2014 Fantasy Baseball: The Week 22 Closer Report

Source: Bob Levey/Getty Images North America Welcome to another addition of the Closer Report here at the Fantasy Fix. For Week 22, we see a committee emerge where one hadn’t existed, but otherwise things are slowing down considerably. We also draw closer to the Sept 1 and the roster explosion that comes with that date. Follow along to see where we are today. Remember, we’ve...
Via The Fantasy Fix
August 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Morse paces Giants to 5-2 win over Phillies

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Michael Morse got three hits and scored twice as the San Francisco Giants won consecutive home games for the first time in over two months, beating the Philadelphia Phillies 5-2 on Sunday. Andrew Susac had two hits and drove in the go-ahead run for the Giants, who won their first series at home since taking two of three from Arizona right before the All-Star break...
Via AP on Fox
August 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Giants News: Santiago Casilla named closer after third save

The San Francisco Giants have had bullpen problems, among the other problems in their month-long skid. It started with the apparent sudden mortality of long-time closer Sergio Romo. The World Series hero blew three saves in the month of June and was removed from the role at the end of the month. Manager Bruce Bochy then declared that the Giants were going with a "closer by...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
July 08, 2014  |  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...
Via Razzball
July 03, 2014  |  Discuss

San Francisco Giants: Slayed By June, Again.

"Hear ye, hear ye!"And lo, it came to pass that the San Francisco Giants nine-and-a-halfgame lead on June eighth disappeared within a span of twenty-one days, and the Giants found themselves tied with the Los Angeles Dodgers as July loomed.The Giants fans who had seen the team play poorly seemingly every time the thirty days of June passed did try not to panic, but the...
Via Sporadic Sentinel
June 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Roster Moves I Actually Made, Week 13: Speculating on Saves

Looking for short-term saves? Casilla might be your man (Photo: As tempting as it is to write about Mookie Betts and why you should pick him up (you should) I am sure you have already heard it from everyone else and their mother. I’m going to take a different route and talk about MLB trade deadline prep. This is one of the most exciting months of the...
Via Baseball Professor
June 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Sergio Romo removed as Giants closer

The San Francisco Giants have removed Sergio Romo from the closers role. Romo, 31, blew his fifth save of the season on Saturday. He has especially had a tough time recently allowing 9 runs in his last 4 1/3 innings of work. In his last five outings he has three blown saves and very well could have had more. Bochy to close by committee with Affeldt, Casilla #sfgiants — Henry Schulman...
June 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Giants Injury Update: Santiago Casilla activated

Santiago Casilla of the San Francisco Giants has been activated, the team has announced. Casilla was on the 15-day disabled list with a strained hamstring he suffered while trying to beat out a ground ball in Colorado on May 21, as I reported. George Kontos was demoted to Triple-A to make room for Casilla.#492807981 / gettyimages.comCasilla has thrown a plethora of bullpens and...
Via MLB Injury News
June 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Table-Throwing Time

When will the Giants do something that will fix this team? All in all, a week’s set of games that went badly don’t end a season, particularly when the week started with a huge lead, and ended with a still-sizable one.  But there were a lot of troubling trends to be dealt with.  And a losing streak is normally when changes start to happen.  One has already started to be seen...
Via SF Lunatic Fringe
June 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Giants Injury Updates: Matt Cain to start Friday, Santiago Casilla progressing

The San Francisco Giants, who have the best record in baseball at 38-12 and an eight-game lead in their Division, announced that right-hander Matt Cain will come off the DL to make Friday's start against the New York Mets, reports Harry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle. Cain was 1-3 with a 3.66 ERA (91 ERA+) in eight starts before going on the DL as of May 22 with a strained...
Via MLB Injury News
June 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Rain forces suspension of Giants-Rockies game

Here's what the Giants took away from Coors Field in three eventful days a mile high: -- Never feel comfortable with a one-run lead in the ninth inning. -- Always have plenty of relievers. -- Pack a tornado survival kit. Thursday's series finale was suspended in the bottom of the sixth inning after two rain delays lasting 2 hours, 46 minutes and it'll be resumed ...
Via Pro Sports Daily
May 23, 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

Video: Giants relief pitcher injures himself while trying for infield hit

Despite popular opinion, sometimes hustling is not always the best policy.Take this example of San Francisco Giants reliever Santiago Casilla for example. Last night, Casilla injured himself trying to beat out a groundball with his team up four runs in the ninth inning. The pitcher had to be carried off the field and a trip to the disabled list seems imminent.After the game, Giants...
Via Bush League Chronicle
May 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Injuries to Matt Cain, Santiago Casilla mar Giants' win over Rockies

The Giants beat the Rockies 5-1 on Wednesday night, and there was little reason to celebrate. Pitchers Matt Cain and Santiago Casilla exited with strained right hamstrings, and both are scheduled to have MRI exams Thursday. Manager Bruce Bochy phoned general manager Brian Sabean shortly after the game, and at least one roster move is expected. "It's a huge blow to lose...
Via Pro Sports Daily
May 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Injuries Finally Find Giants (with an assist from Bochy)

