StrategyJuly 6, 2012

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Bottom of the 9th: Giant Issues

By R.J. White

For most of the season, Santiago Casilla has looked like a pretty dominant closer. He ended May with 14 saves in 15 chances and a 1.17 ERA but hit a rough patch near the end of June. It hasn’t gotten any better in July, and Casilla has now blown three of his last four chances. If he was closing for the Cubs or Twins, he might have some more leash, but the Giants are primed to make a playoff run this season, and they can’t get in the habit of giving away wins. Sergio Romo has four saves and 14 holds this year while compiling a 0.75 ERA and 0.75 WHIP, thanks to a 30/7 K/BB ratio and just two earned runs allowed all year. He should be added in all league in anticipation of opening the second half as the team’s closer.

In other news, Matt Capps looks like he could be on his way back after the break, Andrew Bailey may not close when he returns and the Mets are closer shopping.


ARI J.J. Putz
ATL Craig Kimbrel
BAL Jim Johnson
CHW Addison Reed
CIN Aroldis Chapman
CLE Chris Perez
COL Rafael Betancourt
DET Jose Valverde
LAA Ernesto Frieri
LAD Kenley Jansen
MIA Heath Bell
NYY Rafael Soriano
OAK Ryan Cook
PHI Jonathan Papelbon
PIT Joel Hanrahan
SEA Tom Wilhelmsen
STL Jason Motte
TB Fernando Rodney
TEX Joe Nathan
TOR Casey Janssen
WAS Tyler Clippard

Safe … For Now

BOS Alfredo Aceves
CHC Carlos Marmol
MIL John Axford
MIN Matt Capps
NYM Bobby Parnell

Trade Candidates

HOU Brett Myers
KC Jonathan Broxton
MIL Francisco Rodriguez
SD Huston Street

R.J. White is the head editor at the Cafe, writes for FanDuel and has previously written for FanHouse and Razzball. Catch up with him in the forums under the name daullaz. Follow him on Twitter; don't follow him in real life.
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