Monday, February 11, 2013

Closer by committee for the Orange and Black

You are a true Giants fan if you know how many saves the team had last year -- 53. Casilla led with 25, followed by 14 for Romo, 7 for Lopez, three each for Affeldt and Hemsley and one for Brian Wilson.  


In his spring training preview, Henry Schulman of the San  Francisco Chronicle says it's going to be closer by committee this season. I think it's a good idea.Here's what Henry said -- 


3. Can manager Bruce Bochy win again with a mix-and-match bullpen? Despite Sergio Romo's shutdown performance in the postseason, Bochy is not naming Romo his sole closer for 2013 and has said different pitchers will throw the ninth inning.
After 2012, the fans need to surrender any doubt and concede that Bochy and pitching coach Dave Righetti know what they are doing. More important, all the relievers are accustomed to being used this way.
The question within the question is whether hard-throwing prospect Heath Hembree can debut in 2013 and try to wrest the job from Romo and others.

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