The San Francisco Giants have had the luxury of having a top-flight closer in Brian Wilson since 2008. Wilson has averaged over 41 saves for Giants over the past four seasons.
After enduring a plethora of injuries that derailed the team in 2011, the Giants were hoping for good health this year. Unfortunately, the injury bug has bitten their All-Star closer. Wilson recently underwent his second Tommy John surgery and will be lost for the entire 2012 season.
The Giants are expected to challenge for the NL West division title and hope to make another deep run into the postseason. In order for them to accomplish this, they must replace Wilson and find someone to close out games.
The Giants have a strong veteran bullpen. More than any other team in the National League, they appear to have the depth to overcome this major hurdle.
Manager Bruce Bochy has several quality arms to choose from, as he determines who will pitch the ninth inning. He has previously stated that he will use matchups to make his decisions, which totally makes sense.
However, there will undoubtedly be one pitcher that takes the ball in these situations more than the others. Let's take a detailed look at the closer candidates and who will get the lion's share of those opportunities.