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San Francisco Giants Fantasy Baseball Closer Information and Depth Chart

. Closer . Set-Up . 2nd in line . 2015 Closer . Updated
SF Sergio Romo Santiago Casilla Javier Lopez Heath Hembree 3/7/14

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Previous updates:

March 13, 2014
San Francisco Giants – Sergio Romo hasn’t been throwing his slider this spring, so it’s not clear precisely what to make of his lousy spring numbers. Ranked #11 in our preseason closer rankings.

March 7, 2014
San Francisco Giants – The Giants bullpen looks very similar to last year’s edition, with Sergio Romo closing and Santiago Casilla right behind him.  Javier Lopez and Jean Machi will handle the 7th inning, though future closer Heath Hembree is worth watching.  Starting 2014 hierarchy: Closer – Sergio Romo, Set-up – Santiago Casilla, 2nd in line – Javier Lopez. 

September 12, 2013
San Francisco Giants – With Sergio Romo unavailable, Santiago Casilla got the save in his absence, as mentioned in the Vulture Save Watch.  No hierarchy change.

July 21, 2013
San Francisco Giants – Javier Lopez got the last two outs of the 8th inning last night with the Giants up 2.  Lopez has a 1.54 ERA on the season. Hierarchy change: Javier Lopez to 2nd in line, replacing Jeremy Affeldt.

July 18, 2013
San Francisco Giants – Jeremy Affeldt or Javier Lopez could move, but Sergio Romo is safe. TRADE DEADLINE BUY/SELL: None.

July 14, 2013
San Francisco Giants – Santiago Casilla was activated from the DL on Saturday and should resume his role as the set-up man ahead of Sergio Romo. Hierarchy change: Santiago Casilla to Set-up, Jeremy Affeldt to 2nd in line.

July 10, 2013
San Francisco Giants – Jeremy Affeldt pitched very poorly in Tuesday’s eighth inning, breaking the game open for an eventual Mets victory. Meanwhile, Santiago Casilla’s fourth minor league rehab appearance consisted of three walks in four batters faced. No hierarchy change.

June 25, 2013
San Francisco Giants – After a four-run, two-homer appearance on Sunday, Jean Machi was demoted to AAA Fresno. George Kontos took his place with the Giants and will slide right into Machi’s spot in their hierarchy. Note that Kontos is currently appealing a three-game suspension he received for throwing at Andrew McCutchen. In other news, Santiago Casilla threw off a mound over the weekend and could be on pace to return by the 4th of JulyHierarchy change: George Kontos to 2nd in line, replacing Jean Machi.

June 25, 2013
San Francisco Giants – After a four-run, two-homer appearance on Sunday, Jean Machi was demoted to AAA Fresno. George Kontos took his place with the Giants and will slide right into Machi’s spot in their hierarchy. Note that Kontos is currently appealing a three-game suspension he received for throwing at Andrew McCutchen. In other news, Santiago Casilla threw off a mound over the weekend and could be on pace to return by the 4th of JulyHierarchy change: George Kontos to 2nd in line, replacing Jean Machi.

May 22, 2013
San Francisco Giants – Santiago Casilla returned to the disabled list with continued right knee trouble; he will see a specialist on Wednesday, and may even need surgery. Hierarchy change: Santiago Casilla to DL, Jeremy Affeldt to Set-up, Jean Machi to 2nd in line.

May 14, 2013
San Francisco Giants – Santiago Casilla told MLB.com this past weekend that he expects to be available again on Tuesday. Hierarchy change: Santiago Casilla to Set-up, Jeremy Affeldt to 2nd in line.

May 9, 2013
San Francisco Giants – Santiago Casilla injured his right knee while covering first on Wednesday, and will undergo an MRI today.  If a DL trip is necessary, which seems likely at this point, then lefty Jeremy Affeldt is most likely to inherit the 8th inning role.  Hierarchy change: Jeremy Affeldt to Set-up, Santiago Casilla to DL. 

April 20, 2013
San Francisco Giants – George Kontos pitched 1.1 scoreless innings in a tie game last night.  He has settled into a nice role at the back end of the Giants bullpen, while Javier Lopez has been used very sparingly and often to get only one. Hierarchy change: George Kontos to 2nd in line, replacing Javier Lopez.