In 2013 San Francisco Giants fans were happy to believe two big myths about Major League Baseball injuries. First, that a contending baseball team needs to avoid injuries in order to succeed. That’s a myth because every team, every season has to deal with player injures. Talented players going on the Disabled List isn’t an anomaly, it’s a fact of each season and it’s why...
Via The Giants Cove
May 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Giants Beat Rox 5-1, Cain And Casilla Exit With Hamstring Injuries

With Coors Field and a brewing NL West rivalry in the mix, you knew you were in for an exciting game. While the Giants’ bats certainly gave fans something to cheer about, the 5-1 win over the Rockies didn’t come without consequence as injuries continue to plague the Giants. For the first three innings, Matt Cain cruised through a pretty hot Rockies lineup showing better fastball...
Via BaySportsNet
May 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Giants Injury Update: Santiago Casilla leaves game with right hamstring injury

In the ninth inning of a San Francisco Giants win over the Rockies, pitcher Santiago Casilla left the game due to a right hamstring injury, according to Alex Pavlovic of The San Jose Mercury News. He will undergo an MRI Thursday and will likely hit the disabled list. Right hamstring for Casilla, MRI tomorrow. Likely to DL tomorrow, Bochy said. He's talking to Sabean about roster...
Via Sports Injury Alert
May 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout DIgest – shutout Friday

Do you like offense? Well, I hope you didn’t watch many games on Friday night – the year of the pitcher continued. Of the 14 games that took place on Friday night, six ended with a goose egg in one team’s run column. Another seven teams scored either one or two runs. That means that nearly half of the teams that played yesterday scored between zero and two runs. Do people still...
Via The Outside Corner
May 17, 2014  |  Discuss

San Francisco Giants: It’s bullpen time

San Francisco Giants: It’s bullpen timeEven though the San Francisco Giants had a disappointing 2013 season the one thing on their team that stayed consistent was their bullpen. The Giants bullpen ranked 9th in all of baseball with a 3.30 ERA last season. However, it could have been even better if not for some setbacks in the bullpen. The most important issue with the bullpen last...
February 28, 2014  |  Discuss

SF Giants Interested in a Reunion With Brian Wilson

Pinch yourself. There you go. See, you’re awake! This isn’t a dream. That headline that you just clicked on isn’t some strange fever-induced night terror; it’s reality. The San Francisco Giants are one of a handful of teams that reportedly has interest in signing a pitcher by the name of Brian Wilson; perhaps you’ve heard of him. Yahoo! Sports’ Tim Brown reported...
Via Nation Orange
November 15, 2013  |  Discuss

The San Francisco Giants Should Sign Brian Wilson

Brian Wilson is set to start doing the rounds for interested major league teams. The San Francisco Giants have recently seen a rash of injuries in the bullpen and have not seen the dominance we have grown to love and admire by the entire staff. Part of that staple used to be Wilson aka ‘The Beard.’ The Giants have missed his presence just as much as his arm during this tough...
Via San Francisco Giants Baseball (SF Giants Rumors)
July 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Giants Activate Santiago Casilla, Other News

The San Francisco Giants have activated right-handed reliever Santiago Casilla from the 15-day disabled list as he has finally recovered from surgery that had a cyst removed from his knee. He has not pitched since May 20th for the Giants, but does have a very solid 1.89 earned run average in 19 innings this year. In other news, San Francisco also recalled outfielder Jeff Francoeur...
Via FF Locker Room
July 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Giants' Santiago Casilla likely to be activated today

The San Francisco Giants are about to get a major boost to their bullpen.  Santiago Casilla, who has not played since late May will join the team as they take on the San Diego Padres today.  The feeling is that he will come off the DL today as well and be available out of the bullpen. Bochy said Casilla will go to San Diego with team, could be activated tomorrow. #SFGiants...
Via MLB Injury News
July 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Santiago Casilla struggles in last rehab outing, hopes to return for Giants over weekend

If only Santiago Casilla could hit as well as pitch. While Casilla has been on the DL, the San Francisco Giants have continued their dramatic slide, not only struggling to close out games, but also getting no-hit by Homer Bailey on Tuesday and not scoring more than 5 runs in any game since their 6-0 win against the Atlanta Braves on June 14th. At least the Giants' bullpen will...
Via MLB Injury News
July 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Giants' Santiago Casilla almost ready for rehab assignment

San Francisco Giants reliever Santiago Casilla is on course to go out on a rehab assignment within the next few days.'s Ian McCue reports that Casilla threw two simulated innings against live hitters on Friday in Colorado. Manager Bruce Bochy wouldn't give a timetable for the reliever's return but did say he could go on rehab 'real soon'. "Felt...
Via MLB Injury News
June 29, 2013  |  Discuss
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