more of the same but...
"We've got to take a step back. It's obviously shocking," general manager Brian Sabean said. "It's more significant than I was anticipating... Hopefully, we'll keep swimming and won't sink."
The chances of trading for a closer are "slim and none," Sabean said, so the Giants are back where they were last year, using a "closer by congregation" plan, in manager Felipe Alou's words.
Alou said he would have used 42-year-old lefty Jeff Fassero in a save situation on Wednesday. Fassero has 29 career saves, including 12 for the 2001 Cubs. Matt Herges, with 34 career saves, is a possibility after opening last season as the closer, only to collapse in the second half.
Scott Eyre and Jim Brower have late-game experience.
"If we get through the eighth inning, it's whoever is available," Alou said. "I'll take it as the situation arises."