There is a pretty big debate going on Chicago White Sox Twitter right now and it involves their current closer and former closer. The debate is over the play/talent of Liam Hendriks and Alex Colome. Hendriks signed a deal with the White Sox this offseason to come in and be their closer while Colome is off to go play for the division rival Minnesota Twins. They are both very good players but the White Sox clearly made an upgrade at the position.
Liam Hendriks is better for the Chicago White Sox closer job going into 2021.
Hendriks just isn’t better than Colome, he is better (right now) than any closer in the world. Even MLB Network ranked him as the best reliever in the league. Colome wasn’t even on the Network’s top ten list at all. He is a great player and is going to save a lot of baseball games for Minnesota but the White Sox upgraded.
Even if you were content with Colome, and that is okay, that doesn’t mean that Hendriks can’t be an upgrade. If anything, the White Sox certainly didn’t get worst when it comes to their closer. It is certainly a strength of the team regardless.
Speaking of the strengths of the team, the bullpen is so sweet. Hendriks will be the closer and round out one of the best units in the league. Pitchers like Evan Marshall, Aaron Bummer, Matt Foster, and Codi Heuer amongst others are going to be in front of him along with a great starting rotation. This staff as a whole is very well put together and is defending for one of the best offenses in the world.
There is a good chance that Hendriks comes into most of his appearances with a lead. He has what it takes to turn those late-inning leads into wins. Fans are allowed to be bummed that Colome is headed to a division rival that we will see a lot but our new guy is one of the best. Hopefully, he along with his bullpen teammates are able to keep up their end of the bargain.