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52 Jake Petricka RP
Height/Weight: 6-5/205 | Birthdate: 6/5/1988 | Birthplace: Northfield, MN | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Chicago | College: None | MLB Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 25/19 | Average Draft Position: 1142.00
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Jake Petricka pegged with blown save, loss


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) White Sox closer Jake Petricka was pegged with a blown save and a loss Monday night against the Royals. He allowed a run on a wild pitch and on an infield single in the ninth inning. He was charged with two runs on three hits in one inning of work in a 4-3 defeat.

Jake Petricka closes out Athletics despite trouble in ninth


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/11/2014) White Sox closer Jake Petricka got himself in immediate trouble upon arriving on the scene in a taut game Thursday afternoon against Oakland. He gave up a single to leadoff hitter Sam Fuld with his team leading 1-0.

But Petricka induced Josh Donaldson to hit into a double play, which allowed him to walk Adam Dunn. He locked down his 13th save by striking out Derek Norris. Petricka has converted his last four save opportunities.


Jake Petricka picks up save No. 12 Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/11/2014) White Sox closer Jake Petricka nailed down his 12th save Wednesday.

Petricka entered with a one-run lead, and managed to close the door. He tossed a perfect inning, picking up one strikeout in the process. Petricka threw 10 pitches, seven of which were strikes. 


Jake Petricka out this weekend after birth of child


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/6/2014) White Sox pitcher Jake Petricka is unavailable Saturday and Sunday due to the birth of his child, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Petricka should be back in action early next week. He owns a 2.73 ERA and 50:30 K:BB ratio in 66 innings.


Jake Petricka earns 11th save


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/3/2014) White Sox pitcher Jake Petricka picked up his 11th save Tuesday against the Twins.

Petricka entered the game with a three-run lead in the bottom of the 10th inning. He tossed a perfect inning, picking up one strikeout. Petricka picked up the other two outs via groundballs. Petricka threw 10 pitches during the inning, seven of which were strikes. 


Jake Petricka picks up save No. 10


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/30/2014) White Sox pitcher Jake Petricka picked up his first save in nearly two weeks Saturday, as he closed out a 6-3 win over the Tigers.

Petricka was not perfect Saturday, but he was good enough after a few subpar appearances. He retired the side on 18 pitches, while allowing one hit and one walk, and striking out one batter.

Petricka has 10 saves in 13 opportunities this season, while holding a 2.81 ERA and 1.36 WHIP in 64 innings of work. 


Jake Petricka surrenders walkoff blast


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2014) White Sox closer Jake Petricka (0-3) had a nightmare of an outing Sunday against the Yankees in New York. Petricka surrendered a walkoff three-run home run to Brian McCann in the 10th inning for the loss. He allowed three runs and two hits with one walk and two strikeouts in 1 1/3 innings of relief. He owns a 2.57 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP over 63 innings of relief.

Jake Petricka collects save No. 9


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/17/2014) White Sox closer Jake Petricka picked up his ninth save of the season Sunday against the Blue Jays. The right-hander permitted one hit and two walks with no strikeouts over a scoreless ninth inning of work to close out a 7-5 victory. He has converted 9 of 12 save chances, with a 2.26 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP over 59 2/3 innings of relief.

Jake Petricka blows save opportunity vs. Giants


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/13/2014) White Sox closer Jake Petricka took a blown save Tuesday, giving up two earned runs on four hits in two-thirds of an inning in his team's 3-2, 10-inning win over the Giants.

Petricka gave up three straight single to open the inning and load the bases before inducing a double play, which put two outs on the board but brought a run home. He then gave up one more single to tie the game before being removed. Petricka owns a 2.30 ERA and 44:26 K:BB ratio in 58 2/3 innings.


Jake Petricka records eighth save Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/10/2014) White Sox closer Jake Petricka gave up one hit Saturday but worked a scoreless 10th inning to earn his eighth save in his team's 2-1 victory over the Mariners.

Petricka needed just eight pitches to finish off the Mariners, getting help on a game-ending double play after a one-out single. He owns a 2.02 ERA and 44:26 K:BB ratio in 58 innings, and he is in line to continue seeing save opportunities even with Zach Putnam back in the fold.


Jake Petricka to remain closer after Zach Putnam's return


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2014) White Sox pitcher Jake Petricka will remain the team's closer after former closing option Zach Putnam was activated from the disabled list Friday, MLB.com reports.

"[Petricka] has taken a step forward when you start to foresee things that would happen in the future of guys who are available to do stuff and what you're planning on for guys," manager Robin Ventura said. "If you have a guy like him doing what he's been doing in the late innings, definitely it's a step in the right direction and a positive one for him."

