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McCovey Chronicles May 19, 2016

Get used to whispers and rumors about Andrew Miller, even if the Giants can't afford him

The Giants might be focused on another starting pitcher, but it's just as likely that they'll focus on the bullpen. If you've been paying attention, you might have noticed that I'm in the tank for Santiago Casilla. Not because he's the greatest reliever in team history or anything, but because he's the greatest reliever the Giants can currently employ at this very second. He's been solid for years, and I'm firmly against knee-jerk decisions. However, he's not a magic reliever. No, don't look at me like that, it's true. He's not the kind of pitcher who can strike out the...

UPDATED: Joe Panik thinks big as Giants ride arms of Jeff Samardzija, Santiago Casilla to 3-1 victory over Diamondbacks

Updated with quotes from the version filed at the final out. -AB   PHOENIX – Several Giants players are having fun with their media interviews this season, sprinkling them with inside jokes delivered in deadpan. Joe Panik seems to be… Continue Reading → The post UPDATED: Joe Panik thinks big as Giants ride arms of Jeff Samardzija, Santiago Casilla to 3-1 victory over Diamondbacks appeared first on Giants Extra.

Giants beat Diamondbacks, no controversy this time

The Giants beat the Diamondbacks 3-1 in textbook fashion, featuring Jeff Samardzija’s eight strong innings, Joe Panik’s three-run homer and Santiago Casilla’s two-out save. With one out in the ninth, Bochy summoned Casilla for the save, one night after Casilla’s eruption on the mound due to his discontent over Bochy pulling him with the bases loaded and two outs. Friday, Lamb was the first hitter in the ninth, and Bochy called on Josh Osich, who got Lamb to bounce to third baseman Matt Duffy, who made a nice on-the-run throw across the diamond. Angel Pagan returned to the lineup...

Giants’ Santiago Casilla apologizes to Bruce Bochy

Having thought about it overnight, I realize I have to respect my manager. Casilla went to manager Bruce Bochy’s office in the Chase Field visitors’ clubhouse to say he was sorry for what he called “my outburst.” Bochy pulled him with the bases loaded and two outs in the ninth inning of Thursday’s opener, and Casilla had a fit on the mound, stormed off the field and vented to the media afterward. In a postgame interview, Casilla said Bochy “didn’t have faith in me” and that he should have been told why he was being removed, adding, It’s not a kid out there. Friday,...

Giants notes: Santiago Casilla apologizes to Bruce Bochy, will remain the club's closer

PHOENIX – Santiago Casilla did not blow a save Thursday night. He merely blew his top.   And a day later, with a cooler head, he walked into the manager’s office and apologized to Bruce Bochy.   “We had a… Continue Reading → The post Giants notes: Santiago Casilla apologizes to Bruce Bochy, will remain the club's closer appeared first on Giants Extra.

Giants lineups: Angel Pagan returns, plus some thoughts on Santiago Casilla

PHOENIX – Angel Pagan is back in the lineup for the first time since May 1, and as long as his left hamstring holds up, it’ll mean that the Giants went shorthanded for 11 games so they could have their… Continue Reading → The post Giants lineups: Angel Pagan returns, plus some thoughts on Santiago Casilla appeared first on Giants Extra.
McCovey Chronicles May 13, 2016

Santiago Casilla was ticked off at Bruce Bochy, and that's fine

Closers are supposed to think they're infallible. That's part of the job. Santiago Casilla blew a save on Wednesday. He gave up loud contact and got into a mess on Thursday. The winning run was on first base, and the tying run was in scoring position. A left-handed hitter was up. So Bruce Bochy did what we all would have done, and he brought in Javier Lopez. No big deal. Just another day at the ballyard. Right? Wrong! Casilla was miffed after the game. Super miffed. He spoke his mind and gave unusually candid comments. Santiago Casilla's postgame comments were lively, to say the least....

Giants closer Santiago Casilla on his ninth-inning exchange with Bruce Bochy: 'It shows the manager didn't have faith in me'

PHOENIX – Bruce Bochy came to take the baseball from his closer. Santiago Casilla punched it into the manager’s hand.   The bases were loaded Thursday night. So were tempers. And although the Giants preserved a 4-2 victory over the… Continue Reading → The post Giants closer Santiago Casilla on his ninth-inning exchange with Bruce Bochy: 'It shows the manager didn't have faith in me' appeared first on Giants Extra.

Should Giants fans sweat through Casilla saves tries? Plus lineup

Should Giants fans sweat through Casilla saves tries? When they entered a game, fans chewed off their fingernails and bemoaned how scary their ninth innings were. Which brings us to Santiago Casilla, who got his 100th career save (96th with the Giants) in Monday night’s 5-4 victory against the Padres. Among the 17 pitchers who have at least that many, Casilla’s success rate of 82.2 percent is second-worst, with only Addison Reed (82.0) behind him. Arm trouble has not been an issue. To assess Casilla’s value as a closer one needs to look at the overall picture. After the Benitez...
McCovey Chronicles Apr 26, 2016

Santiago Casilla is probably the most underrated San Francisco Giant of all time

A hot take made wishy-washy by the word probably Santiago Casilla came into a tough situation last night. The Giants were up by one in the eighth inning, there were two men on and two outs. This is exactly the situation where you want to bring in your shutdown reliever, your high leverage guy, the one reliever you trust more than any other on the staff. How did Giants fans on Twitter respond to Caslila coming in? Here's one representative example: CASILLA FOR FOUR OUTS WHAT COULD GO WRONG — groug (@moonwalkmcfly) April 26, 2016 Ha ha, what kind of stupid jerk would say that,...

Santiago Casilla rescues Giants' young bullpen, earns every bit of his 100th career save in 5-4 victory over Padres

SAN FRANCISCO – Madison Bumgarner arrived at his locker Monday afternoon to find a gift from Hunter Pence, his teammate and resident “Game of Thrones” nut. It was a huge black helmet in the shape of a hound’s head, its… Continue Reading → The post Santiago Casilla rescues Giants' young bullpen, earns every bit of his 100th career save in 5-4 victory over Padres appeared first on Giants Extra.

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