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Santiago Casilla | Relief Pitcher | #46

Team: Oakland Athletics
Age / DOB:  (36) / 7/25/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2000 / UDFA / OAK
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Santiago Casilla notched his 14th save by pitching a scoreless ninth inning Tuesday against the Astros.
Casilla allowed two hits, but he escaped without any damage. While Casilla has blown just one of his last eight save chances, he's not exactly pitching well; he's given up three runs and 10 hits over his last six innings. He shouldn't have a lot of job security, especially now that Sean Doolittle is back and throwing well. Jun 28 - 12:19 AM

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Santiago Casilla picked up his 13th save of the season on Sunday, despite allowing a solo home run to Melky Cabrera.

Casilla allowed a pair of hits in his inning of work but was still able to escape with a two-run advantage. He has now converted 13 of his first 16 save chances on the season while compiling a 4.28 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 26/12 K/BB ratio across 27 1/3 innings.
Jun 25 - 5:53 PM

Santiago Casilla danced around trouble against the White Sox on Friday to convert his 12th save of the season.

Casilla allowed back-to-back singles to begin the bottom of the ninth, but the White Sox couldn’t get anything else going. The 36-year-old recently missed a couple of save chances after he was hit in the non-throwing shoulder by a foul ball, but fortunately it wasn’t anything serious. He’s 12-for-15 in save chances this season with a 4.10 ERA and 26/12 K/BB ratio in 26 1/3 innings.
Jun 23 - 11:55 PM

Santiago Casilla (shoulder) said he'll be available to pitch Sunday.

Casilla was hit on the left (non-pitching) shoulder by a foul ball while in the dugout Saturday. The shoulder is still a little swollen, but the closer said he'll be fine.
Jun 18 - 1:51 PM

X-rays on Santiago Casilla's shoulder came back negative.

Casilla was watching Saturday's game against the Yankees from the dugout when a foul ball struck him on the shoulder. He went to the clubhouse for X-rays, though it looks like he was able to avoid a serious injury. Casilla was unavailable for Saturday's game anyway after pitching on Thursday and Friday. Sean Doolittle earned the save in his place.
Jun 17 - 8:16 PM

Santiago Casilla allowed a walk with three strikeouts in a scoreless ninth inning Friday against the Yankees.

Casilla threw 13 of his 22 pitches for strikes for his 11th save of the season. He bounced back nicely after blowing the save in Thursday's series opener. After losing 48 pitches over the past two days it's possible he might not be available if a save chance pops up on Saturday. Sean Doolittle might slot into the closer's role if Casilla is held out.
Jun 17 - 4:32 AM

Santiago Casilla blew his third save of the season in Thursday's 10-inning win over the Yankees, surrendering one run on two hits in the ninth inning.

Casilla came on to close it out with the A's holding a 6-5 lead. Things started off well enough for him, as he struck out Aaron Judge looking on a big curve to lead off the inning. Starlin Castro followed Judge with a double into the right field gap, though, after which Gary Sanchez stroked a single up the middle to score Castro and tie up the game. Casilla is now 10-for-13 in save chances and holds an unappealing 4.24 ERA in 23 1/3 innings. He had turned in four consecutive scoreless appearances prior to running into the Bronx bandsaw on Thursday night.
Jun 16 - 2:57 AM

Santiago Casilla worked around a single in a 23-pitch scoreless ninth inning in Tuesday's game against the Blue Jays.

Casilla picked up his 10th save of the season while striking out two batters. He has nailed down four consecutive save chances since his last blown opportunity May 12 in Texas, and he hasn't allowed a run in three straight appearances. His ERA of 4.22 still needs a little bit of work, but he has converted 10 of his 12 save chances. When the A's win, they do not win by a lot, so Santi is needed.
Jun 7 - 2:40 AM

Santiago Casilla picked up his ninth save with a scoreless ninth Monday against the Blue Jays.

Ryan Madson has been outpitching Casilla all year, but he had his first real misstep in giving up three runs Sunday. That means Casilla's job is likely as safe as it's been this season, even if his 4.43 ERA is still far higher than Madson's 2.82.
Jun 6 - 1:34 AM

Santiago Casilla worked around an error to retire the side and earn a save versus the Indians on Wednesday.

Casilla was called upon to protect a 3-1 lead in the ninth inning. After he recorded the first two outs without incident, left fielder Khris Davis misplayed a ball that would have ended the game but instead allowed Michael Brantley to reach second base on the error. Casilla then induced a flyout from Carlos Santana to slam the door without giving up a run. He has been shaky at closer as his 4.66 ERA attests. He has a 1-2 record with eight successful saves and two blown opportunities.
May 31 - 9:32 PM

Santiago Casilla pitched a scoreless ninth in a tie game Friday against the Red Sox.

It's Casilla's first scoreless appearance in 10 days; he gave up four runs in blowing a save May 12 and then one run in an inning Tuesday. On merit, Ryan Madson would be the favorite for saves in Oakland right now. Casilla still seems to be Bob Melvin's pick, though.
May 20 - 2:10 AM

Santiago Casilla blew a save in epic fashion Friday against the Rangers by giving up four runs, including a walk-off three-run homer to Joey Gallo.

Holding a one-run lead going into the bottom of the ninth, Casilla gave up a leadoff single to Jonathan Lucroy before Rougned Odor followed with a single of his own. Mike Napoli then tied things up with a sacrifice fly before Carlos Gomez followed with a double. Joey Gallo then homered off the right field foul pole to complete the dramatic comeback victory. Casilla’s ERA jumped from 2.57 to 5.02 with the nightmare outing. He still figures to see the next save chance, though a couple of rough appearances could change things.
May 12 - 11:53 PM

Santiago Casilla worked around a pair of walks to pick up his fifth save Thursday against the Twins.

Casilla's value jumped yesterday with the news of more shoulder problems for Sean Doolittle. He might now be Oakland's sole closer until he stumbles.
May 4 - 5:27 PM

Santiago Casilla pitched a perfect ninth for his third save Friday against the Mariners.

Sean Doolittle set him up with a flawless eighth. A's manager Bob Melvin could keep us guess for a while longer, but Casilla seems like the favorite for saves in Oakland's pen at this point.
Apr 22 - 1:21 AM

Santiago Casilla notched his second save of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth inning Tuesday against the Rangers.

A's manager Bob Melvin turned to Casilla with a two-run lead and two right-handed batters due up in the ninth. The veteran reliever needed 13 pitches to nail things down, getting a flyout and a couple groundouts. Casilla and Sean Doolittle -- who threw 1 1/3 perfect frames Tuesday -- are handling the closing duties in Oakland, with Casilla being the biggest beneficiary as the right-handed reliever.
Apr 19 - 1:14 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Bruce Maxwell
2Josh Phegley
1B1Yonder Alonso
2B1Jed Lowrie
2Adam Rosales
SS1Marcus Semien
2Chad Pinder
3Franklin Barreto
3B1Matt Chapman
LF1Khris Davis
CF1Rajai Davis
2Jaycob Brugman
3Jake Smolinski
RF1Matt Joyce
2Matt Olson
DH1Ryon Healy
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Sonny Gray
2Kendall Graveman
3Sean Manaea
4Andrew Triggs
5Jesse Hahn
6Jharel Cotton
7Chris Bassitt
8Daniel Gossett
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Santiago Casilla
2Sean Doolittle
3Ryan Madson
4Ryan Dull
5John Axford
6Liam Hendriks
7Daniel Coulombe
8Michael Brady
9Bobby Wahl
10Josh Smith