With Sergio Romo out as Giants closer, who should you turn to?

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Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Hector Rondon throws against the Cincinnati Reds during the ninth inning. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

Jason Grilli, Angels: The Halos sent Ernesto Frieri packing to get Grilli, so I doubt anyone takes his job right away.  That said, his numbers are nearly as bad as Romo’s (4.57 ERA 1.57 WHIP).  Have antacids ready if you take a flier on Grilli.  At least until he settles down.  If he settles down.

Hector Rondon, Cubs: If roulette is your thing, you will love Rondon.  He has given up nine runs in his last seven appearances, but four of those have been clean appearances.  Meaning when he implodes, he doesn’t mess around!  Still, his 3.73 ERA is not that bad, and he does have 10 saves in 12 chances.

Grant Balfour, Rays: He returned from a two week banishment from the ninth inning to pick up his eleventh save last night.  The bad news?  He walked two batters.  His WHIP will always hurt you, but if you’re desperate, he may be back in as the Rays closer.

Jenrry Mejia, Mets: Saves will be hard to come by with the Mets, but his is 8/9 in save opportunities with a 2.57 ERA as the closer.  That is a safer bet than most others on this list.

Jake Petricka, White Sox: No official word has come as to whom will replace Ronald Belisario, but Petricka was given the first chance, and he converted.  With his 2.03 ERA on the season, he is worth a look


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