Is Bobby Jenks going through a “rough patch?” Yes he is.
The White Sox' closer loaded the bases in Monday night's outing vs. Tampa Bay before striking out Jason Bartlett on a 3-2 pitch and saving a 4-3 decision.
Tuesday night, Jenks was shaky again, and he wound up blowing the save and taking the loss after allowing 2 runs in the ninth.
Jenks _ who has a 9.00 ERA in 6 July appearances _ was booed during the top of the ninth Tuesday and the volume increased when he finally got out of the inning and walked back to the dugout.
Before Wednesday's game against the Rays, manager Ozzie Guillen slammed the fans that let Jenks have it.
“It’s a shame how short a memory people have,” Ozzie said. “A real shame. I grew up in this city, and when you blow one game, not two, just one, obviously that broke their heart. There’s nobody in this room that feels worse than him.
“All of a sudden people treat him like a piece of garbage and the way they treat him is not fair. It’s not fair. This guy since we got him has been great. He will continue to be great. He’s a human being, he had a bad night. I know he will turn the corner and continue to have success.
“But that hurt and made me really upset and (ticked off) when a kid has a bad night and we treat him like that. That’s really a shame. It’s sad. Because all of a sudden what do you think is going to go through his mind. If this kid blows 20 saves in a season I don’t blame you guys, not the media, but people out there acting the way they are.
“That’s pretty, I want to say, pretty embarrassing. Wow, what did this kid do to this town to make people treat him like that? He’s my closer and if people don’t want him to be my closer, don’t come to the (gosh darn) game.”
My view has always been fans have a right to boo all they want when they purchase a ticket.
But I can obviously see Ozzie's point in this case. Jenks has been really good since joining the Sox in 2005, and he's still 22-for-25 in save situations this season.
He deserves a break.