Where does Sergio Romo rank among closers?
First of all ... is he really a closer? In a vacuum, the postseason hero would be one of the steadiest, most dynamic relievers in baseball. We hate to break the bad news, but he's hardly a rock in his newfound track.
Bochy already reiterated his desire to have other potential saviors help the soon-to-be 30-year-old, who, to the detriment of his arm, dishes out more sliders than White Castle. This staff will continue making a concerted effort to conserve his beef. His primary pitch has chomped on many an elbow (including former Bay beard Brian Wilson). Romo's approach, which also leans on a soft, dancing fastball, doesn't lend to him giving up his main course.
Sound like a recipe for a yearlong job?
The logical understudy remains Jeremy Affeldt, one of the latest exploiters of the bullish southpaw sub market. Justifying that contract will involve at least occasional fire drenches. Lefty lurker Javier Lopez and former interim stopper Santiago Casilla are useful enough to continue as part of a committee.
Don't forget Wilson and that Lincecum guy.
Romo's jaw-dropping numbers shouldn't hide the health and role risks surrounding its owner. Anyone who believes he's worth a second closer spot in dual-universe setups will, as most do with belly bombers, regret that order.
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