Santiago Casilla was in tears at his locker on Tuesday night after the San Francisco Giants were eliminated by the Chicago Cubs in the NLDS.
Casilla lost his job as closer in mid-September and was never even called to warm up as the Giants used five relievers in the ninth inning when the Cubs rallied for four runs.
"I never had that moment before during five years here," Casilla said. "I had a little struggle. But everybody [in the bullpen] has had their bad moments. I think they forgot all the great moments I've had here. I've pitched a lot in the playoffs and done my job. I know I am a good pitcher."
Casilla had nine blown saves this season, tied for the most in the Major Leagues, to 31 saves. He was part of San Francisco's problem as they went from owning the best record in baseball at the All-Star break to battling for a wild-card spot.
"I'm a pitcher. I'm part of the bullpen. I know I have had some bad moments in September and during the season, but I have good numbers in the playoffs and I know I can pitch in that situation," Casilla said. "I know I can pitch in the big leagues."