White Sox: 2 players who justified team’s faith, 1 who hasn’t

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Chicago White Sox, Liam Hendriks
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Justified: Liam Hendriks

Liam Hendriks has been an incredible closer for the Chicago White Sox this season.

The Chicago White Sox allowed Alex Colome to walk this past offseason in favor of Liam Hendriks. Some people didn’t like the idea but Hendriks is worlds better than Colome. In fact, he is worlds better than pretty much every closer on the planet. They gave him a lot of money to get the job done for them and he has been worth every penny. Things started out a little rough but it has gotten better quickly.

He was the best reliever in baseball in two years with the Oakland A’s and looks to be back to it with the White Sox. He closed out another victory for the White Sox yesterday. It wasn’t a save opportunity but he shut the door to get the White Sox the win in a nail-biter. They are hoping they use him successfully in many more high leverage situations as the season goes along.

Hendriks has now appeared in 27 games for the White Sox. He has a 1.78 ERA and a 0.75 WHIP over 25.1 innings pitched in those 27 games. His 40 strikeouts to only three walks is a remarkable number. The White Sox feels very good about baseball games when he comes in with the lead. It will be really nice once playoff time rolls around. They put a lot of faith in this guy coming from another organization and he has justified it.