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Why All The Hate For Santiago Casilla

By Chris Corbett

Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

It’s the seventh or eight inning and Giants manager Bruce Bochy comes out to pull the starter, to bring in Santiago Casilla and twitter goes crazy. It seems like some Giants fans do not like Casilla and feel like the game is over whenever he enters the game, that is usually the case but it’s a good thing for the Giants.

Since joining the Giants in 2010, Casilla has been pretty solid and dependable.

Throughout his Giants career, Casilla has compiled a 23-12 win/loss record with a very respectable 2.10 ERA.

My opinion for the “hatred” towards Casilla is that when he took over the closers role in 2012, from an injured Brian Wilson, that he “struggled” a little bit, mostly in June and July.

As you can see, by the above table, those 2 months were not good at all. Aside from those 2 months Casilla has been “lights out”

I wouldn’t complain about those other 4 months from my late inning reliever.

In 2013, Casilla had a great season. March/April and September/October were his “worst” 2 months.

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table

As you can see, from May to August, Casilla gave up 3 earned runs in 24.1 innings pitched, 1.12 ERA

So far in 2014, Casilla is having his best start of his career. 0-0 with a solid 0.92 ERA while striking out 12 and walking 7 in 19.2 innings pitched.

So after looking at the above numbers that I’ve shared with you, I ask again. Why The Hate For Santiago Casilla?