It has been tough to figure out who the White Sox closer is since the offense has been so inept and the save chances have been few recently. Last night against the Yankees they were in position to get one and it was Sergio Santos coming through with a four-out save.
Chris Sale began the bottom of the eighth inning and retired the first two batters before Santos was brought in. He allowed a single to Eric Chavez and then induced a grounder from Derek Jeter to end the inning.
Santos came back out for the ninth and allowed a leadoff single to Curtis Granderson before inducing a double play from Mark Teixeria and striking out Alex Rodriguez to notch his first save of the season.
Manager Ozzie Guillen indicated he would get more save chances so he should be owned in all leagues at this point. Santos is a converted shortstop and has pitched very well this season.
Santos has pitched 11 scoreless innings, allowing seven hits, five walks, while striking out 14. One thing to watch is his control considering he has a career walk rate of 4.45. He is currently pitching the best out of Matt Thornton, Chris Sale and Jesse Crain and the White Sox have been playing so bad Santos should continue to get the save opportunities.
Still, he doesn't have a long leash because there are options behind him. Thornton came into the season with the job and has struggled in a small sample of just 6 2/3 innings. He's blown four saves, but two came because of shoddy defense. Thornton's control has been uncharacteristically poor.
Thornton has been one of the best relievers over the past three seasons. I still believe long term he is the best bet for saves and in most leagues outside of very shallow ones, I'd hold him.