The San Francisco Giants have a nice problem on their hands with a young closer in Sergio Romo and a World Series championship to defend. The Giants should hopefully be grooming Romo to be their closer for a long time as it looked like late last season that he is nearly unhittable. Romo is starting to look like a pitcher that could hit 35-40 saves each and every season.
Romo showed last year especially in the playoffs what a power slider can really do. There were Major League hitters flailing away with no chance at all to hit the ball when Romo would throw the slider. It is almost unfair with the movement that Romo was putting on the ball. He is going to need to learn that hitters will eventually catch on to what he is doing and that’s when Romo can throw a fastball right by. There is the problem with facing a pitcher like Romo in that you never know if the slider or fastball is coming and when a batter figures it out, it is too late.
The Giants have to be happy to know that their ninth inning is locked down with Romo. I could easily see Romo finishing with over 40 saves this season as San Francisco looks for their third title in the last four years. I’m sure Romo will be ahead of whatever adjustment the opposing hitters have in mind because it sure seemed like he had it down this past season. It is a great thing to have down by the bay.