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Jake Petricka | Relief Pitcher

Team: Chicago White Sox
Age / DOB:  (26) / 6/5/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Jacob Petricka pitched a scoreless 10th for the save as the White Sox edged the Mariners 2-1 on Saturday.
Conor Gillespie singled in Jordan Danks to give the White Sox the lead in the 10th. Petricka's ERA stands at 2.02, and he's been plenty good enough to stick in the closer's role once Zach Putnam returns from the DL. Of course, the White Sox are getting Matt Lindstrom back, too, but he doesn't belong anywhere near the closer's role. Aug 10 - 12:37 AM

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Jacob Petricka pitched a wobbly ninth on Friday, allowing three hits and a run before ultimately saving Chicago's 10-8 win over the Twins.

We'll use the term "nailed down" in very loose fashion here. It took a lot of hammering. The White Sox came into the ninth leading 10-7, only to see Petricka give up three straight singles to start the frame. To be fair, two of them were infield singles. With the bases loaded and nobody out, Petricka was able to induce Kurt Suzuki into an RBI groundout before striking out Kennys Vargas and Oswaldo Arcia to end the game. Phew. It's outings like this that make Chicago's closer situation incredibly difficult to predict.
Aug 2 - 1:28 AM

Jacob Petricka earned his fifth save of the season as the White Sox defeated the Twins on Thursday.

Petricka had no issues wrapping up the win, notching a 1-2-3 inning with two strikeouts. The White Sox aren't sure yet who to use in the closer's role, or if they should pick anyone at all. Petricka owns a 2.06 ERA with a 1.26 WHIP and 41/26 K/BB ratio.
Jul 24 - 11:15 PM

Jacob Petricka notched his fourth save with a scoreless ninth in a two-run game against the Royals on Monday.

Ronald Belisario has settled back into his eighth-inning role, but it's still unclear who will get the ninth on a nightly basis. Petricka was also given a chance to close Saturday, only to be pulled in favor of Zach Putnam after allowing two to reach with two outs. Putnam converted that one to earn his second save in two days, but he went unused tonight after also getting Sunday off. At least it seems pretty clear in light of Javy Guerra's recent struggles that the closer committee is down to Petricka and Putnam. If one of the two has a couple of bad appearances in a row, it will probably solve matters.
Jul 22 - 12:00 AM

Jake Petricka earned his third save of the season Sunday as the White Sox blanked the Mariners.

Petricka protected Chicago's 1-0 lead by recording the final six outs of the game with perfect eighth and ninth frames. This after Zach Putnam blew a save opportunity on Saturday. Petricka boasts a sharp 1.85 ERA with 36 strikeouts in 48 2/3 innings this season and is worth speculating on in most mixed fantasy leagues while the White Sox try to settle on a reliable option at closer.
Jul 7 - 1:12 PM

After coming into a 1-1 game, Jacob Petricka walked two and allowed two inherited runners to score Wednesday against the Royals.

Petricka gave up a go-ahead sac fly initially after replacing Jose Quintana in the eighth. After that, he issued the two walks, the second coming with the bases loaded. It did no damage to his ERA, but it did hurt Quintana's. It also didn't help Petricka's chances of seeing save opps in the short term.
May 21 - 11:03 PM

After Matt Lindstrom got hurt, Jacob Petricka recorded the final two outs of the game against the Royals on Monday for his first career save.

Daniel Webb might have been the choice, but he pitched three innings the previous two days. Both Petricka and Webb could be candidates for saves if Lindstrom's ankle/foot problem turns out to be significant. Petricka has a 1.85 ERA in 24 1/3 innings since his callup.
May 20 - 12:19 AM

Jake Petricka was perfect for two innings out of the pen Wednesday, striking out two against the Cubs.

Petricka has pitched 10 scoreless innings since April 25, and he has a 1.71 ERA overall since being called up on April 4. He's been a middle-relief guy thus far, but he could soon get a look in a setup role.
May 7 - 11:51 PM

White Sox recalled RHP Jacob Petricka from Triple-A Charlotte.

He's taking Nate Jones' (hip) spot on the roster. Petricka held a 3.26 ERA in 16 games for the Pale Hose last season and put up a 1.81 mark in 31 appearances between Double- and Triple-A. He'll work in middle relief.
Apr 4 - 12:09 PM

Jacob Petricka left Tuesday's game against the Twins after taking a line drive off his left wrist.

Petricka failed to retire any of the three batters he faced and was ultimately charged with two runs. It's not clear at this point how long he might be sidelined.
Tue, Sep 17, 2013 10:56:00 PM

White Sox purchased the contract of RHP Jake Petricka from Triple-A Charlotte.

Petricka has registered a cool 1.81 ERA and 58/25 K/BB ratio in 54 2/3 innings this season between Double-A and Triple-A. He will pitch in middle relief.
Sat, Aug 17, 2013 04:59:00 PM

2010 second-round pick Jacob Petricka pitched six hitless innings and struck out nine Sunday for low Single-A Kannapolis.

The 22-year-old Petricka probably belongs in high-A, not back in the Sally League, though a quick promotion seems likely if he keeps this up. He has a big fastball, but his secondary stuff will determine whether his future is in the rotation or the pen.
Mon, Apr 11, 2011 11:58:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Tyler Flowers
2Adrian Nieto
1B1Jose Abreu
2B1Carlos Sanchez
2Leury Garcia
SS1Alexei Ramirez
3B1Conor Gillaspie
LF1Dayan Viciedo
CF1Adam Eaton
RF1Avisail Garcia
2Moises Sierra
DH1Andy Wilkins
2Paul Konerko
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Chris Sale
2John Danks
3Jose Quintana
4Felipe Paulino
5Hector Noesi
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jake Petricka
2Zach Putnam
3Matt Lindstrom
4Daniel Webb
5Javy Guerra
6Ronald Belisario
7Maikel Cleto
8Scott Snodgress
9Nate Jones