White Sox relievers have begun to make Bobby Thigpen look like a very smart man.
When the team signed Matt Lindstrom in January, the White Sox new bullpen coach predicted his relief corps could be the best in the majors this season.
Through six games, White Sox relievers have a 1.83 ERA in 19 2/3 innings, good for fourth best in the majors and first in the American League. The total included three more scoreless innings Sunday as the bullpen kept a struggling offense afloat until Dayan Viciedo homered to give the White Sox a 4-3 win in 10 innings.
“They’re always coming in with the game on the line, tough situations,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “They did it today. They come in and give us that chance and finally we get it. They know how we play games and they’ve been put in the fire and they do a good job. They really do.”
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In the eighth inning, Lindstrom struck out Seattle’s fourth and fifth hitters, Mike Morse and Kendrys Morales, with two aboard after a Gordon Beckham error and an infield single. Jesse Crain followed with a perfect ninth inning and turned it over to Addison Reed, who struck out Morse -- who has five homers in seven games -- with two men on base.
“We have a lot of talent,” catcher Tyler Flowers said. “Guys seem to be ready to go every time out. It makes it a little bit easier for me when I know they’re going to hit their spots and have their good stuff. Hopefully that can hold up for the whole season.”