No, it’s obviously not Kyra Sedgwick of the popular TNT series, The Closer. And it’s not Chris Sale, Sergio Santos, Jesse Crain or, for that matter, Bobby Jenks, Shingo Takatsu or Keith Foulke.
Ozzie’s choice to close out games? It’s the guy who has been the favorite all along: Matt Thornton. The skipper implied there may be occasions where a Sale or a Crain would perform the role, but Thornton will be there “a good percent of the time.”
The hope is that Thornton can transfer his success as an All-Star setup man, where he recorded a 2.67 ERA and held opponents to a .191 batting average last year, to the finishing role.
The fact is that it has to be more than a hope. It’s a must if the Sox are going to meet the “All In” expectations.