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27 Matt Lindstrom RP
Height/Weight: 6-3/215 | Birthdate: 2/11/1980 | Birthplace: Rexburg, ID | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Chicago | College: Ricks Coll. ID (J.C.) | MLB Experience: 8 | Salary: $2,300,000 | Owned/Started%: 33/22 | Average Draft Position: 278.77
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Matt Lindstrom secures third save Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10:05 pm ET) White Sox closer Matt Lindstrom gave up a hit and a walk but pitched a scoreless ninth inning in his team's 6-4 win over the Tigers to secure his third save of the season.

Lindstrom was able to record the final out to strand the tying run on second base, and all three of his outs came via fly out. He owns a 2.70 ERA but just a 3:4 K:BB ratio in 10 innings.


Matt Lindstrom closes out Tigers


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2014) White Sox reliever Matt Lindstrom worked his way around a base hit and a walk, but managed to escape with his second save of the season Monday night against the Tigers in Detroit. The right-hander needed 17 pitches to complete a scoreless ninth inning, securing a 3-1 victory.

Lindstrom is 2 for 5 in save chances with a 3.00 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP over nine innings pitched.

Ventura: Matt Lindstrom is still the closer


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2014) White Sox manager Robin Ventura gave embattled closer Matt Lindstrom a vote of confidence Tuesday, reiterating that he remains the team's closer despite two early blown saves.

"He's in there right now," Ventura told MLB.com. "It's always been that way, where you can make a change at any time. It's tough, the job is tough. As of right now, he'd probably be going out there today."

Lindstrom has a 5.40 ERA in five innings of work this season, and has been thrust into the closer role with Nate Jones on the disabled list. He has just two strikeouts to two walks, and has recorded just one save in three opportunities. 


Matt Lindstrom escapes with win despite another blown save


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2014) White Sox reliever Matt Lindstrom continued to struggle as suffered a blown save, but escaped with the win Sunday afternoon against the Indians.

Lindstrom blew a one-run lead in the ninth, surrendering a run on a wild pitch and on an RBI single to David Murphy. He was charged with two unearned runs on two hits and one walk in one inning pitched. Alexei Ramirez came up big with a walkoff, two-run home run to end the game.

Lindstrom owns a 5.40 ERA, and 2.00 WHIP along with 2:2 K:BB ratio over five innings pitched.

Matt Lindstrom melts down in second save chance


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/3/2014) White Sox reliever Matt Lindstrom's hold on the closer's role is not considered particularly strong, and he didn't do much to strengthen his position in his second save opportunity of the season Thursday against the Twins.

Lindstrom entered the game up 9-8 after the White Sox took the lead in the previous inning, but he promptly gave it right back. Lindstrom was tagged for two runs on two hits and a walk in his inning of work, blowing the save and taking the loss in a 10-9 final.

Lindstrom opened his season with a successful save in his first chance, but it didn't take long for things to turn around. Fortunately for him, Nate Jones seems unlikely to challenge him for the role at this point, after admitting he is dealing with an injury Thursday.


Matt Lindstrom earns first White Sox save of season


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2014) White Sox pitcher Matt Lindstrom recorded the first save of the season, allowing one hit and striking out one in a scoreless ninth inning in his team's 5-3 Opening Day win over the Twins.

While Nate Jones was the expected winner of the team's closer battle, Lindstrom earned the role before Monday's game despite only throwing three innings this spring while dealing with an injury. Lindstrom entered the season with 45 major-league saves to his credit but none since 2011.


Not much faith in Matt Lindstrom


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/31/2014) So the White Sox named Matt Lindstrom their closer over presumed favorite Nate Jones to begin the season. He apparently made a believer out of manager Robin Ventura with those three innings he pitched this spring.

Please note the sarcasm.

I don't expect it to last long. Ventura probably thinks he's making the "safe" choice by going with a veteran who has some experience in the role, but of course, Lindstrom's experience in the role is nothing to write home about. He survived a crazy high ERA and WHIP en route to a combined 38 saves in 2009 and 2010. 

