Although Sergio Romo had a remarkable postseason in 2012, the San Francisco Giants still have a question mark at the closer position. Many forget that Romo saved just 14 games in 2012 and has a lousy 17 saves to his name after five MLB regular seasons.
Brian Wilson was supposed to be the future at closer after he had a 48 save campaign in 2010 en route to the Giants capturing a World Series trophy. Romo doesn’t even remotely belong in the same ballpark as Wilson, who is a three time All-Star and has four seasons of 36 or more saves.
I won’t discredit the performance that Romo had in the 2012 postseason run, but he is by no means an established closer at this level.
During the Giants’ sweep of the Detroit Tigers in the World Series, Romo saved three of the four victories and didn’t allow a single run. Throughout the postseason, Romo went 10.2 innings yielding just one run and striking out nine. It was a wonderful showing from the 30-year-old, but to expect the same from him all season long is ridiculous.
Romo will have has his opportunity to shine this year as he is under contract for the next two years and is unlikely to face any competition.
Bruce Bouchy and the Giants faithful saw how quickly Wilson went from an All-Star closer to a free agent. Hopefully the Giants can ride Romo to another title in 2013, but they will now have a target on their backs as that entire NL West will be gunning for the champs.