Santiago Casilla RP SF 3 days ago

Casilla hurled a clean inning to record his sixth save Tuesday against the Reds.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Casilla now has five straight scoreless appearances and three saves since blowing his second save of the season April 18 against Arizona. His ERA has dropped from 3.38 to 1.69 in that span, and he has yet to allow more than one run in a single appearance this season.

Santiago Casilla RP SF 4 days ago

Casilla struck out two in a clean inning to lock down his fifth save in Monday's win over the Reds.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Casilla needed just 11 pitches -- eight strikes, two swinging -- as he took down the Reds with ease in the ninth. He now has a crisp 12:2 K:BB, providing the fuel behind his 1.86 ERA. Casilla has recorded an ERA under 2.00 three times since 2010 (2010, 2011, 2014).

Santiago Casilla RP SF 3 weeks ago

Casilla was saddled with his second blown save Monday against Arizona as he allowed the game-tying run on a solo home run by Jake Lamb.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Casilla is just 3-for-5 in save opportunities in the early going this season. His ERA is up to 3.38 after this effort. Casilla has just a 7.9 K/9, and while AT&T Park's spacious outfield often saves him, his inability to miss bats like the big-time closers means he's more vulnerable to gut-punch outings like this one.

Santiago Casilla RP SF 3 weeks ago

Casilla earned his third save by pitching a scoreless ninth inning while allowing one hit Saturday at the Dodgers.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Casilla was given a one-run lead, and allowed the potential tying run to reach base, but that was as far as the threat went, as he closed out the victory for Johnny Cueto. Since blowing his first save a week ago, he's now notched back-to-back saves with a pair of scoreless innings while moving his ERA down to 2.08.

Santiago Casilla RP SF 4 weeks ago

Casilla bounced back from Saturday's blown save, striking out one in a perfect inning to close out Sunday's win over the Dodgers.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The veteran struggled as he coughed up the lead in his previous outing, but Sunday was an excellent way to put it in the past. Casilla appears safe in his role as the closer for the Giants and he should see plenty of opportunities in what is expected to be a bounce-back year for the club.

Santiago Casilla RP SF 4 weeks ago

Casilla blew a one-run lead in Saturday's extra-inning loss to the Dodgers.

Competitive Edge Analysis

While the blown save looks poor on paper, Casilla actually pitched better than the box score shows. He threw 15 of his 23 pitches for strikes, but it was a poorly-timed hit batsman that ended up costing him. Casilla's job certainly isn't in jeopardy after blowing a one-run lead.

Santiago Casilla RP SF 4 weeks ago

Casilla (1-0) picked up the win while allowing one hit over 0.1 innings Friday against the Dodgers.

Competitive Edge Analysis

After picking up his first save earlier in the week, the Giants' closer was called upon to finish the 10th inning of a tie game before Brandon Crawford homered in the bottom of the frame to earn Casilla the win. Despite a shaky spring training, he now has put together effective outings in each of his two chances to start the season. He's firmly entrenched as the team's closer.

Santiago Casilla RP SF 1 month ago

Casilla picked up the save Tuesday against Milwaukee as he tossed a scoreless inning with a pair of strikeouts.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Casilla was shaky in spring training, but he looked just fine in his first chance of 2016, as he didn't allow a baserunner in a one-run contest. Casilla needed just 15 pitches (10 strikes) as he made quick work of the Brewers in the ninth.

Santiago Casilla RP SF 1 month ago

Despite a 5.14 ERA in seven spring training innings Casilla will enter the year as the Giants' closer.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Casilla's rising age and erratic pitching style make him a popular candidate to lose his closer role at some point this season, but he will start the year as the club's unquestioned closer. He has been effective enough in the role since taking over for Sergio Romo in 2014 and hasn't turned in an ERA under 3.00 since joining the Giants in 2010.

Santiago Casilla RP SF 2 months ago

Casilla (illness) allowed one hit and struck out two over one shutout inning Saturday against the Diamondbacks.

Competitive Edge Analysis

He missed over a week with the flu, but was very effective in his return to the mound and should be considered healthy moving forward. Hunter Strickland has become a trendy target in drafts as many have pegged Casilla as a candidate to lose his role as the Giants' closer. While Strickland may have better skills, there is nothing to suggest Casilla won't start the year in that role, and as long as he pitches fairly well, he should hold the job all season.