On our trip to Target Field earlier this year, a new member joined the Johngy's Beat Shunners Club. White Sox reliever Bobby Jenks gained membership by shunning us while sitting alone in the dugout during a pre-game rain storm. As always, I was disappointed, but not upset. The player has that right, even if he is seemingly doing nothing while watching the rain fall. However, in this case, I feel the need to do a statistical analysis of Jenks.
Overall, Jenks was 1-3 with a 4.44 ERA, a 1.367 WHIP and 27 Saves. I'd like to look beyond the totality and do a pre- and post-shun Bobby Jenks. Here is where it gets interesting.
Before shunning us, in 36 games, Jenks was 1-1, with a 3.97 ERA, a 1.44 WHIP and 20 Saves (with only 1 blown Save).
After shunning us, in 19 games, Jenks is 0-2, with a 5.30 ERA, a 1.23 WHIP and 7 Saves (with 3 blown Saves).
Is this mere happenstance? An odd statistical anomaly? Maybe. Maybe not. A solid case could be made that his plunge cost the Sox a playoff spot. Next time, perhaps Jenks will play it safe and talk to us.