Oakland A’s: Three players that need to step up
By David Hill
The Oakland A’s struggles to start the season mean that they have yet to have a save opportunity. However, they will eventually need someone to take over in the ninth inning.
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At this point, the most logical option would be Sergio Romo. He has, by far, the most experience as a closer on the A’s roster, notching 134 saves in his career. The 2013 All Star has four seasons with at least 20 saves on his resume, showing that he knows what it takes to handle the ninth inning.
With the way the A’s have been struggling, they will need someone to step up and nail down those saves. Romo is hardly overpowering, and may not be the pitcher he had been, but he has still been effective regardless of whatever role he has been asked to fill.
The early results are not exactly positive. In the small sample size of three innings, Romo has allowed two runs on four hits and three walks, striking out one. He will certainly need to improve upon those numbers should be take over the ninth inning.
Given his track record, it just seems like a matter of time before that happens. However, the Oakland A’s will need the vintage Sergio Romo as they look to snap out of their early malaise.