Santiago Casilla
RP OAK
1 day ago

Casilla logged his 13th save in Sunday's 5-3 win over the White Sox, giving up an earned run on two hits over an inning.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran closer makes it interesting more often than not, and Sunday was no exception. Casilla opened the ninth by surrendering a 400-foot home run to Melky Cabrera, but settled down and worked his way through the potent quartet of Jose Abreu, Avisail Garcia, Todd Frazier and Matt Davidson to seal the win. The 36-year-old right-hander has converted his last three save opportunities but has given up at least one earned run in two of those appearances. He continues to hold on to the ninth-inning job for the time being, although fellow veteran Sean Doolittle has proven to be a highly effective option against left-handed hitters since returning from a shoulder injury.

Santiago Casilla
RP OAK
4 days ago

Casilla gave up two hits in a scoreless ninth inning Friday to notch his 12th save of the season in a 3-0 win over the White Sox.

EDGE Analysis

After Melky Cabrera and Jose Abreu led off the ninth with back-to-back singles, Casilla buckled down and got a couple of quick outs before Matt Davidson lined out to center field to end the threat. The 36-year-old reliever now has a 4.10 ERA and 1.29 WHIP on the year, but even with Sean Doolittle off the DL, the A's seem content with Casilla's high-wire act in the closer role.

Santiago Casilla
RP OAK
5 days ago

Casilla gave up an earned run on two hits over an inning in Wednesday's 5-1 loss to the Astros.

EDGE Analysis

The closer's most recent appearance had come last Friday versus the Yankees, so manager Bob Melvin apparently wanted to give the 36-year-old some work due to the long layoff. Casilla had also been hit on the left shoulder by a foul ball in the bullpen during last Saturday's contest versus New York, but X-rays had returned negative and he showed no ill effects in his first live action since the incident. The veteran right-hander has racked up 11 saves but has been shaky on occasion, having blown three save opportunities and posting a 4.26 ERA over 25.1 innings.

Santiago Casilla
RP OAK
1 week ago

Casilla is OK after getting hit on his left (non-throwing) shoulder by a foul ball in the bullpen during Saturday's game against the Yankees, John Hickey of the East Bay Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

X-rays were negative, according to the San Francisco Chronicle's Rusty Simmons, and he was not going to pitch in this game regardless of getting hit by the foul ball, as he had logged an inning in each of the previous two games. Sean Doolittle came in and recorded three strikeouts in a scoreless ninth inning to notch his second save of the season. It is possible that Doolittle could continue to get some save opportunities now that he is healthy, especially when a couple left-handed hitters are due up in the ninth inning.

Santiago Casilla
RP OAK
1 week ago

Casilla was seen going into the clubhouse with a trainer after getting hit with a foul ball, Joe Stiglich of NBC Sports California reports.

EDGE Analysis

Not much else is known at this point, but his condition should be updated as the Athletics provide more information regarding his status. It would be a tough break for both parties if Casilla is forced to miss time, as the 36-year-old was starting to round into form lately (1.80 ERA and 11:3 K:BB across five innings in June).

Santiago Casilla
RP OAK
2 weeks ago

Casilla recorded his 11th save of the season Friday against the Yankees, walking one and striking out the side.

EDGE Analysis

One night after blowing his third save of the season, Casilla slammed the door on the Yankees one half-inning after the A's took the lead. While his ERA is rather high for a closer (4.07), he does not seem to be in danger of losing many save opportunities in the near future.

Santiago Casilla
RP OAK
2 weeks ago

Casilla gave up one run on two hits and one walk with two strikeouts to take his third blown save of the season Thursday against the Yankees.

EDGE Analysis

It hasn't always been pretty this season for Casilla, who has kept the ninth inning role despite giving up seven runs over the past 9.1 innings, with two blown saves in that span. Liam Hendricks came in for the 10th inning and also gave up a run but walked away with the win. The A's could move back to a ninth inning platoon, with Sean Doolittle taking the ball when lefties are due up, or Ryan Madson or the aforementioned Hendricks could start to inch closer to getting saves if Casilla continues to struggle.

Santiago Casilla
RP OAK
3 weeks ago

Casilla notched his 10th save in Tuesday's 4-1 win over the Blue Jays, giving up a hit and recording two strikeouts over an inning.

EDGE Analysis

Casilla was back out in the ninth for the second straight night and put in some work once again, throwing 23 pitches after firing 17 during Monday's save. The elevated pitch counts have been a consistent trend for the veteran closer over his last nine appearances, but Casilla has still recorded saves in five of six opportunities over that span.

Santiago Casilla
RP OAK
3 weeks ago

Casilla picked up his ninth save in Monday's 5-3 win over the Blue Jays, pitching a scoreless ninth in which he allowed a walk and struck out two.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran closer made things interesting by issuing a one-out walk, but snuffed out any hopes of a Blue Jays comeback by striking Josh Donaldson out to end the game. Casilla rarely turns in a clean ninth inning but has been able to work through baserunners more often than not, notching saves in nine of 11 opportunities. He's also posted scoreless efforts in four of his last five trips to the mound; however, his tendency to pitch to contact and some control issues have led to him throwing between 17 and 29 pitches in his last eight appearances, despite working one inning or less in all of them.

Santiago Casilla
RP OAK
4 weeks ago

Casilla polished off the side in order for his eighth save Wednesday on the road against Cleveland.

EDGE Analysis

The Indians did make him work for his outs, as he had to throw 17 pitches, but this was still a low-stress evening. Casilla needed it, as he'd given up six runs and nine hits in his last 4.1 innings. At 36, Casilla is clearly in a steady state of decline, but he's still pitching well enough to hold onto his job for now. Ryan Madson has posted elite numbers in setup duty, though, so he's looming in case Casilla stumbles.