If there is one important pitcher that the Chicago White Sox need to stay healthy and pitch like he did in 2012, it would be Jesse Crain. Let’s review Crain’s 2012 season and what I expect from him in 2013.
Crain was one of the few bright spots in the disastrous 2011 season. So, big things were expected of him for 2012. Things got off to a bad start for Crain, though. He was sidelined by an oblique injury that landed him on the disabled list in April. When he did come back, he suffered a shoulder sprain that landed him back on the disabled list in July.
Even with the two stints on the disabled list, Crain had a good season in 2012. Crain posted an ERA of 2.44 in 48.0 innings of work. He appeared in 51 games. Crain struck out 60 batters and only walked 23. Though Crain only pitched 48 innings, those are still pretty good numbers.
What do I expect from Crain in 2013? I expect that he remains healthy. He is a very valuable piece to the White Sox bullpen. In the two years that he has been with the White Sox, he has pitched 113.1 innings and has an ERA of 2.54. Crain can be used a setup man or, in a jam, a relief pitcher who can pitch for more than one inning if needed. If he is hurt again and misses significant time, it affects the other pieces of the White Sox bullpen.
I expect Crain to pitch around 60 innings or so, which is what he saw in 2011. I also expect Crain to post a similar ERA, like he has had since he has been a member of the White Sox. I don’t really care about the wins or losses when it comes to Crain.
I expect nothing less than excellence from Crain, especially with him being in the last year of his contract with the White Sox.
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