Granted, he has improved as a pitcher since then, but he's still too hittable to be more than a Kevin Gregg-type closer. Obviously, in leagues where all closers need to be owned, so does Lindstrom, but I wouldn't put any long-term faith in him and would, in fact, still prioritize Jones over him.


White Sox closer situation far from settled


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(3/31/2014) As someone who owns White Sox closer hopeful Nate Jones in several leagues, the news that manager Robin Ventura decided to go with Matt Lindstrom in the ninth-inning role was distressing. While Jones' owners would surely prefer he starts getting save chances right away, there is still no reason to panic.

Specifically, Ventura told SportsNet Chicago that Lindstrom would be the closer "today." That doesn't sound like a commitment beyond Opening Day. And while Lindstrom doesn't have a skill set or a history that suggests sustained success as a closer, Jones has a profile that should bode well for his success in that role.

He had the third-highest average fastball velocity among relievers last season, sandwiched among Aroldis Chapman, Kelvin Herrera, Trevor Rosenthal and Craig Kimbrel in those rankings. Jones, as one would expect, got plenty of strikeouts (10.3 K/9), and he was good at getting grounders (53 percent rate) as well. Unlike many hard throwers, Jones didn't have command issues (65 percent strikes thrown).

With a skill profile that leaves Lindstrom's in the dust, I suspect we will see Jones as the White Sox's full-time closer within the next month. If you've got Jones, simply stash him and wait it out.


Matt Lindstrom wins closer's job for White Sox


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2014) White Sox manager Robin Ventura finally revealed his choice for closer Monday, giving the role to Matt Lindstrom over Nate Jones and Daniel Webb. Lindstrom, who has 45 career saves, had a 3.00 ERA and 1.00 WHIP in three relief appearances this spring.

White Sox manager waiting to reveal choice for closer


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2014) White Sox manager Robin Ventura has picked a closer, but he will wait to tell the media until he has a chance to talk with Nate Jones, Matt Lindstrom and Daniel Webb, who are considered the three finalists for the role.

"I do (know), but I'm going to talk to them a little bit later and then they'll find out," Ventura said, per ESPN. "I'm not going to say now."


White Sox refuse to name closer


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2014) The White Sox will not name a closer prior to opening day, according to the Chicago Tribune

"Come watch the game Monday," pitching coach Don Cooper said. "If we have the lead, you'll find out who is closing." Cooper said the candidates for the role will know their job Sunday. Matt Lindstrom, Nate Jones and darkhorse Daniel Webb are all in the running for the late-inning role. 


Matt Lindstrom pitches scoreless inning in spring debut


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2014) White Sox pitcher Matt Lindstrom made his first Cactus League appearance Friday, pitching a scoreless sixth inning in his team's 7-0 loss to the Cubs.

Lindstrom has been out with an oblique issue this spring. He's in the mix to serve as the team's closer this season.


Matt Lindstrom on track for Friday debut


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2014) White Sox pitcher Matt Lindstrom remains on track to pitch in his first Cactus League game Friday after throwing a side session Wednesday, MLB.com reports.

"I felt no ill-effects, nothing I can't work through and looking forward to making my appearance," Lindstrom said. "I had a couple of good bullpen sessions in the spring and now it's time to translate it out on the mound and in the game and come together with the team."

Lindstrom has been recovering from a left oblique strain. He still has a chance to emerge from the pack and win the closing job this spring.


Matt Lindstrom's spring debut pushed back again


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2014) White Sox reliever Matt Lindstrom will have to wait a little longer to make his spring debut. Lindstrom will not pitch Wednesday since he's not fully recovered from a left oblique strain.

Instead, Lindstrom will throw another bullpen session Wednesday and aim to pitch in a spring game Friday.


Matt Lindstrom's debut pushed to Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2014) White Sox pitcher Matt Lindstrom will make his spring debut Wednesday rather than Tuesday as initially announced, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Lindstrom was slated to compete for the closing role this spring but has been sidelined with an oblique issue. However, a stopper has yet to be named by manager Robin Ventura, so Lindstrom still has a chance to win the job.