Petricka has allowed just one earned run in 6 2/3 innings over his last seven appearances while picking up four saves.


Jake Petricka remains on roll by shutting down Detroit


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) Right-hander Jake Petricka continued to cement his hold on the closer role for the White Sox with a fine appearance Thursday in Detroit.

Petricka yielded only an infield single to Miguel Cabrera in a shutout inning for his seventh save. He closed it out by enducing Torii Hunter, who had yet to be retired, to ground out.


Jake Petricka Ks two, closes out Twins


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) White Sox pitcher Jake Petricka struck out two and needed only 11 pitches to close out a 5-2 victory over the Twins in Minnesota. Petricka has converted five saves this season, with a 2.06 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP over 52 1/3 innings of work.

Your daily White Sox closer assessment


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/22/2014) You may recall White Sox manager Robin Ventura had this to say after Zach Putnam bailed out Jake Petricka with two outs in the ninth inning Saturday for his second save in as many days:

"Unfortunately, I don't have a guy that you're just going to leave out there, saying that's your closer," Ventura said.

But the second half of that quote may actually say more:

"I like Put's swing-and-miss ability with some lefties, and that's the reason."

"Put," of course, is Putnam, who struck out left-handed hitter Jason Castro with two runners on to secure the save Saturday. But looking back on it, the most interesting part of Putnam bailing out Petricka is that it happened immediately after the second out, not after the second runner reached base. If a right-handed hitter was due up instead of Castro, Ventura may have just let Petricka finish out the inning.

Which explains why Ventura went back to Petricka in the ninth inning Monday. Two right-handed hitters were due up.

After weeks of trying to discern what's happening at the back end of the White Sox bullpen, we may finally have an answer: It's a lefty-righty platoon. Considering they're not so great individually anyway, perhaps you should leave both Putnam and Petricka for the deepest of Rotisserie leagues.


Jake Petricka picks up fourth save Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2014) White Sox pitcher Jake Petricka earned his fourth save Monday, giving up one hit and striking out one while recording the final three outs of his team's 3-1 win over the Royals.

Petricka has bounced back after giving up two runs while not recording an out on July 9 to turn in three straight scoreless appearances, giving him a 2.10 ERA and 39:26 K:BB ratio in 51 1/3 innings. Both he and Zach Putnam are candidates for saves moving forward.


Zach Putnam pulls ahead of Jake Petricka?


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/21/2014) White Sox reliever Zach Putnam recorded two saves this weekend, but only the first was conventional. He struck out two in a perfect ninth inning against the Astros Friday. 

Manager Robin Ventura handed the ball to Jake Petricka in the ninth inning of a one-run game Saturday, but after he put two on, Ventura turned to Putnam, who struck out Jason Castro to end the game.

Ventura wouldn't commit to a single closer after the game, but Saturday wasn't the first time Petricka faltered in a high-leverage situation this month. His poor outing July 9 contributed to a come-from-behind win for the Red Sox. Ventura did say he prefers Putnam against left-handed batters, which would support a platoon, but I get the sense Putnam is beginning to distinguish himself.

As I wrote in my latest post to the Fantasy Baseball Today blog breaking down the more questionable closer situations in baseball, he's the reliever to own for the White Sox right now.


ChiSox leaning on two relievers in save opportunities


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2014) White Sox manager Robin Ventura said Sunday relievers Zach Putnam and Jake Petricka are the top candidates to be used in save situations, according to MLB.com. Putnam picked up saves Friday and Saturday against the Astros, and Petricka has three saves this season.

Candidates emerging in White Sox bullpen


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/7/2014) After using him much like a team would use its closer in a tie game Wednesday, the White Sox brought in Zach Putnam to pitch the ninth inning of a one-run game Saturday against the Mariners only to watch him blow it. They'd go on to lose in the 14th inning.

So when they had another save opportunity Sunday against those same Mariners, they instead turned to Jake Petricka ... in the eighth inning, that is.

Because Putnam's blown save wasn't the most epic of meltdowns, especially when you consider one of those runs was charged to Eric Surkamp, and because Petricka wasn't used like a traditional closer Sunday, I'm not sure either is a clear front-runner right now. But I do believe one of the two will get the White Sox's next save.

My guess is Putnam so that the White Sox can keep Petricka available for multiple innings, but both deserve to be owned in leagues where saves are scarce.


Jake Petricka untouchable lately


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/7/2014) White Sox reliever Jake Petricka, who earned his third save Sunday, has gone 11 innings without allowing a run, notes WEEI.com. He has a 1.85 ERA and 36 strikeouts in 48 2/3 innings.

