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Santiago Casilla | Relief Pitcher | #46

Team: San Francisco Giants
Age / DOB:  (35) / 7/25/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2000 / UDFA / OAK
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Santiago Casilla earned his 16th save with a scoreless ninth Thursday against the Pirates.
Casilla's hold on the closer's role in San Francisco is looking quite a bit firmer after five straight scoreless appearances (four of which resulted in saves). He has a 2.48 ERA in 29 innings and far and away the best strikeout rate of his career (he's fanned 38 batters so far). Jun 23 - 4:24 PM

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Santiago Casilla allowed an infield single in the ninth inning but closed out the Pirates to earn his 15th save of the season on Wednesday.

Jordy Mercer led off the inning with the infield single. Jon Jaso followed with a fielder's choice to shortstop. Casilla then struck out Gregory Polanco while Jaso was caught stealing to end the game. Even though the Giants have some other good options, Casilla remains locked in as their closer due to his 2.67 ERA with 35 strikeouts and seven walks in 28 innings.
Jun 22 - 11:47 PM

Giants activated RHP Santiago Casilla from the paternity leave list.

Casilla missed the entire weekend series against the Rays to be with his wife for the birth of their child. He'll return to his ninth-inning duties while Hunter Strickland and Javier Lopez will return to their setup roles.
Jun 19 - 5:48 PM

Giants placed RHP Santiago Casilla on the paternity leave list.

Casilla will be away from the club for the entire weekend series in Tampa while his wife gives birth. In his absence, Hunter Strickland and Javier Lopez are likely options to handle the ninth inning for the Giants.
Jun 17 - 12:07 PM

Santiago Casilla slammed the door on the Dodgers in the ninth inning on Sunday, protecting a one-run advantage to earn his 13th save.

It hasn't always been easy for Casilla in the ninth inning this season, as he has already suffered four blown saves, but he retired Trayce Thompson and Joc Pederson without any issue on Sunday. He now boasts a 2.81 ERA and 1.09 WHIP on the season.
Jun 12 - 11:42 PM

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Santiago Casilla is still the team's best option for closing games.

Casilla imploded again Friday against the Dodgers but it looks like the meltdown won't cost him his job. Bochy acknowledged that he may begin using matchups in the ninth inning. Hunter Strickland earned a save against Boston earlier this week and could get more chances if Casilla's struggles continue.
Jun 11 - 5:08 PM

Santiago Casilla took a loss after giving up a solo homer in a tie game in the ninth Friday against the Dodgers.

At least it wasn't a blown save; Santiago already has four of them. Still, for all the punishment he's taken lately, he still possesses a 2.96 ERA and a 31/7 K/BB ratio in 24 1/3 innings for the Giants this year. He has given up four homers, but there just isn't much reason for the Giants to pull him from the closer's role.
Jun 11 - 1:25 AM

After throwing 23 pitches in a loss Tuesday, Santiago Casilla was lifted from a save chance in a 2-1 game against the Red Sox on Wednesday.

It was nothing Casilla did wrong; the first batter against him reached on an error and Casilla bounced back to strike out Jackie Bradley Jr. With David Ortiz then called on to pinch-hit, manager Bruce Bochy decided to call on Javier Lopez, probably largely because of the matchup but also because Casilla went longer than usual on Tuesday. The Giants went on to escape the inning, with Hunter Strickland getting a one-pitch save, but nothing that happened tonight should affect Casilla's status as the team's closer.
Jun 9 - 1:15 AM

Giants manager Bruce Bochy expressed faith in closer Santiago Casilla late Tuesday.

Casilla allowed two earned runs in the top of the 10th inning Tuesday as the Giants fell to the Red Sox, but Bochy noted after the game that the veteran right-hander had a 1-2-3 ninth inning and faced a high degree of difficulty when he was asked to try for a second scoreless frame. Casilla has now been scored upon in back-to-back appearances, but he still holds a cool 2.74 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, and 29/7 K/BB ratio in 23 total innings this season.
Jun 8 - 9:28 AM

Santiago Casilla blew his fourth save of the year in Wednesday's game against the Braves.

Casilla lacked his normal command in the ninth inning. He hit Adonis Garcia with one out and then unleashed a wild pitch that allowed the game-tying run to score two batters later. The right-hander managed to strike out Tyler Flowers and get Chase d'Arnaud to ground out to short, limiting the damage and pushing the game to extras, but Casilla has now only converted 12-of-16 save chances this year. Despite that unimpressive save percentage, the veteran closer boasts a 2.08 ERA and still seems to have the closer's role on lockdown for now.
Jun 1 - 11:30 PM

Santiago Casilla retired the Cubs in order in the ninth inning on Sunday, protecting a one-run lead to earn his 12th save of the year.

Casilla was the beneficiary of a nice catch by Denard Span to begin the final frame, then was able to set down Jorge Soler and Addison Russell on strikes to end the contest. He has been terrific thus far this season, registering a 1.93 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 23/5 K/BB ratio over 18 2/3 innings.
May 22 - 10:50 PM

Santiago Casilla apologized to manager Bruce Bochy on Friday for his outburst after Thursday's trouble versus the Diamondbacks.

When asked about Casilla's apology, Bochy said, "It’s over and I’ll leave it at that. What was said, it’s between us. It’s over." The Giants' manager also confirmed that Casilla would be available for a save opportunity, if one were to arise, on Friday. The 35-year-old has a 1.93 ERA with 16 strikeouts in 14 innings. His role as the team's closer is safe, as long as his relationship with Bochy remains solid.
May 13 - 9:15 PM

Santiago Casilla converted his sixth save of the season with a scoreless appearance in Tuesday's win over the Reds.

Casilla relieved Javier Lopez after Lopez led off the ninth by hitting Joey Votto with a pitch. The Giants closer promptly induced a double-play ball and then got a groundout to end it. Casilla has blown two saves but sports a 1.69 ERA and 0.75 WHIP over his first 11 appearances.
May 3 - 11:19 PM

Santiago Casilla converted his fifth save of the season with a perfect ninth inning in Monday's win over the Reds.

Protecting a three-run lead, Casilla quickly disposed of the Reds on 11 pitches with two punchouts and a groundout. While he's blown two of seven save chances, Casilla also boasts a 1.86 ERA, 0.83 WHIP and 12/2 K/BB ratio over 9 2/3 innings. With Sergio Romo (elbow) hurt and Hunter Strickland struggling, Casilla's closer job is very safe.
May 2 - 11:12 PM

Santiago Casilla took his second blown save after giving up a solo homer in a one-run game Monday against the Diamondbacks.

Hunter Strickland gave up two runs in the eighth to reduce Casilla's margin of error. We'd say Strickland is likely to be the Giants' best reliever this year, but Casilla is safe enough right now. He has the better ERA than Strickland (3.38 to 5.06) and the other alternative, Sergio Romo, is going to be all on the DL for a while.
Apr 19 - 2:59 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Buster Posey
2Trevor Brown
1B1Brandon Belt
2B1Joe Panik
2Kelby Tomlinson
3Ramiro Pena
SS1Brandon Crawford
2Ehire Adrianza
3B1Matt Duffy
2Conor Gillaspie
LF1Angel Pagan
2Gregor Blanco
3Jarrett Parker
CF1Denard Span
RF1Hunter Pence
2Mac Williamson
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Madison Bumgarner
2Johnny Cueto
3Jeff Samardzija
4Jake Peavy
5Matt Cain
6Albert Suarez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Santiago Casilla
2Sergio Romo
3Javier Lopez
4Hunter Strickland
5George Kontos
6Josh Osich
7Cory Gearrin
8Derek Law
9Chris Stratton