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McCovey Chronicles Aug 11, 2015

Why has Santiago Casilla been so bad lately?

I just couldn't work out a Jairoglyphics joke for this slot, but I'm sure one of you can pick me up Santiago Casilla has been bad this year. I know, I know, the McCovey Chronicles enfant terrible is stirring up trouble again, but dammit, I have to stand up for my beliefs. And sadly, in 2015, Casilla has been a stain on a bullpen that itself seems to be about half stain. By ERA, this is by far Casilla's worst season since a dashing young rogue named Jairo Garcia made the A's wonder "Why are we paying this person to throw baseballs?" So what's gone wrong? It's not his velocity – his...

Giants Splash: What Bruce Bochy is saying about his bullpen

ATLANTA -- A day after Giants relievers blew leads in both the ninth and 12th innings, manager Bruce Bochy suggested he’s not about to rearrange bullpen roles. One concern is closer Santiago Casilla’s and setup man Sergio Romo’s struggles against left-handed batters. The Giants were one out from victory when lefty swinging A.J. Pierzynski homered off Casilla to send the game to extra innings. Lefties are hitting .328 (including eight hits in the past 20 at-bats) against Casilla, a whopping .450 off Romo. “It’s an area both haven’t...

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