Following up: Matt Thornton trade leftovers


Hard luck follows him to Boston, as he ends up with the loss in his Red Sox debut

Matt Thornton is in Boston, and Thornton Luck made the trip, too.

In his Red Sox debut on Sunday, Thornton suffered a familiar fate, giving up a flared single to Oakland's Josh Donaldson with two outs in the ninth inning to bring home the game-winning run.

As the saying goes, though, Thornton made his own Thornton Luck by walking two of the four batters prior to Donaldson (and both were right-handed). That widened his splits even further:

vs RHB as LHP 63 17 2 0 1 9 8 .327 .435 .423 .859
vs LHB as LHP 58 9 2 0 3 3 13 .173 .232 .385 .617

And it also widened his win-loss record. He's now 6-19 over the last three years, and that's probably because it's gotta be hard for a team to decide where Thornton Luck ends and genuine decline begins, and so the high-leverage situations keep coming.

In his weekly installment of "The 30" at Grantland, Jonah Keri praised Rick Hahn for getting what he could for a situational lefty who was being paid like a closer:

If you're the White Sox, you're happy to pocket nearly $2 million (Thornton is making $5.5 million this year, and Chicago threw in $750,000 to cover part of his remaining 2013 salary). And you're happier to take a look at Brandon Jacobs. [...]

Still, with Thornton gone and several solid veterans (Jake Peavy, Alex Rios) reportedly available, new GM Rick Hahn has shown that he's willing to aggressively trade for prospects. Jacobs's natural talent, combined with his lack of results, make him a boom-or-bust candidate who's far more likely to bust. But when your tools have been declared superior to those of a rare untouchable prospect in a very deep system and your own organization is dying for talent, you make that deal every time.

I'm never sure if I like the imbalanced schedule, but I do like how familiar guys like Thornton become to certain divisional hitters, and vice versa. Baseball's a team sport built around one-on-one matchups, and that's never more apparent when a guy come into the bullpen for the express purpose of facing one or two hitters by name.

Here are Thornton's most frequent foes, and his success (or lack thereof) against him (and here's the full list, if you're interested):

Joe Mauer 31 9 1 0 0 1 4 .300 .323 .333
Justin Morneau 29 4 0 0 0 0 4 .138 .138 .138
Travis Hafner 26 5 2 0 1 2 6 .208 .269 .417
Shin-Soo Choo 25 7 1 0 1 0 12 .280 .280 .440
David DeJesus 23 4 2 0 0 1 4 .182 .217 .273
Jhonny Peralta 23 5 2 0 1 1 7 .238 .261 .476
Grady Sizemore 22 5 0 0 1 4 6 .313 .455 .500
Victor Martinez 21 6 0 0 1 3 1 .333 .429 .500
Curtis Granderson 20 2 0 0 0 0 6 .111 .158 .111
Ichiro Suzuki 19 5 1 1 0 0 3 .263 .263 .421
Log In Sign Up

Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join South Side Sox

You must be a member of South Side Sox to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at South Side Sox. You should read them.

Join South Side Sox

You must be a member of South Side Sox to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at South Side Sox. You should read them.




Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.