April 14, 2013
San Francisco Giants – As predicted in the vulture save watch, Santiago Casilla picked up the save yesterday. Sergio Romo is still the closer but the Giants have always tried to limit his usage so Casilla could continue to see some save opportunities on days when Romo is rested. No hierarchy change.

February 24, 2013
San Francisco Giants – Starting 2013 hierarchy: Closer- Sergio Romo, Set-up- Santiago Casilla, 2nd in line- Javier Lopez.

September 29, 2012
San Francisco Giants – Sergio Romo got a night off on Friday, so Javier Lopez and Santiago Casilla combined to get through the 9th inning. Casilla got the last two outs and picked up his first save in several months. No hierarchy change.

September 18, 2012
San Francisco Giants – On Monday, Santiago Casilla finished the 7th inning, pitched a clean 8th, then got the first out of the 9th with the Giants up by 1 run. With Jeremy Affeldt going through some serious struggles over the past month or so, Casilla has been getting more usage in high-leverage situations. Hierarchy change: Santiago Casilla to 2nd in line, replacing Jeremy Affeldt.

September 3, 2012
San Francisco Giants – As predicted in the vulture save watch, Javier Lopez picked up the save yesterday. San Francisco continues to use a true committee in close games, so Romo, Lopez and Affeldt could all get the call in the 9th inning. No hierarchy change.

August 31, 2012
San Francisco Giants – After Santiago Casilla was demoted, Jeremy Affeldt received the first two save opportunities. With the ability to pitch to both lefties and righties (as opposed to Javier Lopez) and with the ability to pitch in multiple games in a row without injury concerns (as opposed to Sergio Romo), Affeldt looked like the best bet to seize the majority of the San Francisco committee’s saves. But since blowing his second save chance, he hasn’t gotten another look. Meanwhile, Lopez has nabbed four saves and Sergio Romo has picked up three, including one last night. While Lopez is leading the committee in saves since Casilla’s demotion, most of them have been a bit fluky, as he’s induced several double plays to end games while other relievers were warming. Romo will likely get the most chances from here on out. Hierarchy change: Sergio Romo to Closer, Javier Lopez to Set-up, Jeremy Affeldt to 2nd in line.

August 30, 2012
San Francisco Giants – Javier Lopez picked up his 5th save of the season on Wednesday, inducing a double play ground out from the only hitter he faced. The Giants are still in full platoon mode. No hierarchy change.

August 29, 2012
San Francisco Giants – Sergio Romo picked up his 7th save of the season last night, pitching a clean 9th inning. Jeremy Affeldt was on paternity leave, but the closer role is a full platoon either way, with Affeldt, Romo, and Javier Lopez all sharing save chances. No hierarchy change.

August 25, 2012
San Francisco Giants – Javier Lopez picked up his fourth save of the season on Friday. He’s now earned three of the last four save chances for the Giants, but two of his recent saves have been less than one inning long. Lopez won’t accumulate saves at this rate moving forward, but he’s just as likely as Sergio Romo or Jeremy Affeldt to get the last out in the 9th at this point. No hierarchy change.

August 24, 2012
San Francisco Giants – The Giants used three relievers to get through the 9th inning on Thursday, and Sergio Romo was the last, as he picked up a two-out save after Jeremy Affeldt and Javier Lopez had both pitched. Affeldt had a bad outing, failing to retire either hitter he faced. He remains on the Hot Seat, and there’s no prohibitive favorite to get saves in the Giants bullpen on any given night any more. No hierarchy change.

August 22, 2012
San Francisco Giants – Javier Lopez picked up his second save in as many days, as the Giants again used him and Sergio Romo to get through the 9th. Jeremy Affeldt was warming in the bullpen and likely would’ve been summoned had Lopez not induced a double play to end the game. With the Giants still using a committee, any one of these three could get a save on any given night, though Affeldt remains the best bet. No hierarchy change.

August 21, 2012
San Francisco Giants – Javier Lopez picked up a one-out save on Monday after Sergio Romo got the first two outs in the 9th. The Giants continue to use a closer-by-committee, with Jeremy Affeldt still the most likely candidate to get a save on any given night. No hierarchy change.

