After a Tuesday comeback walk-off by the Colorado Rockies over the San Francisco Giants, having Matt Cain on the mound on Wednesday seemed like a promising chance for a bounce-back in the standings. Unfortunately, despite the 5-1 victory on Wednesday by the Giants thanks to many dingers (and not that annoying dinosaur), the Giants are left waiting for status reports on the hamstrings of Matt Cain and Santiago Casilla.
Matt Cain removed from Wednesday’s game with right hamstring strain: http://t.co/GRy2VzSsnw
— Alex Pavlovic (@AlexPavlovic) May 22, 2014
Cain felt injury on his final pitch. Has an MRI tomorrow, said he’s unsure about next start.
— Alex Pavlovic (@AlexPavlovic) May 22, 2014
Just waiting to hear on the severity of the strain, maybe we’ll hear tomorrow during the pre-game, the same time we’ll probably hear about the move for Casilla:
Right hamstring for Casilla, MRI tomorrow. Likely to DL tomorrow, Bochy said. He’s talking to Sabean about roster now. — Alex Pavlovic (@AlexPavlovic) May 22, 2014
There are always times you hope the people that watch baseball for a living are wrong:
Gosh. That might be an Achilles rupture for Casilla. Season-ending, if so. — Andrew Baggarly (@CSNBaggs) May 22, 2014
May be the most maddening part of Casilla’s injury is the recklessness/selfish behavior of ignoring signs/orders and busting his tail down to first on an infield grounder:
Bochy told Casilla not to swing. “It was a shock he was running like that … I don’t know what got into him.” — Alex Pavlovic (@AlexPavlovic) May 22, 2014
So, really, Casilla brought this on himself, because a reliever really doesn’t need to exert the effort to swing, or sprint down a basepath because his skills are needed on the mound. Sure, it might be fair to question why was Casilla batting at all, though a four-pitch outing in the eighth seemed to be low enough for manager Bruce Bochy to say, what the heck, pitch the 9th, too.
Bruce Bochy acknowledged Santiago Casilla is “likely” going to DL with right hamstring injury. MRI tomorrow. “We need him,” Pence said. — Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) May 22, 2014
Sorry, Hunter, the Giants are going to have to look elsewhere.
The depth of the Giants farm system can handle a blow to the bullpen, even though Santiago Casilla has been the most-used reliever in terms of innings pitched for the Giants. He has 26.1 IP through 47 games, which easily puts him on pace to break his 63.1 IP season-high he set in 2012. Casilla was being used a lot, but Jean Machi could step in to be that 8th inning guy with the start to the season he’s brought. You also have Heath Hembree, Derek Law, and George Kontos doing just fine in the minors. One of them could see a promotion if the Giants decide to hold on to their probably-not-a-good-idea-thirteen-man-bullpen. Heaven forbid one of the out-of-option relievers get designated for assignment, though. Giants are squeezing every last bit of usable talent out of some of those relievers.
The depth of the Giants farm system for the 2014 season cannot handle a loss of Matt Cain. Has he been #1 starter Matt Cain this year? No. You know what he can be, and he can be better, which we may not be able to say the same of Yusmeiro Petit, David Huff, or even Edwin Escobar in being able to produce that kind of efficiency. If Matt Cain is out for a long period of time, I’d say that big lead in the West starts to fall and you’ll watch three teams jockeying for first place between the Giants, Dodgers, and Rockies. Losing a starter doesn’t just affect the games they’re supposed to pitch in, it can affect strategy of games after that due to bullpen usage, as good as the Giants bullpen has been it doesn’t necessarily trigger a “no big deal” mindset. I don’t trust Petit to keep dealing, though I will hope he does well! That health of the rotation, it is a big key to the Giants going far while their young guns continue to be molded into being more-or-less ready for the bigs.
The Giants and Rockies will conclude their three-game set tomorrow with the final game of the series beginning at 12:10 PM PST. They will then be happy to get out of there and come back home to begin a six-game homestand with the Minnesota Twins and Chicago Cubs.
Just as the title says, the Giants have locked down Santiago Casilla (formerly Jairo Garcia) for three years, two of those years being his first two years of free agency, pending a physical. There is a vesting fourth year option. After two years of sub-2 ERA and sub-3.20 FIP, Casilla regressed to a 2.84/4.14 ERA/FIP line in 2012. Casilla has been an option in the societally important closer role, especially in 2012 when Brian Wilson went down. Would not be surprised if the Giants want a back-up option to Sergio Romo‘s potential for injury and want someone they can continue to use in high leverage situations.
Meanwhile, this is the greatest article on Santiago Casilla ever from McCovey Chronicles.
