Sunday, June 29, 2014

Sergio Romo out, committee (Casilla, Affeldt) in as Giants closer

Giants reliever Sergio Romo blew another save last night; his third in his past five appearances.

Now it's unclear if, or when, he will get his next chance to close the game as he's been removed from the team's closer role and he will be replaced by a committee, per Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Both Santiago Casilla and Jeremy Affeldt will get the team's ninth-inning opportunities going forward.

Casilla has an ERA of 1.17 and WHIP of 0.88 while Affeldt has been nearly as effective with an 1.33 ERA and 1.00 WHIP. Romo has allowed nine earned runs in his past 4 1/3 innings over his past five appearances.

It's unclear if either one will get more opportunities to close than the other, but both are widely available in fantasy leagues. At the moment (although these percentages will likely rise quickly), Casilla and Affeldt are owned in only 12 and three percent of Yahoo! leagues, respectively.

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