August 19, 2012
San Francisco Giants – After Jeremy Affeldt gave up 2 runs while only recording 2 outs in the 9th inning on Saturday, he was yanked in favor of Clay Hensley, who got the last out for his 3rd save of the season. Hensley doesn’t factor in to the usual late-inning plans for San Francisco, but with the Giants already using a committee of Affeldt, Sergio Romo, and Javier Lopez, this outing is enough to potentially cost Affeldt future save chances. Jeremy Affeldt to Hot Seat.

August 8, 2012
San Francisco Giants – Jeremy Affeldt just picked up his 3rd save of the season, and is a good bet to continue getting save chances for the Giants. Bruce Bochy said that the acquisition of Jose Mijares allowed him to move Affeldt into a full-fledged committee with Sergio Romo and Javier Lopez. Casilla will not be part of the mix, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Romo is still being held out of back-to-back action for the most part as he recovers from several long-term injuries and Lopez is more of a LOOGY type who will be situational at best. That leaves Affeldt, who has been steady and solid for the Giants all season. Hierarchy change: Jeremy Affeldt to Closer, Sergio Romo to Set-up, Javier Lopez to 2nd in line.

August 1, 2012
San Francisco Giants – After pitching three of the last four games, including a blown save on Monday, Santiago Casilla was given the night off. In a 3-run game, Jeremy Affeldt pitched the last two innings for his second save of the year. No hierarchy change.

July 19, 2012
San Francisco Giants – Santiago Casilla continues to struggle, allowing two runs in the 10th inning last night before being bailed out by the Giants’ offense the next inning. He’s now blown 5 of his last 8 saves and remains firmly on the Hot Seat, as the Giants are reportedly testing the trade market for relievers. “We need him whether we make an adjustment or not,” Bruce Bochy told the San Francisco Chronicle. “I can’t answer that now. But there comes a time with every player when you have to change it up.” Despite the demands from fans, it’s still unlikely that Sergio Romo becomes a full-time closer this year, as the Giants don’t want him to pitch too frequently for fear he re-aggravates an injury. If Casilla is demoted, however, Romo could share the 9th inning role with Jeremy Affeldt. No hierarchy change.

July 12, 2012
San Francisco Giants – The Giants proved last year that they’re willing to make a splash at the deadline, but they’re unlikely to make any moves, bullpen-wise, as they have two solid top-tier relievers in Santiago Casilla and Sergio Romo. TRADE DEADLINE BUY/SELL: None.

July 7, 2012
San Francisco Giants – Sergio Romo picked up his 5th save of the season last night as Santiago Casilla was unavailable due to a blister. Manager Bruce Bochy said before Friday’s game that he was not considering a change at closer, and Romo came out after the game and also said that the closer job was still Casilla’s. However, Casilla has struggled lately, giving up 6 runs and 11 hits over his last 4.1 innings. Romo could see more save opportunities going forward, but it is unlikely that he would ever become the full time closer this season, as the Giants are limiting his workload to keep him from reinjuring his knee or elbow. He’s only pitched on three consecutive nights once this season. Hierarchy change: Sergio Romo to Set-up, Jeremy Affeldt to 2nd in line.

June 28, 2012
San Francisco Giants – Sergio Romo picked up his fourth save of the season on Wednesday. Both Santiago Casilla and Jeremy Affeldt had pitched the night before, and in 4 of the last 5. No hierarchy change.

June 27, 2012
San Francisco Giants – Yesterday, Jeremy Affeldt pitched the 8th inning ahead of Santiago Casilla for the third time in the last four days. To be frank, Affeldt is not as good as Sergio Romo. But he does have more experience as a closer, and based on his recent usage, Bruce Bochy would probably promote the lefty to the 9th inning role if anything were to happen to Santiago Casilla. Hierarchy change: Jeremy Affeldt to Set-up, Sergio Romo to 2nd in line.

June 25, 2012
San Francisco Giants – For the second night in a row, Santiago Casilla couldn’t get out of the 9th inning. On Sunday, he allowed a 3-run walkoff HR, and he’s now given up 5 runs in his last 1.2 innings. Casilla has been solid all season, but the Giants have a spectacular set-up man in Sergio Romo, who could easily be plugged into the role if Casilla continues to struggle. Santiago Casilla to Hot Seat.

June 24, 2012
San Francisco Giants – Clay Hensley picked up a one-out save after Santiago Casilla couldn’t close the door for the Giants on Saturday. Casilla has been solid all season, with only one official blown, and his job will not be in jeopardy unless he has a few more poor outings. No hierarchy change.

