The San Francisco Giants are excited for the return of relief pitcher Jeremy Affeldt from the disabled list. However, they will have to decide which pitcher must be sent down to Triple-A to make room on the active roster. One thing is for certain, reliever Jean Machi is not going anywhere.
Machi was called up to take Affeldt’s place in the bullpen while the veteran spent time on the 15-day disabled list. No one actually believed Machi would pitch well enough to remain on the team. However, the second-year player has proven everyone wrong with his dominant performance on the mound in six appearances this year.
The 31-year-old is 1-0 and has allowed only four hits in 8 1/3 scoreless innings. He has also struck out eight batters, walked two and recorded his first career hold against the Arizona Diamondbacks on May 1. There is no question Machi is the real deal, and someone the Giants must hang on to for the time being.
Machi has not only proven that he can handle the one-inning setup role, but he can also pitch multiple scoreless innings. On April 27 against the San Diego Padres, the right-hander allowed two hits and struck out three batters in three scoreless innings. It was an eye-opening performance that the Giants did not know Machi had in him, despite the fact that he has pitched well in the minors.
“I don’t know who missed on the guy or what, but when you have that kind of stuff … I didn’t see him before he came to us, so I don’t know if he fixed some stuff or what,” Affeldt told SFGiants.com. “But what he’s throwing is pretty good. It’s tough to hit mid-90s with a split-finger, and [with] as much movement as he’s getting with it.”
Hopefully, Machi will be able to continue the scoreless streak, and help the Giants keep pace in the National League West.