Romo impressing in setup role

Romo impressing in setup role

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants already have one of the league's elite closers, and the way Sergio Romo has been throwing lately, they may also have one of the game's top setup men.

Romo threw 1 2/3 scoreless innings in Wednesday's 5-4 win over the Cubs and now has blanked the opposition in 31 of his past 34 games.

"He's done a great job in that setup role and to go out and throw an inning-plus like he did last night, he's been throwing well," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said before Thursday's series finale against the Cubs. "He's very consistent and solid."

Romo (5-3, 2.11 ERA) entered Thursday tied with closer Brian Wilson with a team-leading 48 appearances. The 27-year-old reliever has struck out at least one batter in 37 of his 48 games, totaling 49 punchouts while issuing only 10 walks. His 4.90 strikeout-to-walk ratio is seventh-best among National League relievers.

Even when Romo was struggling earlier this season, Bochy said the ability Romo's now showing was evident.

"He's got great makeup, can command the ball and he has no fear," Bochy said. "He wants to be out there late in the ballgame and he's got three good pitches that he can throw anytime."