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A’s reportedly sign former Giants closer Santiago Casilla

Santiago Casilla will not return to the San Francisco Giants in 2017. But the relief pitcher is reportedly close to a deal that would keep in the the Bay Area with the Oakland Athletics. Sources: #Athletics close to two-year deal with RHP Santiago Casilla. — Robert Murray (@RobertMurrayFRS) January 11, 2017 Casilla pitched with the A’s from 2004-09. He struggled in Oakland...
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January 11, 2017  |  Discuss

It’s Time to Change the Slide Rule

On Saturday night, Javier Baez crushed a fastball from Santiago Casilla, hitting it to almost exactly the same spot he hit his game-winning home run on Friday night. Having hit the ball 102 mph at a 26 degree launch angle — balls with those characteristics were home runs 65% of the time this year — Baez dropped his head and started to jog towards first base. He didn’t really...
Via Fangraphs
October 10, 2016  |  Discuss

Santiago Casilla was furious Bruce Bochy pulled him in 9th

San Francisco Giants closer Santiago Casilla has blown three saves already this season, and manager Bruce Bochy was not about to give him a chance to blow a fourth on Thursday night. When Casilla got himself into another 9th-inning jam, Bochy pulled him. You can imagine how the right-hander felt about it. With the bases loaded and the Giants leading 4-2, Bochy turned to left-handed...
Via Larry Brown Sports
May 13, 2016  |  Discuss

Santiago Casilla, Bullpen Struggling As San Francisco Giants Enter Crucial Stretch

(AP Photo/John Amis) As the San Francisco Giants enter a tough August schedule, one that has the team facing nothing but playoff contending clubs over the next 25 games, the offense remains as hot as the temperatures the Giants will be playing in this month. The same can’t be said for the pitching, or more accurately the bullpen, which has struggled for most of the season, as...
Via The Sports Journal
August 06, 2015  |  Discuss

The Key to the Giants Dominant Month of May

San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Santiago Casilla, center, and catcher Buster Posey, right, are greeted by their teammates at the end of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves on Friday, May 29, 2015, in San Francisco. San Francisco won 4-2. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) As the book closes on the month of May, no team in baseball is more upset to see it go than the San Francisco...
Via The Sports Journal
May 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Santiago Casilla Quietly Dominating in Giants’ Bullpen

Pitcher Santiago Casilla #46 and catcher Buster Posey #28 of the San Francisco Giants celebrate defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-1 at Dodger Stadium on April 28, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images) If asked to rank baseball’s most dominant closers this season, Santiago Casilla may not place high on that list. Much of that has to do with...
Via The Sports Journal
May 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Giants' Casilla pitches 'immaculate' inning

Santiago Casilla needed only nine pitches to record a save on Sunday in the Giants’ win over the Reds. Each of those nine pitches were strikes, and they led to strikeouts of three consecutive batters. The act of three strikeouts on three pitches each constitutes an “immaculate” inning. It’s a rare feat, but not as rare as accomplishments like perfect games or four-homer games...
Via FOX Sports
May 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Giants closer Casilla hit on shin during batting practice

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) San Francisco Giants closer Santiago Casilla was hit on his left shin by a batted ball and left for X-rays during a spring training workout Thursday. Casilla was throwing batting practice to Casey McGehee when the reliever got hit. ''He was having fun with the hitters, getting on them because they weren't hitting him,'' Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. Casilla...
Via Associated Press
February 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Bullpen Report, Week 14

Like typical closenado news and happenings, it comes in spurts.  The White Sox, Giants, and the Angels all made changes this past week.  All changes were needed, but only one team, the Giants, look like they will try something new and not return to the original status quo.  Sergio Romo is a proven and decent closer, but he's overused, predictable, and doesn't throw very hard...
Via Razzball
July 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Giants P Santiago Casilla injures himself trying to beat out infield single (GIF)

Like most other relief pitchers, Santiago Casilla has had very few at-bats during his career. On Thursday night, the San Francisco Giants righthander experienced the fifth plate appearance of his career and first since 2012. The Giants probably wish they replaced him with a pinch hitter. With San Francisco leading 5-1, Casilla chopped a ground […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
May 22, 2014  |  Discuss

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