June 7, 2012
San Francisco Giants – Sergio Romo picked up his third save in the past five days, as Santiago Casilla’s injury has been a little more severe than the Giants initially thought. While he is still on the active roster– Bruce Bochy said before Wednesday’s game that Casilla could play in the event of an emergency– he’s now missed five straight days of action. No hierarchy change.

June 5, 2012
San Francisco Giants – Santiago Casilla was held out again on Monday, and Jeremy Affeldt recorded a 2-inning save in his stead. Affeldt and Clay Hensley have similar ERAs and strikeout ratios, but Affeldt currently has the edge on the San Francisco depth chart. Casilla, as noted earlier, will not need a DL stint and remains day-to-day. Hierarchy change: Jeremy Affeldt to 2nd in line, replacing Clay Hensley.

June 4, 2012
San Francisco Giants – The Giants are playing it safe with Santiago Casilla. Bruce Bochy said could potentially have pitched over the weekend, but on Sunday, he was held out for a 2nd straight game. As predicted in yesterday’s vulture save watch, Sergio Romo was the man to benefit, and he picked up his second consecutive save. No hierarchy change.

June 3, 2012
San Francisco Giants – Santiago Casilla is day-to-day after hurting his knee in Friday’s game, so the Giants used Javier Lopez and Sergio Romo to get through a 1-run 9th inning on Saturday, with Romo earning his first save of the year. Bruce Bochy told the San Francisco Chronicle that Casilla might be able to pitch today. No hierarchy change.

June 2, 2012
San Francisco Giants – Starter Madison Bumgarner pitched into the 9th but after a couple guys got on Santiago Casilla came on to finish it out. Casilla gave up a 3 run homerun to the first batter he faced and gave up 2 more hits while only getting one out, also hurting his knee in the process– the Giants have yet to announce how severe the injury is, though initially it didn’t appear serious. Javier Lopez came on with a lefty due up and got the last two outs for the save. No hierarchy change.

May 29, 2012
San Francisco Giants – While Javier Lopez has had a great season, he wouldn’t likely inherit the full time job even if Santiago Casilla and Sergio Romo were both hurt. Instead, the role would likely go to Clay Hensley, who pitched a scoreless 8th inning ahead of Casilla on Monday. Hierarchy change: Clay Hensley to 2nd in line, replacing Javier Lopez.

April 21, 2012
San Francisco Giants – Santiago Casilla only pitched to one batter in the 9th on Friday, giving up a single before giving way to Javier Lopez, who faced the next two batters (both lefties). The duo combined to blow the save, which was eventually recorded by Clay Hensley in the bottom of the 10th. Bruce Bochy has said that he would use a committee to close games, and he proved his statement true on Friday. Casilla will be a short leash in the future. Santiago Casilla to Hot Seat.

April 18, 2012
San Francisco Giants – Santiago Casilla recorded the save for the Giants on Tuesday night, and Bruce Bochy indicated that he will get the majority of San Francisco’s save opportunities for the time being. “We have confidence in Casilla. He’s another guy who throws 95 and gets it done like he did tonight,” said Bochy. While Sergio Romo was, by all measures, one of the best relievers in all of baseball last year, he was hurt late in the season and Bochy may have concerns about his arm strength and ability to pitch on back-to-back nights. The Giants skipper said before the game that this was still a platoon, but that Casilla will get the most save chances at the outset. Hierarchy change: Santiago Casilla to Closer; Sergio Romo to Set-up.

April 15, 2012
San Francisco Giants – Brian Wilson’s season is likely over. After complaining of elbow soreness on Friday night, the Giants sent him for tests, where an MRI showed structural damage to his right elbow. Bruce Bochy said that the Giants will go closer-by-committee at first; on Friday, Santiago Casilla came on and pitched a clean 8th inning in a tie game, then pitched part of the 9th before Javier Lopez finished the inning. The Giants walked off in the bottom half, so there was no save opportunity, but based on their usage both tonight and earlier this season, Sergio Romo is the best bet to seize the permanent job. Hierarchy change: Sergio Romo to Closer, Santiago Casilla to Set-up, Javier Lopez to 2nd in line.

