NEW YORK -- Acknowledging that setup relief has impeded the Giants' progress somewhat, manager Bruce Bochy indicated Saturday that he'll rethink how he'll use some pitchers, particularly Sergio Romo.
Bochy believes that Romo can remain effective as long as he receives proper rest. In retrospect, Bochy remarked that Romo's slider lacked its usual snap Friday, when the right-hander yielded Rod Barajas' game-winning home run.
Therefore, Bochy not only will regulate Romo's rate of appearances but also might not use him as often in the setup role. Bochy added that Saturday would be a day of rest for Romo, who had appeared in three of San Francisco's previous four games.
"He hasn't been consistent. We know it," Bochy said of Romo, who has yielded three homers that either put opponents ahead in the late innings or won the game. "He's certainly going to help us in that [setup] situation. But we may have to back him off a little bit, which we did last year."
Romo's 0-3 with a 4.50 ERA in a team-high 14 appearances. He also has limited opponents to a .212 batting average. Bochy noted that Romo must tap into his ability to spot his fastball and use it more frequently to complement his slider. Significantly, Barajas said that he was looking exclusively for Romo's slider and got one when he homered.
After discussing the issue with pitching coach Dave Righetti and bullpen coach Mark Gardner, Bochy said that right-hander Guillermo Mota and left-hander Dan Runzler might get some setup chances.
Said Bochy of the setup situation overall, "There's no getting around it. It's hurt us here lately and this year so far, some of the mistakes we made."