Colome walked one and struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning to record his fourth save of the season in a 5-4 win over the Royals on Monday. The right-hander has looked good so far, posting a 2.57 ERA and 8:1 K:BB through seven innings while converting all four of his save chances. If recent White Sox history holds true, Colome will be flipped to a contender by the trade deadline, but his hold on the closer role for the team should be secure until then.
Colome earned his third save of the season after tossing a perfect inning Sunday against the Yankees. Colome is now 3-for-3 on save opportunities this year following Sunday's flawless outing. He needed just 13 pitches (10 strikes) to retire the final three batters of the ballgame. The 30-year-old right-hander has posted a 3.00 ERA with six punchouts over six frames in 2019.
Colome struck out two and picked up the save in a perfect ninth inning Friday against Seattle. Colome slammed the door without issue, as he induced a fly ball for the first out and fanned the next two batters to end the ballgame. The 30-year-old has yet to allow a hit through three appearances (three innings) in 2019.
Colome picked up the save after striking out one in a perfect ninth inning Sunday against Kansas City. After beating out Kelvin Herrera for the closer's role in spring training, Colome was efficient in his first save opportunity of the 2019 season. He needed just 11 pitches (eight strikes) to retire the final three batters.
Colome was confirmed as the White Sox's closer Friday, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Colome was battling Kelvin Herrera for the role. Herrera's 2.70 ERA and five strikeouts in 6.2 innings are each better than Colome's 4.50 ERA and three strikeouts in three frames this spring, but Colome was announced as the winner by manager Rick Renteria. The confirmed role should boost Colome's fantasy value, though he's far from a top-tier closer, as his career 22.2 percent strikeout rate is well below the numbers produced by most ninth-inning options.