Following a very good 2012 season in which he was one of the key relievers on the World Series Champion San Francisco Giants, Jeremy Affeldt expected more of the same in 2013. Instead, he was limited by injuries and had a less-than-stellar season.
Affeldt began the season pitching well, but after he gave up three walks and two runs in one-third of an inning on April 14 in Chicago, he complained of an injury and was subsequently placed on the disabled list with an oblique strain.
He was inactive until May 3, but when he returned he proceeded to have by far his best month, allowing just nine hits, three walks and one run over a season-high 14 appearances. His season began to take a turn for the worse on June 7 when he gave up a home run to Paul Goldschmidt of the Arizona Diamondbacks, which cost the Giants the game. This really was one of the key moments which drove the Giants out of contention, and it seemed that Affeldt never really recovered.
Though he sprinkled in a few more effective outings during June, he gave up a homer against the San Diego Padres on June 18, took a loss against the Miami Marlins on June 20, and gave the Colorado Rockies a walkoff win on June 29. He ended the month with a 5.23 ERA over 11 appearances.
Affeldt was decent in July before suffering what was thought to be a groin strain. He took a long time to recover from the injury and came back off the disabled list and made one final appearance on September 12. He proceeded to get knocked around and was diagnosed with a sports hernia following this outing. He underwent surgery for this condition near the end of the season.
Affeldt surely would have been better in 2013 had he been healthy. He was ultimately ineffective and he deserves a “C-” grade for his performance. Affeldt is going to be 35-years old next year, and the Giants have to be concerned about his ability to succeed, especially since they owe him $12 million over the next two years.