It’s been a frustrating year for Giants reliever Santiago Casilla. He was yanked from a game back in May, when he was still the Giants’ closer. He fumed at the time, saying, “the reason I got upset was because he took me out of the game where I thought he had confidence in me. I think I could pitch to the lefty, but I guess it shows the manager didn’t have faith in me.”
Bochy kept faith in Casilla for a few more months, but by September he had blown nine saves, leading the league in that dubious category. In mid-September Bochy demoted Casilla and used him sparingly in the season’s final couple of weeks. He made only one appearance in the NLDS: two-thirds of an inning in a low leverage situation in Game 2.
Which means he was basically the only Giants reliever of note who played no part in the meltdown that ended their season in the ninth inning of last night’s game. According to the Mercury News, Casilla is not happy to have not taken part. He reportedly sat in tears at his locker after the game and lamented the lack of confidence his team has in him:
“Never . . . I’m a pitcher. I’m part of the bullpen. I know I have had some bad moments in September and during the season, but I have good numbers in the playoffs and I know I can pitch in that situation. I know I can pitch in the big leagues.”
Before this season Casilla was a bullpen star for the Giants, playing an important part in all three of their World Series wins. Now the 36-year-old is due to become a free agent this winter. I’d guess the odds of him staying in San Francisco are close to zero, both because the Giants have lost faith in Casilla and because he has lost faith in them.