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Dugout Metrics Podcast 2 - Liam Hendriks and the Analytics of Closer Mojo

Trevor Lines and Luke Smailes break down the big White Sox move of the offseason, and look ahead to see what’s next

Well, a month after the premiere was not an ideal lag. But Dugout Metrics, which features South Side Sox college ballplayers/metrics mavens Trevor Lines and Luke Smailes breaking down the news of the day, is back, on the heels of the Liam Hendriks signing.

In this Hendriks-plus episode:

  • What has made Hendriks so good in 2019-20?
  • Why not just keep former White Sox closer Alex Colomé?
  • Closer mystique is an actual thing, at least as it applies to Hendriks
  • Is closer hype ... overhyped?
  • Can Hendriks’ bravado and new pitching coach Ethan Katz persuade manager Tony La Russa to be creative with his closer use, opting for high-leverage vs. mere save opps?
  • Tommy La Stella should just call us already, because he’s coming to Chicago
  • How will the White Sox fill out their rotation ... and when will they do it?

Listen on the Megaphone player above, or check out this and the entire family of SSS podcasts on Apple Podcasts or Spotify. You can also watch the podcast at the South Side Hit Pen YouTube channel.