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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%: 23/16 | Average Draft Position: 1142.00
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White Sox GM: We're confident in Jake Petricka as closer


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/14/2014) The White Sox are hoping in the offseason to improve what was a brutal bullpen in 2014, but general manager Rick Hahn is not necessarily seeking to find a closer. He believes Jake Petricka can handle that role.

Petricka converted 14 of 18 save chances as a rookie.

"He certainly did an admirable job ... and if it came down that the mix we had indicated he should be back there, we have conficence in him doing that," Hahn told the Chicago Sun-Times. "We certainly want to have multiple upgrades, and if some of those upgrades give us back-end options as well, that's great."

Petricka did lose six of seven decisions last season and walked 33 in 73 innings.


Jake Petricka exits game with stiff lower back


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/27/2014) White Sox closer Jake Petricka was forced out of Saturday's game against the Royals with a stiff lower back, the team announced. Petricka issued a walk to Alex Gordon to start the ninth and was immediately replaced by Javy Guerra, who picked up the save.

Petricka has converted 14 of 18 save chances, with a 2.96 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP over 73 innings of work. His status for the final game of the season remains uncertain.


Jake Petricka takes walkoff loss vs. Tigers


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/23/2014) White Sox closer Jake Petricka was hung with a walkoff loss in Tuesday's 4-3 defeat against the Tigers.

Petricka (1-6) gave up a single to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning then walked the next batter to put the winning run in scoring position with no outs. The next batter smacked an RBI single to finish off the game. Petricka owns a 2.88 ERA and 55:32 K:BB ratio in 72 innings.


Jake Petricka converts four-out save


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/22/2014) White Sox closer Jake Petricka struck out one and retired the final four batters in order for the save Monday night in Detroit. He needed 20 pitches to close out a 2-0 victory. Petricka has converted 14 of 18 save chances, with a 2.75 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP over 72 innings of relief.

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.