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Sergio Romo removed from Giants’ closer role

Jun 29, 2014, 4:37 PM EDT

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Giants manager Bruce Bochy announced Sunday afternoon — as relayed by Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle — that right-hander Sergio Romo has been stripped of the club’s closer gig. The Giants plan to use a committee for a while, with righty Santiago Casilla and lefty Jeremy Affeldt getting the majority of the save opportunities.

Romo blew his fifth save of the season on Saturday night when he allowed a two-run homer to Brandon Phillips in the top of the ninth inning after issuing a leadoff walk to Joey Votto. The Giants lost the tilt in extra innings and are now just one game up on the surging Dodgers in the NL West standings.

Romo owns a rough 5.17 ERA in 31 1/3 total innings this season for San Francisco.

He had a 2.54 ERA in 60 1/3 innings last season and a 1.79 ERA in 2012.

  1. clydeserra - Jun 29, 2014 at 4:52 PM

    what is the opposite of firing on all cylinders? Cuz that’s what the giants are doing.

  2. sisqsage - Jun 29, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    Don’t forget the history people. Wilson would be the closer right now and getting in position for a run at the HOF if he hadn’t needed another TJ. Romo replaced Casilla in 2012 after Casilla needed to go on the DL. Romo was awesome in the 2012 playoffs but has struggled since. He was never supposed to be the closer. He got pushed into it and did about as well as could be expected with only a 90 mph fast ball and ever slower slider. He’s fearless, but that can only take you so far. Casilla has better stuff (a great fastball with movement), and will stabilize things from here on out. Plenty of time to right the ship, and this is a good first step. Romo is best suited to be a setup guy, and will be a big contributor in that role.
    We should be more worried about Pagan’s absence. Blanco is getting way more ABs than he can handle with predictable results. Bochy should have Pence be the leadoff guy. At least he will get on base and is actually a pretty good base stealer. Just set the table for Posey, Panda and Morse. Maybe Duvall can stick. His power is legit.

    • clydeserra - Jun 29, 2014 at 5:33 PM

      HOF? you’re funny

      Jario Garcia is not your answer. but yeah, you are right, Romo was forced into the role and did well. Especially with what he has.

      Also, yeah, duh, Pagan is sorely missed.

      • sisqsage - Jun 29, 2014 at 6:36 PM

        The key for Wilson would have been staying healthy. If he had, he would be in the 300 save neighborhood. That gets you in the HOF conversation. He probably would need more good years going forward, but he would get some votes, especially with multiple world rings on his resume.

  3. spyder9669 - Jun 29, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    Thank god. His one and only pitch isn’t cutting it anymore. Finally got a gem from Cain and still couldn’t get the damn win. Until ownership starts to spend some real money on big time talent, this division is owned by LA. They pull out all the stops to field a superior team. Giants are just unwilling to do the same.

    • clydeserra - Jun 29, 2014 at 5:46 PM

      yup anytime you score 2 runs in 9 innings you expect to win the game

    • jwbiii - Jun 29, 2014 at 6:17 PM

      The Giants have the #7 payroll. They have have a significantly better record than three of the teams which have spent more (Yankees, Phillies, Red Sox).

  4. thetxhammer - Jun 29, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    Lol LA pulls out all the stops to field a superior team and how many championships have the Giants in the last few years? And the Dodgers?

    Good call.

  5. spyder9669 - Jun 29, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    Actually the Dodgers do field a better team. All stars up and down the lineup. The best pitching staff filled with aces. We have the #7 payroll mostly made up of 1 win Matt Cain and 10 HR Hunter Pence. Bumgarner also makes over 100 mill and hes either dominant or gets lit up. Timmy makes 20 mill a year to have a 5 era and throw 1 no hitter. Yea we lucked into 2 WS titles thanks to Cody Ross and Zito getting hot out of nowhere. Go ahead and keep banking on stuff like that. Meanwhile LA keeps banking All Stars and wins.

    • fifthstarter - Jun 30, 2014 at 7:40 PM

      Call KNBR and let them know.

  6. 4d3fect - Jun 29, 2014 at 8:41 PM

    Ok, the horses are out, time to shut the gate!

  7. stevephoenix - Jun 30, 2014 at 4:37 AM

    A Romo choking at the end of the game. ..say it ain’t so! !!!

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