What a relief
The best news coming from Wednesday’s 2-0 loss, more so than Gavin Floyd’s tremendous performance, was the ninth inning pitched by Scott Linebrink. Billy Butler, Alex Gordon and Miguel Olivo all went down swinging, with the right-hander looking like the All-Star setup man from the first half of last season.
Matt Thornton also breezed through the eighth inning, giving the White Sox exactly what they want from their final four relievers over the first two games of the season. But it’s Linebrink who truly plays a key role in this equation, as shown by the bullpen’s downturn last year when he went down with shoulder soreness. With a healthy Linebrink, Thornton, Octavio Dotel and Bobby Jenks, not to mention Clayton Richard, the White Sox just might have the strongest bullpen in the American League.
Sure, it’s a little early to judge. But this unit certainly has that special look.