SAN DIEGO -- The Giants' bullpen has been used frequently without being overworked.
San Francisco's top five relievers in appearances have averaged less than an inning per outing: Jeremy Affeldt (64 games, 60 2/3 innings entering Friday), Santiago Casilla (70, 61 2/3), Clay Hensley (58, 48 2/3), Javier Lopez (68, 35 1/3) and Sergio Romo (67, 53 1/3).
This is a direct result of Brian Wilson's absence. Lacking his All-Star closer, who has missed most of the season after undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery, manager Bruce Bochy's close-by-committee approach has prompted him to use relievers for specific matchups and situations -- often against just one or two hitters.
"It's really cool that he has so many options," Romo said. "He can go to any one of us in any situation and there isn't a lack of confidence from anybody."
"We keep our rhythm and have opportunities to pitch a lot more. As a reliever, I like that," Affeldt said. "We have the arms that can do it, arms that can bounce back."