For much of the first half of the season, the San Francisco Giants struggled to find a competent closer. After the Sergio Romo experiment failed, thanks to his inflated 5.00 ERA and five blown saves, the Giants decided to use a closer-by-committee approach with Casilla and Jeremy Affeldt.
But that plan changed quickly. From the second Casilla was granted an opportunity to prove himself, he more than answered the call. In four outings since taking over the closer’s role, he is a perfect 3-for-3 in save opportunities. Additionally, he hasn’t given up a run in that time and has only allowed one runner to reach base.
What is even more impressive about Casilla, however, is what he has done since May 21. In that time, he has pitched 10 innings, allowing zero runs on no hits and one walk with 10 strikeouts. It is an understatement to say that Casilla has settled nicely into the closer’s role. In fact, one could argue that he may be the hottest pitcher in all of baseball right now.
The Giants have finally found a closer that they can put their faith in. With the help of Casilla, the Giants should be able to compete for a playoff spot. If they can stay healthy, the Giants are also a legitimate threat to compete for what could be their third World Series title this decade.