Pay per head sportsbooks saw that on Sunday, the San Francisco Giants announced that Sergio Romo, former World Series-saving closer, is out after another blown save on Saturday night.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported that manager Bruce Bochy said that the Giants will now close by committee, with Jeremy Affeldt and Santiago Casilla most likely to share those duties, and price per head services wonder what will ultimately happen.
Romo, despite his 22 saves this season, blew three out of his past five chances, the latest one made on Saturday night against the Cincinnati Reds. Pay per head sportsbooks saw that the player walked Joey Votto to start the ninth inning of a 1-0 game, and then gave up to Brandon Phillips a two-run home run.
However, pay per head sportsbooks found out that the team will not completely abandon Romo. Bochy told reporters that he will continue helping get outs and might show up in the seventh inning.
“I talked to Sergio today,” he said, according to the paper. “I think it’s the right time we tweaked this a little. He’s still going to be part of the mix, but we’re going to back off a little bit and do it by committee.”
Pay per head sportsbooks saw that Romo took over as the Giants’ closer in the middle of the 2012 season. The player amassed 77 regular-season saves and got the final outs of the 2012 Division Series against the Cincinnati Reds and then in the World Series against the Detroit Tigers.
But according to ESPN Stats & Information, the player was recently struggling, seeing his ERA balloon go from 1.65 through May 9 to 9.00 since then. He did not have any blown saves through May 9, but pay per head sportsbooks saw that since then he has five.
“Sometimes you’ve got to change,” Bochy said, according to the newspaper. “If you keep doing the same thing over and over, sometimes it’s good for a player to back off a little bit, let him breathe and get back on track. He’s done such a great job. As a group, we’ve hit a bump in the road. As individuals, a lot of us have and hiccups.
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“It’s not a fun time for a manager to tell the closer he’s going to change things a little bit. It’s not what he wanted to hear. He’s a team guy. He’ll help out where we need him. It’s time to lighten his load.”