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San Francisco Giants: Closer Options

Santiago Casilla has done much to tarnish confidence in his closing abilities. But Manager Bruce Bochy is sticking with him for now. (Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports)
Santiago Casilla has done much to tarnish confidence in his closing abilities. But Manager Bruce Bochy is sticking with him for now. (Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports)
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Hunter Strickland used to considered the Giants’ future closer. Could he still be? (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)
Hunter Strickland used to considered the Giants’ future closer. Could he still be? (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)

Hunter Strickland

Could the Giants turn to former team closer Sergio Romo? Perhaps, but the results would probably be similar to what they’re getting out of Casilla. The last time Romo was the team’s closer, he blew five of 28 save opportunities before losing the role to Casilla, in 2014.

How about Hunter Strickland? The numbers are good: his career ERA since reaching the Majors in late 2014  is under 3.00, and he averages about a strikeout per inning. Plus, he’s better than the rookie who gave up what seemed like millions of home runs during the 2014 playoffs.

Overall, he has been pretty reliable in difficult situations, even though he was part of Sunday’s debacle. And he has long been viewed as a potential future closer. The question is whether he can actually fulfill that potential and whether that future is now.

Let’s give him a maybe.

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