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Josh Osich, who nearly quit baseball, sent a message last season, as he went 2-0, with an ERA of 2.20 in 35 games after he was called up in July. Osich is a young left-hander, whose fastball averages in the mid 90s. Osich is the type of pitcher that could be the closer for the Giants for years to come. Osich demonstrated that he can retire big hitters such as Bryce Harper.
Over the last four years, Santiago Casilla and Sergio Romo have split time in the closers’ role. Casilla became the closer after Wilson came down in 2012, but after some midseason struggled, Romo took over the role, and he went on to close out the World Series with a fastball right down the middle of the plate to that season’s triple crown winner Miguel Cabrera.
Romo converted 38 saves in 2013, a season which included an All-Star selection. However, concerns that Romo’s slider wouldn’t work everyday beczme reality in 2014, as Casilla became the closer again after a June swoon, which cost the Giants a nine-and-a-half game lead in the National League West. Casilla pitched effectively down the stretch that season, as he converted 19 saves, and he converted 38 saves as the full-time closer last season.
Casilla will turn 36 years old this season, and there have been times where he has struggled in the spotlight, such as the top of the ninth inning of game 5 of the 2014 NLCS. The Giants can’t rely on Romo’s slider to work on a daily basis. Osich appears to be someone that can handle the spotlight well, and the Giants might want to consider making him the closer this season.