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San Francisco Giants rumors: Sergio Romo out as closer, first place at risk

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San Francisco Giants rumors confirm that Sergio Romo is out as the closer for the team. While there are San Francisco Giants rumors indicating that Santiago Casilla and Jeremy Affeldt are the most likely guys to get saves in the bullpen, there are several other pitchers that could step into the role. According to a report from ESPN early Monday (June 30), the move from manager Bruce Bochy came after Romo blew another save over the weekend.

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Romo has converted 22 of 27 save opportunities, but the games he has blown have been magnified by the Giants slipping in the National League West standings. Entering Monday, the LA Dodgers have pulled into a virtual tie after it looked like the Giants might be pulling away for another division title. It is a very similar scenario to how the Dodgers got hot during the second half of the 2013 MLB season and simply ran away with the division after that point.

Since May 9, Romo has posted an ERA of 9.00 that simply wasn't good enough to hold down the closer job. He is now 3-3 on the season with a combined ERA of 5.17, despite having a WHIP of just 1.02. It seems likely that he could get the job back at some point, but that Bochy felt more comfortable going with one of his other relievers for the time being. Most of his bullpen has posted impressive numbers with ERAs of 1.15 for Santiago Casilla, 1.34 for Jean Machi, 1.98 for Jeremy Affeldt, and 3.22 for Juan Gutierrez.

These San Francisco Giants rumors won't come as that much of a surprise to fans of the team, especially with the added stress of trying to hold off the LA Dodgers. In the 2014 MLB standings from Monday, the Giants hold a 46-36 record, keeping them just ahead of the 47-37 Dodgers due to percentage points. The team will next take the field on Tuesday (July 1) as a series against the St. Louis Cardinals begins.

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