San Francisco Giants closer Sergio Romo is dominating in the closer role so far this season. It is a role he won last year, and a position he will not likely give up anytime soon.
Romo has made three appearances so far in the first week of the 2013 Major League Baseball season. In all three of those outings, he was able to record a save without giving up a hit let alone an earned run. Time will tell if Romo will be able to continue being successful this season, but I have to imagine the Giants are pleased with what they have seen so far.
“Getting off to a good start like this is huge for Sergio,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy told Giants.com. “He’s probably going to get tested here, but at the same time he’s a special talent.”
Bochy is referring to this weekend as San Francisco is taking on the St. Louis Cardinals at home. Romo is able to pitch well at AT&T Park, but the Cardinals are certainly a talented team. The fact that Romo was flawless in a 1-0 victory on Friday against St. Louis certainly bodes well for the team’s confidence in him.
One of the reasons the right-hander is so successful in close situations is because he has a repertoire of pitches that he throws very well. However, his best quality has to be that his confidence rarely gets shaken when the pressure is on. Obviously, anyone watching San Francisco’s postseason run last year can attest to that.
“He’s not afraid. He wants to be out there and he wants to do anything he can to help the team win,” Bochy said, according to Giants.com.
One of the reasons he is so confident has to be because he has not blown a save since July 30 of last year. Anyone who saves 12 consecutive games, including three in the World Series, has to have an unlimited supply of confidence.
It will be interesting to see how far the 30-year-old can take this streak, and continue to pitch at a high level in 2013.