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Lip Man 1
09-12-2003, 11:22 PM
ESPN.com has an article by Jayson Stark where he ranks the bullpens for the contenders in each league. Apparently he got together with MLB scouts to size things up.

The White Sox rank 5th out of 7 AL teams only Boston and Kansas City rank below them. Oakland is ranked first in the league.

Here is the part on the Sox. You can find the complete story on ESPN.com:

5. Chicago White Sox

You don't normally think much of bullpens with no set closer. But this might be the exception. Tom Gordon, the right-handed half of the closer platoon, is averaging 11 strikeouts per nine innings and has given up one run since Aug. 6. Damaso Marte, the left-handed half, has a 1.66 ERA (lowest of any left-hander in the league) and is allowing 5.7 hits per nine innings (also the best of any left-hander in the league). And there are sure worse set-up casts than this one (funky left-hander Kelly Wunsch, the versatile Scott Schoeneweis and deposed closer Billy Koch), too.

What players/scouts say: "The difference between their bullpen and the Yankees' is that their bullpen has performed. The Yankees' pen has not performed." ... "They've far exceeded my expectations. Marte has been good for a couple of years now. Gordon has pitched with a vengeance. Schoeneweis is a guy they can bring in early if they have to. And Wunsch is a good situation guy." ... "Tom Gordon has made himself a lot of money next year as somebody's closer."

Lip

voodoochile
09-12-2003, 11:26 PM
Originally posted by Lip Man 1
ESPN.com has an article by Jayson Stark where he ranks the bullpens for the contenders in each league. Apparently he got together with MLB scouts to size things up.

The White Sox rank 5th out of 7 AL teams only Boston and Kansas City rank below them. Oakland is ranked first in the league.

Here is the part on the Sox. You can find the complete story on ESPN.com:

5. Chicago White Sox

You don't normally think much of bullpens with no set closer. But this might be the exception. Tom Gordon, the right-handed half of the closer platoon, is averaging 11 strikeouts per nine innings and has given up one run since Aug. 6. Damaso Marte, the left-handed half, has a 1.66 ERA (lowest of any left-hander in the league) and is allowing 5.7 hits per nine innings (also the best of any left-hander in the league). And there are sure worse set-up casts than this one (funky left-hander Kelly Wunsch, the versatile Scott Schoeneweis and deposed closer Billy Koch), too.

What players/scouts say: "The difference between their bullpen and the Yankees' is that their bullpen has performed. The Yankees' pen has not performed." ... "They've far exceeded my expectations. Marte has been good for a couple of years now. Gordon has pitched with a vengeance. Schoeneweis is a guy they can bring in early if they have to. And Wunsch is a good situation guy." ... "Tom Gordon has made himself a lot of money next year as somebody's closer."

Lip

Well, with a ranking like that and comments like these, all I can say is, Those must be some pretty decent bullpens in slots 1-4...