Sergio Romo's early-season saves tear for the San Francisco Giants came crashing down with a Friday blown save, a possible sign that he's a bit gassed. Including that contest, he had appeared four times in five days.
The gaffe may be a blessing in disguise for the balance of his 2013. It's a jolting reminder of why the Giants have mentioned on numerous occasions a desire to conserve Romo with cameos from Jeremy Affeldt, Santiago Casilla (who successfully did the gig Saturday) and the rest of their solid crew.
Some teams will present more save chances than others, and the Miami Marlins aren't doing Steve Cishek any April favors. He slipped up in his only opportunity this year, in which he gave up two runs two Sundays ago. His last two games have been 1-2-3 - potentially the result of some extended bullpen work in which he's trying to rediscover his slider. The skilled righty has rope, but he'll have plenty of quiet stretches thanks to his squad.
Jim Henderson pitched in the eighth inning Sunday while his Milwaukee Brewers were trailing by one run. Ron Roenicke didn't save him for a closer spot since they were the visiting team and would've created one with a comeback. He instead cared about using his most trusted reliever in a tight spot and getting him work. Milwaukee wound up tying it in the ninth and winning in extras, with Burke Badenhop getting the save.
Don't rely on anyone else besides Henderson for a save in normal circumstances while John Axford is exiled.
About Tim Heaney
Tim's work has been featured by USA Today/Sports Weekly, among numerous outlets, and recognized as a finalist in the Fantasy Sports Writers Association awards. The Boston University alum competes in Tout Wars and LABR and has won several industry leagues in both baseball and football.
During baseball and football season, hear him every Wednesday on 1570 AM WNST in Baltimore. On Thursdays, he visits 106.1 FM WMTI in New Orleans and Sirius XM Fantasy Sports Radio, where he often crashes other shows, as well.
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