The White Sox are using a committee approach at closer, but Petricka is making a strong case for more save opportunities.


White Sox will go with a closer by committee for now


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2014) The White Sox will go with a closer by committee approach for now, according to CSN.

Ronald Belisario had been the club's closer, but was pulled Friday after struggling in the ninth. The club turned to Eric Surkamp, and then Jake Petricka to pick up the save. Manager Robin Ventura claims the team will use matchups to dictate who closes. 


Jake Petricka could get a chance to close


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/27/2014) White Sox reliever Jake Petricka recorded the final two outs of Friday's 5-4 win over the Blue Jays, and could be in line for more save opportunities moving forward.

Petricka entered Friday's game with the bases loaded and induced a pair of groundball outs to end the threat, recording his second save of the season. After the game, manager Robin Ventura told reporters  Ronald Belisario is out of the closer's role, and Petricka could get a chance to fill in.

Petricka has been one of the White Sox's best relievers this season, posting a 2.08 ERA and 1.27 WHIP in 43 1/3 innings.


Where else do the White Sox turn for saves?


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/29/2014) We've said it before, but with Ronald Belisario blowing two of his five save opportunities -- and nearly two more -- in his first week and a half on the job, the White Sox have to turn to Daniel Webb pretty soon here, right?

Not that trying out Belisario in the role (which is still technically his, by the way) was a bad call. He's been an effective late-inning reliever before and has been one of the more consistent strike-throwers out of the White Sox bullpen this year. But clearly, he isn't getting a job done.

While he certainly wouldn't pass as a strike-thrower, issuing 18 walks in 26 1/3 innings, Webb has been one of the White Sox's more reliable relievers this season. His ERA isn't as low as Zach Putnam's or Jake Petricka's, but he throws hard, which is what most teams want in a closer, and has a 1.35 ERA in his last 11 appearances.

If Robin Ventura doesn't turn to Webb next, opting for Putnam, Petricka or -- who knows? -- Javy Guerra instead, he's clearly making a deliberate effort to avoid the young right-hander, perhaps because he doesn't trust him to throw strikes.

And perhaps he shouldn't. Truth be told, whoever claims the closer role for the White Sox is about the last closer I'd want in Fantasy, even behind Chad Qualls.


Who should you target for saves in the White Sox's bullpen?


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(5/20/2014) The White Sox put Matt Lindstrom on the 15-day disabled list with a left ankle injury on Tuesday, so the race for saves is officially on over on the South Side.

The presumptive favorite will be probably be Daniel Webb, who along with Nate Jones was competing with Lindstrom for closing honors back in spring training. However, Webb has hardly established himself as a clear frontrunner based on his performance this season. His 2.63 ERA is respectable enough, but he has a 1.50 WHIP thanks to a 6.4 BB/9 ratio. Webb's 7.1 K/9 ratio also doesn't scream "lockdown ninth inning option" either.

Lefty Scott Downs has some closing experience, but he, too, has had control issues this season. The latter has also been true for Jake Petricka, who nailed down the save on Monday in Kansas City, after Lindstrom departed with his injury and Scott Downs retired lefty Eric Hosmer.

Should Webb, Downs or Petricka get the first shot at closing, none has pitched well enough to inspire confidence that he can keep the job. Sooner or later, though, it could be Ronald Belisario's turn, and he appears to have the best skill set for the closer's role. Though he has had some elevated walk rates in the past, Belisario is a strike-thrower, and he is also highly adept at getting ground balls. In the absence of a flamethrower like Jones, Belisario is probably the best bet to give the White Sox a reliable presence in the ninth inning.

Since he may not get the first chance to close, it's not worth picking up Belisario in standard and shallow mixed leagues, but he should at least be on your Scout Team. He's also worth a speculative pickup in deeper leagues.


Jake Petricka tallies first career save Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2014) White Sox pitcher Jake Petricka picked up his first career save Monday, recording the final two outs of his team's 7-6 win over the Royals.

Closer Matt Lindstrom suffered an injury while attempting to field a bunt, and the White Sox chose to have two different pitchers record the final three outs after he exited. Petricka needed just four pitches, getting a groundout to end the game after picking off a baserunner. He owns a 1.80 ERA and 18:12 K:BB ratio in 25 innings.


Jake Petricka gets the call


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/4/2014) The White Sox have called up pitcher Jake Petricka from Triple-A Friday.

Nate Jones has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a hip injury, forcing the team to make the move. Petricka posted a 3.26 ERA in 19 1/3 innings last season with the club.