April 1, 2012
San Francisco Giants- Brian Wilson heads the list of SF bullpen arms, based more on reputation than his 2011 statistics. Both Sergio Romo and Santiago Casilla filled in as the closer towards the end of last season with Wilson on the DL, and they’ll see save chances if Wilson gets hurt. Starting 2012 hierarchy: Closer- Brian Wilson, Set-up- Sergio Romo, 2nd in line- Santiago Casilla.

Sept. 21, 2011
San Francisco Giants- The Giants lost a tight game last night, but manager Bruce Bochy said that Brian Wilson will reassume the closer role for the remainder of the years. Santiago Casilla and Sergio Romo will likely share 8th inning duties for the season’s final week. Hierarchy change: Brian Wilson to Closer, Santiago Casilla to Set-up.

Sept. 19, 2011
San Francisco Giants- Up 7 runs in the 8th, the Giants turned to Brian Wilson, who had just returned from the DL. Wilson pitched a scoreless inning, and will be eased back in to the closer’s role. With only 10 days left in the season, Casilla probably gets one or two more save opps before Wilson returns to the 9th inning role. Hierarchy change: Brian Wilson to Set-up, Sergio Romo to 2nd in line.

Sept. 12, 2011
San Francisco Giants- Santiago Casilla has held firm to the closer’s job, even with Sergio Romo’s activation from the disabled list. Romo was called on for the 8th inning tonight in a game the Giants were up 8-3, the second time this week he’s been used in this fashion. Hierarchy change: Casilla to Closer, Romo to Set-up.

Sept. 12, 2011
San Francisco Giants- Jeremy Affeldt is out for the year after cutting his pitching hand in a kitchen accident. As the Giants’ remaining left-handed reliever, Javier Lopez will likely pitch in his stead. Hierarchy change: Lopez to 2nd in line, replacing Affeldt.

Sept. 7, 2011
San Francisco Giants- Up by 2 runs, Bruce Bochy used Sergio Romo for the 8th inning last night, and then tried to play matchups in the 9th. He used a trio of relievers in the final frame, the first two of which (Lopez, Casilla) got in trouble before Ramon Ramirez closed the door for the save. It actually seems that Casilla was meant to get the save in this one, but Romo is still the top candidate for the Giants remaining save opps. Still, his position bears watching. Hierarchy change: Casilla to Set-up, Affeldt to 2nd in line. Romo to “Hot Seat.”

Aug. 28, 2011
San Francisco Giants- Sergio Romo is scheduled to come off the DL today and should immediately take over as the Giants closer while Wilson is still on the DL. Romo to closer, Affeldt to set up, Casilla to 2nd in line.

Aug. 27, 2011
San Francisco Giants- Casilla was called on for the save against a righty-heavy lineup last night and has surpassed Ramirez as the set up guy with Wilson and Romo still on the DL. Casilla to set up, Ramirez to 2nd in line.

Aug. 25, 2011
San Francisco Giants- Santiago Casilla got the save for the Giants last night, his first of the season. Jeremy Affeldt didn’t pitch due to matchup problems with the Padres lineup last night, and Ramon Ramirez pitched the night before. Casilla does jump Lopez in the hierarchy, though. Hierarchy change: Casilla to 2nd in line, replacing Lopez.

Aug. 22, 2011
San Francisco Giants- After the Giants took the lead in the top of the 11th, Ramon Ramirez pitched the bottom half to close it out. But Jeremy Affeldt had already pitched the 9th and 10th innings, and will still get the majority of save opps with Wilson and Romo out. No hierarchy change.

Aug. 17, 2011
San Francisco Giants- With Brian Wilson out for a few games with an elbow injury and Romo still on the DL, Affeldt was brought in to close out a 7-2 contest with 2 men on. This indicates that Bochy will look to Affeldt as the short-term closer. Although Affeldt gave up a double, he was brought in to get the final out in a close game. Hierarchy Change: Affeldt to Closer, (Brian Wilson day-to-day), Ramirez to Set Up.

Aug. 16, 2011
San Francisco Giants- With Sergio Romo dinged up, Bruce Bochy called on Javier Lopez to pitch the 8th inning with a 2-run lead. It’s become clear that Lopez is the Giants most reliable lefty. Hierarchy change: Lopez to 2nd in line, replacing Affeldt.

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