like the concept of him being up to mop up so Albers and Jennings can stick to their strengths--power arms or match-up specialists. Neither is as effective coming off a 2-inning appearance. Seems as though Robin is just as content using position players to cover those mop up innings! The agony.

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QUOTE (southsider2k5 @ Jun 15, 2016 -> 03:55 PM)
Carroll is fine if he isn't overexposed. As a long reliever and a mop up guy, he will give you OK numbers, and cover some innings. Really where our starters have been lately, that would have some real value.

 

The man has a 5.00 ERA and 1.58 WHIP in Charlotte. He's terrible.

 

I like the story and all, and he's given the Sox some decent innings in the past, but they can and should do better.

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QUOTE (ChiSox59 @ Jun 15, 2016 -> 04:18 PM)
The man has a 5.00 ERA and 1.58 WHIP in Charlotte. He's terrible.

 

I like the story and all, and he's given the Sox some decent innings in the past, but they can and should do better.

 

Who's the can and do better? Danish was just given an chance and couldn't do it. Probably next up is Turner or violated which aren't pitching an better.

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QUOTE (WhiteSoxLifer @ Jun 15, 2016 -> 04:49 PM)
Who's the can and do better? Danish was just given an chance and couldn't do it. Probably next up is Turner or violated which aren't pitching an better.

Ranaudo

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