Matt Lindstrom slated to make debut Tuesday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/15/2014) White Sox pitcher Matt Lindstrom threw a side session on Saturday and is expected to make his Cactus League debut on Tuesday, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Lindstrom will then pitch again on Friday, if Tuesday's appearance goes well. He is working his way back from a left oblique strain and is expected to compete for the closer role this spring.


Matt Lindstrom gets through bullpen session Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/13/2014) White Sox pitcher Matt Lindstrom was able to get through a bullpen session Thursday, according to CSN.

Lindstrom threw at about 80 percent. He plans to throw again Saturday, and could pitch in a game Tuesday if all goes well. Pitching coach Don Cooper said he was pleased with Lindstrom's session.

Lindstrom posted a 3.12 ERA in 60 2/3 innings last year.


Matt Lindstrom plays catch Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/10/2014) White Sox pitcher Matt Lindstrom played catch and went through a strenuous workout Monday, MLB.com reports.

"Tomorrow we're going to go through my mechanics and actually get downhill," Lindstrom said Monday. "But today was more like crow-hop, making sure I was getting over my front leg.

Lindstrom is working his way back from a left oblique strain and will compete for the closer role when healthy.


Matt Lindstrom taking slower approach to recovery


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/8/2014) White Sox reliever Matt Lindstrom is hoping to resume throwing at some point next week, according to MLB.com on Saturday. Lindstrom suffered a setback in his left oblique earlier in the week. He is expected to take a slower approach this time around, according to the report. 

Matt Lindstrom has setback with oblique issue


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2014) White Sox reliever Matt Lindstrom had a setback with his oblique injury, according to the Chicago Sun Times

Lindstrom was planning to throw a bullpen session Wednesday, but felt some discomfort in his left oblique. He'll likely be shut down a few days so he can rest. Lindstrom is in competition for the closer role. He posted a 3.12 ERA in 60 2/3 innings last year.


Matt Lindstrom ready for bullpen session Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2014) White Sox pitcher Matt Lindstrom is hoping to return to Cactus League action this week after he throws a scheduled bullpen session Tuesday, MLB.com reports.

"I want to do one and make sure I feel good and then we will take it from there," Lindstrom said. "Just kind of wait and see what tomorrow is like. I'm anticipating nothing is going to go wrong because I've been doing those tests and strength exercises that I couldn't do if there was a problem."

Lindstrom will be testing his mild oblique strain in the bullpen session, and if all goes well, he should be able to resume game action later in the week.


Matt Lindstrom throws off flat ground Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2014) White Sox pitcher Matt Lindstrom was able to throw off flat ground Sunday, according to the Chicago Sun Times

Lindstrom injured his oblique recently, which kept him out of game action Friday. He injury is considered minor, and shouldn't keep him out of action too long. Lindstrom posted a 3.12 ERA in 60 2/3 innings last year.


Matt Lindstrom not worried about mild oblique strain


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/1/2014) White Sox closer contender Matt Lindstrom is unconcerned about an oblique strain that prevented him from pitching on Friday. He rated that concern as "probably zero" to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Lindstrom appears to be second in the running for the closer job to Nate Jones.


Matt Lindstrom held out Friday with sore oblique


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/28/2014) White Sox pitcher Matt Lindstrom was held out of Friday's spring game due to a sore oblique, CSNChicago.com reports.

The injury is not expected to be serious, but the team will know more about Lindstrom's revised schedule Saturday. The right-hander is expected to compete for the closing role this spring.


Matt Lindstrom admits need to improve as possible closer


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2014) White Sox prospective closer Matt Lindstrom conceded that he must improve in that role from his stint at that spot with Miami and Houston to be successful. Lindstrom was 38 of 46 in save opportunties in 2009 and 2010 and has not served as a closer since.

"I didn't really know how to set hitters up," he told the Chicago Tribune. "It was just basically trying to throw it by people and trick them. It was just not really knowing how to pitch, not reading the situation as much as I should have. It would be cool to throw the ninth inning again."

Lindstrom appears to be the underdog in his battle with Nate Jones for the closer job.