Henry Schulman was hearing, and Ken Rosenthal is reporting the deal is for $15MM, and there is a vesting option on the fourth year. If Casilla reaches certain thresholds, the option will be activated, but if he doesn’t, the fourth year becomes a club option. The salary by year:
2016: $1MM buyout
As of right now, I have the Giants payroll for 2013 at $108,199,999.66.
The Giants got swept by the Nationals and could be a whole 1.5 games back of the Dodgers by the end of the day. The black and orange have lost 5 of their last 6, and the Giants are lucky it’s July before the break so that they have time to figure out what the heck they need to do. Here’s what I think some big complaints will be following tonight’s game:
#1: We have a closer problem
The people are right: we have a problem with the title “closer” because it’s a very flawed concept that is based off of the need to get saves, which is a stupid stat in and of itself for reasons I’m not going to dive into here. I personally do not know whom Bochy thinks is his best reliever is, but I know who it is and he bailed the Giants out of the 7th, and threw up a 0 for the 8th inning.
Here are some stats between Romo and Casilla coming into today’s game to help me prove my point for why Sergio is better than Santiago:
Even if you hate sabermetrics, I know you can see a difference in ERA, and K/9.
For those wondering how these two do versus left-handed hitters. Romo has been platooned by Bochy, but it’s not like that’s Romo’s fault. He does just fine, as you can see in his wOBA against.
Keep in mind you may not want to use your best reliever in the 9th, as the game might call for it in the 7th, like it did tonight. Too bad we don’t have two Sergios though we could’ve used the second one in the 9th.
#2: We lost because of Brandon Crawford, and Brandon Belt should’ve had that
To put the game on Brandon Crawford, while understandable in the moment, is pretty unfair. Should Brandon Belt have had that extremely low throw by Crawford? Yes. Does that put the game on those two? No. This was as team of a loss as team losses get.
Pablo Sandoval was 0-for-2 in 2 opportunities with the bases loaded.
Brandon Belt and Joaquin Arias left Angel Pagan on 3rd with 0, and 1 outs, respectively in the 7th.
Matt Cain made a huge mistake to Ian Desmond by leaving one up when Buster wanted it down, which really re-started the Nats’ rally.
The Giants left 11 men on base.
Casilla made an error on a sacrifice bunt, and you never know how the game would’ve been different.
#3: We would’ve won if that play had been executed!
You don’t know that, and I don’t know that.
#4: Bochy lost that game for us.
For all Bochy does, I don’t think he lost this one for us. With Cain and his 6.2 IP done with, Bochy brought in Affeldt to play the percentages, no problem with that. Affeldt doesn’t get anyone, so instead of Penny, Bochy brings in Romo. Definitely no problem with that. In the 9th, Arias moves to 3rd, Crawford moves to Short, Nate goes to RF, I’m fine with that. Casilla in the 9th, for the whole 9th — with the mess Casilla got himself into, if Bochy wanted to get into a platoon game with Javier and Penny, that bullpen wouldn’t have lasted extra innings very long if they would have even made it, so I didn’t have a problem with that. My biggest problem was with his lineup having Christian 1st and Theriot 2nd, and it worked out tonight. This means it could become the lineup vs. LHP, which makes me a little sad.
Some will disagree with the things I said and that’s fine. Remember, this is one game, and there’s 79 games left, and this team may look way different 30 days from now.
2011 is over for the San Francisco Giants. If you were like me, you celebrated midnight and changed the calendar to 2012 because the off-season has officially begun for the 2010 Champs. It’s no secret that what got the Gigantes to the ticker-tape parade was a wall of pitching dominance and timely hitting by gentlemen who would not shine the same way in 2011. The first order of business going into this off-season as Sabes said, is the pitching. With that said, let’s take a look at who’s on the list for 2012, arbitration eligible for a pay raise and who may be donning a different uni by the time Spring Training breaks:
Set Salaries in 2012
- Barry Zito ($19MM in 2012)
- Matt Cain ($15.333)
- Brian Wilson ($8.5)
- Madison Bumgarner ($450K in 2011, controlled through 2016)
- Tim Lincecum ($14MM in 2011, 2 years of arbitration left)
- Jonathan Sanchez ($4.8 in 2011, 2 years left)
- Ramon Ramirez ($1.65 in 2011, 2 years)
- Santiago Casilla ($1.3 in 2011, 2 years)
- Sergio Romo ($450K in 2011, 3 years)
- Ryan Vogelsong (Under Team Control)
- Jeremy Affeldt ($5MM option that could be declined)
- Javier Lopez ($2,375MM in 2011, Free Agent)
- Guillermo Mota ($925K in 2011, Free Agent)