Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Three years of Casilla

The Giants have just signed him to a 3-year $15 million deal, Chris Haft of mlb.com reports on the Giants web site. Seems like a lot for a set-up man but these lines are guaranteed to pick up any Giants fan -- 

Casilla led the reigning World Series champions with 73 appearances and 25 saves in 2012. He was San Francisco's initial replacement for closer Brian Wilson when Tommy John elbow surgery sidelined the three-time National League All-Star in April. Casilla converted 19 of his first 20 save opportunities, but he lost the closer's role after blowing five of nine save chances between June 24 and July 21.
Casilla managed to contribute in a setup role, blanking opponents in 19 of his final 23 games before finishing 7-6 with a 2.84 ERA. He excelled in the postseason, surrendering one earned run in seven innings spanning 11 outings. He was the winning pitcher in the Game 4 World Series clincher at Detroit, recording one out to preserve a 3-3 tie and force extra innings. In three years with the Giants, Casilla is 16-10 with a 2.22 ERA and 33 saves in 174 relief outings.

In the last three years, he's racked WAR scores of 1.5, 1.3 and 0.4. 


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