Petricka to Take Sox Closer Role?

By CalvinChu
Jul. 07, 2014

In the offseason, when the Sox traded Addison Reed to the Arizona Diamondbacks for 3B prospect Matt Davidson, there were questions about who would take over the closing role for the Sox.

Would it be Nate Jones, Matt Lindstrom, or even Daniel Webb?

Lindstrom needed surgery to repair a torn left ankle tendon sheath. He could return in the latter parts of August.

Jones has had back problems and is on the 60 day DL with no time table for a return.

Webb has accumulated a 1.55WHIP.

In comes Jake Petricka, a second year 6' 5" righty. In almost 50 innings of work this year, he's only given up 10 ER. However, despite a current ERA of 1.85, there are still questions about him.

He only strikes out 6.7 batters per nine innings, and walks a high number, 4.4 batters per nine.

The one good thing that he's been able to do is limit the damage done against him, with opponents slugging only .249 against him. He limits batters to a .207 Batting Average, but because of his walks allows a .307 OBP, not shabby but not lights-out.

Petricka could be worth a stash in your fantasy league too! 

Should he be able to tone down the walks, the Sox may have found a long-term replacement for the Closing role. He pitched a clean two innings with 2Ks to earn the save yesterday. Will he be able to continue pitching under pressure?

Let us know what you think about Petricka in the comments below!